Friday, 24 October 2014

teabowl. form. function. expression @ Oxford Ceramics Gallery


call for entry: Monumental Ideas/Intimate Scale: A National Juried Exhibition

Eligibility
Open to all artists 18 years or older presently residing in the United States and territories.

Juror
Benjie Heu, Professor of Ceramics, Southeast Missouri State University
Benjie Heu has a M.F.A degree in ceramics from Ohio University (1998) and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Montevallo (1994) with an emphasis in ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. In between degrees, he studied ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1995). Benjie maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried, and invitational exhibitions.

Awards
Cash awards will be given for Merit Award and Best of Show.
Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 5 - 7 pm. Sales and Commissions Southeast Missouri State University refers interested buyers directly to the artist. The University does not take any commission on sales of artwork.

Specifications
All 2D and 3D media are eligible. Entries must be original art completed in the last three years (2012 - 14).
Maximum size of the artwork is 9”x9”x9”, including frame or case.
Two - dimensional works must be framed and wired for installation.
Three - dimensional wall pieces must include hanging hardware.
Please note that the gallery walls are drywall on metal studs – there is no plywood backing.

The Juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or that varies from the submitted image.

Exhibition Calendar
Nov. 2, 2014 Deadline for Entries to be submitted
Dec. 8 - 12 , 2014 Notifications of Acceptance emailed
Jan. 20 - 27, 2015 Artworks received at the River Campus Art Gallery
Feb. 6, 2015 Opening Reception, 5 - 7 pm
Feb. 2 - 26, 2015 Exhibition dates
Feb. 27 - March 7, 2015 Return of artwork

Shipment and Delivery
Shipping artwork to and from the exhibit is the financial responsibility of the artist. All artwork must arrive in packaging suitable for return shipping with a prepaid shipping label with UPS or FedEx included. Artists are responsible for their own insurance during to and from shipping. Shipping cartons must be reusable and within shipping guidelines. Please use professional grade boxes. No packing peanuts allowed. Late or damaged work will not be exhibited. Hand deliveries would be accepted January 26 - 29, with prior arrangements made with the Gallery Coordinator at rcgallerycoordinator@semo.edu. Works must be labeled with artist’s name, title of work, media, and price on the back or bottom of artwork.

Liability
Receipt of your submission constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in this prospectus. Although the utmost care will be taken in handling the artwork and there is always a Gallery Attendant on duty while the gallery is open to the public, Southeast Missouri State University will not be responsible for damage or loss. We recommend that you carry your own insurance. Consent to reproduce works photographically, for publicity purposes, is assumed to be granted.

Image Files
Up to three Image Files will be submitted via the website as listed below in Entry Procedure. Each image file should not exceed 1.5 MB. Please label each image file with the title of artwork (e.g., TitleofArtwork.jpg).

Entry Fee
The non - refundable entry fee is $20 for up to three works of art. Payment should be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover) via the website listed below in Entry Procedure.

Entry Procedure
Please go to the following website to enter. Be prepared to submit the following:

1. Personal Contact Information (name, address, email, phone)

2. Up to Three Image Files (jpg files not to exceed 1.5 MB each)

3. Image Information for each image (Title, Media, Size, Year, Price/NFS)

4. Entry Fee Payment ($20 via credit card)

http://app.semo.edu/sfs/pymt/monumentalideas/

Notification of accepted work will be sent via email.

Contact
Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Gallery Coordinator at rcgallerycoordinator@semo.edu.

show us your influences - guest post by Stephanie Jonsson

Yellow Salt Growth -
Stephanie Jonsson



Some information about my work:

My research investigates the use of ornament in Western culture, aesthetic reactions to Modernism, and our culture’s obsession with image, appearance, and fabricated “natural” designs. I am interested in themes of repetition, pattern, obsession, accumulation, sex/gender, and the handmade. Through the disciplines of installation and ceramic sculpture, my practice explores the dichotomies of craft and fine art, nature and technology, the handmade and machine. The 19th Century practice of conventionalization and reduction of the plant form in order to confirm to anthropocentric systems of order, as well as its contemporary manifestation, is precisely the type of appropriation I am interested in.

