Friday, 31 July 2009

A.I.R Vallauris - next deadline Oct 15th

Applications for residencies are accepted throughout the year. There are four submission deadlines: January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, October 15th. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible as your submission date may be taken into consideration for time-slot selection priority (session dates are listed below for 2009/2010).

Located in the heart of the old town of Vallauris, the association A.I.R. Vallauris (Artists in Residence) welcomes international artists from all horizons to meet and collaborate with local artists and to research and create new work in an artistic laboratory created specifically for them. The Association has four primary objectives:

* To host resident international artists
* To support contemporary creation
* to provide eduation in the field of Ceramic Arts
* to organize cultural events

Created in October 2001, the Association A.I.R. Vallauris, since April 2002, welcomes several artists at a given time in its residence and studios available to the artists. There are several different residency periods to choose from, and the durations vary.

The creators using different mediums benefit from an equipped studio, independent furnished bedrooms and a gallery where their works are presented at the end of the residency period.

The quality of the artistic creation is one of the major concerns or the program; the selection committee evaluates applicants based on their artistic experience, merit and project proposal. Since April 2002, over 90 creators of different nationalities have taken part in the program..

The Association encourages and facilitates interaction between local artists and international artists. Workshops, conferences, demonstrations exhibitions are organized with the resident artists. These events are open to the public. Through partnerships with the local School of Fine Arts, the local government, and international organizations a sensibility of exchange between the public, artists, and international is realized.

To request an application form, please email us at :contact@air-vallauris.com.

2009 Residencies: The 2009 residencies are organized into seven different periods. We are currently scheduling the program for 2009. If you are interested in applying for the 2009 program please contact us directly to determine availability. Space is still available in the following sessions:

* Phase 7: Tuesday, November 03, 2009 to Friday December 11, 2009

2010 Residencies: Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 season. There are seven different sessions to choose from. Please contact us to receive the application form for the 2010 season.

* Phase 1: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 to Friday February 12, 2010
* Phase 2: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 to Friday April 2, 2010
* Phase 3: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 to Friday May 21, 2010
* Phase 4: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 to Friday July 2, 2010
* Phase 5: Thursday, July 15, 2010 to Friday August 13, 2010
* Phase 6: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 to Friday October 22, 2010
* Phase 7: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 to Friday December 10, 2010

Check out their website for all the details.

Handbuilt - Upcoming handbuilding conference

HANDBUILT
September 17-19, 2009, Philadelphia, PA
Demonstration Inspiration Conversation

Conference Website

The first Conference Dedicated to Handbuilding with Clay
A Down to Earth Event to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
This is a demonstration only format not a hands on workshop. There will be cameras set up so everyone can see what the demonstrators are doing from wherever they are seated. There is a maximum of 175 participants.

DEMONSTRATORS
Hayne Bayless
Lisa Naples
Holly Walker
Sandi Pierantozzi
with Special Guest Speaker William Daley
Featuring:Slab Building, Extruding, Coiling, Pinching, Slip Decoration
An exhibition of handbuilt work from nationally known clay artists
A wealth of practical techniques, tips & advice
An open dialogue with the presenters
Slide presentations, sources of inspiration, pots
Tools, books, community, social events & new friendships
A presentation on body mechanics and movement

HANDBUILT NATIONAL EXHIBITION
This invitational exhibition will showcase nationally known handbuilders from across the country currently working in the field of ceramics. The rich collection of pots represented will feature a dynamic range of forms, encompassing a wide variety of handbuilding techniques and surface designs. From quiet contemplative surfaces to highly embellished and exuberant decoration, this show promises to be a visual feast. Participating artists are: Mary Barringer, Hayne Bayless, Margaret Bohls, Virginia Cartwright, Jimmy Clark, William Daley, Kathryn Finnerty, Michele Ginouves, Gail Kendall, Maren Kloppmann, Allison McGowan, Jenny Mendes, Lisa Naples, Sandi Pierantozzi, Kari Radasch, Holly Walker, Lana Wilson and Liz Zlot Summerfield.
Follow this link to view an online gallery representing the current work of the invited artists:
HANDBUILT ARTISTS ONLINE GALLERY

