Wednesday, 1 October 2014

job opportunity: The Clay Studio

Curator of Artistic Programs

The Clay Studio, a nonprofit organization with a focus on the ceramic arts, seeks a dynamic and knowledgeable Curator of Artistic Programs to lead our residency, visiting artist, and exhibitions programs. The Curator of Artistic Programs plays a leadership role in formulating strategies that support The Clay Studio’s artistic and community engagement goals as well as the expansion of the organization’s reputation in the ceramic field, within our local community, and within international craft circles. As the member of a small staff, the Curator of Artistic Programming will be a strong team player who is willing to roll up their sleeves and manage details and execution of all programming, communicating among departments, and pitching in with the very real labor involved in exhibitions, artist talks, and special events.
The Curator of Artistic Programs is a vital senior-level staff member of The Clay Studio who reports to the President of The Clay Studio. S/he is responsible for oversight of support staff, achieving annual income goals, contributing to fundraising activities, working with the Board and Artistic Committee, and must be a highly visible member of The Clay Studio community. S/he collaborates with the President, Senior Staff and Board members to create, communicate and implement an array of artistic programming.
The Clay Studio has recently adopted a new strategic plan that outlines an extended period of growth and community partnerships. The Curator of Artistic Programs will play a key role in executing this plan by strengthening relationships with the Board & staff, local & national artists, collectors, customers, and varied members of the community.


The successful candidate must possess a broad understanding of contemporary ceramics, curatorial practice, and the needs of practicing artists. Furthermore, this position requires a bold vision of community engagement, a collaborative working style, and the ability to create exciting programs and meaningful partnerships. Applicants must have at least 5 years experience in a senior-level curatorial or artistic director role. An advanced degree in ceramics or curatorial practice is preferred.

Essential Skills:

The Clay Studio is seeking a creative thinker who also knows how to get things done independently, but is a highly functioning member of a team. Physically, the position requires climbing ladders, stairs, and lifting of 50 – 100 pounds is regularly required. The successful candidate will have experience and strengths in the following areas:

Gallery & Exhibition Programming

  • Conceptualize and direct the installation of major exhibitions
  • Identify and cultivate lasting and ad hoc partnerships to meet artistic goals
  • Attract buyers, supporters, and collectors to all artistic programs
  • Ensure that revenue goals are met or exceeded each year
  • Develop cross-over educational programming & lectures internally and externally
  • Contract with guest curators as necessary
  • Experience with shipping, crating, packaging of artwork
  • Help install, strike, and be an active member of the opening preparation team.

Resident and Visiting Artist Programs

  • Attract and retain the best artists for the Resident and Guest Artist Programs
  • Select and orient artists to Philadelphia and its creative community
  • Collaborate with each artist to define the goals of their participation
  • Communicate across departments with regard to residency details and materials needs
  • Make Resident Artists aware of professional opportunities
  • Work to attract Artistic Program Sponsor(s)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage an Artistic Programs Committee
  • Provide timely and detailed reports for Executive Committee and the full Board
  • Maintain a customer-first focus by interacting directly with collectors and buyers
  • Assure all web pages specific to Artistic Programs are maintained
  • Deliver lectures and other presentations on behalf of The Clay Studio
  • Create narratives for publications, grant materials and budgets, press releases and visual branding oversight
  • Develop and adhere to annual budgets in each Artistic Program area
  • Attend, as directed, various local, national and international conferences
  • Support goals as outlined in The Clay Studio’s strategic plan
  • Train and mentor all shop & gallery staff
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply:

In order to be considered, please submit the following information:
  • Cover letter outlining qualifications, curatorial methods, and salary expectations
  • Professional resume
  • Three relevant references
  • Relevant support materials and/or publications from a recent exhibition where you were the lead curator or artistic staff member
Submit to Charity Thackston. No phone calls, please.


