Friday, 21 November 2014

FORTIFY an exhibition to support CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund)


featuring many more artists than shown above
The gallery will be donating 20% of all sales

Here's a great opportunity to get something for yourself,
buy some handmade holiday gifts and support a great organization.
 You'll also be supporting working artists.
How can you go wrong?!
210 State Street - Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085

This week @ Trax Gallery

Surface Pleasures

 Reception Sat., Nov. 22, 5 - 7 p.m. & online Sunday PST noon

November 20 - December 20, 2014

Jenny Mendes and Scott Parady
TRAX GALLERY  1812 5th Street, Berkeley, CA  94710

30X5: Sushi Service opens @ Akar

Current Show:
30 X 5: The Sushi Service

Our annual Holiday show, 30 X 5 (30 potters, 5 pots each), is now open! The Sushi Service includes a combination of Sushi Sets, Sake Sets, and Soy Bottles. With 135 pieces to choose from, this is truly a unique and fun exhibit for both Sushi and Ceramic lovers.

Participating Artists: Dan Anderson, Nicole Aquillano, Karl Borgeson, Chris Burd, Billy Cho, Linda Christianson, Bede Clarke, Steven Colby, David Crane, Mike Gesiakowski, Steve Hansen, Autumn Higgins, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Jake Johnson, Justin Lambert, Linda McFarling, Lorna Meaden, Christopher Melia, Sean O'Connell, Jeff Oestreich, Lisa Pedolsky, Justin Rothshank, Akira Satake, Ellen Shankin, Jeff Shapiro, Stacy Snyder and Shumpei Yamaki.
Pictured Above: Mike Gesiakowski, Jeff Oestreich, Steve Hansen, Steven Colby, Akira Satake, David Crane, Sean O'Connell, Shumpei Yamaki, Linda Christianson, Justin Rothshank, Autumn Higgins, Christopher Melia, Justin Lambert, Ellen Shankin, Jake Johnson and Bede Clarke.

View the show at

follow fridays: Sharon Alpren

@sharonalpren on Instagram

Thursday, 20 November 2014

call for entry: Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist

Attention all ceramic artists!
Do you know an Emerging Artist?

All ceramic artists, both US and international, who have been actively pursuing a career in ceramics for less than ten years, are eligible to apply as to our Emerging Artist competition, featured in our May 2015 issue.

Mail to submissions to:
Ceramics Monthly—Emerging Artist
600 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 210
Westerville, OH 43082

Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered. Emailed submissions and submissions containing more than five images will not be considered. Please do not submit materials in binders or folders. Submitted materials will not be returned. Due to the volume of entries, we cannot acknowledge submissions. No phone calls please.

To be considered, please submit the following:
• Up to five high-resolution (300 ppi) digital images on a CD
• Full-size color print of each image, printed on US Letter or A-4 paper
• Complete caption information for each image, including materials,
processes used, dimensions, and date completed
• Contact information including email address
• Artist statement and résumé

The May 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly will feature work by emerging clay artists
Arrival deadline:
February 17, 2015…/…/01/Emerging2015_full_web.pdf

Friday, 14 November 2014

follow friday: Andrea Keys Connell on Instagram

job posting: Executive Director - Pewabic Pottery

More than a century ago Mary Chase Perry Stratton founded Detroit’s Pewabic, actively pushing the boundaries of ceramic practice through exploration, experimentation and the development of ground-breaking techniques.  Today, Pewabic is a center for the promotion and development of contemporary ceramics and the living repository of a rich tradition that continues to influence artists and collectors. Like the city of Detroit, Pewabic is writing a new chapter in its history, firmly establishing itself as a leader among Detroit’s arts institutions.

Located in a 1907 Tudor Revival building – a National Historic Landmark – Pewabic is one of the few working potteries in the country dating back to the Arts and Crafts movement which flourished in Detroit as a counterpoint to assembly-line industrialization.  Arts and Crafts proponents emphasized the importance of art, design and handicraft in everyday objects made for everyday use.  In a world struggling to accommodate the rapid fire changes of technology, Pewabic is rooted firmly in clay and looking ahead to a new vision of contemporary ceramic craft that embraces change through a timeless medium.

Pewabic is a multi-faceted, non-profit organization.  It maintains a thriving retail and design operation and supports the work of more than 100 ceramic artists throughout the region and extends Pewabic’s craft around the world.  Pewabic pottery and tile designs are manufactured on-site.  Pewabic operates a museum honoring its role in the development of ceramics and cares for a growing collection of Pewabic pottery that illustrates its history.  The pottery provides ceramic art education to children and adults throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Pewabic is an active partner in the changing look and culture of its east-side Detroit neighborhood, and a critical player in the revitalization of Detroit promoted by arts and culture organizations.

The organization operates with an annual budget of $2,850,000.00.  It has a full and part-time staff of 45 and a 23 member Board of Trustees. 

  • Building on an established brand and reputation, enhance Pewabic’s position as a leader in ceramic arts regionally and nationally.
  •  Review, assess and propose innovative programs in alignment with mission and vision.
  • Strengthen Pewabic’s finances by enhancing endowment, cultivating and engaging individual, corporate and foundation donors, optimizing retail sales and design commissions and integrating sound business practices throughout the organization.
  • Actively engage with local arts initiatives, collaborate with other educational and cultural organizations and promote and expand Pewabic’s work by engaging the community in meaningful and innovative way.
  • Support and build a dynamic, team focused organization that encourages creativity, productivity and excellence.
  • Develop the physical campus.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and strategic objectives. As the primary public representative of Pewabic, the Executive Director works as a partner with the Board to ensure that the organization remains mission centered, programmatically exciting and fiscally viable.