HANDBUILT EVENT SCHEDULE

LOCAL HOTEL INFORMATION

“HANDBUILT” Organized and Presented by Sandi Pierantozzi
Contact: handbuiltevent@gmail.com

VENUE:
Wayne Art Center
Wayne, PA
(Suburban Philadelphia)

(please contact Sandi with questions, not the Wayne Art Center)

Links to Demonstrators & Organizations:
(CERF) www.craftemergency.org
www.sidewaysstudio.com
www.LisaNaples.com
www.theartistsshowcase.com/hollywalker
www.wayneart.org

Links to Artist Websites:
www.margaretbohls.com
kathrynfinnerty.com
marenkloppmann.com
allisonmcgowan.com
jennymendes.com
kariradasch.com
lanawilson.com
lzspottery.com

Discounted Early Registration Fee: $215. (until August 15, 2009)
Registration Fee: $245. (after August 15, 2009)


Thursday, 30 July 2009

i'm speechless...yes that happens even to me!

You've got to go over to Pru Morrison's blog BumCrane and check out here latest work. Simply stunning...got to get my hands on one of these...

New Ceramics blog to check out...


Yup another one to add to the list, this one is by author Richard Jacobs, the author of Searching for Beauty. I'm excited to see where this blog will lead us and the conversations to be had. Already the one quote from the book posted on the blog refers back to a conversation we've been having recently here.

"“… Is innate talent the ultimate determiner of success, or like so many other human enterprises, does packaging, marketing, the right connections and pandering to popular taste determine success? Do you measure success by the quality of the pot on the shelf or the amount of money in the bank? Can you really have both?..” Searching for Beauty, page 17

Awnsers anyone??? please???

Check out more of Richards writing on his blog Searching for Beauty.

Yet another Lark Book - Do you Raku?

500 Raku
Senior Editor: Ray Hemachandra
Entry deadline: Oct. 26, 2009

The centuries-old technique of raku is one of the most exciting and dynamic ceramic processes in use today. Lark Books seeks excellent digital photographs of outstanding current and recent raku ceramic work: creative, experimental, classic, beautiful pieces in all forms, including vessels, plates, sculptures, tiles, and more. The publication is scheduled for release in spring 2011. There is no entry fee, and early entries are encouraged. Download Entry Form here.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Call for entry - Pandora's box

Pandora's Box

Exhibition Dates: December 10 – January 10, 2010
Deadline for entries: October 5, 2009

Pandora’s Box is an exhibition requiring artists to create work based on the theme of “Pandora’s Box” . In Greek mythology, Pandora’s box is the vessel carried by Pandora that contained evils to be unleashed on mankind — ills, toils and sickness — and finally hope. For this exhibition, the artists are invited to submit their own interpretations of Pandora’s Box and how it relates to the times we are living in today. The submitted work must be based on a container form and the maximum dimension of the container can not exceed 12 inches in any one direction. The work inside may stay within or it can explode from the box, peek outside the box, etc - however, it may exceed the 12” but must fit within the gallery’s limitations (download the full prospectus to read more details about the gallery's limitations) How it is made and what it is made of is entirely up to the artists.

Our juror for this exhibition is Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s Curator and Director of Programs, Landria Shack. Ms. Shack is a young curator whose focus is on contemporary art. She is also an artist in her own right receiving her MFA from American University.

Download a prospectus
Apply Online (Make sure to read the prospectus in FULL before applying online)

For a hard copy of a prospectus, send a SASE to:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Website
Call: 703-838-4565 x 4
Email: targetgallery@torpedofactory.org



Why it's only clay...call for entry

2009 It’s Only Clay featuring Juror – Richard Breshnahan

The Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Dept announce the 7th annual, It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition.

This annual National juried ceramics competition and exhibition is a collaboration sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. IOC features a lecture and workshop on the campus of Bemidji State University by artist and potter Richard Bresnahan and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by the Bemidji Community Art Center on exhibit in Nov. and Dec. 2009. Previous jurors include Linda Christianson, Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

Workshop and lecture to be held in October. More information coming soon.

