Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Artist talk and Exhibition

Artist's talk: “Family, Race and Culture: Artistic Influences,” Beth Lo, Professor of Art, University of Montana

Date: Monday, October 5th, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Carleton College
Carleton College is a small, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota.

Also make sure to check out In Between running September 18 – October 17, 2009 @the Carleton College Art Gallery

"In Between, the Art Gallery’s exhibition, pairs Kelly Connole with Beth Lo – Connole’s college ceramics teacher. Beth Lo explores her Chinese American heritage through installations of ceramic figures and recently, children’s books. Lo creates clay “kids” who embody both American and Asian stereotypes, and also reference the rich history of Asian ceramics. Lo, who is Professor of Art at the University of Montana, lists myriad sources of inspiration. “I enjoy investigating, celebrating and sometimes satirizing traditional Asian aesthetics, including calligraphy, origami, scrolls, Socialist Realist artwork, Chinese souvenirs and toys, the game of mahjong, as well as Ming and Tang dynasty ceramics.”

Check out more works from the exhibition online here.

CALL FOR ENTRY: One of a Kind Awards, Toronto

Deadline: November 30

Celebrating Passion - One of a Kind Awards for Excellence Do you want to make a living doing what you love? Are you a recent graduate of an arts or crafts program? For 35 years, the One of a Kind Show has been helping artists and craftspeople from across the country to make a living out of their passions. We know it can be challenging to do, especially in the early stages of your career. And we want to do more to help!

There are five award categories:
-The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Craft (Eastern Canada)
-The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Craft (Western Canada)
-The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Ceramics
-The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Glass
-The One of a Kind Award for Excellence in Textiles

For more details on the awards and application process, go to

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Drink : Functional Forms for every Libation

On exhibition until 2009-10-11 catch the 2nd Lillstreet International

Stephen Grimmer

To view online or purchase works check out their website


Ashley Kim

Monday, 28 September 2009

Opening this friday - Russell Wrankle @ Plinth Gallery in Denver

"Humorous, slightly irreverent, and yes, iconoclastic, Russell Wrankel's ceramic sculpture offers a wonderful diversion from our current occupation with politics, the economy, and other serious aspects of our daily lives."

Opening First Friday October 2 2009 6-9pm

Gallery reception with the artist.

Check out Plinth Gallery here, Russell's blog here and his website here.

Job posting for SERIES, Red Deer

Wow i'm feeling so far behind on some of these posts today, sorry for the lack of warning on the upcoming deadlines. Sometimes I find things last minute and I figure you'd rather get them late than never!

Deadline for applications September 30

Red Deer College is currently accepting applications to instruct during SERIES: Summer School of the Arts 2010. SERIES is a summer art program at RDC featuring week-long courses in a wide range of media, including glass-blowing, wood-carving, printmaking, drawing, painting, jewellery, fibre art, ceramics, metalsmithing, glass bead making, and more! Courses are available to adults, in a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced.

RDC recently opened the doors to our brand new, state-of-the-art facilities in Painting, Ceramics, and Sculpture that have more than doubled our space in Visual Art. The program has been running for almost 30 years and continues to grow and change each year, attracting internationally renowned instructors from across the globe. This year we were delighted to welcome instructors from across Canada and the US, England, Ireland, and New Zealand.

For more information on this job post email: or check out

1000 Miles Apart Conference this weekend @ ACAD

ACAD Ceramics will host the annual 1000 Miles Apart conference this fall. The event will take place over three days, October 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The itinerary will present a series of exhibitions, artists’ demonstrations, presentations and social events to facilitate exchange and


This conference was organized about 20 years ago by faculty and students from the University of Manitoba and Red Deer College, Alberta. (The distance traveled inspired the name). Participating institutions later included the University of Regina and Alberta College of Art + Design. Each year the conference is organized collectively and rotates to the host institution for that year. It provides an excellent opportunity for students and faculty to meet and network. The conference maintains a valuable forum to develop and strengthen the community in the west. Along with University of Regina, Red Deer College, and University of Manitoba, students and faculty from nearby Ceramics Programs will also attend if possible, including Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Kootenay School of the Arts and the University of North Dakota.

This year Guest Artists will include Sam Chung, Andy Brayman, Emily Schroeder (ACAD’s incoming Visiting Artist/Instructor) and a keynote address by Robin Lambert. The annual highlight of the Students/Faculty exhibition of all participating institutions will be held in ACAD’s Gallery 371. A show and silent auction will be held in the Marion Nicholl Gallery on campus.

For more information check out the Facebook Page,
call 403-284-6228 or check out the ACAD website.