Soda Favites -
Stephanie Jonsson

Urban Urchins -
Stephanie Jonsson

Eva Hesse
Why Eva Hesse inspires me:

Eva Hesse's work has a unique relationship to materials and process. She was obsessed with absurdity, and her organic manipulation of the physical properties of sculpture often referenced the female body. Hesse is an inspiration to me because she was making work that spoke to the realities of being a woman in the 1960s art world in New York, without being literal or cliché.
 
Cal Lane

Why Cal Lane inspires me:

The work of Cal Lane shifts traditionally female ornate sources such as doilies and tablecloths onto metal tools and objects which are traditionally gendered male. She calls to mind all things feminine with her lace cutouts: lacemaking, cake decorating and traditional “women’s work”. Using a plasma torch, Lane makes lace like patterns out of rusted metal objects such as shovels, cars, or other industrial tools and transforms them into fragile, flower-patterned cutouts. I am inspired by Lane's use of organic patterning and her subversion of traditional gender roles in our contemporary society.
 
Yayoi Kusama
Why Yayoi Kusama inspires me:

Like Hesse, Yayoi Kusama was also a female artist in New York in the 1960's, although she spent considerable time in her native country Japan. She began to cover everyday objects with white phallic protrusions, rendering them at once absurd and threatening. She has a very obsessive personality and speaks openly about her mental illness and hallucinations of millions of dots. Her work with accumulations and repetition fascinates me, and I want my work to be simultaneously attractive and repulsive in the same way Kusama's work operates.


Contact info, etc:e-mail: steph.jonsson@gmail.com
website: www.stephaniejonsson.com
blog: https://stephanie-jonsson.squarespace.com/blog/


~ want to share your influences with musing readers? drop me a line at musingaboumud@gmail.com ~

Thursday, 23 October 2014

resident artist opportunity: The Ceramics Center


The Ceramic Center located in the beautiful NewBo area, in Cedar Rapids Iowa, is looking for a Resident Artist to begin on January 5th, 2015.  Applications are due November 5th, 2014.

The  purpose of our unique program is to provide emerging ceramic artists with an environment - the space, facilities, time and professional interaction - that will foster and further develop their ideas, skills, abilities and focus as ceramic artists.
The Ceramics Center can accommodate up to six Resident Artists. Residencies are typically for a 12 month period of time. Longer or shorter terms can be negotiated as necessary and appropriate.

 

Each Resident Artist Will Receive

•     A personal work space
•     24/7 access to the facilities
•     Free enrollment in all special workshops and seminars, space permitting
•     Access to ceramics professionals in the area for consultation and feedback
•     Clay, glazes and personal glaze chemicals at a reduced cost and unlimited use of our kilns at no cost.
•     Opportunity to teach a variety of classes at the Center
*Housing, food and travel are not provided to the Resident Artist.
To apply please provide us with the following documents:
  1. 10-20 Digital Images of recent work, formatted as individual images AND as a Powerpoint Document.
  2. Artist's Statement (Word Document or PDF) 
  3. Statement of Artistic and Personal Goals for your Residency (Word Document or PDF) 
  4. Resume
  5. 2 Letters of Recommendation, on official letterhead, MAILED to the Ceramics Center. 
If you choose to fill it out online, please email supporting documents as attachments to info@theceramicscenter.org
For mail, send this form and supporting documents to:
The Residency Review Committee
THE CERAMICS CENTER
329 10th Avenue, SE, Suite 117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
For further information about our center or our current RA's please visit 
http://www.theceramicscenter.org/

podcast thursdays: A History of the World in 100 Objects

 Russian revolutionary plate

Decorated plate from St Petersburg. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the Russian Revolution by looking at a plate painted with propaganda for the new Communist state. The plate was made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, in 1901 but was decorated 20 years later in the same factory, which had become the State Porcelain Factory in the newly-named city of Petrograd. With contributions by Mikhail Piotrovsky and Eric Hobsbawn.
Here the episode here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/ahow/ahow_20101018-1000a.mp3

