Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Well i'm not sure what you are all up to this weekend... but here's where i'll be...

Please stop by if you can!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

California Clay Call for Entry


The Artery, home of the Artists’ Cooperative of Davis, has sponsored the Competition since 1990 to give California ceramic artists an opportunity to display their work during the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art. For information about the CCACA, phone John Natsoulas Gallery at 530-756-3938, or visit www.natsoulas.com.

The competition is open to all living California artists. Works accepted must be for sale, available for the duration of the exhibit, and made within the last two years.

Entry form available on their webisite http://www.artery.coop/events.html.

New show opening...

November 22 – January 10, 2008

"Fins, Fur and Feathers"

New ceramics by Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Susan Bostwick, Melody Ellis, Carole Epp, Jacob Foran, Todd Frahm, Bruce Grimes, Roxanne Jackson, Ron Kovatch, Leanne McClurg Cambric, Laura O'Donnell, Angela Rose, Katy Rush, Rimas VisGirda, Michaelene Walsh, Catherine Wiesener, Janis Mars Wunderlich.

I'm completely thrilled to annouce the opening of the show Fins, Fur and Feathers at the Cinema Gallery in Urbana IL. Not only does yours truly have 2 pieces in the show, but some of my all time favorites are in the show as well. As an emerging artist I'm pretty excited to be showing with some artists I was referencing years ago in my thesis. Please do check out the show if you're near by or you can view some of the work online here.

Call for entry - Cup show

January 5th 2009 Entry Deadline
"Starbrick Clay National Cup Show"
Location: Nelsonville, Ohio
Exhibition Dates: February 27–April 19, 2009
Juror: Matt Long
Open to cups, mugs, goblets, tea bowls, teacups and tumblers.
Juried from digital or slides.
Fee: $20 for three entries; $30 for five entries.
Starbrick Clay Fine Art Ceramic Gallery
21 W. Columbus St.
Nelsonville 45764

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Another ceramics teaching position available - NSCAD

Assistant Professor: Division of Craft (Ceramics)


Subject to budgetary and final approval by the Board of Governors, this is an initial three-year appointment, renewable for continuing appointment.

REVIEWS BEGIN December 15, 2008

Qualified applicants must have an MFA, MA or PhD and an established or rapidly developing exhibition record. Post-secondary teaching and/or relevant professional experience is required.

It is expected that the candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses to include a wide range of ceramic methodologies, skills and concepts. The preferred candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical and program development.

Knowledge of contemporary and historical discourses in ceramics and the visual arts is essential. Interest in one or more of these areas: ceramic materials, rapid prototyping and/or mold-making, theory and critical writing would be an advantage.

Service to the University and leadership in research and curricular initiatives is expected.

As NSCAD establishes a research agenda in innovation and technology, the University is seeking a candidate who will utilize the new Ceramics facility to develop unique collaborations and experimental directions for the medium of clay.

Applicants should include a current curriculum vitae, a maximum of 20 digital images of professional work, (on a single CD-ROM or DVD-ROM) and the names and contact information for three references. The University will seek permission from the applicant before contacting the referees. A statement of teaching philosophy, an artist statement and other relevant support documentation would be an asset. Please quote competition number F104.08 in your application.

Dr. Kenn Gardner Honeychurch
Senior Vice President
Office of Academic Affairs and Research
NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3J6 Fax: 902 425 4664

Monday, 17 November 2008

Monday, 10 November 2008

Longwood University - Assistant Professor of Ceramics

Longwood University Art Department website: http://www.longwood.edu/art

official post: http://www.longwood.edu/HR/EMSvacancies.htm

Longwood University’s Art Department is seeking an Assistant Professor of Ceramics, starting in August, 2009. This position requires an MFA degree, with college-level teaching experience and a regional/national exhibition record preferred. Successful candidates must demonstrate a broad knowledge of ceramic techniques, including: wheel & hand-building, mold-making, surface decoration, glaze calculation, kiln construction/maintenance, and a knowledge of both contemporary art and historical issues of craft. Familiarity with electric & gas kiln firing, with knowledge of salt, soda, and wood firing. Teaching responsibilities will include all ceramics levels and some two & three-dimensional design courses.

Tenure-track faculty members at Longwood are required to maintain effective teaching, an active exhibition record, and university and departmental service, including student advising and committee assignments. 4/4 teaching, with additional independent-study projects for advanced students.

Review of completed applications will begin on December 8, 2008 and continue until position is filled. A satisfactory criminal background check is required. Please send letter of application, cv, teaching philosophy, 20 slides or digital images of creative work, 20 slides or digital images of student work, and contact information for three current references. Other supporting materials may include exhibition reviews or other written material. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials, and send entire packet to:

Randy Edmonson, Ceramics Search Committee Chair,
Longwood University,
Department of Art,
201 High Street,
Farmville, VA 23909.