Alberta Call for Entry - Clay 2010

The Alberta Craft Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts are collaborating on a major exhibition and acquisition of Alberta ceramics. This once in a decade exhibition is a juried competition open to professional and emerging potters, tile makers, clay sculptors, and other ceramic artists from Alberta.

The AFA acquired more than $100,000 of contemporary Alberta glass art during 2009. In 2010, the AFA may purchase up to $100,000 of ceramic work primarily through this exhibition. The aim is to up-date the AFA collection, to support ceramic artists' careers, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Alberta Craft Council.

The exhibition will be hosted at the Alberta Craft Council Gallery in Edmonton from April to June 2010 and it may tour to locations in Calgary and elsewhere in Alberta, as well as nationally and internationally. The project also includes a virtual exhibition and published catalogue.

Applications will be accepted between December 8, 2009 - January 8, 2010.

Download an application form here.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

The Inner City Clayworkers Co-operative Gallery is seeking new members. We are a well-established co-operative run by a group of professional potters. Practising potters are invited to submit their details to the gallery, Cnr St Johns Rd & Darghan St Glebe NSW 2037, T/F: (02) 9692 9717; Hours: Thurs to Sun, 10.30 am – 6 pm ;

Friday, 25 September 2009

Ryota Aoki @Ippodo Gallery

Ryota Aoki’s New Ceramics Laboratory Vol. 2

September 10, 2009 (Thursday) to October 10 (Saturday)

"Bijoux is a work first created by Aoki when he spent a half a year studying at the L'Ecole des arts décoratifs in Geneva. Bijoux, in French a “jewel,” is a white porcelain work produced from a mold shaped like 2 joined bowls. Its surface has the velvety soft texture of a baby skin. Each piece is finished by boldly cutting away a part of the original to create a unique work. Aoki infuses the clay with a special glaze he has developed after long study, then in the kiln the glaze is slowly forced out of the clay to coat the snow white porcelain. Bijoux’s secret is its ability to combine an icing flower-like fragility and jewel-like solidity. For his second act, Aoki has used the interplay between large and small Bijoux to turn the Gallery into an ethereal space that feels as though one had wandered into a new dimension."

Ippodo Gallery
521 W. 26th Street B1,
(Between 10th & 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
tel. +1-212-967-4899
fax. +1-212-967-4889
Open: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Woodfire conference, workshops, call for papers

1st International European Woodfire Conference - This international conference aimed at exploring current research and trends in wood firing will be held at Bröllin from 2nd to 5th September 2010.

Well known keynote speakers will address a series of questions, follow-up forums will give an international overview and discuss technical and aesthetical issues. Exhibitions will be held to coincide with the conference – aimed at presenting a wide survey of wood fire practice. Forums will be held each day, as well as demonstrations, exhibition openings, kiln firings and social events. There will also be Pre-Conference Workshops in the week leading up to the Conference. After the conference we offer excursions to places of interest for woodfirers, for example to La Borne, where a part of the pre-conference of the AIC general assembly will be held some days later.

***Workshops with Owen Rye and Paul Davis***

Wanted: Conference presentations

We invite individual papers on any of our themes. Interested parties should address the above themes, however issues relevant to contemporary woodfired ceramics that fall outside the major themes will also be considered. Please send initially a brief abstract of 250 words and a short biography of no more than 150 words (a single attached Word doc. would be fine) by email to

Please include title of paper; name of author(s); address; full contact details, especially your web site.

Successful applicants must submit completed papers by the end of July, 2010 on a cd. Only the following formats are allowed: text as .doc, rtf or txt, pictures as .tif, .jpg is second best. Please take care that the size of the pictures is suitable for printing. Please don’t send in PowerPoint presentations. The organizing committee is presently exploring options for publication and further information will be available when confirmed.

For questions or suggestions contact

Markus Böhm, Alt Gaarz 6, D-17248 Lärz


Please see website for all the conference details.

340 grams - a call for entry

The Australian Ceramic Association announces its 2010 members’ exhibition:
28 April – 2 May, 2010 (during Clay Energy) Masonic Hall, Gulgong

Why 340 grams?
This is the weight of a normal issue of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. Your challenge? Take 340 grams of wet clay and make a bowl or a sculpture.

Conditions of entry:
Members must complete an Expression of Interest Form (download now or call 1300 720 124 and we will mail you one) and submit to The Australian Ceramics Association by 15 February 2010.
A member may submit 1 or 2 works. Each completed work must weigh less than 340 grams.
Each work must be accompanied,on delivery, by an entry form (downloadable from closer to the time).
All works must be for sale. TACA will charge 20% commission on sales.