Please submit materials via email on or before 5:00 PM, October 15, 2014

movie day: Conceptualism VS Reality

Sunday, 28 September 2014

emerging artist: Rachael Kroeker

Form and aesthetics are the founding elements in my slip cast functional ware, and for the last several years I have been committed to achieving a harmonious balance between function, comfort and beauty. This style of modern elegance honours both the essence of utilitarian objects, and the idea of beauty in function. The supple surface of raw, unglazed porcelain engages the viewer to become the user, with a new relationship created through the sense of touch. My pieces are both a visual and tactile experience. My marbling series explores the fluid and organic line movement which evokes an ever changing landscape unique to itself, much as the interpretation by each individual. 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Lineage: The Art of Mentorship (Counsler Coach, Leader Friend)

Clay Art Center is pleased to present Lineage: The Art of Mentorship, curated by artist and educator Gail Kendall, this exhibition showcases artist-educators and their chosen protégés, exhibiting the importance and impact of the tutelage of the artists of our future. Lineage: The Art of Mentorship highlights work by Artists from both in and out of academia as both have had a profound impact on clay culture.

Mentorship, while similar to teaching, is a closer relationship than that of the classic student/ teacher connection. The protégé is more than a student; the mentor is more than a teacher. Mentors experience value or, MUTUALITY, when they interact with their partners. The relationship demands boundary crossings, thus: counselor, coach, leader, and friend.

*check out our website to find out more about these accomplished artists and their mentor/protégé relationship

Selected Artists were chosen because of their mastery in the field of ceramics- not only in objects and ideas, but in the generation of other artists. Each artist in turn invited an artist with whom they feel this strong connection.

In conjunction with the exhibition Lineage: The Art of Mentorship, Clay Art Center would like for you to tell us about your mentorship relationships. We will post video, audio and written submissions on our blog. Selected submissions can also be viewed in our gallery in an evolving compilation.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Clay Art Center wants to know:
•    1)      Who is your mentor?
•    2)      What did you learn from you mentor?
•    3)      How did you take it into your future?
•    4)      How was this significant to you?
•    5)      Are you a mentor now?

•    Instagram: short videos and images. Tag clayartcenter and use hashtags #lineagetheartofmentorship #clayartcenter, #lineage
•    Facebook: comment on Clay Art Center's page with images and text using hashtags #lineagetheartofmentorship #clayartcenter #lineage
•    Blog: leave comments here
•    Email:
•    In person in the Gallery: in writing or using our iPad to record video

Lineage: The Art of Mentorship opens in Clay Art Center’s Gallery on September 27 and runs through November 15, 2014.

Each participating artist has supplied us with some text to describe their relationship. You can purchase a compile booklet of this Lineage road map in the Gallery beginning opening night.  Participating artists range from emerging to established in their careers, are listed in pairs of invited artist with their chosen protégé and include:
•    Liz Quackenbush : Erin Furimsky
•    Linda Arbuckle : Alyssa Welch
•    Scott Chamberlin : Sarah White
•    Eddie Dominguez : Nathan Murray
•    Brad Schwieger : Andrea Keys Connell
•    Bill Griffith : Thaddeus Erdahl
•    Linda Sikora : Sanam Emami
•    Jeff Oestreich : Charlie Maag
•    Mark Pharis : Sam Chung
•    Peter Beasecker : Brooks Oliver
•    Dan Anderson : Joe Pintz
•    Silvie Granatelli : Elisa DeFeo
•    Mark Shapiro : Michael McCarthy
•    Julia Galloway : Sean O’Connell
•    Doug Casebeer : Seth Green
•    Alleghany Meadows : Steven Colby
•    Vince Pitelka : TJ Edwards
•    Cynthia Bringle : Gertrude Graham Smith
•    Richard Notkin : Tip Toland
•    Chris Gustin : Dan Molyneux

--> Clay Art Center is a not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community.  It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.   Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm or by appointment.  For more information or images, please contact Caitlin Brown at or 914-937-2047x 227. 

movie day: Into the flames

Into the flames from Alex Matisse on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Cup: The Intimate Object X Reception and Charlie Cummings Gallery Grand Opening

Chicken Cup - Karin Kraemer

Friday, October 3rd 6-9pm

We happily invite you to attend the reception for Cup: The Intimate Object X, which will coincide with the grand opening of the Charlie Cummings Gallery's new physical gallery location. Join us in celebrating this exciting transition and this impressive assemblage of so many handmade cups by these wonderful artists.

