Friday, 4 September 2015

drop everything and get yourselves to COUSINS IN CLAY this weekend!

Cousins in Clay

North Carolina - Mountains

Bakersville, NC
at Michael Kline Pottery

September 5 - 6, 2015

Cousins: Gholson, Henneke & Kline

Special Guest Cousin
Justin Rothshank

You are invited to come and visit with the "Cousins in Clay - Mountains" for their 5th Annual show and sale of contemporary art pottery . The event takes place under the mighty oaks on the breezy ridge near the Kline Pottery in the mountain town of Bakersville, NC. Michael will be joined by Bruce and Samantha, who make their annual trip to the mountains. They are sure to have a really wonderful selection of their amazingly glazed wares. This year's visiting cousin is the nationally known potter, Justin Rothshank. Watch pottery demonstrations, enjoy some awesome red beans and rice, drink some cold one’s and celebrate the art of the potter in this summer's "Cousins in Clay: Mountains".

show us your influences with Kathryn Mitchell

In Kathryn's words: I make my pots with the intention that each piece should be used and embraced in everyday life. My wheel-thrown pots are simple and contemporary, whilst the illustrations are delicate, colourful and inspired by the beauty (and oddity) of my island home. 

I grew up on the Isle of Man, a small windswept and rain-soaked island in the middle of the Irish Sea. I spent my childhood running around Silverdale Glen, a secluded valley in the south of the island. It was owned by my Grandfather between the 1930's and 1960's, so there is a lot of family history in the area for me. In and around the glen is an old corn mill, a mineral water factory, playground and water-driven carousel, all of which appear in my illustrations.
After making friends with a Swedish artist in Australia, I visited Sweden for her wedding in 2013. I fell in love with the country. I had been trying to draw horses to represent the Silverdale carousel for years but hadn't been happy with the results. The Dalahäst have become the perfect emblem for me.

Clarice Cliff
Clarice's designs were wild, bold and adventurous. She was SO far ahead of her time and must have been a strong-minded woman to progress so far in what was a man's world. The iconic little worlds that she can create rather enchant me.
Find out more about Kathryn here:

*** It's been a while since I've received any show us your influence submissions. We'd love to hear about what inspiration you bring with you into the studio. Send me an email at if you'd like to be featured.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Rickie Barnett - I carried off your ghost (as far as I could go) @ Taos Clay

Huge thanks to Rickie for sharing these sneak peaks with us of his upcoming show. If you're in the area please check it out in person @ Taos Clay

movie day: ceramic potter's wheel animation from Ilusha Yudovich

ceramic potter's wheel animation from Ilusha Yudovich on Vimeo.

call for artists: 2016 National Student Juried Exhibition NCECA

Deadline: SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 
Clay students in undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate programs throughout the U.S. —
NCECA is turning 50… The future is here and YOU are it!

APPLY NOW for the 2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE), a cornerstone event of Makers, Mentors and Milestones, NCECA’s 50th annual conference. Submission deadline is September 23, 2015. Applications close at 11:59 PM Mountain Time Zone (Denver, CO, USA).
The exhibition, juried by Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers, takes place at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, March 4 – April 30, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Works involving clay as their primary material including those incorporating other media will be considered. FULL details about NSJE eligibility, entry procedures, application process, etc. will be found at

The call is open to full-time students (as defined by their home institution) enrolled in the United States of America. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal. Student Members of NCECA will receive a 50% discount on exhibition submission fee.

Small Transgressions OPENS TOMORROW!

Marney McDiarmid

Krystal Speck

Lee Ann Janissen

Michelle Mendlowitz



Jen Leis
Susan Card
Barb Banfield
Kim Davy

Friday, 28 August 2015

ROBERTO LUGO Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester through October 12

In this solo installation, Lugo explores eclecticism and culture by juxtaposing street graffiti, European decorative patterning, and rich symbolism drawn from his Puerto Rican heritage. He creates a hybrid of visual art traditions and stimulates new conversations around cultural tolerance. The show features Lugo’s work created during his artist residency at Project Art.

Open daily in Aug 11–5, fall 11–5 Wed–Sun.

CLAY IS HOT! | Worcester–Wu Tang, Museums as Muse
Saturday, October 3, 3pm
Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
Join museum curators and artist Roberto Lugo in a discussion of current trends in artistic and curatorial practice involving historic reinterpretation and contemporary intervention.

