Sunday, 15 January 2017

Art Pro Podcast with... me, Carole Epp

I wouldn't really classify myself as a PRO at anything. I'm stumbling through my life and career trying to figure things out as I go so I find it interesting when others ask to interview me as though I had some type of a system sorted out or special behind the scenes knowledge. The more I know, the more I realize how little I actually know about all things art and career related. But heck I love listening to others talk about the ins and outs of their careers so maybe you'll like to have a listen to me talk about mine : )

Huge thanks to Jessica Watchorn for the interview it was super fun!

Find out more and follow Jessica here:
instagram: @artpropodcast 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

emerging artist: Idris Kabir Syed

 "I started my ceramics practice 20 years ago while training in Mental Health Counseling. Dealing with painful trauma, the darker side of the human spectrum, compelled me to further engage in the meditative and therapeutic process of making wheel thrown functional ceramic pottery, simple forms for use on the table/in the home. I was introduced to wood firing and clay at the same time. The mystery and mastery of the wood firing process, forces me to deal with multiple issues, chance results, community engagement, inevitable frustrations and painfully slow learning of the path of the flame through a stack. Through this process of learning and growth, we are blessed, sometimes, with the flash of the flame and ash drips on pots, and always, with the interaction of the elements of earth, air, fire, water and community."

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emerging artist: Taylor Robenalt

"Art has been an obsession of mine since I was a little girl. It represents a part of me that I have a hard time placing into words therefore I create.  It is intuitive and reactionary process. Often I have a loose image of what I want to create, but allow for freedom to respond to materials and form in the production of the work.  I use human beings, flora and fauna because it is a direct way to illustrate emotions. I use clay because it is a direct way to work with form, volume and surface."

Friday, 13 January 2017

MASAYUKI MIYAJIMA @ Schaller Gallery

Innovation in Convention

A solo exhibition by
of Moshiko, Japan

call for entry: Ceramic Innovations

The exhibition will run from April 1 through April 29, 2017 and will be held at the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA, 19087, 610-688-3553,

This international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary ceramics while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors.
Prospectus and to enter:
Deadline: February 6, 2017

Christopher Reid Flock: Integration/Disintegration @CDN Clay and Glass Gallery

Artist Talk, Christopher Reid Flock: January 14, 2017 • 7:30pm
Opening Reception: January 15, 2017 • 2-5pm with remarks at 2:30pm

Follow Christopher Reid Flock on Instagram and Facebook. There's a good chance there will be a live video of the artist talk on Facebook.
As an experimental ceramic artist, Christopher Reid Flock’s work is profoundly influenced by the significant time that he spent in Japan and the mentorship that he received from some of Canada’s most respected potters. Among other accolades, Flock was the recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2014. Although this ambitious exhibition will include some works from his earlier career, it will feature more prominently his large-scale, installation-based works that whimsically ‘play’ with notions of function while merging rapid prototyping with classical clay process.

A companion exhibition will feature works by Flock’s mentors Bruce Cochrane, Diane Nasr O’Young and Kayo O’Young.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

technical tuesday: Kaitlyn Brennan

Kaitlyn Brennan is a maker of amazing pots. Beautiful textured surfaces with bright and colorful illustration. She's got a great instagram feed and has been sharing lots of behind the scenes tricks that you should absolutely check out. Also more on her website.

call for artists: International Craft & Design Residency

The International Craft & Design Residency is open to an all international practitioners who are not Australian residents. Discipline areas at ANU School of Art & Design are Ceramics, Design, Wood/Furniture, Glass, Gold & Silver, Textiles, Sculpture, Drawing & Printmedia, Photography & Media Arts, and Painting.

The inaugural residency in 2014 was awarded to innovative mix media artist Lauren Kalman who is a visual artist based in Detroit, USA and whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. In 2015 the award went to Philipp Weber, Munich, a German based artist/designer who explores the position of craft in contemporary society and practice by exploration and representing processes.