Some of the participating artists will be in attendance. Don't miss this opportunity to mingle, shop, and celebrate the beloved cup!

New Gallery Address:
2040 NW 6th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609

The tenth installment of our annual cup show will feature 1000 handmade cups by over 200 artists from the US and Canada. The opening reception will be Friday, October 3rd 6-9pm at our new gallery location, and the show will go live on our website the next day, Saturday, October 4th at 12pm.

No cups included in this cup show will be sold in person or online will be available to take home or ship until after October 24th when the show ends. From October 4th to 24th, the entire exhibition will be available to view at our gallery location and online.

Participating artists:
Norma Acord, Liana Agnew, Linda Arbuckle, Andrew Avakian, JoAnn Axford, Posey Bacopoulos, Noel Bailey, Marian Baker, Mariana Baquero, Amanda M Barr, Nolan Baumgartner, Peter Beasecker, Sandra Blain, Zygote Blum, Catherine Boswell, Brooks Bouwkamp, Jessica A Brandl, Mariko Brown, Jason Burnett, Stormie Burns, Elaine Buss, Jeff Campana, Benjamin Carter, Pattie Chalmers, Chris Chaney, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, Steven Cheek, Fong Choo, Linda Christianson, Mark Chuck, Mike Cinelli, Naomi Cleary, Blair Clemo, Julie Covington, Carolanne Currier, Megan Daloz, Chandra DeBuse , Anthony Delaney, Elise Delfield, Harris Deller, Julie Devers, Ashley Devitt, Susan Dewsnap, James Diem, Marissa Domanski, Maria Dondero, Paul Donnelly, Rachel Donner, Scott Dooley, Katy Drijber, David Eichelberger, Adrienne Eliades, Sanam Emami, Carole Epp, Heather Mae Erickson, Michelle Ettrick, Linda Fahey, Adam Field, Marty Fielding, Dina Finzi, Brett Freund, Matthew Lee Gaddie, Stephanie Galli, Julia Galloway, Ernest Gentry, Bruce Gholson, Andrew Gilliatt, Jon Glabus, John Glick, Lisa Gluckin, Magda Gluszek, James Gottuso, Rebecca A Grant, Seth Green, Mel Griffin, Martha Grover, Bianka Groves, Brian Grow, Nicole Gugliotti, Julie Guyot, Perry Haas, Amy Halko, Steve Hansen, Jeni Hansen Gard, Chad Hartwig, Gary Hatcher, Lana Heckendorn, Samantha Henneke, Autumn Higgins, Jennifer Hill, Steven Hill, David Hiltner, Jessica Hodgson, Barbara Hoffman, Bryan Horn, Noelle Horsfield, Meredith Host, Matthew Hyleck, Walter Hyleck, Sarah Jaeger, Tom Jaszczak, Kyle Johns, Lydia Johnson, Jesse Jones, Jordan Jones, Shikha Joshi, Shellie Kacillas, Lauren Karle, Peter Karner, Brett Kern, Kelly King, Amy Kline, Barbara Knutson, Rob Kolhouse, Lucien Koonce, Karin Kraemer, Justin Lambert, Martina Lantin, Robert Lawarre, Dick Lehman, Glynnis Lessing, Brenda Lichman, Becky and Steve Lloyd, Denise MacLean, Virginia Marsh, Lorna Meaden, Christopher Melia, Melissa Mencini, Hannah Meredith, Catie Miller, Joe Molinaro, Steve Murphy, Mark Nafziger, Ted Neal, CJ Niehaus, Brooke Noble, Shawn O'Connor, Lindsay Oesterritter, KyoungHwa Oh, Deb Oliva, Gillian Parke, Richard Peterson, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Chris Pickett, Teresa Pietsch, Joel Pisowicz, Claire Prenton, Brenda Quinn, Jeremy Randall, Beau Raymond, Dow Redcorn, John Reinking, Daphne Roehr Hatcher, Andy Romero, Judith Rosenstein, Caitlin Ross, Audrey Rosulek, Kathleen Royster, Kelsie Rudolph, Nigel Rudolph, Max Schauder, Pete Scherzer, Matthew Schiemann, Melissa Schooley, Brad Schwieger, Sam Scott, Lindsay Scypta, Yoko Sekino-Bove, Kate Shakeshaft Murray, Leland Shaw, Grace Sheese, Luke Sheets, Amy Smith, Gertrude Graham Smith, Lauren Smith, McKenzie Smith, Dylan Sonney, Andrew Steingass, Rebekah Strickland, Kyla Strid, Michelle Summers, Katie Susko, Cheryl Takata, Joshua A Teplitzky, Iren Tete, Ian Thomas, Anne Tilton, John Tilton, James Tingey, Sue Tirrell, Kyla Toomey, Sandra Torres, Jack Troy, Sara Truman, Clovy Tsuchiya, Jamie Walker, Julia Walther, Kurt Brian Webb, Julie Wiggins, Philip Wiggs, Lana Wilson, Tara Wilson, Suzanne Wolfe, May Wong, Crisha Yantis, Adam Yungbluth, Caleb Zouhary, and Future Retrieval.

