Wednesday, 19 March 2008

2 opportunities - The Clay Studio of Missoula

The Clay Studio of Missoula presents International Cup, Feb. 6th-Feb. 28th, 2009, a juried exhibition showcasing the idea of ceramic-made cups from around the world.

Juried by Patti Warashina.
Deadline: November 26th, 2008.
Entry fee: $20 for one; $25 for two.
Size may not exceed 20 inches or 15 lbs. Slides or digital.

Address: International Cup, The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A, Missoula, Montana 59802. Telephone: 406-543-0509.

The Clay Studio of Missoula presents Soda Salt National, Nov. 7th-Nov. 25th, 2008.

Juried by Jim Koudelka.
Deadline: 1 August 2008.
Entry fee: $20 for one; $25 for two.
Size may not exceed 20 inches or 15 lbs. Slides or digital.

Address: Soda Salt National, The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A, Missoula, Montana 59802.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Online application deadline is April 1st for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show.

The 32nd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center November 13th through 16th, 2008.

This premier show and sale of contemporary craft, includes 195 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, selected from 1,380 applicants. For the first time, artists from Israel will be featured.

Check out their website for application and further information.

Call for Entry, 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea International Competition

The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea (CEBIKO) International Competition will take place April 25-June 21, 2009, at the Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea.
Categories: Ceramics for Use and Ceramics as Expression.
Juried. Cash awards. No entry fee.
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2008.
Apply online or delivery mail.
Contact: Shinhee Park, Curator,
World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Curatorial Dept.,
467-020, San 69-1, Gwango-dong, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea.
Tel: +82 31 645 0580
Fax: +82 31 631 1614
Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Call for Entry

Coming Up Next, Alberta Craft Council - 4/25/2008
Deadline for Entry April 25, 2008

Exhibition Dates: June 7 - July 12, 2008(Discovery Gallery)
Artists Reception: June 7, 2008

The Alberta Craft Council is organizing a juried exhibition that is open to emerging fine craft artists who are in the first five years of their career or in the last year of their formal education. If you are creating contemporary fine craft (clay, glass, fibre, wood, furniture design, jewellery or metals) with fresh new designs submit a current cv, artist statement and 3 - 5 images (slides, prints or digital) of work presented for the exhibition. All submissions must have been produced in the last two years. Please include a SASE if you would like your images returned. The exhibition will take place during the Nextfest: Syncrude Next Generation Arts Festival

Send your submission to:
Alberta Craft Council
10186 - 106 Street,
Edmonton AB T5J 1H4

Nextfest: Syncrude Next Generation Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival dedicated to young emerging artists that takes place in a variety of unique venues in and around downtown Edmonton.

Craft related job opportunity

Job Description, Financial Manager
Deadline: March 25

The Financial Manager of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador has key responsibilities in the areas of financial management. Tasks will include, but may not be limited to the following:

Administrative functions

The Financial Manager will use Simply Accounting and Excel to maintain the financial records of the Craft Council, including:
- ledgers and income statements
- accounts receivable and payable
- monthly and annual financial statements
- monthly and annual government remittances and other submissions

Other financial areas that fall within the responsibility of this position are:
- authorization and payment of invoices, recording fees for project participation
- balancing of bank statements and investment certificates
- preparation of the annual charitable return
- maintenance of filing system for invoices, receipts and other documentation related to the administration of the Craft Council
- working with staff and Board of the Craft Council to ensure that budgets are developed and monitored and that variances are resolved
- supply the auditor with all necessary documentation to ensure a timely and accurate return

The successful delivery of services to the membership and to the public will involve all staff and volunteers of the Craft Council. Those staff working from the Devon House Craft Centre will work together to ensure its smooth operation. All staff are expected to contribute to the achievement of the Craft Council’s mission, contributing the time, skill, knowledge and resources that they have available.

Salary Range: $25,000 - $38,949 for a full time position, pro-rated to part time hours. Starting salary to depend upon qualifications and experience.

Resum├ęs, accompanied by a cover letter describing what the applicant can bring to the Craft Council, should be received no later than March 25.

Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
59 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, NL A1C 1E6
or by email to

Banff Centre for the Arts

The Banff Centre also offers residency programs for ceramic artists, located just a short drive from Calgery AB, in the beautiful Rockies.

For more info on their ceramic facilities, and upcoming residency opportunities check out their website.

The Medalta International Artists in Residence Program

Dates of Residency June 2 - 27, 2008

The Application Deadline for the 2008 International Artists in Residence program is April 18, 2008

2008's invited artists are:

Lily Bakoyannis
Susanne Ashmore
Todd Leech
and Stephanie Craig

The residency offers:
~ A dramatic historical setting capitalizing on Medicine Hat’s ceramic heritage which is attracting global interest.
~ The opportunity to work beside ceramic artists with a wide range of artistic approaches.
~ A well-equipped Studio, with 24 hour access. Each artist has 250 sq feet of Studio space, a wheel, working table and storage.
~ Firing facilities include a 2- chamber wood fired Bourry kiln, electric, gas, and raku kilns. All glaze materials are provided.
~ Clay and Supplies are readily available at Plainsman Clay, located adjacent to site.
~ Slab roller, clay mixer, jiggering and slip casting equipment available.
~ Day trips to the Cypress Hills, Clay Pits, and Fort Walsh can be arranged.
~ Formal and informal tours of both the Hycroft China and Medalta Potteries sites designed around artists schedules.
~ Interaction with the vibrant local ceramic community during both social and demonstrative events.
~ Slide presentations presented by the invited Artists, open to the public.
~ Participant slide presentations, organized on an “in-house” basis.

Check out their website for more information or contact:

Medalta International Artists in Residence Program
713 Medalta Avenue SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, T1A 3K9
Telephone: (403) 529–1070
Fax: (403) 580–5868

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award

(Julie Bartholemew - Winner 2006
I am Louis Vuiton I am Manolo I am CoCo)

26th Gold Coast International

With up to AUD$15,000 in awards and acquisitions


ENTRIES CLOSE - Friday May 30 2008
Exhibition 16 August to 19 October 2008
Check out their website for further details.

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

An NCECA Must See!!!

If you count yourself among one of the lucky ones that's heading off to NCECA this year allow me to give you an exhibition suggestion, as I know there are so many to chose from! The curator, Robin Lambert will be doing a guest post on musing once he returns from NCECA for those of us not attending so that we can get a bit of a run down of the events. Keep an eye out for that. In the meantime you can check out his website.

But here are the exhibition details:


New works from emerging Canadian artists Carole Epp, Michael Flaherty, Shannon Isfeld and Lia Tajcnar. BackTalk features artists whose work challenges and confronts ceramic traditions, technologies and ideas.

Curated by Nicole Burisch and Robin Lambert.
Mar 19-22.
Wed 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.,
Thu 10:00a.m.-8:00p.m.,
Fri 10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.,
Sat 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Reception Mar 20, 6:00-8:00p.m.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue, 412-361-0873.
Scaife Building 2-D Studio

Ceramic Job Opportunity

Full-Time Sessional

The instructor's primary responsibility will be teaching Ceramics and Visual Fundamentals and/or Drawing within the Visual Art program. Ceramics at Red Deer College includes throwing, hand-building, and model and mould making, and slip casting. The RDC Visual Art program is two years in length offering a Diploma in Visual Art or University Transfer Bachelor of Fine Arts studies. The successful candidate will be expected be an active member of faculty, college community and the community at large participating fully in activities undertaken by the department.

For further information on this position, contact:
Trudy Golley, Chairperson
Visual Art Department
Red Deer College
Phone: (403)342-3453


# MFA in related subject areas
# Teaching experience is required in Ceramics.
# Prior experience teaching Visual Fundamentals and Drawing is an asset.

Please include your CV, Letter of Interest outlining your teaching and art philosophies, 20 images of recent work (slides or digital), and the names of three references with your application.

SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience. Professional Development funding available.

START DATE: August 13, 2008
END DATE: April 29, 2009

All applicants (internal and external) must submit a current resume and the names of three references to:
BOX 5005
RED DEER AB T4N 5H5 FAX #:(403)342-3161
(Send in Microsoft Word or ASCII Text format)

Review of applications will take place on March 28, 2008, and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Friday, 7 March 2008

International Woodfire Conference


18th - 21st April 2008

An international conference aimed at exploring current research and trends in wood firing will be held at Sturt Craft Centre in April 2008.

There will also be three Pre-Conference Workshops in the week leading up to the Conference.

* Salt Firing with Sandy Lockwood and Robert Barron – four days
* Anagama Firing with Ron Meyers – four days (vacancies still exist in this workshop)
* Oribe firing with Yasuo Terada – four days

For further information, please contact Megan Patey:
Ph 02 4860 2080 Fax 02 4860 2081
PO Box 34 Mittagong 2575 NSW

Another Residency, this time China.

Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen
International Residency Programs

Open to mature international artists of all levels of experience and appreciation of the ceramic medium.

Emphasis of the residency program at Sanbao is working with hands, in a setting of simple daily life, with local craftsmen, and artists from all over the world in an atmosphere of creative and cultural exchange. Sanbao seeks to provide artists with time, space and materials to create a body of work in an inspiring and rich environment.

Residency terms can be from a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks. Sanbao Ceramic Working Village will be open for residency from May 1 to November 30.

Check out their website for more info.

Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute at Jingdezhen
PO Box 1000
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province
PR CHINA 333001

Tel: 86-798-8483665 Office
or 86-13907983391 Wendy
Fax: 86-798-8496513

Thailand residency opportunity

ComPeung is seeking applications for 2008 Artist Residency Program.

