Tuesday, 21 February 2017

job posting: Northern Clay Center

Title: Exhibitions Manager
Reports To: Director
Hours: Full-time, exempt salaried position; work on some evenings and weekends will be required.
Application Deadline: Applications being accepted immediately with interviews to commence beginning mid-March, 2017.
This is a permanent, salaried position, responsible for the management of Northern Clay Center's exhibition program. The Exhibitions Manager reports to the Director and supports other NCC activities as requested. This position is responsible for planning, organizing, and installing eight to ten exhibitions each year in two gallery spaces at NCC. Exhibitions include a range of work by regional and national artists, one of which travels to an additional 3 – 5 venues around the state each year. The Exhibitions Manager jointly manages, with the Sales Gallery Manager, the installation of the American Pottery Festival and the annual Holiday Exhibition. The Exhibitions Manager also works closely with the Sales Gallery Manager to ensure NCC’s presence at the annual NCECA conference. Additionally, this position oversees the work of a part-time program assistant, whose primary responsibilities include assisting with installation and de-installation, shipping, and general administration.  Finally, this position is a member of NCC’s senior team, which helps to support all general operations of the Center, in addition to exhibition-specific duties.
Major Responsibilities
Plan and curate, with the Director and the Exhibition Committee, the annual schedule of exhibitions, both on-site and elsewhere as special opportunities arise. This includes, but is not limited to the following tasks related to each exhibition:
  • Designing, installing, and deconstructing each exhibition 
  • Packing and unpacking of artwork
  • Managing of inventory and registration of incoming artwork
  • Maintaining integrity of exhibition galleries (painting, lighting, etc.)
  • Managing special display construction
  • Production of labels, price lists, other exhibition signage, and didactic material
  • Arranging for documentation of each exhibition
  • Coordinating catalog production (an average of 3 – 4 catalogues annually)
  • Ensuring exhibition wares are photographed and listed for sale on NCC’s website in a timely fashion following the exhibition opening
Additional administrative duties include:
  • Corresponding with artists, dealers and collectors, and other institutions to obtain work
  • Sending and maintaining letters of agreement, contracts, loan forms, condition reports, insurance, renewal, filings, and records
  • Arranging for transportation of works for exhibitions, including coordinating storage of shipping crates and materials, preparing outgoing work for shipping, and packing and unpacking artwork
  • Ensuring artists receive payment (their commission) for sold exhibition works
  • Preparing, with advisement from Director, annual budget for program, and working within constraints of that budget
  • Assisting Director in fundraising for the exhibitions program
  • Coordinating and preparing for Exhibition Committee meetings, including scheduling and planning, and preparing minutes
  • Preparing galleries for exhibition openings, including refreshment set-up and clean-up with assistance from Sales Gallery and Special Events Manager, as well as representing the Center at exhibition openings and exhibition-related workshops and lectures.
  • Overseeing work of Exhibitions Program Assistant
Work with NCC’s Exhibitions Committee:
  • To review and present RFPs for the Emily Galusha Gallery
  • To secure a roster of exhibitions that showcases the full spectrum of ceramic art
  • To enable the exhibitions program to serve as an educational tool, introducing the viewer to the range of possibilities within the medium—from historical pots to contemporary studio ceramics, from decorative vessels to unfired clay installations, from thematic multi-person shows to emerging artists
Plan and implement annual tour of McKnight Artists Exhibition (to up to four venues in greater Minnesota):
  • Solicit and contract interested venues; communicate schedule and related necessary details
  • Collaborate with artists on selection of artworks from exhibition to tour
  • Coordinate design and distribution of show card
  • Coordinate delivery to and retrieval of artwork from sites; coordinate return shipping of artwork to artists
  • Work with Director of Learning and Engagement to design program content in conjunction with traveling exhibition.
Work with Digital and Marketing Manager to ensure appropriate exhibition publicity, including:
  • Gathering information (resumes, check lists, artists' statements, images)
  • Writing newsletter text and exhibition postcard copy
  • Coordinating exhibition invitation design/print/mailing timeline and execution
  • Supplying Digital and Marketing Manager with social media and website content
Assist with the management and implementation of the installation of the American Pottery Festival and Holiday Exhibition, including:
  • Assist in provision of storage of work
  • Assist in design of exhibition and installation of wares for APF
  • Assist with packing and shipping of unsold work after APF (including APF work left after the Holiday Exhibition)
Work with Director of Learning and Engagement to plan and coordinate artist workshops, residencies, and lectures in conjunction with exhibitions.
Other tasks as assigned.
This is a permanent, full-time salaried exempt position.  Salary is commensurate with experience, and qualifications, performance, and NCC budget. Benefits include vacation and sick time and a benefits allowance, along with a 403(b).
Applicants should have a strong knowledge of and experience in a gallery or museum. The ideal applicant should have at least a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree; a Masters degree is preferred, with a focus in ceramics. A minimum of five years of management and administrative experience is recommended; excellent written, oral communication, and people skills are a must. Proficiency with Macintosh-based programs (Microsoft Office) is required; proficiency with database, online sales, and point of sale software is preferred. Applicants must have demonstrated ability to work well with artists, collectors, gallerists, staff and volunteers. Applicants must be able to lift and move substantial weight for the exhibition installation portion of this position. Additionally, this position requires a flexible schedule and strong time management skills.
To apply:
Please send a cover letter describing your interests and experience, a résumé, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Sarah Millfelt, Director, at sarahmillfelt@northernclaycenter.org.
Northern Clay Center is an equal opportunity employer.


