Friday, 21 October 2016

Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale: Épisode

• Phoebe Cummings, Benjamin DeMott, Janet Macpherson, Meghan Smythe. Curator: Linda Swanson
Vernissage : Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6 pm
Exhibition : October 28 to November 26
Artists and Curator Exchange: Friday, October 28 at 7 pm

Épisode is curated by invited artist/curator Linda Swanson. The exhibition features four artists whose works speak not only to excellence and innovation in ceramics, but to its relevance as a discipline that allows for a specifically corporeal, embodied articulation of contemporary human experience. Swanson’s choice of artists — Phoebe Cummings (Stafford, UK), Benjamin DeMott (Chicago, U.S.), Janet Macpherson (Toronto, Canada) and Meghan Smythe (Los Angeles, U.S.) — has resulted in an inspiring, materially seductive exhibition. Indeed, there is something collectively subversive about their work – subversive in the sense of undermining staid narratives, restrictive tropes, or assumptions about our perceived reality. Each artist recognizes the historical heritage of ceramics, yet offers a highly original and imaginatively provocative vision. Épisode is the second of five biennales taking place between 2014 and 2022.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm

CALL FOR PAPERS: Canadian Craft Biennial Conference Can Craft? Craft Can!

September 15 and 16, 2017
Burlington and Toronto

The Art Gallery of Burlington in collaboration with Craft Ontario is organizing the first Canadian Craft Biennial Conference to be held September 15 and 16, 2017 in Burlington and Toronto, Ontario.

There are eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches. To submit a proposal to a session, please send an abstract (250 words) with your contact information, a short biography (100 words) to the convener of the session you would like to join by 30 November 2016. The full description for each session can be found at

Regular sessions will include four (4) presentations of twenty (20) minutes each followed by a question period. Number of Pecha Kucha presentations in session five is at the discretion of the conveners. All sessions are 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

1. Indigenous Craft Today: Tradition, Innovation, Action
Convener: Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Independent Scholar

2. Craft and Wilderness: Combatting Territorial Amnesia
Convener: Amanda Shore

3. Somewhere Between Folklore, Modernity and Utopia: Expo'67 and the development of Fine Crafts and Métiers d'art in Canada
Convener: Bruno Andrus

Note: Bilingual Session; Propositions in French and English are welcome.

4. Decolonizing Craft: contemporary craft, race, and decolonial practice in Canada
Conveners: Anthea Black, OCAD University & Nicole Burisch, Independent critic/curator
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5. The Openness of Craft: Complexity in Current Practices
Convener: Ruth Chambers, University of Regina

6. Identity, Craft / Métiers d’art and Marketing
Convener: Susan Surette, PhD, NSCAD University and Concordia University

Note: Bilingual Session; Propositions in French and English are welcome.

7. Round-Table Session Title: Making Sense: Exploring Creative Methodologies
Convener: Julie Hollenbach PhD Candidate, Department of Art (Art History), Queen’s University.

8. Craft and Public Art
Conveners: Kathy Kranias, PhD Student, Humanities Department, York University, and Lera Kotsyuba, Research Assistant Intern, Ontario Heritage Trust
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9. Making Education: The Changing Nature of Teaching Craft
Convener: Dorie Millerson, Assistant Professor, Chair, Material Art & Design, OCAD University

10. Craft’s Collaborations
Convener: Mireille Perron, Alberta College of Art + Design

11. The digital ties that bind: Practice-lead research in craft
Convener: Stephen Bottomley, Senior lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art/ University of Edinburgh

The full description for each session can be found at

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

residency opportunity: c.r.e.t.a Rome

CITY OR COUNTRYSIDE? 2017 international artist residencies at c.r.e.t.a. rome
We have just posted the 2017 dates for our short-term residencies in Rome, Italy. 

Founded in 2012, c.r.e.t.a rome is an international centre for ceramics and the arts co-founded by American art-historian, Lori-Ann Touchette and Italian ceramic artist, Paolo Porelli. We offer residencies in our studio in the historical centre of Rome and also in the countryside near the lake of Bracciano. The first application deadline is 1 November 2016. For more info, see our web-site ( or contact us at

Lori-Ann Touchette and Paolo Porelli
c.r.e.t.a. rome
via dei Delfini, 17
00186 Rome, Italy

Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 Korea - International Competition


Curated by Phil Rogers

Bandana Pottery, USA
Frank Boyden, USA
Bruce Cochrane, CANADA
Nic Collins, UK
Josh DeWeese, USA
Jeff Diehl, USA
Doug Fitch, UK & SCOTLAND
Hannah McAndrew Fitch, SCOTLAND
Anne Mette Hjortshøj, DENMARK
Shinsuke Iwami, JAPAN
Lee Kang-Hyo, KOREA
Lucien Koonce, USA
Ken Matsuzaki, JAPAN
Jan McKeachie Johnston, USA
Phil Rogers, WALES
Tim Rowan, USA
Akira Satake, USA