> Register your interest online
>Download and print the expression of interest form.

The Australian Ceramics Association
PO Box 274 Waverley NSW 2024
T: 1300 720 124
F: 02 9369 3742
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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

8th Biennial Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference

Thursday, Oct. 1 - Sunday Oct. 4, 2009

Large Scale Vessel Making with Jayne Shatz
The Kiln Doctor's Workshop
Figure Sculpture with Guy Zoller

Surface Resist and Slip Decoration with Dana Lehrer Danze
Sculpture Multiples with John Jensen

Brush Making with Marianne Cordyack

Panel Discussion with Jayne Shatz, Mike Swauger, Guy Zoller and others

Brushpainting on Pots with Tracie Griffith Tso

Raku Workshops
Beginning to Intermediate Raku with Brett Thomas
Advanced Raku with Ramon Camarillo

Check out their website for all the details and registration information.
Contact info: Questions about the Conference? E-mail is preferred: or call Mike Swauger/The Kiln Doctor 540-636-6016.




Sturt is seeking expressions of interest from potters and ceramic

artists to take up residency positions at Sturt Pottery. These

positions are available for periods of either three months or

six months. Applications are open NOW.

here in PDF
For all enquiries contact Megan Patey:
Ph +61 2 4860 2080

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Heath Bazaar

Sunday, September 27 from 12-5

The first annual Heath Bazaar. Together with a handful of local artisans, Heath Ceramics will be selling one-of-a-kind samples, prototypes, seconds and overstock — all at a discount.

HEATH CERAMICS samples and one-of-a-kind pieces check out their website for all the details

Winifred Shantz award winner - Jasna Skolovic

I'm sure you've all heard by now ( i was away over the weekend so a bit behind on ceramic news) that Jasna Solokovic has been awarded the Winifred Shantz award. Check out the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery for all of the details. Congrats Jasna!

"Ms. Sokolovic uses clay not just to make objects but as a way for developing structures for drawing and painted images. Using images and text she presents thoughts on relationships. Images of two chairs, two birds, titles like “Waiting for You”, “With or With Out You,” show stories of life. There is an element of installation in how she uses the wall and floor and engages the viewer with alternative image sources to tell a story. Her work is an excellent example of contemporary art whose style fit perfectly well to the project she intents to undertake which includes one residency and two researches in Mexico.

“My work has been highly influenced by Mexican traditional art in my choice of colours and imagery, as well as in the way I use them to depict every day stories on ceramic works."
Jasna Sokolivic"

Lots to see and do at the Fuller Craft Museum

Currently on exhibition:
Beyond the Embargo
Cuban and American Ceramics
June 11, 2009– October 18, 2009
"Curated by Catherine Merrill, this exhibition highlights works in clay from a group of prominent Cuban and American artists who, in spite of the continued U.S. Embargo against Cuba, have continued to work and exhibit together in both Cuba and the United States. This collaborative cultural exchange brings together artists from different aesthetic, cultural and technical backgrounds."

Also check out their upcoming exhibition:
Warren MacKenzie
Legacy of an American Potter
October 31, 2009 – January 3, 2010
"Organized by the Rochester Art Museum, this exhibition of ceramics by Warren MacKenzie presents over 200 works of various styles and approaches, spanning his remarkable 50-year artistic career. He has studied the ceramics of many cultures, particularly Japan, whose forms, glazes and aesthetics can be seen in his work. MacKenzie’s lifelong dedication to utilitarian vessels reflects a worldview where art and life are one. Recognized as a master of 20th Century ceramics, MacKenzie has produced work that is beautiful in a natural way and comfortable in the hand."

And registration has been extended for:
Clay and Printmaking with Paul Wandless
October 3, 2009 from 10am — 4pm
Learn to use clay surfaces as canvasses with Beyond the Embargo: Cuban and American Ceramics exhibiting artist, Paul Wandless.
Registration ends Thurs., Sept. 24, 2009.

Check out their website for all the details including some employment opportunities like:
Education Department Seeks Workshop Instructors

Check out their website for all the details.
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
t 508-588-6000
f 508-587-6191

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Ceramica @ the V & A THIS WEEKEND!!!

Friday 18 September 18.00-21.30
Saturday 19 September 10.00-17.30
Sunday 20 September 10.00-17.30
Throughout the V&A

A weekend of special events to celebrate the opening of Phase 1 of the V&A's new Ceramics galleries. Debate with Edmund de Waal or contribute to The Collection, an installation by Clare Twomey. Watch a kiln being constructed, fired and opened with Thiébaut Chagué, be thrilled and fascinated by the science of ceramics with the Material Library or try throwing, pinching and potting with the London Potters. Hear Willie Harcourt-Cooze talk about chocolate and ceramics and try his special traditional chocolate and truffles; watch Barnaby Barford's Damaged Goods; see French Fancies, a promenade performance by Debbie Does; or find out how to look after your favourite ceramics from our skilled conservation team.