Completion of a 30 million dollar addition to Longwood’s Art Department will be complete in 2011. The department has 180 majors and 60 minors with nine full-time faculty. For more information about the department, refer to: www.longwood.edu/art. An AA/EOE institution, Longwood University encourages women and minorities to apply.

An elegant narrative approach - the art of Kate MacDowell

Every once in a while you run across work that just gives you goosebumps, it hits you somewhere internally in all the right ways and changes how you see things. Kate MacDowell's work was just that for me recently so I wanted to share it with you. I've long dealt with environmental/socio-political topics in my own work, but when I came across Kate's work via ARTAXIS I realized I had found someone who deals with such subject matter in the most beautifully poetic way and that that methodology was in fact extremely successful in portraying the importance of the subject matter.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Please check out her website for more info, images and contact details.

Daydreaming about a vacation...

September 18 – October 1

The Canadian Crafts Federation, provincial craft councils and partner organizations proudly present a unique 14 day cultural tour of South Korea. With a focus on fine craft and cultural traditions, this tour is a once in a lifetime experience. Travel with fellow Canadians interested in craft and cultural practices, network with artists, academics, and gallery owners, and connect to the many cultural organizations in Korea.

A special tour highlight includes a visit to the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, the largest fine craft event of its kind with work from over 40 nations. Canada is the featured guest country for 2009, showcasing contemporary Canadian fine craft. Part of the proceeds raised by the tour will support Canadian participation in the Biennale.

Highlights of Tour
8 days in Seoul
3 days in Cheongju
1 day in Icheon
Note: 2 days of travel to/from Korea

Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Opening Ceremonies & Canadian Festivities, Changdeokgung Palace, National Folk Museum, Mt. Namsan Seoul Tower, Han River Cruise, Korean Craft Council, Street Markets and shopping, Yongmunsa Temple, Icheon Ceramic Village, Korean Craft Museum, Early Printing Museum, Bukchon Hanok Village walking tour, Contemporary Studio Visits, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Traditional and Modern Korean Cuisine etc.

Optional post-tour extensions include a traditional hanok experience in Korea, or travel to Japan, Thailand, Singapore, or China.

Cost per person based on double occupancy includes air travel, hotel, select meals and taxes: $3,907 from Vancouver; $4,087 from Calgary/Edmonton; $4,325 from Toronto and $4,415 from Halifax. (*Excludes tips and other personal spending. Other departure points available upon request.)

$100 early bird discount
Early Bird booking deadline : Dec. 31, 2008

For more information, visit www.canadiancraftsfederation.ca
or contact koreatour@canadiancraftsfederation.ca or (506) 444-3315.

For Booking/Reservations : contact Joyce Lui at Mimi Holidays Inc. at 604.232.4080 or 1.866.918.4080 or email info@mimiholidays.com. Tour details see www.mimiholidays.com/packages/CICB_2009.pdf.

On the Cusp II

For those of you like me that can't make it to Toronto for the exhibition On the Cusp II at Prime gallery they've now posted some images of the show online to check out.

Sorry more blatant self promotion and I'm afraid they'll be more to come later this month...busy, busy!

Friday, 7 November 2008

Call for entry - Starbrick Clay National Cup Show

Another one for the Americans out there:

January 5th 2009 Entry Deadline
Exhibition Dates - February 27–April 19, 2009
Juror - Matt Long
Open to cups, mugs, goblets, tea bowls, teacups and tumblers. Juried from digital or slides. Fee: $20 for three entries; $30 for five entries.

Starbrick Clay Fine Art Ceramic Gallery
21 W. Columbus St.
Nelsonville 45764
(740) 753-1011.

Call for entry - International Cup

November 26, 2008 entry deadline

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. Check out The Clay Studio of Missoula's website for prospectus.

Art Bank looking to purchase new works.

Special Purchase of Art Works by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities for the Canada Council Art Bank Collection
DEADLINE: 16 February 2009 (Postmarked)

The Canada Council Art Bank wishes to celebrate diversity in the visual arts milieu by purchasing art works by Canadian artists of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and/or mixed racial heritage. The primary objectives of this special purchase are to increase the awareness of culturally diverse artists about the programs offered by the Canada Council for the Arts; complement the Art Bank’s collection; respond to the changing demographics of Canada; and serve the increased demand by Art Bank clients for art works by culturally diverse artists. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, drawings and fine craft will all be considered. This initiative, developed in collaboration with Council’s Equity Office, is in alignment with the Canada Council’s strategic plan directions in support of individual artists and equity.