Juried Exhibit at the Bemidji Community Art Center
The “Its Only Clay” 2009 exhibit is a juried competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional clay vessels. Selected works will be a part of the exhibit at the BCAC from November 6th to December 19th. Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners equaling $1,600.00 and additional purchase awards for work going towards the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at BSU.

  • Guidelines: for submissions are outlined in the It’s Only Clay 2009 IOC prospectus
  • Deadline for submissions: all entry forms must be complete and postmarked September, 5th 2009.
  • Application fee: $30.00 for 3 entries.
  • Exhibition Dates: November 6th through December 19th.
  • Opening Reception and Awards: November 6th 5 to 7 pm.

Awards - In 2009 there will be prize money for 1st place$800.00, 2nd place $500.00 and 3rd place $300.00 plus additional purchase awards will be made with work going towards the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at BSU .

Monday, 27 July 2009

Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez
July 2 - August 29, 2009
Clay Mix is proud to present a solo exhibition by ceramic artist, Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez from July 2nd through August 29th. This exhibition includes Jiménez’s most recent works, which are inspired by the pre-Columbian Olmec heads. He expresses diverse psychological states by color and texture without depicting features.

1003 N. Abby Street
Fresno, CA 93701
Phone 559.485.0065 Fax 559.485.0260
hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Website

Job Opportunity - University of North Carolina Pembroke

UNC website: http://www.uncp.edu
UNC Human Resources: http://www.uncp.edu/hr/

position to start Spring 2010

Teach four courses a semester and manage ceramics studio. Participate in professional, departmental, and university activities, including creative production and scholarship, student advising, committee work, assessment, curriculum development, etc. Community activities required for positive performance evaluations.

The Art Department includes 9 tenured or tenure-track faculty, 1 Visiting Martha Beach Chair, and 7 adjuncts. We offer BA degrees in Art Education (K-12) and Fine Arts, with specialization in Ceramics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture; MA and MAT degrees in Art Education, and minors in Media Integration Studies and Art History.

For additional department information see: http://www.uncp.edu/art/

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements:
MFA in Ceramics or Craft, exhibition record, teaching experience in ceramics beyond graduate assistant, and the ability to maintain all aspects of a ceramics studio, including safety standards and the maintenance and operation of wood, electric, and gas kilns.

Applicants should use the UNCP Online Employment System at https://jobs.uncp.edu Attach a letter of interest and vita.

Please mail 3 letters of reference, teaching philosophy, artist statement, copies of transcripts, PowerPoint presentations with 20 images of your artwork and 20 images of student work clearly labeled, and a SASE to Richard Gay, Art Department Chair, Art Department, UNCP, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372-1510.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until October 15, 2009. We anticipate hiring for the Spring 2010 semester.

UNC Pembroke conducts pre-employment background investigations on all candidates selected for Security Sensitive positions. If hired, the candidate will be required to submit proof of eligibility to work in the United States. New employees are paid only by direct deposit to the financial institution of their choice. Candidates claiming Veterans Preference will be required to provide a copy of their DD-214 to Human Resources on or before their hire date.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Call for entry - Fourth International Ceramic Tile Triennial

Entry Deadline: October 30, 2009
Dominican Republic, Santiago
Work must be ceramic based, open to tiles 15×15x5 cm
For all the details:
Igneri Foundation
809-531-0164 | www.elit-tile.net | thimop@elit-tile.net

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Canada Council Art Bank - Call for submissions


Purchase of Art Works by
Canadian Artists for the
Canada Council Art Bank Collection

Deadline for submissions:
October 15, 2009 (Postmarked)

Guidelines and application form.

350 Albert St, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa Ontario K1P 5V8
Canada

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Call for entry - Carbondale Clay National V

Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, CO has an open call for its annual juried exhibition Carbondale Clay National V from September 2 to October 29, 2009.