The Collection, Clare Twomey

Join ceramic artist Clare Twomey as she creates a new, site-specific installation. Fill empty vitrines with cherished memories of ceramic objects. 'The Collection' will be a unique display that will grow over the three-day Ceramica event, encouraging understanding of the ceramics collection in terms of everyday objects in the lives' of people in the past and present.

Clare Twomey is a British artist who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts Council, in the UK and The Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan. Twomey continues to develop works, that pursue her interest in human behaviour, space, architectural interventions and the gallery as destination.

Le Soif et la Source (The Thirst and the Well)

Watch ceramic artist Thiébaut Chagué build and fire a site-specific kiln, creating one of his signature pieces in the process. The kiln will be constructed and lit on Friday evening. It will be at full heat on Saturday afternoon, when Chagué plans to open up the kiln Raku-style to show the ceramic object being formed at peak temperature. Finally, the kiln will be left to cool and cracked open on Sunday afternoon to see the final piece emerge.

Thiébaut Chagué has been a practising potter and artist for the past thirty years. His work expresses the soul and the inner void. The pieces are built from the inside in the solitude of the studio and they are fed by the fire outside. The heat, pushes the clay to the limit of its resistance to its potential distruction. This risk taking is necessary for Chagué, by tearing the clay the fire reveals the energy that is contained inside the work.

Dark Chocolate Art

See Willie Harcourt-Cooze and his team demonstrating chocolate making from bean to 18th-century ceramic chocolatière. Savour the flavour of Harcourt-Cooze's traditional truffles, hot chocolates and specially invented treats to celebrate the V&A's Ceramica weekend, available to buy and try from the V&A café.

Willie Harcourt-Cooze has been growing cacao for more than a decade at the Hacienda El Tesoro, in the heights of the Henri Pittier National Park in Choroni, Venezuela.

Damaged Goods

See Barnaby Barford's animation of a tragic love story played out by porcelain figurines with shattering consequences and make a stop-motion animation yourself.

Barnaby Barford is an artist who works with ceramics to create unique narrative pieces. Although an accomplished craftsman,
Barford primarily selects found objects, taking both mass-manufactured and antique figurines and turning them into sinister, sardonic but invariably humorous characters.
Stop motion (or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small amounts between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames are played as a continuous sequence.

Basic Ceramic Techniques

Meet the London Potters who will be demonstrating basic ceramic-making techniques from pinch pots and throwing to coiling. London Potters is a voluntary organisation formed in 1986 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences of all those involved with or interested in ceramics. It is the only London-based society offering membership to both professional and non-professional ceramicists; all its members are united by the appreciation of ceramic art and a desire to further their knowledge and communicate with fellow ceramic artists and collectors.

We Are Not Amused

Join our inaugural Ceramics Resident, Stephen Dixon, in creating a large ceramic mosaic of Queen Victoria. Visitors are invited to place pieces of the mosaic itself, and even bring along their own broken ceramics contributions to be included. Professor Stephen Dixon is the V&A’s first Ceramics resident, with a studio built into the Ceramics galleries themselves. Dixon draws on the satirical tradition to make works that are rich in political and contextual detail as well as being masterfully produced objects.

Materials Library Takes On Ceramics

See Materials Library demonstrate the beauty and the science of clay. Materials Library are an interdisciplinary collaborative team that make objects, events and exhibitions. The group is involved in both scientific research and artistic practices that explore the senso-aesthetics of different materials.

French Fancies

Take a cheeky peek into the delicate rituals of 18th-century high fashion as Debbie Does brings to life the magnificent temporary exhibition Objects of Luxury in a playful promenade performance blending movement and contemporary dance to celebrate French etiquette of the 18th century from taking tea to la Toilette.

French Fancies is a bespoke performance commissioned by the V&A to celebrate the opening of the new ceramics galleries in our temporary exhibition Objects of Luxury. Produced by Debbie Does and designed by Shanti Freed.

Edmund de Waal and Michelle Ogundehin
In Conversation

Hear Edmund de Waal, one of the UK's foremost contemporary ceramicists and professor of ceramics at the University of Westminster, discussing the nature of contemporary ceramics and design with Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decoration.