Find out more about the podcast here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow/all

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Caffeine - Robin DuPont & Sarah Pike @ the Alberta Craft Council


October 25 - November 29, 2014
The caffeine rituals we partake in as humans are many and varied. From the blend and preparation to the time of day and people we choose to share a coveted beverage with, more often than not, these habits have significance in our daily lives. Robin DuPont and Sarah Pike are both full time studio potters, recognized amongst their peers as makers of teapots, mugs, cups, creamers and more things that all shout ‘Caffeine’! They are also both avid ‘coffee enthusiasts’ and ‘ritual aficionados’. This joint exhibition, is an exploration of the ‘caffeine’ theme and an opportunity for the viewer to recognize and appreciate how both makers interpret the theme through their unique forms and aesthetic choices.

www.albertacraft.ab.ca/discovery-gallery
www.sarahpikepottery.com
www.robindupont.com

Kathryn Finnerty @ Schaller Gallery


 
KATHRYN FINNERTY

Landscape
 

 

210 State Street - Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085

technical tuesday: How To Make Terra Sigillata with Kip O'Krongly



www.kipokrongly.com

Monday, 20 October 2014

monday morning eye candy: Jessica Pezalla

 

 

job postings: The Studio Potter

TWO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY: 
(1)Bookeeper, (2)Circulation Manager

The Studio Potter, a non-profit organization that publishes The Studio Potter journal, an independent publication focused on dialog in the ceramic arts since 1972, is looking for two qualified individuals for the part-time, hourly positions of Circulation Manager and Bookkeeper for its Northampton, Massachusetts office. See each job description below. Positions are open until filled. Interested and qualified applicants please send a brief cover letter and one-page resume to: Elenor Wilson, Executive Director/Editor at editor@studiopotter.org

Position Title: Circulation Manager
Desired Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree; priority will be given to candidates with a degree or comparable experience in arts administration, non-profit administration, or marketing. 
Desired Skills: Candidates should be extremely proficient in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel, and have excellent knowledge of cloud-based computing and e-commerce platforms. Organizational, research, and innovative thinking skills are mandatory, and public relations skills and experience are highly valued. Also: Attention to Detail, confidentiality, thoroughness.
Principal Accountabilities:
Manage, maintain, and develop the journal’s current and former, national and international memberships, subscription, and circulation rosters, including individual, agency, and wholesale.
Act as the primary service representative to subscribers and members of SP: field member/subscriber requests via phone, e-mail, and snail mail. 
Organize mailings; including each published issue, all promotional materials, and appeal letters. 
Manage online retail sales of back issues and other SP merchandise
Attend major SP events to assist in sales management
Manage, maintain, and organize all contact lists and records
Assist in the execution and development of marketing campaigns through both traditional and online media
Provide administrative and clerical support as needed 
Hours and Pay: 20 hours per week, hourly pay commensurate with experience


Position Title: Bookkeeper
Desired Qualifications: Associate's degree in accounting or business administration, or equivalent business experience, as well as knowledge of bookkeeping and generally accepted accounting principles. Candidates should be proficient in the use of QuickBooks, or other effective accounting software. 
Desired Skills: Developing Standards, Analyzing Information, Dealing with Complexity, Reporting Research Results, Data Entry Skills, Accounting, SFAS Rules, Attention to Detail, Confidentiality, Thoroughness
Principal Accountabilities:
Issue & pay invoices in a timely manner; manage payroll and process in a timely manner
Monitor electronic transactions, record receipts and make bank deposits
Conduct periodic reconciliations of all accounts to ensure their accuracy
Work with the Treasurer to issue financial statements
Provide information to the external accountant who prepares and files taxes
Calculate and issue financial analysis of the financial statements
Maintain an orderly accounting filing system, chart of accounts, and annual budget
Calculate variances from the budget and report significant issues to management
Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements
Provide clerical and administrative support to management as requested
Hours and Pay: 10-20 hours per month, hourly pay commensurate with experience


Contact Information:

Elenor Wilson
Executive Director/Editor

The Studio Potter
PO Box 1365
Northampton, MA 01061

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

technical tuesday: Double necked vase with Jemerick Art Pottery


View the tutorial here.
View their artwork here.

job posting: 3 opportunities @ Alfred University

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Position: Ceramic Art

The School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is seeking candidates for a tenure track faculty position in the Division of Ceramic Art at the assistant professor rank with an emphasis in functional pottery, vessel, and design.

