Sunday, 28 February 2010

Call for Entry: Craft at Harbourfront Centre Artist-In-Residence program

Application Deadline: March 12

Founded in 1974 The Craft Studio is a unique Canadian institution that assists recent graduates and emerging craftspeople to establish professional careers; and exposes the public to the world of contemporary craft through residencies, exhibitions, and events.

Full time openings in Metal, Ceramics, Glass, and Textiles.
Summer openings in Metal, Textiles and Glass (June -August)
Openings will be available as of June 1 & September 1 (for ceramics)

Download Craft Department Artist-In-Residence application:
The Craft Department is an OAC Exhibition Assistance recommender for craft media. Download these guidelines and application form:

For more information on this call for entry visit

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Job Posting - Editor Ceramics Review


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Ceramic Review Publishing is looking to appoint an editor (part-time) following the retirement of the current editor. Experience of working in a senior editorial role for an arts-based publication is essential.

Offices in Central London.

Closing date: 12 March 2010

Pike Studios Pottery Sale, High River

Feb 27-28 and March 6-7

Connie and Bob pike are hosting their first studio sale of the year. Featuring new work such as Connie's imprinted trays made by carving lino block tiles and imprinting in the clay and Bob's digitally enhanced photographs. Pike Studios is located on 70-9th Ave SE, in High River, Alberta.
For samples of their work visit
Pike Studio newsletter is available for download at

21st Century Porcelain with Aaron Nelson

So it's completely unfair that I can't go to this workshop even though it's close by. Of all weekends i happen to be in Quebec that one. Too bad. Hopefully some of you guys can make it and feel free to take notes for me and email me all of his secrets. I just can't get over that low temp porcelain...

Edmonton Potters’ Guild Workshop
April 16 & 17, 2010
21st Century Porcelain with Aaron Nelson

This workshop with Aaron Nelson, artistic Director of the Medalta International Artists in
Residence Program in Medicine Hat will demonstrate techniques related to making finely
crafted porcelain vessels. Starting on Friday night Aaron will demonstrate using molds on
the wheel, throwing and altering, and manipulating porcelain into fluid, translucent shapes.
Saturday will continue with piecing together thrown pieces. Saturday Aaron will also give a
visual presentation on his work and the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program.

Aaron is currently the Artistic Director at the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary
Ceramics in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Before taking this job, Aaron worked for two years as a
consultant with The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Currently Aaron is work-
ing with experimental, highly translucent soft paste porcelain that matures at an extremely low
temperature. His interest in this new material, for which there are few historical precedents,
grows out of a concern for the environment and reducing the carbon footprint of his practice.
With his new porcelain body, he is able to marry the gesture, spontaneity and aesthetics of
hand-thrown ceramics with a material generally associated with industrial ceramics.
Register by March 26, 2010
When: Friday April 16 from 6 to 9 pm
& Saturday April 17 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: The Edmonton Potters Guild, in the basement
of Victoria Composite High School, 10280 - 108 Avenue
Cost: $50 per person

RSVP Alethea Adair at 780-637-6706
or email:
& mail or drop of a cheque to the guild

Friday, 26 February 2010


CBC News

Individuals gave about $101 million to arts and culture organizations in 2007, but these donors represent a very small percentage of Canadians who make charitable donations, according to a new report.

A study by Hill Strategies Research found that of the Canadians who give, only 3.3 per cent give to the arts. The report is based on figures from 2007, when the recession had not yet hurt donation practices.

Donations to non-profits
Religious organizations $4.6 billion
Health organizations $1.5 billion
Social service organizations $915 million
Law, advocacy and politics $130 million
Arts and culture $101 million
Source: Hill Strategies Research

“Some cultural attendees and participants may not realize that a large portion of the revenues of arts and culture organizations is not covered by admission fees, other earned revenues or government funding,” the report said.

There were an estimated 759,000 cultural donors, but they were relatively generous — with an average donation of $132 each. Canadians over age 45 and with university education are more likely to give than younger Canadians or those with just a high school education.