This exhibition will highlight the eccentric and curious ritual of useful pottery. In this exhibition, accessibility will guide selection. The first is to get the viewer to look, second is to get the viewer to touch, and third is to get the viewer to engage daily. This exhibition will focus on pottery shapes, from cups to bowls, vases to jars.

$40 entry fee for up to three entries.

Send entry materials, fee and completed form to:
CCC Carbondale Clay National V 2009
135 Main St
Carbondale, CO 81623

For more information visit: http://www.carbondaleclay.org/

Deadline: July, 29, 2009

Draw+Decal exhibition

(piece by Stefan Ritter)

"MudFire Gallery's exhibition Draw+Decal presents the work of thirteen contemporary clay artists known for their use of imagery and narrative on vessel forms. In doing so, the exhibit and sale takes a detailed look at updated studio techniques for creating illustrated ceramic surfaces.

Draw + Decal will be on view at MudFire Gallery July 11 - August 1, 2009."

Check out their website for more artwork and a video tour of the exhibition.


Big Fish Small Pot: Fourth International Small Teapot Competition and Show

December 11, 2009 entry deadline
Mission Viejo, California, USA.

Show runs February 11 – March 11, 2010
Call for for small teapots (less than 16 ounces). Initial selections for competition juried from digital images.
Fee: $40 for three entries.
Awards: over $5000, including grand prize trip to China.
For prospectus got to visit http://gallery.saddleback.edu,
or send SASE to
Art Gallery
Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pkwy
Mission Viejo
CA 92692

or email to thuntley@saddleback.edu.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Some ramblings...maybe i had too much sun or too much hot sauce at lunch...

I've been having these fleeting thoughts lately (fleeting due to my lack of time to focus on the matter) that I need to seriously sit down and rethink/reevaluate/reconstruct my marketing plan. Not that it's a good one to begin with, really more of a "post some work and pray for people to find you" sort of approach. I find it's always a cart and horse dilemma for me. Make more work, or try to sell the work that's piling up in my studio, basement, office...and being that I produce two fairly distinct bodies of work, at which point do I for sanity's sake say enough is enough to one of them and focus all my attention to the other. My husband has really been pushing me lately to work at branching out of the "clay" arena to get exposure for my sculptural work. I'm at odds with this work. I get great feedback on it and the odd show with it, but it's not the type of work that sells well. But is selling really the important thing here. Well in the big picture, no, making the work is, but in the daily picture I have bills to pay and a growing child to feed, so somethings gotta give and priorities need to shift.

Recently after an exhibition in Toronto I had a fantastic chat with the gallery's curator and she gave me some feedback on how people responded to the work. Seems that "older" collectors are quite turned off by it, and the "younger" audience who liked the work aren't collectors yet due to education or finances. So my market that is impacted by the work is broke or buying iphones instead. But seriously there's got to be a market. I often wonder how much time other artists spend trying to find just the right niche market for their work or does it simply seem to present itself? I want to be taken seriously and the works are one of a kind that take for ever to complete so I can't cut the prices really in order for sales as then it's just not worth my time. Urgh the never ending pricing dilemma....

Anyway in listening to the ever so wise advice of my husband I've been looking more at non ceramic blogs and magazines to get the work out there. Ceramic magazines cater to other clay artists and we can only buy so much of each others work right? Time to branch out. So yesturday I was pleased to have my work showcased on the blog I want your Skull. It was a first step in trying out new avenues of marketing. Still web-based and my jury is out as to whether or not that's better than the old proposal writing to galleries and print mags, but it does seem somewhat more time effective....or maybe not...could I be more indecisive for a friday?


Anyway... what originally lead me to the skull blog was the work of Brian Morris, which I think is fantastic, and again part of that whole world of artists without a thorough ceramic background engaging with the material and it's historical references in a very contemporary, designer, kitsch sorta way. I ran across his ceramic pieces in INKED magazine recently. Check out his site here and his blog here.