The Division of Ceramic Art, within the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in the arts and fosters a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environment for research and practice. The Division of Ceramic Art is comprised of six full time faculty, a teaching fellowship, a rotating international chair, and three full time technicians. The scope of the Division of Ceramic Art is wide-ranging, embracing history and innovation, tradition and emerging forms of visual art. The material intensive curriculum develops skill and intellect through theory, technological research and creative practice. Undergraduate and graduate programs are strongly intertwined. In our two-year MFA program, graduate students navigate wide-ranging practices in the visual arts. More information about the program can be viewed at: www.alfredceramics.com.

The Division of Ceramic Art seeks a dynamic artist who will participate in shaping the future of ceramic art at Alfred. The successful candidate will have an active exhibition record and growing prominence in the field; three years teaching experience or equivalent preferred; salary will be commensurate with experience. We are seeking applicants immersed in one or any combination of the genres: functional pottery, ceramic vessel, design, industrial design, or forms at the intersection of all these. While the applicant’s relationship to material specificity or plurality may be open and variable, interested candidates should possess a strong background in ceramic methodology, with an ability to speak to contemporary practice across genres. Additionally, we encourage applications from studio artists with any of the following competencies or interests: craft/art/cultural theory; glaze chemistry/material science; digital methodologies/technologies; program conceptualizing and building. A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education is expected. We invite applicants from across the globe.

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include an M.F.A. in studio art or design or its equivalent, an active professional creative practice including a record of exhibitions and projects beyond the local and regional level. Three years previous college-level teaching experience is preferred.

Alfred University
The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 35 full-time faculty serving more than 500 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. School of Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community of 2,000 students. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.

Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Application Process
Email your letter of interest, CV, artist statement, teaching philosophy, 20 labeled images of examples of personal work and 20 labeled images of examples of student work in addition to contact information for three references (address, phone number, and email) as one PDF document to Ms. Shelly Grant (grantsh@alfred.edu) or on a CD via mail to:
Ceramics A Search
School of Art and Design
NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2 Pine Street
Alfred, NY 14802
For further information about the position, contact Search Chair, Professor Linda Sikora at sikoral@alfred.edu.
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and remain open until the position is filled.

Associate/Full Professor, Tenure Track Position: Ceramic Art

The School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is seeking candidates for a tenure track faculty position in the Division of Ceramic Art at the rank of associate or full professor with an emphasis in sculpture/ceramic sculpture.

The Division of Ceramic Art, within the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in the arts and fosters a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environment for research and practice. The Division of Ceramic Art is comprised of six full time faculty, a teaching fellowship, a rotating international chair, and three full time technicians. The scope of the Division of Ceramic Art is wide-ranging, embracing history and innovation, tradition and emerging forms of visual art. The material intensive curriculum develops skill and intellect through theory, technological research and creative practice. Undergraduate and graduate programs are strongly intertwined. In our two-year MFA program, graduate students navigate wide-ranging practices in the visual arts. More information about the program can be viewed at: www.alfredceramics.com.

The Division of Ceramic Art seeks a dynamic, mid-career artist who will participate in shaping the future of ceramic art at Alfred. The successful candidate will have an active exhibition record and established recognition in the field; three to five years teaching experience or equivalent is required; salary will be commensurate with experience. We are seeking applicants immersed in one or any combination of genres; ceramic sculpture, sculpture and/or installation, design, performance, or forms at the intersection of all these. While the applicant’s relationship to material specificity or plurality may be open and variable, interested candidates should possess a strong background in ceramic methodology with an ability to speak to contemporary practice across genres. Additionally, we encourage applications from studio artists with any of the following competencies or interests: craft/art/cultural theory; glaze chemistry/material science; digital methodologies/technologies; program conceptualizing and building. A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education is expected. We invite applicants from across the globe.