Artists or arts workers who work in or with communities are encouraged to apply. Our residency program provides opportunities for local and international artists to live and work together with our team and the local community. ComPeung residencies are for a period of one to three months. Interested artists are encouraged to apply by providing ComPeung with a preliminary proposal of her/his/their art work or project. As a work-in-progress we understand that the proposed project might change in the process.

Closing date: There is no fixed deadline, but we appreciate to receive applications at least 3 months prior to the proposed residency. If you have any questions relating to the application or the residency please contact us.

Village of Creativity
269 Moo 12, T. Cherng-doi, A. Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50220

email: /
tel: +66 (0) 87 694 8483
postel address: PO Box 27, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai 50220 Thailand

Thursday, 6 March 2008

New Book

From the Ceramic Arts Bookstore check out this new book Surface Decoration: Finishing Techniques.

From their site:
"Surface Decoration: Finishing Techniques covers techniques at all stages of the ceramic process, including forming, leather-hard, bisque and even after the final glaze firing. Artists discuss their working styles and tools, some provide detailed step-by-step instructions, while others discuss their successes and trials in broader terms. You'll find information on glazes and glazing, recipes, embossing, sgraffito, brushwork, printing, patinas, roulettes, stamping, decals, stains, resists, slips, china painting, stencils, faux finishes, and more."

Check out their website for ordering info and other publications like:

By Paul Lewing or

by the wonderfully talented Gail Nichols.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

China Opportunity

Through a unique linkage, the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, and West
Virginia University have teamed to offer a comprehensive study opportunity
for the serious advanced or professional ceramic artist/potter/student.
The Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute is considered to be China’s finest ceramics art and design school.

Space is available for 15 -18 participants who want to work and study with
some of China's most prominent teachers and ceramic artists. This is a rare
moment in time for the serious student potter to touch those historic roots
as well as connect with the inspiring energy of artisans past and present.

China Summer Program
6 Credits
Summer Semester I - 2008
May 24 - June 30* (Dates may vary slightly)

China Semester Program
12 Credit Hours: Graduate or Undergraduate
Fall Semester 2008
September 7 - December 14* (Dates may vary slightly)

If interested please check out the website
Contact us at:
Bob Anderson or Shoji Satake
West Virginia University
College of Creative Art
Division of Art
Creative Arts Center
PO Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26506
email: or
Tel: (304)293‑ 4841x3135

Saturday, 1 March 2008

The beauty of material

So much of my own work focuses on ceramic history or contemporary contextualization and social commentary, but i've always loved work that expresses itself through the language of the material and the properties inherent to ceramics. It's a language I love, but am personally not that well versed in. I feel that there is a subtlety, beauty and universality to this sort of work, something I hope to tap into someday with the right project...The work of Rafa Perez has always intrigued me on this level.

Check out an exhibition of this work at Puls Ceramics in Brussels or through their website.


Image - Mel Robson

Australian Ceramic Stories (ACS) explores the use of narrative in contemporary Australian ceramics. Surveying the work of artists from across the country, the exhibition will include many new works by some of Australia’s most highly regarded ceramic artists. Dubbo Regional Gallery - The Armati Bequest is staging the exhibition from 5 April - 18 May 2008 at Western Plains Cultural Centre. Curated by Dr Julia Jones, the exhibition brings together the work of artists from all parts of Australia, offering a unique view of contemporary ceramic practice.

The curatorial concept is inspired by international ceramicist Matthias Ostermann’s research which resulted in the book The Ceramic Narrative in 2006.
The exhibition will explore how “stories” are told in Australian ceramics, highlighting the various ways that clay is used to express them. All of the ceramicists tell stories about Australia in ways that stretch the narrative capabilities of clay, and draw our attention to the versatility of the medium. The exhibition will seek to engage with contemporary themes and ideas in the broader visual arts and ceramic practices and examine the various ways in which narrative is a crucial element in their work.

To coincide with the exhibition, a 1-day Forum will be held on Saturday 12 April 2008 which will further explore the theme and extend dialogue from two previous Ceramic conferences - verge in Brisbane in 2006 and ClayEdge at Gulgong in 2007. The keynote speaker at this event will be Canadian Ceramic Artist & Writer, Matthias Ostermann. Further speakers at the Australian Ceramic Stories Forum are as follows: Dr Janet Mansfield OAM, Ceramic Artist & Publisher, President International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva), Megan Martin, Curator and Head Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Janet DeBoos, Ceramic Artist & Head of Ceramics Workshop, ANU together with ACS exhibiting artists Vipoo Srivilasa, Louise
Boscacci, Gerry Wedd, and Gudrun Klix, Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Ceramics, University of Sydney.

The Official Opening will be held on Friday 11 April and a Curator's Talk with exhibiting artists will be held on Sunday 13 April."

Participating artists:


For further information regarding Australian Ceramic Stories, please contact Brigette Leece, Manager Western Plains Cultural Centre on 02 6801 4430 or the exhibition Curator Dr Julia Jones on 0409 771 022