£8, £6 concessions Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Chocolate and Ceramics

A Lifelong Friendship: Explore the journey of chocolate from bean to bar with with Willie Harcourt-Cooze, from Willie's Cacao on Channel 4. The talk will touch on the development of chocolate consumption in South America and Europe with reference to special ceramic forms that developed as a result. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

Wilie Harcourt-Cooze has been growing cacao for more than a decade at the Hacienda El Tesoro, in the heights of the Henri Pittier National Park in Choroni, Venezuela.

Ceramics Surgery

Do you have a favourite jug at home that has lost its handle? Drop-in for demonstrations of ceramics conservation and repair from the V&A's skilled conservation team. Thousands of ceramics were conserved for the new galleries and our team will show a selection of the techniques and object handling that were used. Find Conservation Journal articles on objects in the Ceramics collection here

Tamura Shizuo @ the University of Manitoba

The Ceramics area at University of Manitoba is pleased to announce Tamura Shizuo will be our visiting artist for Fall, 2009.

Tamura will present a studio workshop in the ceramics area of the School of Art at University of Manitoba from September 21-25, 2009.

At the conclusion of the workshop, pots made by Mr. Tamura will be fired in the wood-burning kiln at the U of M from September 28-30. The kiln will be opened on October 5 at 10:00 AM.

The workshop and demonstrations will take place in room 115 of the Ceramics/Sculpture building at the University of Manitoba from 9:30 to 3:30 each day. Mr. Tamura will produce traditional and contemporary pottery from Shigaraki using locally-available materials.

Mr. Tamura will also present a public lecture on his work and on the famous Shigaraki region of Japan on September 24 at 3:30 PM in room 207 of the FitzGerald Building at the University of Manitoba. Following the lecture, a public reception and potluck will take place in the ceramics area.

During the workshop, an exhibition of Mr. Tamura’s ceramic artwork from Japan will be on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery on the campus of Canadian Mennonite University. There will be an opening reception and slide presentation at the gallery on Wednesday September 23 at 7:00 PM. Traditional Japanese refreshments will be served during the reception. The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery is located at 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., south of Grant Avenue, on the south campus of Canadian Mennonite University. The gallery is open from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday and Noon to 5:00 PM Saturday.

All events are free and open to the public.
We hope to see you in the ceramics area!

For more information please contact:
Professor Stephen Grimmer, Chair of Ceramics
University of Manitoba
Winnnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
(204) 474-9560

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

31st Annual Contemporary Crafts

Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

Submission deadline: October 23. National juried exhibition of all craft media takes place January 23-March 15, 2010. $2,000 in awards. $25 entry fee.

For details and application, visit online.

Questions? Call 480-644-6567.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Alberta Arts Days activities in the Historic Clay District

Medicine Hat –Robert Harrison, the man behind the Historic Clay District’s easily-recognizable sculpture – the Medaltarch – will be speaking at the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 19, as part of Medicine Hat’s celebration of Alberta Arts Days.

The Canadian-born artist has gained international attention as a ceramic artist and sculptor. Over the course of his career, Harrison has held many prominent positions in both Canada and the United States. He is the Past-President of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), was President of the Board at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and served one year as Head of the Ceramics Department at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Harrison’s sculpture at the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site – the Medaltarch – was created during his time as an artist in the Medalta International Artists in Residence (MIAIR) program in 1999 and is an example of his site-specific sculptures that can be found in Hungary, Italy, Taiwan and other locations around the world.

Les Manning, the Artistic Director of the MIAIR program from 2001-2009, is thrilled to have Harrison in Medicine Hat. “As an artist, Robert works outside the norm in that his installations are historic sculpture. Not many ceramic artists challenge this area as much as he or have been as successful in taking it to an international audience.” He encourages people to take the opportunity to hear him speak. “Whenever artists of this magnitude visit Medicine Hat – especially someone with the connection he has [with the Medaltarch] – they are worth hearing.”

Saturday, September 19 is a busy day for the Historic Clay District as it celebrates Alberta Arts Days. In addition to Harrison’s talk, the Historic Clay District is also offering free, two-hour pottery classes and a museum open house with hourly demonstrations in the Working Pottery. Anyone interested in hearing Harrison speak or participating in the classes are encouraged to contact the Historic Clay District at 403.529.1070.

The Historic Clay District is one of eight tourism attractors in the Canadian Badlands, featured in AMA’s “Alberta 100 Journeys” and is Western Canada’s largest National Historic Site. The museum – in the Medalta Potteries National Historic Site – provides visitors a unique opportunity to visit a restored 1912 pottery factory, which once produced three-quarters of all stoneware in Canada. It is operated under the stewardship of the Friends of Medalta Society.

