Tuesday, 24 June 2008

And now for the canadians out there...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 15, 2008 by 5pm

SENT TO: Winifred Shantz Award
c/o Robert Achtemichuk, Director
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
25 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

AWARD GALA: September 25, 2008

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists is a national award for ceramic artists and potters. Thanks to the ongoing partnerships with Mrs. Winifred Shantz and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, the award is presented every year to a practicing artist working between 5 to 10 years consecutively from the date of the annual application date. The winner of the Winifred Shantz Award receives $10,000 and is intended to allow for a period of independent research at a key moment in the artistic practice of the applicant.

The selection panel is comprised of experienced contemporary ceramic artists, potters and curators. This jury will choose one winner and the results will be announced at a gala event on September 25, 2008. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to advance the artistic practice of the artist.

All of the Winifred Shantz Award winners to date have represented the remarkable practices that make up contemporary ceramic art. Previous winners include:
Rory MacDonald (2007)
Ying-Yueh Chuang (2006)
Kate Hyde (2005)
Joan Bruneau (2004)
Marc Vincent Egan (2003)
Laurent Craste (2002)
Susan Collett (2001)

To apply to the Winifred Shantz Award, you must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must also meet the definition of a professional artist, which is an artist who:
-has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
-is recognized as such by his or her peers
-maintained an independent professional practice for at least five to a maximum of ten years from the date of application
-Students are not eligible

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is accessible to Aboriginal artists and artists of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.

(Activities may be combined, and are to take place within the year period. Project duration is dependent on applicant needs and proposal.)
-travelling for career development
-connecting with mentors
-visiting other studios
-studying museum collections
-investigating kiln sites
-liaising with industry to perform research that will further in-studio production
-participating in national/international residencies or symposia

Not Eligible:
-tuition fees

SUPPORT MATERIAL (to include with your application)

1. PROJECT PROPOSAL (maximum 1 page)
A single page outlining how the award will be used: a proposal of the research program and its intended relevance to the applicant's future work.

2. CURRICULUM VITAE (maximum 2 pages, include copy of all texts in print and digital format in CD-Rom)

Please include the following information:
-professional training (educational background, mentors, workshops, etc.)
-exhibition or public presentation history (including the dates, titles, names and locations of galleries or place of presentation, whether solo or group shows)
-collections: public, corporate and private
-bibliography of critical reviews of your work
-prizes, awards and other grants
-other activities related to your practice.

-List must follow titles of each image as identified in the CD-ROM

-Fifteen (15) digital still images on one CD-ROM (slides are no longer accepted)
-present your works chronologically, from the oldest to the most recent work
-one digital image can provide an installation or exhibition view, giving an idea of the dimensions of the work relative to the space (if applicable)
-title each file (image) with a number, your initials, the year and title of your work
-Ensure that the numbers for the first nine images begin with a zero (for example: 01initialsyeartitle.jpg, 02initialsyeartitle.jpg).

Submit jpg files only
Submit files at a resolution of 72 dpi only
Submit files of a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels (height must not exceed 768 pixels)
Submit files of 1 MB maximum
Don't submit any type of presentation (such as PowerPoint)
Don't submit compressed files (WinZip, Stuffit, etc.)
Don't include hyperlinks to Internet sites with your images
Don't submit material that requires software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed
Don't submit any files by email

Test your material before submission to ensure that it is formatted correctly. It is your responsibility to ensure that all material reaches the Gallery in a readable format.

You will need to submit a letter of confirmation and profile of host institution, documents outlining itinerary, as well as confirmation from mentors or industrial partners and disclosure of the terms of agreement between partners and the recipient.

A final report is to be submitted summarizing the benefits received from the award no later than two years after the award is granted.

You must send all required support material in one package. An application that does not include all required support material will be considered incomplete, and will be withdrawn from the competition. All submissions will be kept on file at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery's Artists' Registry for archival purposes and cannot be returned.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

$10000 Prize for Ceramic Arts!

Lucky you if you live in Australia as you can apply for the upcoming Ergon Energy Central Queensland Art Awards 2008.

All entries will be selected and judged in regard to overall excellence, originality and innovation in concept and design and use of materials and technique.

The artworks will be judged by 12 December and exhibited at the Rockhampton Art Gallery from 12 December 2008 – 8 February 2009.

Deadline - October 10th 2008

All enquiries should be directed to:
Shane Fitzgerald
Telephone 07 4936 8248
Email: shane.fitzgerald@rrc.qld.gov.au
Sue Smith
Telephone 07 4936 8248
Email: sue.smith@rrc.qld.gov.au

Download the entry form for more information.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

A long list of upcoming workshops

In case you can't make it to Australia for the Print Symposium, maybe you can attend one of these:

June 23-28, 2008
Glazing, Handbuilding and Kiln Firing Exploration for Art Teachers
University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Instructor: Diana Faris
For more information and to register:
(800) 232-8634 or (317) 788-3253

July 6-July 19, 2008
Michigan, Saugatuck
Sadashi Inuzuka - Site-Specific Installations with Clay
Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists' Residency
For more information, visit www.ox-bow.org or email ox-bow@artic.edu

July 12 & 13, 2008
Amaco Underglaze Decorating and Texture Mold Hand-Building Workshop
Pewabic Pottery
Detroit, MI
Instructor: Diana Faris
Explore various surface decorating and hand-building techniques. Bisqued tiles, liquid, chalk and semi-moist underglazes, Majolica Gloss Decorating Colors, and AMACO Texture Molds will be provided for this two day workshop. Pre-registration is necessary.
For more information and to register:
(313) 822-0954 or visit www.pewabic.com