technical tuesday: Myanmar's Traditions and Culture Myanmar Pottery

Saturday, 18 February 2017

emerging artist: Seth Charles

I respond to the challenge that comes from making utilitarian work that will become an intimate part of the daily lives of others. My work is rooted in functional pottery, but I also understand the contemplative role a pot can play in people's daily lives, viewing the work in much same way that one might view a painting or a sculpture. My work is not highly decorated or ornate, but my forms and surfaces are very intentional. Driven by traditional pottery forms, my primary concern is the complex relationships between the form of the pot, the surfaces, and the firing. I am very interested in the subtle differences that make two very similar pots very different. I believe in making work that is well made, but not precise so that no two pieces are ever the same.

My primary inspirations are the Japanese concepts of wabi and sabi that view imperfection and irregularity as forms of beauty. Shiho Kanzaki, in the History of Shigiraki Pottery, defines wabi and sabi as “the fulfillment of sensibility beyond the incompleteness of material things.” Wabi may be defined with words like: asymmetry, simplicity, wizened austerity, naturalness, profound subtly, and unconditional freedom. Sabi may be defined with words like: restrained refinement and luster.

My work is inspired by the irregular beauty of the natural world. It is easy to find geological analogies in my work: rock fissures, lichen, moss, eroding wood, and dry lake beds to name a few. Much of what happens in nature evolves slowly over time, as does my making process. My pottery begins as wheel thrown and hand-built forms that are altered in various ways allowing the natural development of gesture and asymmetry. While I may have a preconceived notion of the form, I give myself the freedom to stop and reflect along the way, often times stopping before creating what I conceived, discovering the form during the making process. It is this process that preserves the natural, inherent, plastic quality of the clay without it being over worked. I embrace the craft skills and procedures every potter needs to control and manipulate wet clay, while allowing myself the freedom to keep each piece fresh and different. It is through an understanding of form, function, and the vocabulary of pottery that the vessels created can be viewed as abstract sculptural objects while retaining their function. 

I attempt to make pots that reward examination and reflection. The wood firing process adds another dimension to the composition, producing surfaces that are rich with complexities. This firing method creates a varied palette of colors and textures not achievable in any other way. The work is loaded in the kiln either unglazed or with a simple glaze that is receptive to ash and flame. Similar to geologic actions, heat and pressure is exerted on the work. During the course of the firings, the draft created by the chimney pulls wood ash and alkaline vapors released by the heat of the fire through the kiln. The ash is deposited on the ware in the path of the flame, and records the thoughts and process of the maker and the kiln’s fire. I feel that wood fired pots have the ability to bring us closer to earth and to nature while creating a direct dialog between the user and the maker. - Seth Charles