The Medalta International Artists in Residence (MIAIR) program is a world-class ceramic arts residency operated out of the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics in Medicine Hat’s Historic Clay District. MIAIR will begin offering year-round artistic programming in 2010, is twelfth year of operation. The program has brought international attention to Medicine Hat and continues the city’s rich clay tradition through contemporary ceramics.

For more information, interviews or visuals, contact:

Quentin Randall


Glaze course with John Shirley - not to be missed!

Exploring Ceramic Glazes is the first of a number of short courses in ceramics planned at the University of Johannesburg . This course is aimed at the ceramist who wants to increase his or her knowledge of glazes and glaze development. It will take place over 6 weeks in weekly 3hour sessions. Program runs September 23rd - 28th of October. If you would like more information on this please contact John Shirley at

The Art of Fine Craft 2009:

October 1 and 2, 2009
In collaboration with Nebraska Wesleyan University

 Jason Briggs
Polly by Jason Briggs, AFC Presenter

A biennial conference presented by LUX Center for the Arts and the Department of Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The conference provides an opportunity for students, educators, artists, collectors and the public to connect, learn and explore. The conference features lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions by Sonya Clark, Jason Briggs, Victoria Goro-Rapoport, and Jess Starkel.

Registration is open through Sept. 19.
Special rates for college and high school students available.
College group rates available.
Register Now
Learn more about the presenters

A regional call for entry

Sep. 25
Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, Ohio

Submission deadline is September 25 for this sculpture competition open to artists from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky who create original sculpture from any 3D media or combination of media including clay, wood, glass, metal and stone. The work must be able to fit through the 34" x 79" doorway and must have been created within the last four years. Jurying will be done from slides and digital images. Work previously exhibited at Rosewood is not eligible. Entry fee of $20 for up to 3 works.

The exhibit will run from November 9 through December 11, 2009. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 8, 2009, from 2 to 4 pm. The United Art and Education Awards, totaling $1,100, will be presented at 3 pm.

For more information, contact Amy Anderson, Rosewood Gallery Coordinator at or 937--296-0294.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Becky Webster @ Harbinger Gallery

Harbinger Gallery is excited to present a feature of new ceramics by artist, Becky Webster. Webster's work fleshes out her interests in showing both the raw beauty of natural, unglazed clay and the layers of patterns and images juxtaposed on her clay works. The thick, drawing-like transparent glazes found on parts of Websters works is part of what gives them "personality", while "...keeping in focus with the functionality and craftsmanship" of each piece.

Becky Webster graduated in 2001, majoring in ceramics in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College, in Oakville, Ontario. Upon graduation, Webster set up studio practice and also began a managerial position at S&S Pottery Supplies, a position she maintains today. In addition to being included in a Harbinger group exhibition of clay in 2008, Becky has recently had a solo exhibition and has been featured in the "Canadian House and Home" magazine. Her work can be found in galleries all over Ontario.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Jam Factory in Adelaide - call for artists

Associates Positions Available for 2010

JamFactory is Australia's leading contemporary craft and design centre providing emerging craftspeople and designer/makers with unique professional and creative development opportunities.

JamFactory's two-year practical studio based program provides emerging craftspeople and designer-makers with professional and creative development opportunities unavailable anywhere else in Australia.

Participants in the scheme are referred to as "Associates" and work under guidance of experienced Creative Directors and Studio staff . Studios provide an environment in which Associates explore creative ideas and hone their technical and making skills while acquiring business and marketing expertise necessary to establish financially and culturally viable careers in craft and design.

Associates work alongside peers in developing production ideas and designs, creating one-off and exhibition work and participating in commissions. Associates have access to a full range of studio equipment. The Associate experience equips craft practitioners with the skills and understanding needed to underpin successful independent practice.

Associates are selected once a year from applicants received from all over Australia and the world with the aim of creating studio teams with a strong focus on development of ideas, creativity and making skills. Applicants will typically be high achieving tertiary graduates with visual art or design degrees, or emerging practitioners with demonstrated skills and abilities.

Associate positions for 2010 are available in the Ceramics, Furniture, Glass, and Metal Studios.

Applications close Friday 30 October 2009

Your first step should be to contact:
Ceramics: Robin Best, Creative Director

For an Application Form, download the Associate Application Form PDF
For further information on a particular studio Associate program, download the Ceramics PDF

Thursday, 10 September 2009

2009 American Pottery Festival

September 11 – 13

Northern Clay Center announces its annual fundraising benefit and celebration of the art of the pot: the 2009 American Pottery Festival, September 11 – 13. If you like pots, potters, and other people who like pots, this event is for you. The three-day Festival draws together collectors, artists, students, and clay buffs, providing everyone with an opportunity to share their love of clay, and also bringing in much needed revenue for both the participating artists and for NCC exhibition and artists’ support programs.