Saturday, October 3, 6pm
Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
Join us for dinner in the gallery with artist Roberto Lugo and his collaborators. Catered by Gramercy Bistro and served on handmade dinnerware by local studio potter Eric Smith with Roberto Lugo. Limited seating. $75. Click here to inquire.

Ferrin Contemporary 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams

The Cup Collaboration - Exhibition and Online Event


"A handmade cup forever retains the touch of its maker. The daily ritual of choosing a cup is one that many of us enjoy. This group exhibition brings together 34  Australian, and International 'clay' sisters and brothers. The participants have been carefully matched and asked to collaborate to produce two cups together, and one of their own, for this exciting event."

Dates - Opening Wednesday October 7th
        6-8pm RSVP 03 9895 8888
        (Exhibition Closes 18th October)

Where - Box Hill Community Art Centre
        470 Station Street (&corner of Combarton St)
        Box Hill 3128

Sales -
        Opening night sales from 6-8pm
        Weekend sales 11am - 4pm
        10,11,17,18 October
Online Store -
        Opening 9am AEST  Thursday October 8th -
        closing October 18th ,12am AEST 

       The Cup Collaboration

Participants -

Ayumi Horie USA & Sophie Moran AUS
Katherine Wheeler AUS & Marina Pribaz AUS
Sandra Bowkett AUS & Janetta Kerr Grant AUS
Kathryn Mitchell IoM & Niharika Hukku AUS
Ana Maria Jensen AUS & Adriana Christianson AUS
Shannon Garson AUS & Vanessa Lucas AUS
Diana Fayt USA & Linda Fahey USA
Carole Epp CAD & Jenna Stanton CAD
Jane Sawyer  AUS & Frida Birkic AUS
Bridget Bodenham AUS & Jo Ruchel AUS
Whitney Smith USA & Erinswindow AUS
Vicki Grima AUS  & Aleida Pullar AUS
Katie Jacobs AUS & Mariko Paterson CAD
Joey Burns AUS & Zak Chalmers AUS
Yen Yen Lo AUS & Vanessa Holle AUS
Susan Frost AUS & Elaine Bradley AUS
Angela Walford AUS & Sue McFarland AUS

For all enquiries, re sales , promotion etc ,
contact -
Adriana Christianson
mobile 0488768137

currently @ Akar


Participating Artists I Katriona Drijber I Adam Field I Maggie Finlayson I Lauren Gallaspy I Andrew Gilliatt I Tom Jaszczak I Heesoo Lee I Steven Lee I Kwok Pong Tso I Bill Wilkey




New work: Kenyon Hansen  I  Featured artist: Wayne Branum


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

movie day: Gordon Baldwin Objects for a Landscape, York Art Gallery

Leading sculptural ceramicist Gordon Baldwin talks about his work in this film by Matthew Partington, Recording the Crafts, University of the West of England, Bristol. A major exhibition of Baldwin's work goes on show at York Art Gallery from 11 February - 10 June 2012. For more information go to

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

call for entry: Beyond the Brickyard

We are pleased to be holding our eighth annual international call for entries, Beyond the Brickyard. The selected works will be exhibited at the Archie Bray Foundation in January 2016. This year’s exhibition will be juried by 2015 visiting artist Peter Beasecker.

Specifications and Applying
Specifications and information about applying are listed online at
All submissions to Beyond the Brickyard will only be accepted online.
Submissions must be received online by September 15, 2015, midnight  MST.

Entry Fee
The cost of entering Beyond the Brickyard is $35 USD for up to 3 works. All major credit cards are accepted.

From the successful entrants, three awards will be selected:
Juror’s Choice Award: $400
Director’s Choice Award: $400

People's Choice Award: $100
Sales Commission
Artists will receive 55% commission of their work sold during exhibition, while ABF will retain 45%.

Exhibition Schedule
By applying all applicants agree to the following schedule if selected to exhibit:

► Applications due September 15, 2015
► Entrants notified of jury results by email no later than October 31, 2015
► Work to be received by Archie Bray Foundation by November 18, 2015
► Work exhibited in Beyond the Brickyard,
January–March 2016
Questions about your application?
► For technical support please contact
► For questions about submission information please contact

technical tuesday: A Super Simple Analogy to Help You Understand Glaze Structure - JOHN BRITT