Friday, 17 February 2017

new ceramic publication: The Ceramics Reader

"The Ceramics Reader is an impressive collection of essays and text extracts which covers all the key areas of ceramics – both past and present. It focuses on thoughts and discussions within ceramics from the last 20-30 years in particular, but also gives the reader a broad overview of the last 100 years. One aim of the book is to introduce contemporary debates, raise awareness and stimulate thought rather than to present a closed case for examination. Consequently the essays or extracts present different approaches to give a rounded viewpoint. Beginning with essential questions such as 'Why are ceramics important?' it also considers the field of ceramics from a range of perspectives – as a cultural activity, ceramics as metaphor, where it sits within arts and crafts, within gender discussions, ceramics as sculpture, the use of ceramics as a vehicle for propaganda, ceramics within industry, within museums, and most recently as part of the 'expanded field' as a Fine Art medium and vehicle for ideas.

The texts come from a wide variety of sources – books, magazines, journals, papers presented at conferences and online journals, as well as some newly commissioned material never before published, to present an international and comprehensive look at ceramics. The book is divided into three main sections and each has a short introduction by the editors to place the chosen texts in context and explain the selections, as well as pointing to any strong threads or issues within the section and offering a point of view.

This book is ideal for ceramic students, but will also appeal to anyone wishing to gain a broad overview and understanding of the world of ceramics." via Bloomsbury Website.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

call for entry: Functional Relationships

Archie Bray Deadline March 1st!

Full details of all the awesome opportunities online here.

movie day: A love of Mud ~ Kolkata and the Durga Puja

The following words by The Source Project: 

"This is just the beginning, the build up to the Durga Puja in Kolkata. Every year, for for months throughout the rainy season, artists, workers and families prepare for the largest event of the year. By using local materials, clay from the river and straw from the rural communities, some of the most talented artists create some of the largest and most beautiful idols. Communities and families then purchase, worship then submerge them in the Hooghly River. This is just the first part of this devotional wonder...

Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has majority of Bengali Hindus it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the State, but it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal and in Bangladesh where 10% population are Hindu. Nowadays, many diaspora Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.

The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.

Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga's consort (Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to Lakshmi, Saraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga's children. Worship of mother nature is also done, through nine types of plant (called "Kala Bou"), including a plantain (banana) tree, which represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga. Modern traditions have come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically depicted idols (murti) of Durga, exchange of Vijaya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals."
~ VIA Vimeo

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

technical tuesday: Creating a Round Slab Cup with a Darted Squared Base From a Textured Slab with a Focal Accent

This video was originally made to help my Ceramics II students on their Textured Slab Set with Focal Accent Project. In the video, I demonstrate how to roll and texture a slab, and create a cylinder with a squared darted bottom. I used a piece of craft foam from which I cut my feather focal accent, and I used an MKM wooden roller to create my repeated texture in the background. I also demonstrate how to create a handle with the same texture as on the cup.
See link to the MKM roller website:
I am a high school visual arts and ceramics teacher at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. I have been teaching for over 25 years, and have been working in clay since 1986 when I took my first ceramics class in college! I have an Etsy shop where I sell my personal pottery which I make at home. www.etsy.com/shop/KaransPotsAndGlass
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The MudTools ribs are my favorite ribs- in this video, I use the yellow and red ones. Here is a link to the mudtools ribs:

