Monday, 5 December 2016


Lead by professionals, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be of interest to practitioners and academics alike. Visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Yang Tomb of the Han, Yu Yuan Garden, The Bund, and the Shanghai Museum’s world-famous ceramics collection. Spend a week of hands-on exploration at The Pottery Workshop’s Education Centre in Jingdezhen, the historic home of porcelain. With the focus on doing, you will experience the materials and methods of Chinese porcelain production.

Try your hand at Qinghua blue & white painting, Fencai overglaze enamelling, Song dynasty relief carving, underglaze transfer and overglaze decal application. Local trips will include the Ancient Kiln Museum, glaze shop, brush-maker’s shop, the Ancient Reproduction Factory, and the Big Tile– and Big Pot Factories. Attend the PWS Saturday Morning Creative Market and visit the galleries of local artisans. Of special interest will be a day-long pilgrimage to the scenic village of Yaoli, the 64m long Tianbao dragon kiln, the Dongbu Kaolin Museum, and Gaoling (Kaolin) Mountain.

All in-country transportation, meals and four-star accommodation, local guides and entry fees are included. $5,500.00 per person, double occupancy (single occupancy available).

For more information and to register your expression of interest for this tour please contact Paul Leathers at
+1 (403) 358-5348 or

monday morning eye candy: Matt Repsher

Thursday, 1 December 2016

residency opportunities: NCECA International Residency Partner Programs

DEADLINE: December 17, 2016 
NCECA International Residency Awards support projects that are approximately one month in duration, to occur between April 2017 and March 2018.  Residency dates vary; check details below.
For 2017, NCECA is pleased to partner with:
  • Medalta International Artists In Residence Program
    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Celebrating 10 years at Curaumilla Art Center with NCECA Residency
    Santiago, Chile
The purpose of NCECA is to promote and improve the ceramic arts through education, research and creative practice. One of the many ways that NCECA supports its members is by providing opportunities to engage in international programs. Intercultural exchange of ideas and methods is critical to evolution of individual artists who through their immersion and experimentation, absorb and sometimes transform influences of other artists and their cultures. NCECA has participated in programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and South America. Global interface will continue to play an important role in NCECA’s efforts to sustain and advance a vibrant ceramic art and education community.

The award amount available for 2017 will be $3750.00 per residency. Partnering residency centers are expected to support the artists through in-kind and/ or monetary support subject to their available resources. Prior to submitting an application, artists should visit and review the residency websites below to learn about each program’s costs, facilities, unique experiences, and application requirements.

Application materials may include the following items but each application process may be different; Letter of Intent, Artist statement, Resume/CV, 10 images, etc.

Medalta International Artists In Residence Program
713 Medalta Ave SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Primary Contact: Noriko Masuda
An eight-week residency is available only July 3 – August 30, 2017
International Visa is not required.
Approximate total cost for an eight-week residency is $4060.00.  Medalta will provide up to $1760 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; Studio fees, services, firing fees, miscellaneous expenses. This cost is only an estimate and could change depending on varying factors such as material/firing usage, food consumption, and travel distance.  In-kind support provided by residency is for specified items and amounts. CLICK HERE for application process.

Celebrating 10 Years at Curaumilla Arts Center with NCECA Residency
Director:                Marilu Pelusa Rosenthal
Primary Contact:   Marilu Pelusa Rosenthal
Mailing Address:   La Disputada 37, Lo Barnechea, Santiago
Country:                Chile
Telephone:           (569) 8428 0745
Email :       
A four-week residency is available April 2017 – November 2017.
International Visa is not required.
Approximate total cost for a four-week residency is $4000.00. Curaumilla will provide up to $1900 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; materials, firing fees, miscellaneous expenses. This cost is only an estimate and could change depending on varying factors such as material/firing usage, food consumption, and travel distance.  In-kind support provided by residency is for specified items and amounts.  CLICK HERE for application process.

Full details and eligibility are on the NCECA website here.

