Tuesday, 30 September 2008

2 shows of atmospheric pots.

Armstrong's announces the solo show of
Jeff Whyman "Vitrified Existence"

From their website:
"Jeff Whyman’s work displays a variety of sculptural forms completed with wood-fired, glazing surface techniques. His work is about the beauty, wonder and majesty of our daily life. The clay, the earth, the sun, the minerals, the colors of our transitions and the eternal process of our existence is all a part of his galactic expressions in the permanency of fired ceramic vessels. Whyman is also a diver and his ceramic creations are reminiscent of the treasures found on the ocean floor."

October 7 - November 29, 2008
Armstrong Gallery
150 East 3rd Street
Pomona California 91766

Saskatchewan Flame opens this Friday at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. The touring exhibition boast works by Nick Sarota, Peter Rupchan, Randy Woolsey, Ron Froese, Zach Dietrich, Wendy Parsons, ROn & Rusty Kurenda, Zane Wilcox, Bonnie Gilmour, Deb Vereschagin, Judy Tryon, Robert Jackson, Diane Koshgarian, Teresa Gagne, June Jacobs, Jody Greenman-Barber, Sue Robertson, Jeff Stewart, Paula Cooley, Jeff Martens, Dee Funk and Martin Tagseth.

Contact the Craft Council for more info.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Call for papers - Online Design Philosophy Publication

Design Philosophy Papers, which is an online journal (subscription also available for purchase which grants access to previous articles plus an annual print publication and disk of articles)has a call out for papers. There are numerous themes to be explored, and submissions are requested by artists, designers and writers from any relevant background. Check out their website for more information, submission requirements and themes.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Can hardly wait....

This year's 1000 Miles Apart Conference is right around the corner - October 3-5, held this year at the University of Regina. Presenters are yours truly, Carmela Laganse, Brendan Tang, Rory MacDonald and Keynote speaker Charles Mason (Head Curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

Hope to see you all there!

Call for submissions: writing on Ceramics Education

Interpreting Ceramics, the online journal is looking for articles for an upcoming (2009) publication with the theme of Ceramic Education. Check out their website for more info about what they're looking for and their submission guidelines.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Why Clay?

Hmmm, I've got a list of awnsers to that question...beginning with why not?
But if your interested in a more thorough and indepth discussion check out the Symposium: Why Clay? hosted by the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY.
It'l be a full day - October 26th - dedicated to looking at historical and contemporary passions for the beloved material.
Speaker line up includes:
Reena Kashyap, Executive Director, Clay Art Center
Janet Langsam, Executive Director, Westchester Arts Council
Judith Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor, NYU, Dept. of Art and Art
Chris Staley, potter and educator
Ulysses Grant Dietz, Senior Curator, and Curator of Decorative Arts, The Newark Museum
Lois Hetland, Associate Professor of Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art
John Perreault, art critic, curator, artist, poet and founder of Artopia
Anat Shiftan, Associate Professor of Ceramics, SUNY, New Paltz
And artist talks by:
Judy Moonelis, Julia Galloway, Jeff Shapiro

You'll find more information on line here, including a breif about all the talks to be presented, looks like quite the thought provoking day!

Residency Centre in Ghana

Interested in learning indigenous ceramics techniques? Got a desire to travel?
Check out the International Clay Residency Center in Ghana.

For more info:
or check out their website.

Emerging or under-represented??

Don't we all feel a bit under-represented most days... I thought that was just a normal part of being a craft artist!
Well if you truely feel that way check out the November 3rd deadline for the 2009 Lydon Emerging Artist Program Award (aka LEAP). This one is open to students and under-represented emerging craft artists.
Juror is Gail Brown.

The Society for Contemporary Craft,
2100 Smallman St. Pittsburgh 15222
412.261.7003 ext 17
or through their website.

Clay & Context - Call for entry

Clay & Context is a national juried show for all you Americans out there.
Entry Deadeline is October 31st, show runs January 15 to February 6, 2009.

From their website:
"Clay & Context looks to draw new attention to clay as material with fresh significance in contemporary studio practices, while acknowledging the historical foundation from which it evolved. Whether the media takes on a utilitarian or non-functional form, the playing field has never been so level. We encourage submissions to address the vast scope of ceramic art being created in today’s context in hopes of an exhibition of exemplary works reflecting the personal vocabulary of the individual artists creating in our present cultural climate."

Juried by Sherman Hall the editor of Ceramics Monthly.
For more information and downloadable prospectus go to their website or call 812.237.3720

Calling all teapots!

Call for entries for a functional and sculptural teapot exhibition.
Deadline is 18 October 2008.
Juror David MacDonald.

*** Note*** It must pour!

For more info contact:
Mary Cloonan,
Exhibitions Director.
Baltimore Clayworks,
5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore,
Maryland 21209.
Telephone: 410-578-1919.
Email: mary.cloonan@baltimoreclayworks.org.
Or website

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

If you find yourself in Edmonton...

Image Credit: Paul Leathers

Then you must check out
New work by ceramic artist Candice Ring at the Discovery Gallery at the Alberta Craft Council.

September 6 - October 18, 2008

In her own words:

"Florescence is a new series of work that developed from my interest in the relationship between flora and the vessel, and how I relate to them. During a recent residency at the Australia National University in Canberra, Australia, I had the opportunity to closely examine flora that I had never seen before. A weekly visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens inspired the key ideas that underpin this exhibition; form, function, nature, nurture. The style of the work also stems from my interest in historical ceramics, particularly 18th century English porcelains and creamware. Made with fine porcelain clay and fired in atmospheric kilns, I produced pieces that are of the same variety but are completely unique. My forms suggest sophistication through their sense of lift and exaggeration, in contrast to their playful gesture of stance. I played on masculine and feminine figurative qualities to add character to the form in an attempt to express the idea of their relationship to the user.

The title of the exhibition, Florescence, presents a kind of duality for me because of it’s meaning; the state or condition of being in flower and/or a great period of development. Both of these definitions ring true for me. This work is a culmination of things that inspire me but that are interpreted and translated into something new that is my own. I hope that this body of work implies an offering to the senses; touch to the hands and lips, soft colourings from cool to warm for the eyes."

Saturday, 13 September 2008

International Cup - call for entry

November 26, 2008 entry deadline
Location: Montana, Missoula
The Clay Studio of Missoula is accepting submissions by digital images or slides to be jurored by Patti Warashina. Works must be primarily of clay and all exhibited work must be for sale. Forty percent commission will be charged on all sales. Entry fee $20 for one entry, $25.00 for two entries.

To request a prospectus, mail you SASE to Hannah Fisther,
The Clay Studio of Missoula
1106 Hawthorne Unit A
Missoula, Montana 59802
Phone: 406 543 0509

Thursday, 11 September 2008

WHITE HEAT 2009 - call for proposals

The Australian Ceramics Association’s Biennial Exhibition 2009
Manly Art Gallery and Museum 12 JUNE – 19 JULY 2009
in conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Triennale NSW 09
Curator: Dr Julie Bartholomew

Please send an outline of your research proposal, a disc with 3 images of recent work and a CV.

Proposal packages due: 17 October 2008 Applicants notified: 1 December 2008 Exhibition dates: 12 June – 19 July 2009

Please post proposal packages to:
Dr Julie Bartholomew
The Australian Ceramics Association
PO Box 274 Waverley NSW 2024
T: 1300 720 124

Selected artists will be paid $100 for their participation in the exhibition.
Exhibitors must be financial members of The Australian Ceramics Association.

See website for more information.

Friday, 5 September 2008

I almost forgot..how could I?

I've got a show opening tomorrow!!!
If you're in Red Deer or feel like making the drive out I've got a show opening at the Bilton Centre for Contemporary Art . I'd love it if you could make it to see the show.

But if you want to see the work but can't make it to the show all of the works are posted on my website.
Bilton Centre for Contemporary Art
4B, 5809 - 51 Ave
Red Deer, AB
T4N 4H8

Skutt hosting a Peep Show???

Yup you heard it right a Peep Show!
Skutt Kilns is hosting a exhibition of kiln peep plugs. Online registration deadline is December 12th 2008 and selected pieces will be shown at the Skutt table at next years NCECA conference.

Here's one by Bill Jones:

And you can check out the website for more pieces in their online gallery.

On the subject of motherhood...

After posting the other day about my mis-adventures in mold making, Mel of Feffakookan brought the blog Six Hundred Degrees to my attention an in particular this post in which the author Sophie Milne talks about the book The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood by Rachel Power.

I'm already ordering my copy but just thought all the other mud mommas might like to know about it. Sophie brings up a great point about the place of motherhood in "high art" and it's an interesting discussion to have. I've spoken to many since having my babe who have asked if he has had an impact on my work and without a doubt he has as in every aspect of my life now I feel I have to be more accountable and responsible for what I put out there. But people seem relieved when you say that you aren't making art directly about motherhood as it gets the old "crafty, hippy, flaky" stamp on it. Seems sad that such an amazingly miraculous process in life has little place in art world.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

A bit more fiber arts than ceramics...

You should check out these beautiful and haunting works by Diem Chau which are profiled in the latest issue of Fiber Arts Magazine.

Should have known better…

So perhaps you’ll find this funny, perhaps a bit sad. Truth is that hindsight is always 20/20, yet this is a situation wherein there was foresight - which was ignored and the resulting adventure unfolded as expected and left me with no one to blame but myself. It’s no stretch of the imagination to understand how a mother of a feisty seven month old was compelled at any cost to get a bit of work done in the studio. For a while now it’s been a struggle for me to get more than a brief moment here and there to get much accomplished. My boy can magically sleep for hours when others are watching him, but for me mere minutes sometimes is all I get. So one of my solutions to getting more work done was to start slip-casting functional forms again so that I didn’t have to worry about leaving a half finished pot on the wheel to rush to the bedside of a wailing infant. I figured I could cast some forms everyday, stock pile them, and when I had a bit more time I’d do the decorating. Seemed to make sense right? One would think so, until today when I decided that it was a good idea to try to make plaster molds of the solid forms I’d made the other day for making the drop molds. Even as I began I knew I was being silly, the babe could wake at any moment. But I continued, and there I stood with my splash coat setting and the rest of the plaster slowing, painfully slowly, starting to set. In the silence of the studio I could hear the hum of the baby monitor, quiet breathing, all good. But sounds from outside, a dog barking a few yards over, the afternoon train clanking down the rails all threatened to shatter that silence. Each noise made my heart race as I sat waiting and desperately mentally trying to will my plaster to set faster. Sure as anything the silence was broken, the babe awoke and not to a playful chatter but a full fledged scream. No time to debate what sort of a parent I was - one that was okay to let them cry? Who was I kidding, I never had the stomach or heart for that, so before I knew it I was flying up the stairs, ripping off my plaster soaked gloves and rescuing the boy from the horrors of whatever had woken him. But back in the studio there was a bucket with enough plaster for four drop mold setting…leaving it would mean starting from scratch again, heaven knows when, plus having to chuck the whole bucket, rendered solid as a block into the bin. So I grabbed a towel I passed in the hallway on my way out and ran back to the studio, placed the baby on the towel on the dirty cement floor, holding him with one hand – as he’s not quite sturdy enough yet to warrant risking him in his semi-sleepy state tipping over onto the hard ground. So if you can imagine the sight, one hand on the babe, leaning over and desperately trying to salvage the rest of the hardening plaster to finish the four molds in time. Miraculously they’re done, not shocking at all though is the fact that they are likely the worst molds I’ve EVER made, even considering the shockers I made when an undergrad student and just learning. But I will proudly use them, defiantly in fact. Defiant towards the thought that keeps creeping into my mind that maybe I can’t do it all and that I might have to give up ceramics for a time…no. I won’t quit. It will mean sacrifices, as it already has, it also means that somedays my creative drive is fueled by other things, like sewing (way less messy) and singing horrible made up songs about nothing which brings out the best smiles to my little princes’ face. I realize though that I can do it all, just not all at once, and maybe not when he’s sleeping, at least not the messy stuff.