Monday, 26 May 2008

Ceramics Conference - Call for Abstracts

What: International Khmer Ceramics Festival
Theme: Ancient Khmer and Southeast Asian Ceramics: New Archaeological Findings, Production and the Revival of Techniques
When: December 10-12, 2008

" This conference aims to bring together Cambodian and international scholars specialized in ancient Khmer and mainland South East Asian ceramics, with contemporary potters and craftspeople working to revive ancient production techniques. In light of illicit trading in antiquities, the objective is to raise awareness of the archaeological importance of ancient Cambodian and mainland South East Asian ceramics, and to highlight the new opportunities for sustainable economic development in the region through contemporary ceramic technology."

For more info including ways to participate, conference schedule, list of participating artists and contact info please check out their website.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Well I've just shipped off a bit more work to a new gallery in Vancouver - Numen Gallery. Slowly but surely the shelves in my studio are becoming bare. Gotta find some more time somewhere to get more work done I guess! Too bad a 4 month old baby is too young to teach how to trim pots or glaze bowls, man the extra hands would be helpful! But anyway, if you find yourself in the area with a bit of time please do go and check it out! Cheers.

Numen Gallery - Suite 120, 1058 Mainland Street - Vancouver, B.C.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

2 calls for entry - 1 national, 1 international

THE CLAY STUDIO OF MISSOULA has 2 calls for entry on their site:


Application, slides, check, and self addressed, stamped
envelope must be received by AUGUST 1ST, 2008 for either competition.

Application forms and further info available on the website.

Call for entry - Postmodern Ceramics

The International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics
Organized by: KERAMEIKON, Croatian Ceramic Association in partnership with The City Museum of Varazdin
Deadline for submission of applications:
October, the 30 2008 (post stamp)

"Only works which embody the concept of ceramics as a means of free artistic expression will be accepted: sculptures, installation, and works serving a non-functional and functional purpose. Artists are expected to contribute by presenting distinctively personalised, original and novel ceramic art works characterised by a sincere approach, an ebullient, vivaciously creative and imaginative form of expression. A combination of various materials may be used but the work must be done primarily in ceramics."

Croatian Ceramic Association
Krizaniceva 13
42000 Varazdin
Tel: ** 385 42 211 227
Fax: ** 385 42 210 450

Or visit:

Friday, 16 May 2008


Exhibition: Midstream: New Ceramics from the Heartland
Exhibition Dates: August 23, 2008 – February 28, 2009
Deadline May 23rd

The Arizona State University Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center, in an effort to define the front edge of experimental ceramic work, is looking for limited submissions for the exhibition Midstream: New Ceramics from the Heartland. Artists in the Midwestern region of the U.S. can submit up to 5 low resolution digital images and a brief resume and statement. Artists residing in the following states are eligible: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Contact: Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics at or find more info here or here.

Craft Symposium _ TOMORROW!

In combination with the exhibition Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics
which runs May 15 – Sept 7, 2008 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, tomorrow they are hosting:

Craft and Design Interface
May 17, 1 - 4 pm at Gardiner Museum
$20 Public/ $16.25 Members/ OCAD students free

Speakers include:
Jorunn Veiteberg
Glen Brown
Ezra Shales
Dov Granchrow
Marek Cekula
Sara Diamond

From the Gardiner Website:

"This groundbreaking exhibition will both startle and delight you with the work of international artists and industrial designers re-imagining the possibilities of ceramics in the 21st century.

See more than 200 objects from eighteen countries, including work by artists Cindy Sherman and Arman, designers Ettore Sottsass and Masahiro Mori, and industrial manufacturers Rosenthal and Nymphenburg.

Curator Marek Cecula emphasizes the new relationship between artists, designers and industry that “has heralded a vitality and fresh orientation to ceramic material.” The exhibition also includes sections devoted to recent advances in ceramic materials and technologies, and to the creative manipulation and re-use of industrial ceramics by studio artists."

Sounds like an amazing exhibition so hopefully some of you can check it out. For the rest of us there are some podcasts on the Gardiner website.

Call for Entry - all artists living in Ireland

First Contemporary Ceramic Award At Hallward

Deadline - 17th July 2008
Prize - solo exhibition at the Hallward in 2009/10

For more details visit the website.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Amazing graffiti on the streets of Buenos Aires.