Arrowmont Needs Your Help – Support Rebuild Fund

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Arrowmont was damaged in the tragic Gatlinburg fires, along with many other homes and businesses. Dorms were destroyed, but thankfully not our studios. We appreciate the incredible outpouring of love for our beloved school from all over the country.
How can you help? The best way is by donating to our Rebuild Fund. Click on the donate button below and you can play a part in rebuilding dorms on our campus. Send checks to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, P.O. Box 567, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738. Thank you for your support of Arrowmont.
Executive director Bill May interviews with The Weather Channel regarding Arrowmont’s campus. Click here to watch.

Follow the link to donate:

Friday, 25 November 2016

Laurent Craste @ Art Gallery of Burlington

Craste’s 13 new works examine the notion of aesthetics in the decorative arts, specifically the shift from ornaments to what is now seen as the clean aesthetics of design.

About the Artist
Ceramist by trade, Laurent Craste is an internationally renowned visual artist whose practice focuses on the exploration of the multiple layers of meaning of decorative objects: ideologically, aesthetically, and through their sociological and historical dimensions. The porcelain vase, in particular, has for years been the subject of predilection of the artist’s work. Laurent Craste appropriates this archetypal figure of decorative arts, using it as matter, support and playground for his artistic interventions, in order to create striking formal and conceptual proposals.

Laurent Craste holds a Master in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM, and he was awarded numerous prizes and awards during his career. His works are on display in numerous private and public collections (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Public Collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, The Cirque du Soleil Collection, etc.).

Image: Laurent Craste, Immolation, 2016

call for submissions: NCECA Prospectus For 2018 Concurrent Exhibition Proposals

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 (EST)

52st ANNUAL NCECA CONFERENCE: CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture
Wednesday March 14 – Saturday, March 17, 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The exhibition and expansion of contemporary ceramic practice will include diverse approaches to ideas and senses of materiality involving clay and process. NCECA’s annual conference is enriched by the innovation and vision that emerges from our community to present ceramic art of the highest caliber in the form of Concurrent Exhibitions (CEs). These exhibitions make ceramic art visible and accessible to communities in which the conference is based. Concurrent Exhibitions also provide a platform for participating artists to engage with the global audience of ceramic enthusiasts to expand, challenge, and celebrate critical and aesthetic horizons of art made with clay. NCECA promotes Concurrent Exhibitions through the print conference guide, app, website, Blog and social media. While NCECA makes efforts to cluster the shows within art/ cultural districts to maximize viewer attendance, it is not able to guarantee that all exhibition venues will be included on tour routes.

2018 Exhibitions Focus
NCECA seeks exhibition proposals that incorporate clay as the principal medium of expression and have conceptual resonance with the theme of its 52nd annual conference, CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture. The conference will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in March 2018. Cross-currents within Pittsburgh’s three rivers are traversed by 446 bridges. These natural and cultural features are vibrant metaphors for the intersectionality, significance, and experience of different cultural constructs. Traditions and innovations coexist throughout the ceramic medium’s history. Our creative work with ceramic art in the 21st century can be a catalyst to generate dialog and empathy. When art grapples with change through underrepresented ideas, new models of creating, teaching, and learning, it has the capacity to crystalize experiences of diversity and notions of community. Through these exhibitions, NCECA hopes to share and promote innovative approaches to ceramic art that explore and highlight the experiences of diverse cultures within a dynamic society. 

full details here:

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

movie day: Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

must read: Habiba El-Sayed: The Ceramic Artist Moulding The Pain of Muslims

"Habiba El-Sayed is an upcoming Torontonian ceramic artist whose work focuses on exploring her identity as a biracial Guyanese-Egyptian and a Muslim womyn living in a post 9/11 world. She has secured a coveted residency at Harbourfront Craft Studios, has had her work exhibited at the Gardiner Museum and most recently (Mus)Interpreted, a group exhibition showcasing work by emerging and established young Muslim womyn artists in the Greater Toronto Area."

Read the full article by Asmaa Bacchus here:

View more of the artist's work here:

monday morning eye candy: Nancy Kubale