techical tuesday: Glaze Calculation Online from Alfred University.

Have you ever wondered why cone temperatures are seemingly random? Have you been frustrated by a glaze that you can’t get to stop crazing. Have you had enough of your clay body slumping?  What is the deal with Cone 6 anyway? Have you ever wanted to learn about how glazes work? Do you wonder what goes on in our clay bodies when we fire them? Do you need a refresher in ceramic materials, or just want to learn some cool things about clays and glazes?
 The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University has a new opportunity for all ceramicists out there. This December and January we will offer our Glaze Calculation and Raw Materials course online. The course will be offered during our Allen Term, which runs the course of our winter break, December 15th to January 16th. The class is open to everyone around the world who wants to learn about ceramic materials.  It is a perfect opportunity if you attended a school that does not offer a materials course, or if you missed the window to take it at your school.  The course will be offered for credit for students currently enrolled at other schools. It is also open to the general public, if you are a lifelong learner. Maybe you are someone just getting started in ceramics and want to know more about what is going on when you fire a glaze. It is also perfect for the professional who wants to develop the glaze they see in their mind, but just can’t seem to get on their work.
We will explore everything you need to know about ceramic materials.  The nature of glazes and clays, the background on raw materials, ceramic chemistry, how colors work, oxidation and reduction, firing temperatures and schedules, glaze and clay flaws and failure, special effect glazes, maximizing clay bodies, food safety, the unity molecular formula. Everything that you need to know to make your studio the best it can be.
The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University is an internationally renowned school for the study of ceramics. We have a long history of educators dedicated not just to ceramic art, but the holistic study of Ceramics. Pioneers such as Daniel Rhodes, Val Cushing and John Gill have strived to make ceramics a dynamic and exciting art form for over 100 years. Alfred also has one of the world’s best ceramic engineering programs. Professors like Dr. Bill Carty, pioneers in the study of ceramic science from the artist’s perspective.
Glaze Calculation Online will be taught by Matt Katz, Alfred’s professor specializing in ceramic materials. Matt has been teaching Ceramic Materials at Alfred for over 12 years. Originally studying in the school of art and design, Matt went on to study with Dr. Carty for many years. Matt has a special perspective of materials from both the artist and engineer’s point of view.  Matt’s experience has allowed him to design a new version of glaze calculation that includes the intrinsic knowledge of the artists with the wisdom of the ceramic scientist.
We hope that you will join us online this winter; it will be a course you will always appreciate as you continue to strive to make your studio experience better. 
Course listing:
Topics: Introduction to Glaze Formulation Online - ART 300 01
For more information regarding enrolment please contact the university at 607-871-2123
If you have questions you can email Matt Katz:

call for entry: Biennial Plate Show @ Morean Arts Center

• Entry Fee: $30 per artist, up to three entries. • Work may not be larger than 20” x 20” x 20”.
• All work must be for sale. No single work may exceed $600 in value. Artists will pay a 40% commission to the Gallery on all sales.
• Artist responsible for shipping cost to and from the Gallery, shipping paid through FedEx only, all work must include pre-paid return shipping label.
• Digital entry only, JPEG format, 300 dpi and no more than 2100 pixels at the longest dimension. All files must be labeled with artist’s first initial and last name followed by entry number (ie, e.smith01).
• The Morean Arts Center reserves the right to photograph exhibited work and use these or the artists digital images for repro- duction in both printed and electronic materials for publicity.