Call for entry - Porcelain works

September 26, 2009 entry deadline

Proverbial Porcelain: Zelli Porcelain Award 2009
Dates: October 19–31
Open to artists working with porcelain and pieces under 40 cm.
Juried from digital or slides.
Fee: $15.
Contact, Zelli Porcelain,
55/57 Chiltern St.,
London, W1U 6ND England
E: info@zelli.co.uk
W: www.zelli.co.uk
P: 020 7224 2114

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Printing On Clay with Laura McKibbon and Jasna Sokolovic

So here's a definite "must go to" workshop, I know I would if I could. How about you go for me and then tell me all about it.... (cathy...i'm talking to you since you're in Nelson go and meet these girls please! : ) )



Printing On Clay with Laura McKibbon and Jasna Sokolovic
Learn the basics of a variety of direct transfer printing techniques. Students will explore stenciling, drawn transfers, photocopy transfers, silk-screening, decals and how to effectively use their own imagery in surface decoration. This is a hands-on workshop and experience with clay required.
$300 + $25 Materials- 4 classes
Aug. 7-10, Fri. 7-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 10-4 pm, Mon. 9-11 am.



To Register Call: 250-352-2821
Or drop in to:
Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College
606 Victoria Street Nelson BC V1L3K2

Check out more of their work here:
www.culdesacdesign.com
www.jasnart.com

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Job Posting - Midwestern State University

Position: All Studio Tech/Exhibition Preparator
Department: Art
Website: http://finearts.mwsu.edu/art/
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Starting Salary: $2,500.00 (Monthly w/ benefits)
Job # S057-09

Description: Assists in facility maintenance and repair for departmental studio areas. Assists in the coordination and installation of exhibitions and related programs of the University Art Gallery. Reports to the department chair and works under the supervision of gallery director.

Examples: Assist in facility maintenance and repair for departmental areas. Develop safety procedures and first aid kit supplies. Perform related duties as required in faculty studios. Prepare galleries for installation of exhibitions; assist in the packing and unpacking of artwork and related items that are received into the facility; assist in the organization and maintenance of all gallery related tools and supplies; assist in the installation of artwork and related items for exhibitions; assist in the preparation of opening receptions and special events. Utilize a variety of computer software to produce documents which may include or incorporate text, tables, and graphics – such as gallery labels or wall text for exhibitions; assist in the handling and transportation of art work.. Coordinate custodial and building maintenance for departmental events, activities and day-to-day use.

Physical Condition: Must be able to stand, walk, kneel, and bend. Requires ability to climb a ladder and operate a mechanical lift. Requires occasional lifting and carrying of objects up to 50 pounds.

Experience: Previous experience in exhibition management and preparation preferred.

Knowledge: Must be knowledgeable in maintenance and repair of equipment used by the Department of Art; knowledge of manual power tools, wood construction, framing and matting. Must be skilled in the areas of exhibition installation, display fabrication, exhibition packaging and transportation methods.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Fine Arts, with related work experience. Master of Fine Arts preferred.

Additional Requirements: Requires good communication skills and the ability to work well with others and independently in the absence of specific instructions. Must be willing to work occasional nights and weekends. Requires occasional travel and the ability to operate a standard van or truck. Must have the ability to supervise and delegate to student assistants. *Requires a post-offer employment physical exam and a *valid Texas driver’s license. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.

AN EEO/ADA COMPLIANCE EMPLOYER

To apply, submit a state of Texas application, letter of application, resume and list of
three references to the Human Resources Department at the address below

Midwestern State University
Human Resources Department
3410 Taft Boulevard
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 940-397-4221
Fax: 940-397-4780
E-mail: shelby.moer@mwsu.edu

Click here, or paste into browser to download application:
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobs/gvjb/stateapp_er.doc

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Sad news - Tom Rohr

Studio Potter has just posted the sad news of the passing of potter and instructor Tom Rohr. Please visit their website for more information. My thoughts and condolences with the family. I met Tom once years ago quite early in my learning of ceramics and was quite taken with the beauty of his work and the knowledge he so generously shared. I have a beautiful cup of his I cherish and am drinking my morning tea from today.

NCECA 2010 Emerging Artist Nominations

October 1, 2009 Deadline

Nominations for the 2010 Emerging Artists will open mid summer of 2009. Completed applications must be submitted Online by October 1, 2009 (midnight MDT.)

