Sunday, 31 May 2009

Daven Hee workshop part 2

As promised here's more pics from this weekend's amazing workshop. I'm still buzzing with ideas and craving a good solid week in the studio (yeah right like my little guy will let me have that! ) to work through some new ideas I've got thanks to all the inspiration.

Call for entry - Art of Fine Craft 2009

July 1, 2009 entry deadline

Exhibition dates: October 1–November 8
Fee: $30 for three entries.
Jurors: Jason Briggs, Victoria Goro-Rapoport, Lulu Smith, Jess Starkel and Sonya Clark. Contact Regina O’Rear,
Nebraska Wesleyan University and Lux Center for the Arts,
5000 Saint Paul Ave.,
Lincoln, NE 68502W
P: (402) 465-2529

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Daven Hee Workshop

So I realize I've been fairly quiet on the blog lately. I've been busy with making work for a big show, enjoying my garden, spending time in the sun with my family and having a blast hosting a visit from Hawaiian born ceramic artist Daven Hee. I first met Daven when we were both grad students at the Australian National University. When he mentioned he was going to visit the mainland I knew I had to get him out for a workshop. Last night he had us laughing like mad at his artist talk and today's workshop was filled with amazing insight into his process and some lovely, lovely pots. I can't wait for tomorrow's demos. Here's a brief look at today's highlights, more later...

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

My Top 10 List (how does Letterman do it? )

So I was recently presented with the challenge to compile a Top 10 list of ceramics blogs. Quite the honor to be asked, I soon discovered exactly how difficult this task would actually be. I spent a few days filtering through my blogroll and bookmarks, re-aquainting myself with old favorites, friends and ceramic practices from all over the world. What this left me with was an insanely long list of fantastic blogs and a road block of how I was going to narrow down all of these blogs, the individual lives, practices and fantastic work behind them. Well it had to be done so if you head over to you'll find my final selection. I'm sure there are many that would compile a very different list than this and again my favorites list was long...I'd love to hear though in the comments what would be your Top 10.


Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Job Posting - Red Deer College

Permanent Full-Time


This is a great opportunity to work within the creative and stimulating environment and brand new state of the art facilities of the Red Deer College Visual Art program. As the Ceramics Technician, you will support both the Credit and Continuing Education Visual Art programs. You will provide technical support for students and instructors in ceramics. Duties include preparation for, and assistance with, classes; monitoring supplies; and ensuring safety standards are met. You will achieve results through effective utilization of strong technical and communication skills. You will consistently exhibit the ability to multi-task and prioritize large workload demands from all areas of the department.

In the credit program, you will oversee studio processes as well as the capital and operational inventory of the Ceramics Studio and provide some materials and studio management support in the area of Printmaking.

For Continuing Education, you will provide technical support for non-credit programming, primarily through the summer months.


  • Grade 12 completion
  • Good comprehension of ceramic processes and studio maintenance
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with a variety of people
  • Some knowledge of the variety of technical processes related to the needs of the ceramics area
  • Willingness to work with Chair of Visual Art and Continuing Education Visual Art Coordinator in the scheduling of vacation in order to facilitate effective support of both credit and credit-free programming.
For further information, contact:
Jason Frizzell, Chairperson
Red Deer College
Phone: (403)342-3328

SALARY: $35,726 per annum

START DATE: August 10, 2009


All applicants (internal and external) must submit a current resume and the names of three references to:

BOX 5005
FAX #:(403)342-3161
(Send in Microsoft Word or ASCII Text format)

All applications must be received before NOON on May 29, 2009. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Micheal Kline at Ferrin Gallery

After last month's Artist of the Day, I'm left craving images of beautiful pots. I've been tied up in the studio and garden this month working away and admitedly intentionally trying to avoid my computer as the sun is finally shinning (and it doesn't last long enough in this neck of the woods). But I couldn't resist taking a break and indulging in some great ceramic eye candy when I saw Micheal Kline's new work on exhibition at the Ferrin Gallery.