As always, an outstanding roster of potters will be featured, including Minnesota’s own Warren MacKenzie. Festival-goers will enjoy a rich variety of work—some by established potters who have achieved a high level of excellence in the ceramic arts, and some exciting, new work by emerging artists. Participating potters include Chuck Aydlett (MN), Wayne Branum (WI), Sam Chung (AZ), Naomi Cleary (PA), Steven Colby (CO), Josh DeWeese (MT), Paul Eshelman (IL), Marty Fielding (VT), Marlene Jack (VA), Julie Johnson (NY), Gail Kendall (NE), Forrest Lesch-Middleton (CA), Warren MacKenzie (MN), Matthew Metz (NY), Sequoia Miller (WA), Joseph Pintz (OH), Kari Radasch (ME), Davie Reneau (KY), Steven C. Rolf (WI), Hide Sadohara (NY), Albion Stafford (NY), Shoko Teruyama (NC), and Betsy Williams (NM). Walter Ostrom, who recently retired from his long-time position at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, will be the special featured guest, who will deliver a lecture on Sunday morning.

For all the details check out the Northern Clay Center website.

Call for Entries - Talente 2010

Closing date: 1 October 2009

Entries are being accepted for Talente 2010, annual international competition for young people involved in craft, design or technology.Talente's aim is to promote young people with a particular manual talent and show something new and exceptional that has been made by hand. Entries are judged and the best are awarded the highly sought after Talente prize.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Call for entry for the Australians out there.

Call for Entries Belle Georg Jensen Design Awards 2009
Closing date: 18 September 2009

ACP Magazines

Australian designers are invited to submit entries to the inaugural Belle Georg Jensen Design Awards. The awards will celebrate innovation in Australian design, recognising excellence in the disciplines of product design and interior design. Designers with varying levels of experience, from final year students to established practitioners, are invited to apply. There are five award categories in which designers are invited to submit entries: Georg Jensen Design Award, Belle Georg Jensen Product Design Award eg: Lighting, furniture, home accessories, textiles, ceramics and glass, Best Emerging Interior Designer, Best Commercial Interior and Best Residential Interior For more information email Bell Awards

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Internship position - Design Milk

This is more of a design posting...but perhaps if the intern had a ceramic background/focus...well i'm just saying it could be used to all of our advantage...


Want to work at Design Milk?

Well, here’s your chance! Design Milk is bringing on its first intern! We are looking for a smart, enthusiastic, hard-working individual who has a passion for all things design.

The intern will report to the Editor. This is an unpaid internship, however the internship has the potential to become a paid position.

Daily/weekly activities include:

  • manage daily content on the Design Milk blog
  • manage email submissions
  • communicate on a daily basis with current Design Milk writers, Editor, and columnists
  • contact potential companies and persons for columns
  • write and edit posts
  • help manage and maintain Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • assist Editor in promotion of website content
  • other duties as assigned

Desired skills:

  • solid knowledge of industrial design, graphic design, fashion, art, or architecture
  • trendspotter, ability to find great post content & to create original post content
  • good writing and editing skills
  • blogging experience
  • photo editing skills
  • experience with Facebook and Twitter
  • good Internet connection
  • willingness to learn, eager, dedicated, and passionate
  • Wordpress experience a plus
  • knowledge of HTML a plus

What you will get out of this experience:

  • experience in online publishing
  • writing and editing experience
  • blogging experience
  • photo and link to your website(s) on our About page
  • deeper knowledge and understanding of internet publishing
  • a super fun and crazy awesome time
  • recommendation from the Editor

Term: 6-month commitment

How to Apply:
We are accepting applications via email only. Please send the following to info [at] with subject “Fall Internship”:

  • Resume
  • A statement about why you want this internship
  • Writing sample (this does not have to be design-related, but should showcase you writing skills)
  • Links to any websites you have worked or currently work for
  • If you are an artist or designer, please send a link to your portfolio or images
  • Anything that you think represents your work or experience related to design

Call for Artists' Applications - Jan van Eyck Academie

Artists are invited to apply for a research period in the Fine Art department of up to two years, starting in January 2010. The central element of the application is your project proposal, in which you set out the form and content of your research and production plans. The application deadline is 15 September 2009 (post stamp date).

See their website for all the details.