job posting: ACAD

The School of Craft + Emerging Media at ACAD welcomes applications for the following nine (9) month limited term faculty appointment commencing in August 2017:
Visiting Faculty, Ceramics
The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), founded in 1926, is one of Canada’s most distinguished training grounds in art, craft, and design.  ACAD offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its 14 academic departments offer courses in diverse disciplines including art history, theory, and criticism; ceramics; fibre; glass; jewellery and metals; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; media arts; graphic design; advertising; character design and illustration. In addition to studio-based education and training, a strong program in liberal studies emphasizes the critical role that the humanities and social sciences can play in students’ development.
Innovation and renewal in our curriculum is an ongoing process that responds to cultural and technological shifts in arts, crafts and design practice on students’ curricular needs. Our faculty comprises renowned professionals who are first-class instructors as well as active practitioners. As leaders in their fields, they are committed to building a diverse, stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and the acquisition of technical skills and crafts.
ACAD is located in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a cosmopolitan urban centre, with a diverse population of over 1.2 million people. This vibrant city has outstanding post-secondary and cultural institutions as well many varied recreational opportunities.
About the School of Craft + Emerging Media, Ceramics Program
ACAD’s Ceramics faculty is a diverse, engaged group of notable teachers and practitioners connected to the field at home and abroad. Each year, a new visiting artist complements the energy and expertise of ceramics faculty, teaching and working alongside students in the studio. The visiting artist contributes a fresh and diverse perspective, enhancing the learning experience and serving as a catalyst for critical dialogue within the college.
In the Ceramics program students explore the role of function, sculptural approaches, emerging technologies, historical precedents, and contemporary practice within a comprehensive, studio-based and theoretical program of study.
The Opportunity
(Competition # 1617-FE-FT-28)
To complement existing instructional resources, this position will instruct four (4) 4.5 hour-long studio courses at all levels of the undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a research grant of $5,000.00 towards research and studio practice and will be required to report and present on research activities as well as mount an exhibition of their studio practice and research at the College while in residence at the College.
The successful candidate will be capable of teaching all forms of Ceramic practice through core courses and studio supervision, including vessel, sculptural, figurative, installation and performance.  The candidate will possess an active studio practice that will contribute to the breadth of the program and demonstrate a critical and creative engagement with contemporary discourse on Craft and Ceramics.  In combination with a collaborative spirit and professional commitment to the field, experience in academic service, curricular innovation and Ceramics’ studio management will be considered an asset.
Responsibilities include:
  • Teaching four (4) x 4.5 hour long studio courses at all levels of ACAD’s Ceramics program
  • Maintaining a research/studio practice, and contributing to research and scholarship in the field of contemporary Craft, specifically Ceramics
  • Creating and exhibiting a new body of work
  • Reporting and presenting on research activities in the form of artist talks and/or workshops
  • Demonstrating a commitment to pedagogical and academic excellence
The successful candidate will have:
  • An MFA or an equivalent degree or combination of education and professional experience in Ceramics
  • Previous post-secondary teaching experience
  • A professional exhibition record as a Ceramist
  • Excellent technical skills, and a wide knowledge of all aspects of the discipline, with a particular regard for international practice in Ceramics
  • Be community-oriented; comfortable interacting with students, faculty, artists, and the public, and demonstrate a balanced approach between research, practice, and pedagogy
Preference will be given to applicants with a strong studio practice and teaching experience in pottery.
How to Apply
>>> Please submit applications by clicking on the Apply Now tab at the bottom of this page. The application must cover letter, a current CV, and the following:
  • Artist statements outlining philosophies and practices regarding teaching and studio practice
  • A digital portfolio of your recent studio work containing twenty (20) images accompanied by a corresponding numbered list including titles, medium and size
  • A statement on your proposed research topic (topics can include explorations in creative practice, technical process, content development, etc.)
Letters of recommendation are not required with application but will be requested at a later stage, if application is successful.
Applications must be submitted in a single PDF document.
Once you have created an account, choose the “Upload Resume” option.  You will only be able to upload one file, so make sure all required material is combined into a single PDF document. Incomplete submissions may not be considered. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes or add additional documents. Please visit ACAD’s How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.
Review of applications will begin on April 8th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.
Further information about the College is available on our website at www.acad.ca.
ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies.
The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact Human Resources at hr@acad.ca or (403) 284-7683.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Monday, 13 February 2017

monday morning eye candy: Thaddeus Erdahl

When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge from our society's underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their "legends", I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections. 

Ceramic sculpture and portraiture, in particular, are forms of a visual narration that I use to satisfy my urge for documenting what I see in human nature. Evocative of well-loved toys and obsolete artifacts, I use the implied history of these objects to encourage the viewer to disconnect from the present situation and conjure their own individual narratives from my sculptures.