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include an M.F.A. in studio art or design or its equivalent, an active professional creative practice including a record of exhibitions and projects beyond the local and regional level. Three or more years previous college-level teaching experience is required.

Alfred University
The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 35 full-time faculty serving more than 500 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. School of Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community of 2,000 students. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.
Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Application Process
Email your letter of interest, CV, artist statement, teaching philosophy, 20 labeled images of examples of personal work and 20 labeled images of examples of student work in addition to contact information for three references (address, phone number, and email) as one PDF document to Ms. Shelly Grant (grantsh@alfred.edu) or on a CD via mail to:
Ceramics B Search
School of Art and Design
NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2 Pine Street
Alfred, NY 14802
For further information about the position, contact Search Chair, Professor Walter McConnell at mcconnw@alfred.edu
Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and remain open until the position is filled.

Artist/Ceramics: The Robert Chapman Turner Teaching Fellow in Ceramic Art

The School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is seeking candidates for The Robert Chapman Turner Teaching Fellow in Ceramic Art. The Turner Teaching Fellow will be an emerging artist with an MFA or equivalent degree. Broad-based knowledge of contemporary art is expected. Prior teaching experience is welcome. The fellowship is non-tenure track and renewable up to three years. The fellowship is $35,000 per year, plus a stipend up to $3,000 per year for professional development.  A studio space will be provided with full access to ceramic facilities.

Established in honor of Robert Chapman Turner, distinguished Professor Emeritus at Alfred, the Turner Teaching Fellowship is a full-time faculty position within the Division of Ceramic Art. All ceramic genres are eligible for consideration. Teaching responsibilities will consist of classes at the undergraduate level. The candidate’s area of expertise will factor into the teaching assignments.
The Division of Ceramic Art within the School of Art and Design at Alfred University has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in the arts and fosters a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environment for research and practice. The Division of Ceramic Art is comprised of six full-time faculty, a teaching fellowship, a rotating international chair, and three full time technicians. The scope of the Division of Ceramic Art is wide-ranging, embracing history and innovation, tradition and emerging forms of visual art. The material intensive curriculum develops skill and intellect through theory, technological research and creative practice. Undergraduate and graduate programs are strongly intertwined. In our two-year MFA program graduate students navigate wide-ranging practices in the visual arts. More information about the program can be viewed at: www.alfredceramics.com.

Qualifications
Required: MFA or equivalent degree; emerging record of scholarly/creative productivity appropriate to teaching at the college level; ability to work collaboratively within the department, the school, the university, and the community; to communicate with and mentor students on all levels. Preferred: Experience teaching and advising students.

Alfred University
The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 35 full-time faculty serving more than 500 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education with an open curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art, design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. School of Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community of 2,000 students. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.
Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Application Process
Email your letter of interest, CV, artist statement, teaching philosophy, 20 labeled images of examples of personal work and 20 labeled images of examples of student work in addition to contact information for three references (address, phone number, and email) as one PDF document to Ms. Shelly Grant (grantsh@alfred.edu) or on a CD via mail to:
Turner Teaching Fellow Search
School of Art and Design
NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2 Pine Street
Alfred, NY 14802
For further information about the position, contact Search Chair, Professor Anne Currier at curriera@alfred.edu.
Review of applications will begin on November 17, 2014 and remain open until the position is filled.

Monday, 13 October 2014

call for applications: Beyond limitations - Clay Mentoring

 Deadline Dec 15th 2015


Beyond Limitation, is a four-week mentoring, cultural exchange program between Australian and Korean artists.

The program consists of six ceramic artists mentoring 12 early career artists from both countries at the Gimhae Clayarch Museum in Gyeongsang, Korea between 20 July - 20 August, 2015. 
Beyond Limitations seeks to deepen the cross-cultural understanding of the art form, and establish international ties predicated on the common appreciation for the ceramics.

Please visit the website for full details and application process. 
www.claymentoring.com

monday morning eye candy: Martha Grover







www.marthagrover.com