"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" at Sculpture Space NYC Projects

Trevor King

October 22 - November 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 6 - 9 PM
Hours: Saturday 12 - 6 PM and Wednesday 5 - 8 PM
Location: 47-21 35th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Sculpture Space NYC Projects is pleased to present The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell, a group exhibition featuring recent sculptural ceramics by five New York-based artists: Veronica Frenning, Trevor King, Toshiaki Noda, Sang Joon Park, and Patrice Renee Washington. 
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell honors the idea of a non-utilitarian, non-traditional vision and experimental approach toward clay. The common denominator of this show is that each artist in his or her own particular way explore the simplicity and anomalies that arise from the process, and rethink the aesthetic values, and ideals of beauty and perfection.
Veronica Frenning works organically, shaping clay into found objects and presenting these finds as specimens.  Frenning’s pieces blur the lines between traces of industry, weathered manmade remnants and fragments of nature.
Trevor King’s Aluminum series articulates the mysterious inner spaces of ceramic vessels. The works are made in a series of steps that involve throwing a clay vessel and then using the thrown pot as the vehicle to cast its own shape.   A wax form made of the pot’s inside is then cast in aluminum, capturing evidence of throw lines, or fingerprints made from pushing clay up as it spins on the wheel.  The resulting objects appear as materials in flux - melting, pouring, drying, and dissolving.
Toshiaki Noda's works are created on the wheel and altered so that the clay reveals its responses to the gesture marks left by Noda's hands. The exaggerated surfaces and entire shapes are formed while manipulating the clay's centrifugal force into Noda's aesthetic form.
Sang Joon Park has the foundations of a trained traditional Korean potter.  Through the repetition of throwing clay vessels, Sang Joon takes collectively thousands of bowls and transforms them into sculptural towers. 
Patrice Renee Washington creates relationships within the "realm of cultural space," setting up scenarios between objects that are seemingly functional whilst addressing concepts of the “primitive and modes of convenience."
Sculpture Space NYC is a ceramics and sculpture center designed to foster creativity, concept and collaboration. SSNYC's intent is to be a resource for artists, providing space, equipment, advanced education and opportunities for exhibitions and residencies. New York City based artists Andrew Kennedy and Magda Dejose founded SSNYC in 2014.

Patrice Renee Washington

Sang Joon Park

Toshiaki Noda

For more information, please contact Sculpture Space NYC / Projects at 718-806-1709 or

what's been up lately....fusions, general hardware...craft ontario...make and do...a weekend of #canadianceramics

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can forgive the fact that a week went by without our usual emerging artist/monday morning eye candy and such posts. It's been a crazy busy time around here lately. Rather then try to play catch up I thought I'd let you guys in on what's been going on around here lately.

This past weekend I was in Toronto for the Fusion Clay and Glass Exhibition. Bringing together artists from across Canada it was a weekend filled with some of the great ceramic work that our fine country has to offer. I'm pleasantly exhausted and returned home feeling inspired and appreciative of those in our community that work tirelessly to bring events and artists together like this. Celebrating it's 20th Anniversary this year the Fusion Clay and Glass Exhibition is known for the diversity and talent that it presents year after year. I highly encourage Clay and Glass artists from all over Canada to take note of this prestigious event and to reach out to the organizers to get involved for next year.

#canadianceramics Family picture at Fusion
such an incredible space at the Artscape Wychwood Barns

While in Toronto I always try to stop by and visit some of my favorite pieces at the Gardiner Museum.  Lovely to see some of Edmund DeWaal's pieces there this time. And they also have a sweet exhibition on mapping the influence of Scandinavia Design in Canada highlighting both older as well as contemporary works by artists across the craft disciplines not just ceramics. If you have a mid-century chair obsession (as i do) then it's a show worth catching.

Also took in the opening reception for Clint Neufeld's new exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary and the opening of the new (incredible) Craft Ontario retail and exhibition space.  

I also had to steal a few minutes to run over to Harbourfront Centre to see the Lindsay Montgomery exhibition that was on in their vitrine gallery. She's one of my favorite Canadian artists right now so I was pretty excited to get to see the work in person.

And fellow make and do ceramics member Shane Weaver gave us a tour of his latest project: dex(terity) lab. More on that very soon as he will be opening his doors to the public in November...very exciting to see such a beautiful ceramic work and retail space in Toronto. Every city needs one of these! that was just Toronto...