I love how the firing process softens the contrast of the imagery with the white surface. Check out the show online here or take a peek at the process behind the magic on his blog Sawdust and Dirt.

Free ceramic molds

Been searching for ceramic molds? Head over to Bella Joy Pottery for a list of molds she's trying to get rid of to clean out her garage. Free molds (you pay the shipping) how could you go wrong?

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Ceramic teaching position - University of Regina

The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina is seeking applications for an Instructor III position in the area of CERAMICS beginning Aug 01, 2009 and ending May 30, 2010.

Applicants should have a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, or equivalent terminal degree, an active exhibition record and teaching experience at the University level. This position requires expertise in a variety of forms of traditional and non-traditional ceramics practices and thorough knowledge of ceramics technologies including: wheel throwing, hand building, glaze technology and a variety of low and high (gas and electric) temperature firing processes. In addition, the ability to discuss historical and theoretical aspects of ceramics as part of current art discourse is essential. The successful applicant will teach ceramics in the undergraduate and graduate programs and possibly teach 3D Foundation as well. An ability to teach in other studio areas would be considered an asset. The Visual Arts Department has a distinguished history of Ceramics education and exceptional facilities with excellent equipment and studios. Faculty are provided with generous studio space on campus.

To apply please forward a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, 20 JPG images of recent work on CD, an accompanying image list, sample syllabi and/or sample outlines of classes taught, names and contact information of 3 references, and a copy of all university transcripts to be received by June 10 to:

Professor Ruth Chambers, Acting Dean
Faculty of Fine Arts
Dean’s Office
Riddell Centre Room 269
University of Regina
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

More information about the Department of Visual Arts and the Faculty of Fine Arts can be found at

The University of Regina is committed to achieving a representative workforce.

Qualified diversity members are encouraged to self-identify on their application.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Industrial ceramics - Object Factory

If you know my functional work then you'll know that I'm really interested in the relationship between the handmade and industrial ceramics. I try with my work to bridge the "gap" that exists, in our relationship to, interaction with and the design possibilities of both the handmade and the industrial.

So I'm super excited to see a show such as Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics (currently at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York) online with lots of yummy pictures to inspire. There's an amazing list of artist/designers in the show, too many to name, but it was curated by Mark Cecula so you know it'll be good. So take some time, grab a cup of tea and check it out here.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Ferrin Gallery Call for entry - Teapots

Ferrin Gallery is sending out a call for submissions for the upcoming survey of contemporary teapots and artwork featuring the iconic form.

TEAPOTS: Interpretations
Group Show of Objects, Still Lifes and Studio Pottery

Dates: July 11th - September 5th
Reception and Gallery Talk : Saturday, July 11th from 4-6pm
Leslie Ferrin, Author of Teapots Transformed: Object to Subject

To submit artwork for this show please email to, up to three 72 dpi images of existing work and/or an idea for what you'd like to submit. Include title, size, materials, price and attach a resume and/or statement by May 23.

Artist Talk - Canberra

School of Art Lecture Theatre, ANU canberra
(First floor above main foyer, Childers Street entrance)

Free Public Lectures

Thursday 14 May, 1 - 2 pm
Geoff Crispin: Towards Sustainability ? letting go and the development of ownership

Geoff Crispin is a ceramicist who has spent a number of years working on development programs with indigenous artist groups within Australia and around the world. Geoff is a Visiting Artist in the Ceramics Workshop.

Art Forum is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
Program details for the lectures are subject to change.

T: (02) 6125 5810
Artforum is supported by the ACT Government

Monday, 11 May 2009

RBSA Open Ceramics Call for Submission

Deadline Friday May 15th

The RBSA is holding an Open Ceramics exhibition this August and inviting entries from designer makers and artists from all over the UK who work in clay. This will be a first for the RBSA and a special event for ceramics, certainly in the West Midlands. It will be an opportunity for makers of all styles and techniques to showcase their work, covering all aspects of the contemporary ceramic scene - studio ceramics, sculptural forms or experimental pieces - be they established or emerging makers. All work must be fired. Each maker will be asked to submit 3 photos of their style of work, and 1 photo demonstrating the size and scale of their work, for selection. Those selected will then be asked to submit up to 6 pieces for the exhibition.