Click here to download entry form

October 3rd, 2014 - Deadline to enter
October 10th, 2014 - Acceptance notification
October 30th, 2014 - Delivery of work, no later than 5pm 15, 2014 - Return of artwork

Juror: Adam Yungbluth

Adam Yungbluth received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Mississippi. After graduation, Adam became the Co-Owner of the St. Petersburg Clay Company. As of March 2014, St. Petersburg Clay Company has merged with the MoreanArts Center for Clay to become the Morean Center for Clay. Adam is now the studio manager at the Morean Center for Clay

Entry Form | Biennial PLate Show | November 1st thru 31st, 2014
Please complete and email images to with credit card information, or mail with check or cash for entry fees no later than Ocotber 3rd 15th, 2014, 5pm.
Click here to download entry form

Monday, 22 September 2014

Shapes + Plates by Kathryn Mitchell

*my bad I missed posting this before the opening. my apologies. still time to check out the show though!

Masquerade - Opens this friday!

Tune into the mystery and excitement of the masquerade! This exhibit is a combined juried/curated show, with artwork from artists who were intrigued by the theme and applied, as well as art work from artists invited to share their work. There are literal masks and there are metaphorical masks, there are figures and faces and totems.
Santa Fe artist Max Lehman juried and curated the show creating a bewitching experience. Lehman juried local and regional artists who answered our call for artists. He also invited fellow artists from all over North America who sent work from as far away as Canada and Hawaii.
Fuller Lodge Art Center - 2132 Central Avenue - Los Alamos, NM 87544 - 505-662-1635

VII Biennal Ceramica del Vendrell

Martí Carnicer Vidal, mayor of El Vendrell, is pleased to invite you to the inauguration of the exhibitions about the VII Biennale of Ceramics of El Vendrell, which will take place on Friday  3rd of October. 
At 18 h, in Galeria Camil·la Pérez Salvà,
Ceràmica: Teresa Marta Batalla. The exhibition will be open until the 29th of November.
 At 19 h, in Apel·les Fenosa Foundation,
Fenosa i la porcellana.  The exhibition will be open until the 28th of February. 
At 19.30 h, in Sala Portal del Pardo,
VII Biennale of Ceramics 
and awards ceremony of the contest.
Pálma Babos, Andrew Casto and
Miguel Molet will exhibit their works.
The exhibition will be open until the 2nd of November. 
At 20.30 h, in Sala Portal del Pardo, conference with
Pálma BabosAndrew Casto and Miguel Molet.


WINTER 2015 Courses and Workshops
(Deadline: October 17th
The Centre for Craft invites professional artists to submit teaching proposals for courses or workshops for WINTER 2015 in wood, glass, ceramic, metal, and fiber.
The Winter 2015 term will run from January 19th to March 29thWe look forward to expanding our craft mandate and therefore also invite proposals in other mediums or combinations of mixed media.
If you are re-submitting a previously taught course then you can just submit your preferred dates and times and we will do our best to accommodate you.  New images are always appreciated.  
Your proposal package should include the following information:
1. DESCRIPTION of the proposed course or workshop as you would like it to appear on the course brochure, fun, exciting and to the point! (MAX 75 words).
- Please include preferred dates, times and duration of the course.
- Maximum number of students in the class.
- Materials list or materials cost for students.
2. COURSE OUTLINE including brief descriptions of what is to be covered in each week’s class.
3. Current C.V. as it relates to your art practice.
4. BIO to appear on the Centre for Craft's web page(MAX 150 words). Also include a link to your website if you have one.
5. DIGITAL IMAGES one of your most recent works to appear on the Centre for Craft's web page and the course brochure. Also include images of process and project images.
You can send proposals electronically by email
Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design
Studio Coordinator
1061 Marginal Road, Suite #140
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Meredith Robb Hang,
Studio Coordinator, at 492-2524.