Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Workshop this weekend

Well it completely slipped my mind to let you know that I'm teaching a workshop this weekend on decorative and functional teapot making through the Saskatoon Potters Guild. I'll be covering thrown, handbuilt and drop mold techniques, so if you're in the neighborhood and are interested there are still spots available.

Here's the info:

Date: Saturday September 29 and Sunday Sept 30
Time: 9am-4pm both days
Location: Albert Community Center
3rd floor loft
610 Clarence Ave S
Saskatoon, SK

Cost to SPG students and members $65
Cost to non-members $75

Lunch will be provided

Send cheque or money order payable to: Saskatoon Potters Guild
C/O 103 7th St East
Saskatoon, SK
S7H 0W7
-Your registration will be secured once payment has been received
-Please ensure contact information with phone number and email is enclosed as SPG will be contacting you with supply list.

Registration contact: Sharon at 477-0632
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Wednesday, 19 September 2007

More green options for potters

A while back, all the way back in July I think, I drew your attention to a post on One Black Bird's Blog by guest Blogger Laura Zindel wherein she was discussing the issue of 'green ceramics'. Well another related article has just been published by the Journal of Australian Ceramics by author and artist Steve Harrison. Check it out if you have a minute, and are interested in the topic. The mag as well is also a great read, I miss it heaps, but can't afford the international subscription!

Here's a few pics of Steve Harrison's:

Monday, 17 September 2007

NeoCraft Publication

I've mentioned before in a post the upcoming NEOCRAFT conference to be held this November in Halifax, so if you haven't checked it out yet have a look at their website for a list of all of the amazing speakers that are going to be presenting. If you can make it there will be exhibitions throughout the city as well.

But just today I got an email that a related publication is already out to press. Here's the blurb from the email:

'The relationship between the crafts and modernity has long been characterized as difficult and the crafts are often perceived as occupying a marginalized role in the discourses of modernism. NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts seeks to challenge the assumptions surrounding this relationship by introducing a wide range of scholarly essays that explore the historical, contemporary and future positioning of the crafts within the broader scope of visual culture. The crafts occupy an important role in material, globalized modernity, and as such they must be understood through a multiplicity of gazes. With that in mind NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts unites an international, interdisciplinary range of writers who are actively contextualizing modernity and the crafts. Drawing upon writings in the fields of craft history, art history, philosophy, museum studies, anthropology, fashion theory, history, women’s studies, and design, this book explores in detail the shifting and influential cultural position of the crafts. NeoCraft is divided into five central themes: Cultural Redundancy or The Genre Under Threat; Global Craft; Crafts and Political Economy; Invention of Tradition: Craft and Utopian Ideals; and Craft, the Senses and New Technologies. Within each of these themes leading scholars, craftspeople and curators including Bruce Metcalf, Larry Shiner, David Howard, Grace Cochrane, John Potvin, Beverly Lemire, Joseph McBrinn, B. Lynne Milgram, Janice Helland, Elizabeth Cumming, Alla Myzelev, David Howes, Tanya Harrod, Love J├Ânsson, and Mike Press, explore the reality of craft practice that engages with the modernizing world.'

Product details:
273 pages, 65 bw illustrations, 7 x 9"
ISBN: 978-0-919616-47-9 (paper)
Price: $39.95

To purchase, visit http://www.nscad.ns.ca/press/press_neocraft.php

Sunday, 16 September 2007

International call to enter

Download the application here.

Sale Opportunity

If you're looking for a consignment opportunity in the Ontario region check out Artists Walk at Village Square. Deadline is October 13th.

Busy with buisness

I realize that lately I've been falling a bit behind with postings, artist profiles and the like, but with good reason. I've been preparing for an upcoming gas firing, got some new forms I'm really excited about and looking forward to showing you (I'm trying to hold off until they're done rather than showing you bisqued work), I've just lined up a new space in Victoria, BC that's selling my work - the Gallery at Mattick's Farm - plus it's grant writing season, so whenever I'm on the computer I seem to be staring at budgets and project descriptions.

But I do have happy news to share so I figured I'd better post. If you're a reader of Ceramics Art and Perception check out the latest issue as there's a great article stacked with gorgeous images of the work of Feffakookan's Mel Robson as well as an article by Diana Hare about an exhibition of work I organized for this past years' NCECA conference.

Speaking of NCECA check out their website for deadline details for their Regional Student Juried Exhibition - Deadline is October 1st and their Call for 2009 Concurrent, Independent Exhibition Proposals - deadline November 15th.

More to come in the next week as the dust settles in the studio and the grants get finished. Till then...

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Contained and Containers

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates CRAFT YEAR 2007 with the exhibition CONTAINED, which runs from September 8 - October 7, 2007

For CONTAINED Guest curator, Gloria Hickey, has invited 12 artists working with clay, fiber, metal, and wood to consider the halo of contemporary issues evoked by the concept CONTAINED. This touring exhibit showcases work that is unique to Newfoundland and Labrador but will have a resonance in communities elsewhere.


Also in the AnnexGALLERY


A juried multi-media exhibition featuring a variety of functional containers. All works in this show are for sale. Exhibitors: Brian Banfield, Paula Cooley, Judy Cooper, Christine Gagnon, Leslie Delanty, Florence Donaway, Carole Epp, Bonnie Gilmour, Gordon Gosse, Susan Greenbank, Shannon Kennedy, Bonnie Johnstone, Urve Manuel, Erin McArthur, Sophie Meyer, Sarah Minty, Shawn O'Hagan, Belo Simo, Peter Sobol, Alexis Templeton

Also RELATED PROGRAMMING - CONTAINED: Protection or Prison? The Craft Council Gallery invites the public to an artist's panel Sept. 17th, 7pm at the Craft Council, Devon House, 59 Duckworth St. Artists Janet Peter, Trine Schioldan, and Ray Will will discuss their work in the context of relationships and the contemporary need for sanctuary.

Back to teaching.

Well it's my last week of purely self employment for the summer, as I go back to teaching casually this fall. But don't get me wrong I love the teaching, and not because I don't love being in the studio full time, but because it offers different opportunities for new directions and perspectives in my own work. I truly believe that one learns as much from their students as they impart themselves to the group. I have yet to walk away from any teaching post without a new perspective on something. The last time around I was teaching different techniques to break through size barriers and plateaus with wheel thrown work, either by centering larger amounts of clay in stages or attaching pieces that were thrown separately. And in teaching this i found I broke through my own, unrealized at the time, plateau in scale. It's happened before, I just keep working and working and suddenly realize in the end that all my pieces are the same scale!

So I've been pretty excited in the studio lately throwing larger forms, bowls and vases mostly that are dwarfing my previous pieces. These ones which I made while teaching are approx 16 inches in height. (I know, still quite a ways to go, but for me these were huge!)

So if any one is in the Saskatoon area and interested in classes, the Saskatoon Potters Guild likely still has a few spots available for fall classes starting next week. They offer beginner, intermediate and advanced wheel throwing, handbuilding, and children's handbuilding. To register either email: saskatoonpotters@yahoo.ca or phone: 343-6566 and leave a message.