The NCECA Emerging Artist program is intended to give early career artists, who show exceptional promise, the opportunity to present their work to an international audience at the NCECA Annual Conference. Emerging Artist nominations are welcomed from professionals in the field of ceramics, or artists may self nominate with the support of two professionals.

Nominees may not be students and may not have received major national attention for their work, (e.g. a one-person exhibition at a nationally prominent gallery or museum). Submissions will be judged by Lydia Thompson, NCECA Director at Large, and two other NCECA Board Members.

Go here to visit the NCECA website for more information.

Monday, 13 July 2009

National (USA) Competition

Materials Hard & Soft - 23rd ANNUAL National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

September 11, 2009, Entry Deadline
Sponsor: Denton Greater Arts Council
Location: Denton, Texas

Eligible Media - Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media is acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the submitting artist. All work must have been completed within the past two years and not previously exhibited in the Center for Visual Arts. Artists must reside in the United States. Entries must be submitted in digital format only. Please refer to the entry specifications that follow for exact submission procedures.

Click here to download prospectus.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

An exhibition to check out.



New porcelain installation work by
Kenji Uranishi at Helen Stephens Gallery


July 15 - August 12. Opening July 15, 6pm

Helen Stephens Gallery
254 Bronte Road, Waverley 2024
P: 61 02 9386 4099
Helen@helenstephensgallery.com
www.helenstephensgallery.com



Friday, 10 July 2009

Seems somehow fitting...

Well I've been procrastinating lately. I've been even downright avoiding my blog this week as I was stuck trying to figure out exactly what would or could be fitting for posting as my 500th post...and well as procrastination often does, it gets the best of you and now this morning as I finally sat down to write I found that 2 posts that I had postdated a while back had actually gone up and thus the 500th post went through without celebration. You know in someways that's likely the best, I'm not much of a person for birthday parties or holiday celebrations. They can seem forced. And I guess in the end the 500th post might have been a forced attempt at something as well...but it should be noted that I've had a blast writing the blog over the last few years, and the main reason is because of everyone that reads it. I set out to write this blog as I was in need of a larger community of practitioners and like minded craft enthusiasts and that is precisely what I found. So thanks so much for reading, for sharing your amazing work with me, and for writing me such amazing emails. It's been a pleasure to get to know you all. So I raise my glass (of tea...it's early morning here) to the next 500 posts!

Cheers!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Townsville Ceramic Award

Closing date: 7 September 2009
North Queensland Potters' Association Inc
Applications are now open for entry into the Townsville Ceramic Award. The award and exhibition is open to established and emerging Australian ceramic artists. The Townsville City Council Acquisitive Award ensures the continued growth of the ceramic collection at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Form more information contact Wendy Bainbridge

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Making Futures Conference, United Kingdom


September 17 - 18

Conference: Making Futures, the crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas Now open for registrations, 'Making Futures' will be held on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September 2009 within the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe estate on the River Tamar opposite the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK. CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PROFESSOR RICHARD SENNETT (USA) The aims of the 'Making Futures' research conference are to improve understanding of the ways in which the contemporary crafts are responding to ideas and agendas connected with global environmental and sustainability issues. Also, to try to discern whether these new imperatives present opportunities for the crafts to redefine and reconstitute themselves as less marginalised, more centrally productive forces in society.

FOR FULL DETAILS PLEASE VISIT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE
For further information, contact conference@plymouthart.ac.uk

Monday, 6 July 2009

Contest for Plate a Day Blog

As if you don't look everyday anyway...but if you don't you'd better head over to Plate a Day blog because they're having a contest to celebrate plate/post # 200. (Congrats! that's awesome!) All you need to do is send them, in the comments (on their site not mine), the url to your favorite plate, the name of the artist, and, if possible, any information you may have about how it was made. The winner will recieve a hand painted plate. The entry the winner chooses will also be posted as plate #200. The contest will close at midnight (Pacific) on Thursday, July 16th. Now if I could just figure out what to do for my 500th post...opps that's the next one!