Expressions of Interest 2017

The School of Art & Design at the Australian National University is pleased to announce the upcoming 2017 International Craft & Design Residency.
The School of Art & Design seeks a craftsperson, designer or artist to undertake an intensive residency in the second half of 2017. We invite applications form practitioners who ideally work in a cross disciplinary approach to encourage cross-disciplinary activity and dialogue within our school. The duration of the residency is suggested to be between 3-6 weeks (other durations can be negotiated). The residency will start after 20 July 2017 and the actual dates will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
Deadline: Monday 6 February 2017
To apply, click here
Applicants notified before the end of February 2017

Award benefits

  • Return economy-class international airfare to Canberra, Australia (up to $4,000 AUD).
  • Use of well-equipped studio space; focused time for studio engagement.
  • Supportive interaction with fellow artists and students.
  • Up to AUD$1000 in materials allowance reimbursements.
  • Accommodation in a private flat at ANU.
  • Wireless Internet, library, and bicycle access.

Award expectations 

  • Commitment as a full-time resident practitioner for the designated term;
  • Being accessible to ANU School of Art students and community;
  • Production of new works and/or engaging in explorations and collaborations across workshops;
  • Contribution to the School of Art community through a variety of activities, including offering a public lecture, participating in workshop critiques, etc.
Australian National University School of Art & Design provides studio-based courses of study for Undergraduate through PhD (Practice-Led Research) students majoring in each of the discipline areas. The School of Art & Design staff are professionally and research active, and is committed to encouraging new collaborations between disciplines.
The ANU is situated in the nation’s capital, and is near to Australia’s national collecting institutions providing an excellent environment for study and research.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

emerging artist: Charity White

"My work explores questions of space, public policies, inclusion, exclusion, and privilege. From urban, to suburban, to rural, I explore the social dynamics of people and the spaces they inhabit. Specifically, I find inspiration through public spaces designed for specific use, and abandoned properties that are both created by these communities and then collectively discarded."

emerging artist: Zachary Wollert



"Comprised of tableware, vessels, and wheel-thrown sculpture my ceramic work is built upon recurring forms and surfaces produced from my throwing technique.  My ceramics are influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement to make simply designed hand-made objects with minimal decoration.  This influence has brought me to a place in my work where I intently focus my making on form and surface.  Form and surface are the most important elements of my work because they are the greatest expression of my skill as a potter.  With form and surface I want to draw attention to the liveliness of wheel-thrown ceramics.  It is important that the decorative elements are unmistakably left by the hand.  Ultimately, I want my ceramic work to embody the personable qualities I possess: proud… strong…  thoughtful… "

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Koi Neng Liew: Play Thing @ the Esplanade in Medicine Hat

Koi Neng Liew’s large-scale sculptures have a powerfully physical presence inhabited by an elusive yet evocative sense of human spirit. In this new work he presents a meditation on childhood and fatherhood, as seen through the lens of play with his son.

Liew comments: “My son has a very different childhood than I did. He has hundreds of toys: cars, planes, guns, action figures, videos and Lego. I watch him as he imagines he is Megatron or Iron Man; he creates his own alter ego, embodying the toys we play with. Fatherhood has created an opportunity to relive my childhood. I play as though I am a child again, but realize that in my son’s  eyes I am just as much a toy as the ‘play-thing’.”

Koi Neng Liew is originally from Singapore, where he studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2001, and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. Liew is the recipient of numerous awards including the Roswell Artist in Residence 2008 grant in New Mexico, and a 2005 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. He is a featured artist in the Clay Art International Yearbook published in Athens, Greece, and has exhibited in Canada, the United States and China over the past 10 years. In 2010 Liew undertook the year-long Artist Residency in the Medalta IAIR program and now is a faculty instructor at Medicine Hat College in Visual Communications.

Jan 14 - Feb 25
Public Reception with the Artist
FRI Feb 3 | 7 PM

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2
Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM / Sat 12-5PM
Statutory Holidays and Sundays CLOSED

technical tuesday: Installing a Vent-A Kiln Overhead Vent Over My Home Studio Kiln by Karans Pots and Glass