Working with concepts that are personal and sometimes narcissistic perceptions of the gloomy side of life, dark humor is my buffer. Dry or irreverent, it is humor that mystifies the tragic. - Thaddeus Erdahl

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

call for entry: For Minnesota Ceramic Artists

We are proud to announce a recent two-year grant from the Jerome Foundation in support of Northern Clay Center’s 2017 and 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant programs. The Ceramic Artist Project Grant program, in existence since 1990, supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2017 – 2018 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2017 and 2018.
Elizabeth Pechacek
Elizabeth Pechacek

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials; working or studying with a mentor; purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation; providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, and technical support; collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media; and pursuing education, exhibition, or travel opportunities.

An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Additionally, recipients will provide a brief image talk about their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

Apply online here: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/jerome-ceramic-artist-project-grant

For more information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org or 612.339.8007 x314.

Monday, 6 February 2017

call for entry: Manninggham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2017

The Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award was established by Manningham Council in 2009 to support Victorian studio ceramics and acknowledge the special place that ceramics has in the Manningham region.
The biennial acquisitive award and accompanying exhibition celebrates the best in contemporary Victorian ceramic art practice from across the state. Works acquired through the award form part of the Manningham Art Collection and are subsequently displayed in public buildings throughout the municipality, as well as regularly featuring in Manningham Art Gallery exhibitions.

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2017

Major Award $10,000
Merit Award Acquisitions up to $4,000
Entries for the 2017 award will open soon.
The 2017 award will be judged by Janet DeBoos.
You may enter up to three individual artworks. Each artwork entry costs $30.
Entrants are required to submit up to three high resolution images per artwork entry (min. recommended - jpg or tiff; 300dpi; 1920 x 1080pixels).

Key Dates:

Entries Open: Soon
Entries Close: Monday 26 June
Finalists Notified and Announced: Friday 14 July
Finalists Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 16 August
Finalists Exhibition Closes: Saturday 23 September

Past Winners and Acquisitions

The Manningham Art Collection includes almost thirty ceramic artworks acquired through the Award since 2009, representing some of the best contemporary ceramic work in Victoria. View a full list of past winners and acquisitions.


call for entry: Cryin' Out Loud

Cryin' Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the role of women's and femmes' voices as expressed in art about politics, activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal voice, Cryin' Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by selected artists will take place in CCA's Muñoz Waxman Gallery.

Juror's Statement:
Cryin' Out Loud takes each word of this maxim seriously - Crying. Out. Loud. - and navigates the various implications of the phrase, wheter exasperated and fed up ("Oh, for crying out loud!") or literal, as one who does not hide her desperation or emotion while she is actually "crying out loud". Similarly, "living out loud" has associations with survivors of abuse, with activism in the LGBTQ community, and with anyone refusing to "be quiet" about issues of oppression, identity and authorship. It is time to speak loudly with our voices and our art; with our intellect and our emotion; with our politics and our personhood.

Throughout history women's voices, perspectives, and innovations have been undermined by those in power. In order to have their voices heard or published, many women artists and writers have adopted gender neutral or male pseudonyms. Women have fought for their right to vote, are still fighting for wage-equity, and to have equal representation in congress. Speaking and acting out is complicated for women and femmes because of common double standards like the label "hysterical," for simply speaking her mind. Women have learned to work within these oppressive structures often at the expense of their rights and humanity, and frankly, we are ready for change.
Cryin' Out Loud proposes that to unabashedly express emotion is a political act. To live out loud is a necessary political gesture and that women's experience needs to be seen, heard, and cherished. The exhibition will consist of work in all media that embraces emotion as statement; that broadcasts social and political concerns, and that reacts to and resists the structures that continue to oppress us.

How it Works:
Eligible artists can enter up to 5 images ($35 application fee), statement, CV and web link. All works must be made within the last 2 years. The juror will review the submissions online and make selections A large group exhibition will feature these selections, of which three participants will recieve cash prizes (totaling $1,500.) All artists will be responsible for shipping artwork both ways.
Where: Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501; www.ccasantafe.org
  • Applications Available: January 18, 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 5, 2017
  • Winners Announced: March 24, 2017
  • Exhibition Dates: April 21 - July 9, 2017
Eligibility: Nation Wide (United States)
Application Requirements:
  • Applicants can submit up to 5 images
  • Current CV
  • A brief statement on how your work addresses the themes of the exhibition
  • Payment of a $35 submission fee
  • Shipping artwork to and from CCA.