The process for submitting work to the Art Bank’s purchase program is simple and straightforward. You can visit the Art Bank’s website commencing 1 December 2008 to view the program guidelines and to download the application form or contact the Art Bank to obtain a paper copy. Completed submissions must be postmarked on or before 16 February 2009.

Please share this letter with culturally diverse artists in your community to ensure that it reaches as many artists as possible. There is a lot of exciting work across the country that would receive excellent exposure through the Art Bank’s rental program.

Since 1972, the Canada Council Art Bank has been the leading art rental service in Canada offering an affordable art rental service that markets original contemporary Canadian art to promote and support Canada’s artists. With more than 17,000 works of art, we have the largest collection of its kind and provide comprehensive professional services to all corporate and public sector clients.

Suzanne Wolfe
613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, ext.4612

Please note that on 30 June 2009, the Art Bank will be announcing a second call for purchases open to all Canadian artists. Visit our website in June to find out the deadline date and to download the application form for that purchase program.

Mark your calendars...

UK International Ceramics Festival 2009
Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July

Check out the website for all the details and to plan your trip!

2009 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award

The competition and exhibition is only open to artists living in Victoria. One outstanding entry will win the main Victorian 1st Prize Acquisitive Award of AUD$5,000. Other Merit Awards up to the value of AUD$4,000 will also be selected from artists living or working in Manningham, Nillumbik, Maroondah or Banyule. All artists, provided they live in Victoria, are eligible for the Victorian 1st Prize Award.

Artists are asked to submit an entry form, their CV, and accompanying images of the work, to Manningham Gallery by Monday 1 December 2008. Applications will be judged, with the exhibition being selected from the images submitted. Short-listed works must arrive at Manningham Gallery by Friday 6 March 2009. The Awards will be chosen from the works selected for exhibition.
Applications close Monday 01 December 2008
Artists advised of selection by Monday 12 January 2009
Final delivery date of artworks by Friday 6 March 2009
Exhibition Opening & Judge's Presentation on Wednesday 25 March 2009
Exhibition Dates Wednesday 25 March to Saturday 11 April 2009

Manningham Gallery Tel (03) 9840 9367, Email gallery@manningham.vic.gov.au, Website

Alice Craft Acquisition Exhibition

For the Australians out there:
November 30th is the deadline for the Alice Springs Craft Aquisition Award and exhibition.
Check out their website for more information
or contact them at:

Territory Craft Alice Springs
Phone: (08) 8952 4417 Facsimile: (08) 8952 5465
PO Box 85, Alice Springs 0871 NT 0871

Looking for a residency opportunity?

How about Brazil?
Deadline for applications is November 15th.
This residency program is for a variety of disciplines, not limited to ceramics.
For all the info check out their website here.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

I guess it's been longer than I thought since I've posted any sort of Artist Profiles...my to-do list grows forever longer. But today I have a minute to show you the work of Joanne Searle. I met Jo years ago now and was intrigued by her work from the beginning. Back then she used to make these beautiful porcelain sticks that were actually built using printmaking techniques on slipcast slabs and then rolling the paper thin porcelain into the rounded forms. They were lovely and brought to mind all of the collecting we do as children (many of us still as adults too!) of miscellaneous objects out in nature or in our daily travels. I remember going through a stage myself of collecting rusted discarded metal pieces from around the city. Nuts and bolts and bits that had fallen off passing cars. I think Jo taps into this process of collecting and form of cataloguing of objects or images as a means of representing space and time, of perhaps the passing of time as marked by the natural objects she references and their various stages of life and decay. Her new work has embarked on a new direction with a new form to display the imagery.

Here's a bit of her own words describing the new form found in her works:

"Intrinsic to an egg is its complete and uninterrupted form. These qualities invite the viewer to continually trace and map over the form. The viewer can enter and exit easily while establishing notions of discovery, inquiry and mapping. I have used the egg as a vehicle to explore the origins of my ideas, to record & remember place and try to emulate my personal experience & connection with nature.

My use of the egg form with its inherent meaning and significance overlap and parallel the ideas surrounding my drawing. Collectively they exist as a compilation of observations, memory and the imagined. Residues of place and emotion coincide with photographic records

The early stages of the work were developed through field trips, often returning to the same site or collecting mementos from sites. It became apparent to me when I returned, that I was preoccupied with the changes that had taken place on the skin of nature."

I met Jo when living in Canberra Australia and at the time remember being quite taken by alot of the work produced by artists in the region representing nature in their work. About 6 months before I had arrived a horrible bushfire had destroyed a large section of outlying land around Canberra, had killed a large population of wildlife and had even damaged parts of the city. It had a profound effect on the residents and had strengthen their already intimate ties to nature.

Jo Searle currently works at the Australian National University and can be contacted through the Distance Ceramics Program office if you're interested in her work.