Place and Being @ M16 Artspace in Canberra

Exhibition runs: 2 - 13 September 2009

Place and Being

New work by Margaret Carlin and Avi Amesbury in ceramics and charcoal drawings.

The exhibition, Place and Being, is the exploration of a physical manifestation of the emotions, knowledge and character of the artists working in response to landscape, either the natural environment or human (or inner) landscape. "To describe the landscape is to inscribe the character [of the artist]."

Through the use of spontaneous and direct gestures, both in ceramic and mark making on paper, the spiritual essence of the landscape is revealed. The work is not only a representation, (of a particular physical location for example,) but is the presence as well.

For more info on the exhibition and the artists visit avicam website.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Call for enty - Eight Fluid Ounces 2010

Entry Deadline: October 26, 2009
Where: Louisiana, Baton Rouge
Exhibition dates: February 20–March 21, 2010
Open to drinking vessels not exceeding 10″x10″x10″
For more info contact:
Louisiana State University School of Art
225-389-7180 | |

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Paper clay conference and student call for entry

For all the info on the conference/workshop/exhibition/call for entry please visit their website.

Paper clay conference and workshops (limited spots available so register early)

Intent is to bring paper clay artists, students and interested learners together and put on an event, with outstanding instructors, a well equipped on-site studio/lab and a venue to nurture your soul all in the beautiful, artist community of Laguna Beach, California.


This workshop is for the beginner or advanced paper clay artist and is packed with tips for building figurative or abstract forms, murals, vessel forms, tiles, bas relief and large pieces. During the four days, you will be exposed to a colorful array of techniques for building and working with paper clay from joining dry, hyper-texture techniques, fired and unfired sculptures, and speed casting rather than the more traditional slip casting.

Workshops consist of four full days of demonstrations (participants will spend two-full days with each artist, Monday – Thursday), information exchange, and hands-on opportunities with two of the world’s premier paper clay artists, Rosette Gault (Washington) and Graham Hay (NZ/Australia).


Deadline is October 30, 2009

Laguna Beach, California - paperclay | TODAY: Student Art Exhibit, (February 2 – 4, 2010) open to undergrad and graduate students of paperclay in CA, NV, AZ, OR, and WA. Juried from digital.

Fee: $10 per entry, maximum five entries.

Linda Saville
Laguna Beach Ceramics
31071 Monterey St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Student Art Exhibit Reception: Monday, February 1, 2010, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Aliso Creek Inn.

Call for entry - Clay on the Wall.

Open to all US clay artists 18 years and older. Works from sculptural to functional will be considered, but all works must hang on the wall.

$2500 in cash prizes to be awarded.

October 13, 2009 - Entry form, slides, fees and SASA must be postmarked.
January 19 - February 28th, 2010 - Exhibition

Juror - Elaine Henry who is currently the Associate Editor of Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics Technical.

Click here for entry form and all the details.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Another blog to add to your reading list - enjoy!

A few years back when I was a student with at the ANU I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer to help out with their distance ceramics program, which was a great way to see some amazing workshops by international artists and to get to hang out with the students who traveled to the school twice a year to participate in the distance school. On one of these occasions I had the pleasure of meeting Elaine Bradley, a hilarious, witty and very talented student. Just recently I've reconnected with her only to discover that she's been teaching and writing a blog about her work, her teaching, her studies and life in general. It's great, hopefully you'll head over to take a peek.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Ceramic animation and a missed oppurtunity...

My husband has a background in film and video and ever since I began working on my "collection" of figurative work he's been bugging me to do an animation project with him incorporating the figurines and their distopic world. Needless to say due to lack of time and finances we've yet to get the project going. And then what do I stumble upon but an amazing animation by the artist Barnaby Branford (whose work I totally love) and I realize that maybe I shouldn't bother after all, since this animation is so awesome.

Anyway, find 10 minutes of your life to check out Damaged Goods by Barnaby Branford, it's just to sweet to miss.

And here's a bit about Barnaby:

" Barnaby Barford is an artist who works with ceramics to create unique narrative pieces. Although an accomplished craftsman, Barford primarily selects found objects, taking both mass-manufactured and antique figurines and turning them into sinister, sardonic but invariably humorous sculptures. As the sentimental figurines become characters in his twisted narratives, Barford turns their perceived vulgarity on its head, often into a different and more explicit vulgarity.

Barnaby Barford graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002. He has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in the UK, and has shown in major exhibitions in the US and Japan. In 2004 he was named Young Designer of the Year by Wallpaper* magazine.

As well as creating his one-off pieces, Barford has made projection based installations, worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg and has designed products for Thorsten Van Elten."

Check out more of his work here on his website.