Download PDF for all of the details and regulations.

Did you know that Craft Australia has recently redeveloped their website? Time to update your links folks. Their new address is

And if you didn't know Craft Australia produces 716 craft·design, a free online news is emailed to subscribers every month. It presents information and news relating to the contemporary craft and design sector from a national perspective. Distribution within the sector is encouraged and new readers can subscribe at no charge.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Call for entry - Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Now in its ninth year, the prestigious acquisitive Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is calling for artists to enter their work offering a chance to win a total of $13,000 AUD in prize money.
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is the only Australian national prize for free standing sculptures of smaller dimensions (up to 80cm) and annually attracts over 450 entries. The judges of the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize are Geoffrey Cassidy, Director of Artbank and Diane and Neil Balnaves of The Balnaves Foundation.

Entries for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize close for pre-selection on Friday 14 August and finalists will be selected for the free public exhibition to take place at Council's Redleaf building between 24 October and 1 November.

For entry forms and additional information:,
email or call (02) 9391 7135.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Design Competition

It's Aperitivo Time
From the Designboom website:
"One of Italy's most established and iconic brands, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, in collaboration with Alessi, are collaborating with designboom to organize the Peroni Nastro Azzurro Blue Ribbon Design Awards 2009 in the UK.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has created these awards to offer you the chance to design pieces for the aperitivo occasion, which are influenced and inspired by the Peroni Nastro Azzurro brand.

Aperitivo is an authentic Italian tradition that combines delicious small plate of food with refreshing alcoholic drinks during the early evening hours as a relaxing prelude to dinner. Aperitivo is recognised as a reason for social gathering, and is a stylish and elaborate affair.

The designers of 2 winning entries will win a cash prize of : EURO 5000 each

The winning entries and other selected finalists will be shown in a Peroni Nastro Azzurro exhibition in London, which will then be rolled out to the Design Museum's UK regional partners, and a host of top-end UK style bars.

There is also the opportunity for finalist / winning designs to be developed into items for the Alessi catalogue, working together the Alessi design management structure, as well as the potential for the winning designs to be used in iconic Peroni Nastro Azzurro advertising."

For all the info check out the Designboom website for all the details.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

USA call for entry - Strictly Functional Pottery National

June 10, 2009 entry deadline

Exhibition runs September 26–October 25
Open to work not exceeding 30 inches or 20 pounds.
Juried from digital or slides.
Fee: $30 for three entries.
Juror: Pete Pinnell.
Contact Phil Haralam,
Strictly Functional Pottery National,
The Market House Craft Center,
PO Box 204,
East Petersburg, PA 17520-0204
P: (717) 560-8816

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Call for Entry - Korea

June 22, 2009 entry deadline

Cheongju International Craft Biennial 2009
September 23–November 1
Fee: $50 per entry, $85 for non members.
Contact: Kang Sun Kyoung,
Cheongju International Craft Biennial Committee,
329 Heungdeok-Ro,
Heungdeok-Gu, Cheongju-Si,
361-828 Republic of Korea
P: 82 43 277 2501-3

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Call for Entry - Spain

June 19, 2009 entry deadline

“V Biennal de CerĂ mica”
Exhibition - October 15–18
Juried from digital.
Patronat Municipal de Serveis Culturals,
La Rambla, 24,
El Vendrell, 43700 Spain
P: 0034 977 66 56 84

Friday, 1 May 2009

Call for entry for MFA and MA students

June 5, 2009 entry deadline

“3rd Annual Master Pieces” is open to current or recent MFA and MA students.
Juried from digital.
Fee: $30.
Contact Terra Firma,
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center,
PO Box 6218,
Cincinnati, OH 45206