July 17 & 18, 2008
Image Transfer Techniques
Georgies Ceramic & Clay Company
Portland, OR
Instructor: Paul Andrew Wandless
For more information and to register:

August 8-12, 2008
Image Transfer Techniques
Kelowna Clay Festival
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Instructor: Paul Andrew Wandless
For more information and to register:

September 19-21
Surface, Form & Substance
Potters Council Regional Conference
AMACO/BRENT Contemporary Clay Gallery/Classrooms
Indianapolis, IN. Presenters: Deb Fritts, Ovidio Giberga, Susan Kemenyffy, Eva Kwong, Jeffrey Nichols and Lana Wilson
For more information:
Call Potters Council 866-721-3322

September 20-21
Surface Decoration and Majolica Techniques
Orchard Vally Ceramic Arts Guild
Sunnyvale, CA
Instructor: Linda Arbuckle
For more information:

October 4-5, 2008
Brevard Art Museum; Museum School
Melbourne, FL
Instructor: Linda Arbuckle
For more information:
(321) 242-0737

October 4th & 5th 2008
Colorado, Carbondale, Carbondale Clay Center
Jim Connell - Functional Pottery and Carving Techniques
For more information call (970) 963-2529 or visit http://www.carbondaleclay.org/sitepages/pid47.php

October 17-19, 2008
Image Transfer Techniques
MudFire Clayworks & Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia
Instructor: Paul Andrew Wandless
For more information and to register:

October 18 & 19, 2008
Florida, Orlando
Charlie and Linda Riggs
Saggar Firing and other Alternative Firing Techniques
Recreation Division, Cultural Arts Pottery Studio
For more information contact Kimberly Miller, Cultural Arts Coordinator at Studio (407) 246-3595 or Office (407) 246-2646 or Kimberly.Miller@CityofOrlando.net

January 23-24, 2009
Legends of History, Myth, and Current Events; Satirical and Whimsical Figures
Brickyard Ceramics and Crafts
Indianapolis, IN
Instructor: Dee Schaad
For more information and to register:
(800) 677-3289

Upcoming Print Workshop

The Australian National University will be hosting an exciting symposium on Ceramics and Print this month. The workshop runs from June 24th to 28th with both demonstrations as well as opportunity to work with the presenting artists and apply what you've learned.

For all the info and to register contact Lia.Tajcnar@anu.edu.au

My previous advisor and one of the major reasons I studied in Australia, Janet Deboos, recently had an exhibition of new work at Skepsi On Swanston in Victoria. Gorgeous gallery, one of my faves when I was visiting Melbourne. Avicam has also recently posted some of Janet's writing about her beautiful functional work which is worth a read. So much for the non believers that think that a bowl is just a bowl, function mere function, Janet has always had an interesting methodology behind her work. Read the article here.

Friday, 6 June 2008

If you're into woodfiring...

Craft Australia has just published (online) a few articles written about the recent Sturt Woodfire 2008 conference.
There's articles by John Freeland, Janet Mansfeild,Megan Patey,and the ever so lovely Avi Amesbury (of Avicam).

Also check out these sites for more woodfiring info:
The Log Book which lists upcoming international woodfiring events. Check out the upcoming events in Hungary, Tennessee, and England to name a few...
or check out Sidestoke for a range of interesting articles about kilns - make sure you have some time on your hands for this one!
Or look here for a links page.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Beyond the Brickyard - International call for entry

First Annual juried competition presented by the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.
Juror: Patti Warashina
Deadline August 15th 2008
Exhibition in January 2009.

For more info and downloable application form check out the Bray's website.

Don't forget to check out their residency opportunities and summer workshops as well, taught by Donovan Palmquist, Takamori & Weiser, Josh DeWeese, McConnell & Sormin, Ron Meyers and Patti Warashina.

Exposition of Pottery and Ceramic of La Rambla 2008

Deadline:July 10 2008
Where:Spain, La Rambla (Córdoba)
Contest of Traditional Pottery for pieces in bisque
Traditional Ceramic Contest
Contest of Ceramics Design and New Shapes

Full guidelines and applications can be found here.

Ceramic lecture - Relational Ceramics

The North- West Ceramics Foundation is hosting a public lecture by Amy Gogarty on the subject of Relational Ceramics.

If you're unsure about what exactly that is read the following from the press release:

"“Relational Aesthetics,” a concept developed by French curator Nicholas Bourriaud, has created frisson in the art world through its linking to a series of exhibitions that stress participation, interactivity and “event” over residue or artifact. Asserting that “all works of art produce models of sociability,” Bourriaud evaluates artworks “on the basis of the inter-human relations they represent, produce or prompt.” While generally considered “outside” the exalted circle of fine art, functional ceramics generate exemplary models of sociability; which by their nature “prompt” inter-human relations. Functional ceramics resist exhibition on plinths in the “white cube” of the gallery; instead, they operate performatively in rituals of eating, drinking and commensal exchange. My presentation will examine functional ceramics in light of relational aesthetics, using primarily contemporary Canadian examples. Examining ways in which functional ceramics perform rather than how they look or how they are made reveals surprising continuities between ceramics and other forms of contemporary visual art practice."

I've had the opportunity to hear Amy speak twice now and she's fantastic! Well worth it.

Check it out:
Thursday, June 12, 2008
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Emily Carr University, North Building room 245
1399 Johnston St
Vancouver, BC