You'll have to forgive the lack of ceramic content in this post, but I wanted to share a video with you of an amazing graffiti animation I ran across. At first it seems like a post production work, but quickly you realize that this guy actually painted each image and photographed them. If I figure it takes forever to make ceramic work with all the firings and everything, I can't imagine how long this might have taken.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Upcoming conference

September 19-20, 2008 | Indianapolis, Indiana

The conference site boasts:
"Debra Fritts will demonstrate a handbuilding technique that combines modeling, pitching, and coiling for small figurative sculptures. Develop your vocabulary and aesthetic of color with Ovidio Giberga. Susan Kemenyffy will share the secrets of how to balance contour and surface. Eva Kwong, will reveal how to incorporate more color through the use of AMACO's velvets and colored slips. Jeffrey Nichols will demonstrate his unique approach to color and surface. Learn unusual construction techniques with Lana Wilson, using soft slabs of clay to make a teapot and stand."

Register early for a discount!
For all the info go to their website here.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

More ways to spend your summer holidays.

The Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts is offering a number of ceramics courses this summer including Aesthetics of Ceramic Form, Figurative Sculpture, Special Effects Glazes, Architectural Ceramics, and Firing Techniques just to name a few. All are being offered by some of ceramic's greats like Robin Hopper, Sandra Black, Grace Nickel and Les Manning, among others.

Check out their website for further workshop details and registration information.

The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada V9C 4H7

Phone: (250) 391-2420 - Toll Free in Canada 1-800-667-3122
Fax: (250) 391-2412 - email:
One of the main things on my "to do" list lately has been to update the links on this blog which are currently looking quite sparse as compared to the numerous blogs I actually read and am inspired by. So hopefully soon enough there will be enough hours in the day to get this done. Priorities have definitely shifted as of late with most of my time spent amusing or being amused by the little one and desperately searching for stolen moments away in the studio. The loud music in the studio may have been replaced by the hum and crackle of the baby monitor but it's still a wonderful escape from the repetition of the everyday.

But this new schedule has also had an impact on my blog reading as of late. I'm falling behind now that the little one sleeps through the night and I'm no longer up in the wee hours of the morning coaxing him back to slumbers and reading craft theory or design blogs to keep me awake. Yes I realize I'm an obsessive geek to even think of reading about ceramics at such a time!

Anyhow I was just catching up on my reading of Mike Press's blog Hand Made Theory and thought to myself that I might not have mentioned it before on this blog, so here you go, it's a great read for craftspeople of any medium with great links so find the time for a browse (preferably during sane hours of the day!)

Lazy afternoon studio tours

I was just out in BC for a long needed break, enjoying the beautiful spring gardens of the coast, and finding some time for lazing about and checking out some of Victoria's open studios. It's such a great idea that I wish we did this more back home, having afternoon open houses/studios where you can meet artists, enjoy yummy cookies, and see some fantastic work that you might not otherwise find in the shops and galleries. Of course it's always nice to have that direct interaction with makers, finding out interesting tricks of the trade and seeing how different people work - plus it fuels my snoopiness about how others studios are set up, which in turn can also fuel studio envy...

This is the work of Ester Galac who is a lovely clay artist I met on the studio tour. She had beautiful works with a variety of elegant glaze choices from subtle blue to bronze glazes and interesting forms incorporating inspiration and materials from the coast. You can check out more of her work on the BC tourism website.

I think this open studio format of exposing the public to artwork is interesting. Not only does it provide a relaxed casual setting for viewing art, but is also allows the direct interaction between maker and user of an object. In craft communities we often talk about a need to educate audiences about the importance/value/excellence in craftsmanship of the crafted object and this format presents a less didactic or formal approach as compared to a gallery setting. I know lots of artists who do this individually, hosting their own open studios which is great, but there was also something nice about an organized tour of multiple studios all in one day where you can float in and out of spaces enjoying a day of conversation and beautiful art here and there around the city...

If you're visiting or living in Waterloo...

SPEAKER SERIES: Wilhelm Nassau speaks at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on the history of ceramics and glass

Friday, May 9 at 4:30pm
Admission - $5.00
CCGG Docents & Volunteers – free!

Friday, May 30 at 4:30pm
Admission - $5.00
CCGG Docents & Volunteers – free!

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