I'm also super excited to invite you to the Void Gallery exhibition of make and do ceramics which opens runs  from October 12th to November 6th. This is our first exhibition as a collective. A reception will be held Thursday, October 20th, from 7 to 9pm. Please stop by if you're in the area or you can view/purchase work online as well.

 I'm sure I'm missing things I need to say... I especially want to thank all those that were involved with making this trip our to Toronto so amazing. It was the break from the routine and the inspiration I needed. xoxoxo carole

Thursday, 13 October 2016

POLITICS & CLAY with Justin Rothshank @ Ferrin Contemporary


POLITICS & CLAY with Justin Rothshank

October 15, 3–5pm
At 4:00 in the gallery, Justin and Elenor Wilson, editor of the Studio Potter journal, will discuss the ways in which contemporary ceramics are used to raise awareness of social and political issues.
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KNOW JUSTICE: Brooke & Justin Rothshank
on view through November 13
This a two-person show focuses on American politics, the Supreme Court, and presidential history. Brooke’s miniature watercolor portraits are complemented by Justin’s decal-printed tableware. 
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

technical tuesday: Alcohol reduction raku with Shawn Felts

must read: How to Incorporate Human Remains Into Your Dinner Party by Lauren Young

Justin Crowe's latest work Nourish.

"Nourish" is a dinnerware series designed to infuse a sense of mortality into everyday moments. It’s inspiration to celebrate, share, and live full while reflecting on our very existence. The Nourish glaze was formulated using the remains over 200 people, each with their own previous lives and stories, distilled into their elemental essence. The series is functional dinnerware for daily use."

Read the article here.
Find out more about Justin Crowe and his work here:

True Nordic: How Scandinavia influenced design in Canada @ the Gardiner Museum

October 13, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Produced by the Gardiner Museum and curated by Rachel Gotlieb and Michael Prokopow
Exhibition design by Andrew Jones Design / Graphic design by q30 design inc.

This landmark exhibition explores more than seven decades of Nordic aesthetic influence in Canadian design. Examining the ways that modern Scandinavian design was introduced to Canada and how its aesthetic principles and material forms were adopted and adapted by Canadian artisans and designers, True Nordic will present a comprehensive, critical survey of Canadian furniture, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, and glassware. 

Scandinavian design initially reached Canada’s elite consumers and style-makers via museum and gallery exhibitions, showrooms, small retail shops and articles and advertisements in popular decorator magazines. However, it was the dynamic influx of émigré craftspeople from Scandinavia who both affirmed and vernacularized the aesthetic in Canada and who shaped profoundly the country’s design and craft movement from the 1930s onward. What was broadly known as “Danish modern” became synonymous with ideas about good design, and "comfortable and gracious living." Capitalizing on the market opportunities presented, Canadian manufacturers added Scandinavian design to their conservative repertoire of colonial and historicist offerings and called these lines, Helsinki, Stanvanger, Scanda and so on. The culminating section of the exhibition will ask why Scandinavian and Nordic aesthetics continue to resonate with so many contemporary Canadian designers and artisans at work today.

Featured artisans include: Carl Poul Petersen, Ernst and Alma  Lorenzen, Janis Kravis, John Stene, Karen Bulow, Kjeld and Erica Deichmann, Lotte Bostlund, Thor Hansen, Rudolph Renzius,  Sigrun Bulow-Hube, Ruth Gowdy McKinley, Niels Bendtsen, Sean Place, Mjolk, Stephanie Forsythe, and Todd MacAllen. 

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Crystal Morey @ Modern Eden Gallery opens this week.

Delicate Dependencies 
Solo Exhibition - Crystal Morey

San Francisco, CA
October 14 -29, 2016

Humankind has become the driving influence and force behind natural evolution, with the ability to alter life from a single cell all the way up to entire ecosystems. Through these actions we are leaving vulnerable species and habitats frantic, facing disruptions and uncertain outcomes. In my work I explore these actions while also creating an evocative and mysterious narrative that shows our interdependence with the land and animals around us.

“Delicate Dependencies” is an exploration of these ideas shown through plants and animals native to the western United States. These creatures exist in habitats stressed or impacted by human activity, leading them to an unclear future. They inhabit a space where the relationship between humans, and the plants and animals around them, are intricately and physically bound together, dependent on each other for their long-term viability. Sculpted from the silken white earth of porcelain, I see these delicate figures as containing power, as modern talismans and precious telling objects. They see a heightened vision of human influence in the natural world and are here to remind us of our current trajectory and the delicate dependencies we all share.

Instagram: @cmorey

monday morning eye candy: Dorothy Feibleman

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