The report estimates there are roughly 14,000 arts and culture organizations in Canada, but they get less from government than other non-profit groups — about 28 per cent of their revenue, compared with 49 per cent for other non-profits. Arts groups raised an average of half their revenue through ticket sales.

There is a lot of competition for donations by Canadians, and arts groups were often given low priority in charitable giving, behind religious and health organizations. Residents of B.C. and Ontario are the most generous with arts groups, followed by the Prairies and Quebec.

Individual Donors to Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2007 is based on Statistics Canada figures and surveys analyzed by Hamilton, Ont.-based Hill Strategies Research.

Read more:

***Okay am I the only one creeped out by the fact that religious donations was at the top above health and social services?

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Archie Bray Deadline around the corner:

ABF Banner Sanam
Bray resident and fellowship applications due March 1, 2010
Resident Application deadline March 1, 2010
Resident Application deadline March 1, 2010
Bray resident and fellowship applications due March 1, 2010
Resident Application deadline March 1, 2010
Resident Application deadline March 1, 2010
The Bray is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts, located at 2915 Country Club Ave. in Helena, just 1/3 mile west of Spring Meadow Lake. Galleries are free and open to the public.

Contact us at 406/443-3502 or go to our web site at

Call for artists and designers - One of Kind show and sale

The 2010 Christmas Show Application Deadline Is Fast Approaching!

The next One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale will run from November 25-December 5, 2010 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto.

Over 150,000 customers will visit the Show and shop directly from our 800 carefully selected exhibitors in search of everything from home decor and clothing to glass and ceramics - all artisan made.

If you would like to apply for the Christmas Show, please click here to download an application.

The deadline to apply is March 24, 2010.
Our Selection Committee will begin the jury process on March 24th and you will learn about the status of your application at the end of April 2010.

For more information please visit our website at or contact
Catia Varricchio
or call 416-960-4511.

We look forward to receiving
your application!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Anybody got a room?

The following was left in the comments section of a post regarding NCECA. I thought I'd share it here for those that don't read the comments regularly.

George Penalosa would appreciate another artist to possiblily host him for the 2010 NCECA Conference, could anyone give George a contact. He is one of the Emerging artists this year. he is short on cash but has a load of talent and wants to attend this conference along with his work.
Please contact me, a friend helping George a very talented man.
contact me at:

Monday, 22 February 2010

So much going on at the University of Manitoba - Visiting Artitsts and NEW MFA PROGRAM

February 25 | 6 pm
Ceramics Studio
Artist’s Talk
Xanthe Isbister’s visit is sponsored by the Ceramics Club.
There is no cost to attend the lecture – everyone is welcome.

Xanthe Isbister will be presenting a lecture on her large scale ceramic sculpture and installations. Her current work explores the psychological significance and impact the natural environment has on human identity.

“Much of the human search for a coherent and fulfilling existence is intimately dependent upon our relationship to nature”. The wilderness landscape has had a profound effect on her creative work and detachment from the wilderness has created a need for her to make work in response to this separation.

Xanthe Isbister received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008, and her BFA Honors at the University of Manitoba in 2004. In 2005 Isbister was awarded the Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Scholarship from the University of Manitoba, and was a Hixson-Lied Fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Other awards include two summer residencies at Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, in New Castle, Maine. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at the 2009 NCECA conference in Phoenix, AZ.

February 25 | 6 pm
Ceramics Studio
Artist’s Talk
Koi Neng Liew

Koi Neng Liew will be presenting a lecture on his figurative ceramic
sculpture. The concepts of his characters are derived from the examination of
fascinating individuals he has met in recent years. He transforms each character by distilling prominent aspects of their personality; exaggerated proportions, obscure objects and gestures personify each characters disposition. One of Liews reoccurring characters, Rabbit Man, was conceived as an alter ego of Liew, who was born in the year of the rabbit, based on the Chinese

Koi Neng Liew is originally from Singapore. He received his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his BFA from Alfred University. Liew
was the Taunt Fellowship recipient at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2005,
and most recently was a 2008-2009 grant recipient at the Roswell Artist In
Residence Program in New Mexico.