Organizational Management
  • Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission with consistent, timely and measurable progress.
  • Develop strategies and lead initiatives to grow fundraising, retail and design development.
  • Lead staff in the development of organizational and financial plans and execute those plans and policies with the support and approval of the Board.
  • Promote active participation by the Board and volunteers in support of the organization’s work.
  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the facility and work to expand the physical plant to increase manufacturing and programmatic capacity.
Community Outreach and Programming
  • Guide staff in the development and implementation of creative, interesting and dynamic programs and activities to engage the greater community in ceramic opportunities and experiences.
  • Oversee educational and exhibition programming and the historical collections.
  • Manage the growth of the Pewabic brand and future development of Pewabic designs and fabrication.
  • Ensure appropriate financial and legal practices are utilized and maintained.
  • With staff, develop long-range financial projections, prepare the annual operating budget and manage the organization within budget guidelines and funding.
  • Execute legal documents and correspondence on behalf of the organization.
  • Act as primary spokesperson for Pewabic.
  • Establish proactive working relationships with area arts organizations, volunteers, community groups and organizations and the media.
  • Actively foster and support internal communication, ensuring that the entire staff is working to achieve Pewabic’s mission and vision.
  • Keep the Board informed of the overall condition of the organization and all the important factors influencing it, such as finances, human resources, operations and programs.
Organizational Development and Human Resources
  • Strengthen all aspects of human resources including policy and practices.
  • Encourage staff and volunteer development and education.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.
The new Executive Director must be a person of vision able to inspire and excite a committed board, dedicated staff and extensive community of ceramic artists, designers, collectors, students, faculty, administrators, as well as residents of and visitors to Detroit. Success will require prior experience in the arts or a related field and appreciation of ceramic art throughout history to the present in addition to proven management skills.  Most importantly, the successful candidate will possess exemplary personal and leadership qualities and will be eager to be part of an extraordinary organization dedicated to the ceramic arts.
Specific qualifications include:
    • BA in a related field; advanced degree in arts administration or an MPA or MBA;
    • Proven track record as a leader with 5 to 7 years in a management position, preferably in an arts organization;
    • Artistic vision with a passion for ceramics;
    • Fund development experience;
    • Demonstrated ability to coach, lead, and manage a diverse, creative team of artists, designers, third party contractors, retailers, fundraisers and administrators;
    • Skill as an administrator familiar with setting and achieving objectives and managing projects; experience with manufacturing and/or retail a plus;
    • Excellent writing and speaking skills as well as excellent interpersonal and listening skills;
    • Personal warmth, charm, sensitivity, compassion and a good sense of humor greatly appreciated.
Winter/Spring 2015
Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three references. Applications will be reviewed by Management Consultants for the Arts, the executive search firm working with the Board of Trustees of Pewabic. Suggestions of candidates are also welcome.
Send resume and accompanying materials via email to:
Linda Sweet, Partner
Email: Christy Wall at
Subject Line: Pewabic

help support Pots on Wheels! (and of course gets some sweet pots out of the deal!)

Massachusetts-based arts organization raising funds to create mobile clay gallery & learning center Pots On Wheels (POW!) represents the collaboration of one hundred potters to launch a KickStarter online fundraising effort. The fundraiser began Nov. 4 and runs to Dec. 1.

11.05.14 Massachusetts — Pots On Wheels (going by its acronym, POW!) is initiating a fundraising campaign through the website KickStarter to purchase a commercial-size van that will enable local ceramic artists to bring the hand-made experience of pottery to under-served communities. The KickStarter campaign is remarkable for the fact that over 100 potters have donated work to help raise support. Individuals who pledge to the POW! KickStarter will have the choice to receive an original work of ceramic art from among hundreds of donated pieces, or other pledge incentives. The POW! KickStarter campaign begins November 4 and runs until December 1.

Hayne Bayless, one of the founding artists behind POW!, said, "Having a hundred artists supporting the success of our KickStarter is very exciting. From emerging artists to some who are internationally known, their participation speaks to the spirit of collaboration that is at the heart of our mobile gallery and clay learning project."

POW! will use the funds it raises to purchase and modify a commercial-sized van to create a flexible space for collaborative community clay projects. This van will reach under-served neighborhoods and settings where art studio and display space is at a premium or otherwise unavailable. POW! is a collaboration between several Massachusetts-based artists: Hannah Niswonger, Adero Willard, Sam Taylor, Mark Shapiro, Arthur Halvorsen, Kathy King, and Hayne Bayless (of CT) in partnership with area arts institutions including the Society of Arts & Crafts (Boston), the Ceramics Program at Harvard University (Cambridge), and Mudflat Studio (Somerville).

"The name 'Pots On Wheels' describes what our program will provide to communities throughout our area, but the name 'POW!' describes the kind of impact that we believe the arts can have in people's lives." said Hannah Niswonger. "In this day and age when the arts are being stripped from schools, we and our partner organizations like the Society of Arts & Crafts see an incredible need to deliver the experience of fine craft. The KickStarter campaign is the first step."

KickStarter is an established fund-raising website on which individuals pledge donation amounts to organizations or businesses, each of which has its own page within the KickStarter site. The POW! KickStarter page ( ) has more information about the project; photographs of many of the donated works of original art can be found at the POW! website:

The POW! KickStarter campaign will run from November 4 to December 1.
# # #
Media Contact: Hannah Niswonger PHONE: 781-729-4398 EMAIL: