Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Job Posting - Ceramics at ACAD

The Alberta College of Art + Design is one of only four publicly
funded Canadian post-secondary institutions devoted exclusively to the
advanced education of visual artists and designers. The college has
recently entered into a vital new phase in its development and
embraced a new mandate and vision that endorse a model of the
institution as a laboratory for experimentation and as a catalyst for
cultural development and creative inquiry into the arts and emergent
cultural fields.

The college welcomes applications for the upcoming 2009 – 2010
academic year for the position of:

Visiting Artist/Instructor – Ceramics (Competition 0809-OC-FT-21)

Eight (8) month appointment – over two (2) semesters from August 17,
2009 to April 30, 2010

To complement existing instructional resources, the successful
candidate will instruct four (4), six (6) hour long studio courses at
all levels of the undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program. In addition,
the individual will receive a stipend (in the amount of $16,000.00)
for relocation expenses, participation in Ceramics program activity
and developing their personal research/studio practice. The successful
candidate will be required to mount a solo exhibition/presentation of
their research/studio practice at the college.


The successful candidate will have: an MFA or an equivalent degree or
combination of education and professional experience in ceramics,
previous teaching experience, a professional exhibition record as a
ceramist, excellent technical skills and a wide knowledge of all
aspects of the discipline, with a particular regard for the
international ceramics profession. Applicants with a studio practice
and teaching experience in pottery are particularly sought for this
academic year.

Please submit applications by February 13, 2009 including: letter of
application; the names/email/ telephone contacts of three (3)
referees; a current curriculum vitae; Two statements, one outlining
teaching philosophy and practice and one regarding studio and research
practice; twenty (20) images of recent studio work accompanied by a
corresponding numbered list including titles, medium and size (all in
C.D. format) to:

Alberta College of Art + Design
1407 - 14th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3
Fax: 403.284.6236

Submitted materials will only be returned if accompanied by
appropriate self-addressed envelopes/containers with suffcient
Canadian postage or prepaid courier shipping forms.

For further information about the college, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
and this position please visit our web site at Alberta
College of Art + Design is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes
expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for
consideration for this or other suitable vacancies. While we thank all
applicants in advance for their interest, please note that only
applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In situations
with several qualified candidates, preference will normally be given
to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

On the Cusp II

Yours truly will be showing at Prime Gallery in Toronto next month along with some other amazing artists: Brendan Tang, Courtney Chapman, Julia Hepburn, and Robin Tieu. Take a minute to check out their work at their websites or stop by the show!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

NCECA deadlines around the corner...

Don't forget that NOV 7th is the deadline for Emerging Artist Nominations.
And for the students out there: NOV 17th is the deadline for the 2009 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship Nominations and the 2009 NCECA Graduate Student Fellowhip.
NOV 17th is also the deadline for exhibition proposals for the 2010 conference in Philadelphia.

If you haven't heard yet, NCECA has updated their website, you should take a minute to check it out, it's a definite improvement and full of pictures too!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Well today is blog action day and I'm sadly finding myself at the last minute making a post, is it better late than never? If you don't know about blog action day please check out their website. Basic idea is to unite bloggers all over the world once a year to discuss a certain topic, create awareness and dialogue, and hopefully action and change. Over the day I've been trying to think about this year's topic in relation to ceramics - a stretch i know, but I try to keep the blog ceramic related. I shouldn't have bothered though as the topic needs not, and benefits little from being trivialized. I am a very lucky person that I have the means and the skills to live my dream as an artist as I'm aware that there are so many that struggle each and every day just to survive. Reminding myself of that means that I will winge less on the days I don't get into the studio, or when the kiln is an utter disaster. I'm not going to go on a political rant or commentary in this post. I don't want to trivialize the struggles and the pain. But am writing a post, bringing the issue to the table as a simple reminder to me, and maybe to you as well of the blessings in our lives. My list is long, longer than I deserve. I hope you as well are blessed, with family, health, freedom, creativity, hope and happiness. I am taking a moment today to think about poverty, the miriade of interconnected issues that cause it and my role and responsibility to help in anyway I can.
Best wishes to all.

Monday, 13 October 2008

One of a Kind Awards for Excellence

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, November 30th, 2008 (local time).
Award winners will be announced January 1, 2009.

For over 30 years, the One of a Kind Show has been helping artists and craftspeople from across the country to make a living out of their passion. We know it can be a challenging thing to do, especially in the early stages of a career. And we want to do more to help!

The One of a Kind Show is excited to introduce a brand new awards program to help develop the careers of emerging artists and craftspeople. The awards are presented in partnership with the Crafts Association of British Columbia (CABC), the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics , the Harbourfront Centre Craft Department , the Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) , and the Textile Museum of Canada .

There are five awards:

The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Craft (Eastern Canada), presented by the Ontario Crafts Council
The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Craft (Western Canada), presented by the Crafts Association of British Columbia
The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Ceramics, presented by the Gardiner Museum
The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Glass, presented by the Harbourfront Centre Craft Department
The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Textiles, presented by the Textile Museum of Canada
For more information on the awards, eligibility etc check out the full call for submission at akimbo.
For more details on the application process, go to the One of a kind website.

Questions? Contact Heather Read by email at , or by phone at 416 960-4511.

CALL FOR PAPERS - New Online Journal

Launching new e-journal on
Category: Call for Papers
Posted by: artaxis
Deadline: 11/15/08 announces the inauguration of an electronic Journal of criticism and theory at The first issue will be reviewed by abstracts and the subsequently chosen will appear as full length articles in March 2009. The e-journal will be a thematic based journal published annually. Its articles will focus on art produced across the globe, from antiquity to the present/future.

The first edition seeks scholarly research, exhibition reviews, artist statements, or theoretical essays regarding kitsch and its re-emergence into the ceramic sphere.

Submit abstracts for the following:
-feature articles (1500-3000 words)-exhibition reviews (1000-3000 words)-artist statements (1000-2000 words)

Abstracts should be between 150-200 words and should include 3-5 representative images.Abstract submission should be sent as Microsoft Word documents or as pdf's.
Email Editor at with abstracts and questions.

Deadline for Abstracts: November 15, 2008.
Notification by December 15, 2008.
Final copy deadline: February 5, 2009. permits fair use of the images and text on this site. "Fair use" can include using the images for noncommercial, educational purposes. Any use beyond "fair use" is prohibited.

Tableware Competition


Competition / Exhibition / Seminar / Tour

Guangzhou China
Deadline Oct 31st

Jurors -
Ronald Andrew Kuchta - editor of American Ceramics Magazine
Huining Tong - professor of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, College of Design.

For more info contact:
Wenzhi Zhang
Phone: 011 8620 3425 9051

Monday, 6 October 2008

1000 miles and back again.

Well I’ve just arrived back home from 1000 Miles Apart, which is a ceramics conference held each year in Canada at one of the Western Canadian universities or art colleges that have ceramic programs (University of Regina, University of Winnipeg, Red Deer College, Alberta College of Art and Design, and sometimes Emily Carr). Needless to say I’m still buzzing from all the events of the weekend, the talks, the artwork, all the fantastic people, the challenging ideas and conversations about craft and ceramics, the good food and great company. I’m a junkie for ceramics conferences though. I can’t get enough. I mean I work alone in the studio normally (productive? yes, quiet? yes, lonely? sometimes) and so to have the opportunity to get out and spend time surrounded by other great makers, getting inspired by their work, ideas and techniques always feeds my practice for the next few months. Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to bring it all together (Darcy you especially rock!) and to everyone who traveled so far to be there - North Dakota so nice of you guys to make the trip! See you all next year if not sooner.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

And if you're thinking of applying for either of those academic positions (Concordia or Manitoba - see other posts) maybe a quick read of Kathy King's article "WANT TO BE A CERAMICS FACULTY MEMBER!?!" published on the Critical Ceramics website is in order. Best of luck!

Another Canadian Job Opportunity

Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Ceramics

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts invites applications for one tenure-track position in Ceramics for July 1, 2009.

Candidates for this position should possess an MFA degree or equivalent, a strong exhibition record, a minimum of two years university teaching experience, and demonstrated administrative experience and committee service. A strong, critical/theoretical background and a contemporary understanding of both extended and discipline-based approaches to ceramics practice are required. Candidates should be devoted to clay and have technical skills in one or more of the following areas: hand-building, throwing and mold-making processes, clays and glazes technology, and digital imaging technologies. Candidates will be expected to teach Ceramics at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participate in the coordination and development of the Ceramics curriculum, helping to enhance the reputation of this well-regarded program. The program is particularly interested in developing mold-making as part of its curriculum. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in French would be considered an asset.

Submissions should include a covering letter; a current curriculum vitae; research documentation in slide or digital format, images of student work (if possible); a statement of teaching philosophy; a list of courses taught with course descriptions; course evaluations (if available); and a list of three referees and their contact information.

Applications with a self-addressed stamped envelope should be submitted by November 17, 2008 to:

Departmental Personnel Committee, Department of Studio Arts
Concordia University
Re: Tenure-track Faculty Position in Ceramics
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8 Canada
Fax: (514) 848-2281

Civic address:
Visual Arts Building, Sir George Williams Campus
1395 Réné Lévesque Blvd. West, VA 260, Montreal, Quebec

For further information, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Department of Studio Arts website
MFA website
Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technology website
Faculty of Fine Arts website
Academic Services for Fine Arts Faculty

Online ceramics magazine

If you haven't yet run across the German magazine NEW CERAMICS then I suggest you make a nice pot of tea and have a bit of a sit down for a read. Okay you likely need a bit more time than that for all of the yummy articles but a cup of tea never hurt anyone. Enjoy!

Ceramic teaching position - University of Manitoba

The School of Art, University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time probationary position in Ceramics at the rank of Instructor 1 beginning January 1, 2009. We seek an artist with a strong commitment to practice and an inspiring teaching style to work within a highly-regarded and growing ceramics area.
Requirements include an MFA in Ceramics, successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level, an exhibition record-ideally at the national and international level, and demonstrated creative excellence.

The successful candidate is capable of working in a wide range of aesthetic, conceptual and technical aspects of ceramics suitable for a broadly based teaching context. This includes safely operating, managing and maintaining a teaching facility that includes electric, wood and gas kilns and a comprehensive clay and glaze materials inventory. The position requires knowledge of ceramic history and practice suitable for teaching in a University context. The incumbent occasionally acts as Area Chair for Ceramics and must possess qualities suitable for this administrative capacity.

The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please submit:

1. letter of application;
2. curriculum vitae;
3. maximum of 20 high quality images of your work and 10-15 of your students' work on CDROM-jpg format [Mac and PC readable];
4. image checklist;
5. statement of teaching philosophy and practice;
6. outlines for ceramics courses taught;
7. names and contact information for three referees;
8. checklist of submitted material;
9. SASE if you want materials returned.

The School of Art offers BFA and BFA Honours degrees in art history and studio, and has an MFA program in the implementation stages. An integral part of the vibrant and dynamic Winnipeg art community, the School has 42 full and part-time faculty and approx. 400 students in programs with a reputation for producing outstanding artists and scholars:
Send application materials to:

Ceramics Search Committee,
School of Art,
203 FitzGerald Building-Box CAUT,
The University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2, Canada.

Review of applications starts at Monday, November 3, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).

Aquisition Prize for Australian Ceramics

Ergon Energy 2008 Art Awards

The Rockhampton Art Gallery announces a call to artists to enter its 2008 Ergon Energy Central Queensland Art Awards.

This prestigious competition offers $15,000 in acquisitive awards plus additional purchases by the Gallery and sponsors from the finalists’ exhibition, which will be held 12 December 2008 – 8 February 2009.

Entries are invited from ceramic artists for the $10,000 Ergon Energy Award for a ceramic art form.

As well, young artists (between the ages of 18-26) are invited to submit entries for the $5,000 Charles Ware Award for Young Artists for works on paper.

The deadline for entries is Friday 10 October 2008.

For the downloadable entry form all all info regarding eligibility and the application process check out the website.