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Call for entry

Generously Odd: Craft Now, Lexington Art League
Entry Deadline: July 31, 2009

In an attempt to chronicle the unique territory currently being examined by today’s avant-garde craft artists, LAL invites artists/ craftspeople to apply for an upcoming exhibition in the historic Loudoun House. Generously Odd: Craft Now will focus on contemporary craft objects that engagingly experiment with material, form and concept. While all craft media will be considered, the exhibition will place emphasis on works that explore abundant decoration, obsessive techniques, and peculiar narratives or concepts. Travis S. Townsend, artist, woodworker, and Lecturer of Art at Eastern Kentucky University, will curate the exhibition.

For more information about the curator, eligibility and entry procedures visit: http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/calltoartist.htm (near the bottom of the page)

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Call for Entry - Craft Forms 2009

September 17, 2009 entry deadline

Craft Forms 2009
Dates: December 4–January 23, 2010
Juried from digital.
Fee: $30.
Juror: Bruce W. Pepich.
Contact Nancy Campbell, Director,
Wayne Art Center,
413 Maplewood Ave.,
Wayne, PA 19087
E: info@wayneart.org
W: www.wayneart.org
W: www.craftforms.com
W: www.juriedartservices.com
P: (610) 688-3553

Friday, 3 July 2009

Call for Submissions, Come Up to My Room, Gladstone Hotel

Expression of Interest Deadline: Friday July 24th, 2009

The Gladstone Hotel seeks "Expressions of Interest" for innovative, cutting-edge, contemporary design and installation-based projects for The Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event, Come Up To My Room. The seventh installment of CUTMR will take place from January 21st to 24th, 2010 at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto. Site-specific work will be mounted in the rooms and public spaces on the 2nd and main floors of The Gladstone.

Ideal candidates for juried consideration are makers who focus their practice in the areas of experimental, inter-disciplinary, self-taught, hand-made/craft-based work in any creative medium. We are looking for practitioners and emerging designers who approach their discipline with a radical personal vision, and who use design to converse, connect, collaborate and construct delight in the unexpected.

There are two ways to participate in Come Up To My Room 2010.

1) Room Installations: participants will create new work that is site-specific installation. Participants must be new to CUTMR or have not shown in past three years at CUTMR. The curatorial focus and submission review will be on strength of previous works.

2) Public Spaces: participants will create functional lighting, seating or wall-based projects which responds to the site, or a DJ booth and/or bar for the event. Past Participants of CUTMR are welcome to submit to this category. The curatorial focus will be on actual project proposals, as well as previous work. Please submit sketches and/or a written paragraph on your proposed installation.

For more information visit http://www.gladstonehotel.com/cutmr.html

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Residency Opportunity @ the Living Arts Centre

The Resident Artist Program has been created to provide opportunities for a blend of recent graduates of arts and design institutions, as well as mid-career artists, to create, explore, learn and exchange ideas and insights within a multi-disciplinary environment. They have eight professional studios in Wood, Flameworking, Glass, Sculpture, Textiles & Fibre Arts, Photography, Painting & Drawing, and Ceramics.

Short and long-term residencies are available. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Operating within a facility that offers a diverse choice of performing and visual arts programs, patrons of all ages enjoy a line-up of musicians and artists, and opportunities for hands-on creative expression in a professional arts environment. This marriage between visual and performing arts, community education and professional art practice provides a valued and unique atmosphere for emerging artists.

Resident Artist Benefits:

* Resident Artist office – computer, printer, slide scanner, fax machine, telephone, Internet
* Teaching and assisting opportunities
* Opportunity for inter-disciplinary activities
* Representation on the Centre’s website
* Annual Resident Artist Exhibition
* Opportunity for corporate commissions and to sell work in the Centre’s Gift Shop
* On-site Studio Technician
* All utilities provided
* Free parking

The Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 4B8

For more information about the selection criteria and the application form, please visit our website at www.livingartscentre.ca or contact Cole Swanson, Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator, at 905.306.6161 or via email at cole.swanson@livingarts.on.ca