He has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally since 1999, and was recently a featured artist in the Clay In Art International Yearbook, published by Kostas Tarkasis in Athens, Greece

Koi Neng Liew's visit is sponsored by the Ceramics Club.
There is no cost to attend the lecture – everyone is welcome.

(So amazing to see especially when so many craft programs are under threat)

It is with great pleasure that we announcing that the School of Art at the University of Manitoba is accepting applications for graduate study commencing in the 2010-2011 school year! Please note that we are relaxing the March 1 application deadline for this year, and will review materials throughout the summer.

We will be looking for one or two students for the first year of this two-year program. We do not have a particular kind of artist in mind, but are more interested in finding students who are talented, hard-working, and interested in finding their unique voice as ceramic artists. We stress hard work, production, craft, and a high level of critical analysis and the importance of contextualizing one’s work in light of current discourse. Students here produce functional pots, vessels, and sculpture, alongside works of a more experimental nature such as installation, serialism, mixed media, and performative and temporal works. We also make forays into the realm of architectural ceramics and ornament. Our undergraduates have a record of getting into top graduate programs and of exhibiting actively both in school and after graduation. We hold similar expectations for our graduate students.

The ceramics area at U of M is a lively and dynamic work environment in a 13,000 square foot, purpose-built facility. Students have 24 hour studio access and the campus is in a secure, suburban location in South Winnipeg. We have a long-standing and active record of hosting nationally and internationally-known artists, including hosting the 1000 Miles Apart conference every four years, and our Summer Studio Residency. We also host a monthly lecture series in the department wherein topical presentations are given by artists and scholars.

The facility is very well equipped, and we have been actively rebuilding kilns and purchasing new equipment to keep everything up to date. Last year, we rebuilt one of our gas car-kilns, and are starting the construction of a new indoor soda kiln right away. In the spring, we will rebuild our wood kiln, which is fired three to four times per term. We have six electric kilns ranging from very small up to twelve cubic feet, and are replacing three of those this winter, including the purchase of a front loading Bailey electric kiln! The kiln room was recently fitted with a new exhaust system with forced fresh air heating.

Other facility highlights include a well stocked materials room, and a ventilated clay mixing room with two Soldner mixers, a raw material crusher, and a blunger. New for this spring will be two Lehman slip mixing tanks and a second pugmill. There is a dedicated plaster mold-making room and a well stocked glaze lab as well. All of this is kept running and well stocked by our excellent full time technician, Terry Hildebrand.

Along with teaching and keeping on top of all the great extra curricular programming, we have both been very busy with exhibitions and studio production. Grace recently spent time in China and Australia, and is exhibiting in Korea and was invited to the NCECA Biennial in Philadelphia. Steve just returned to teaching after a research leave and exhibited in Phoenix for the NCECA conference in 2009, and will also show at the 2011 conference in Tampa, along with recent showings in Chicago, Massachusetts, and New York.

Please feel free to send this letter to any current or former students who you think would be a good candidate for graduate study at U of M. Also, do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions.

Thank You,

Steve and Grace

Professor Stephen Grimmer, Area Head of Ceramics

203 FitzGerald Building

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

(204) 474-9560

Grace Nickel, Instructor in Ceramics

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2


School of Art Web Page:

(Look under Future Students tab for application materials.)



Duration: April 12 to 18 (or longer upon request)
Disciplines: Drawing, Painting, Film, Literature, Multi-Media, Music, Photography, Sculpture
Target Group: International, National - Artists under the age of 35

The residency is organized once a year with artists from all over the world by a Romanian non-profit art organization. The InsideZone 2010 artist residency will be organized by Literary and Artistic Group ZIDUL DE HARTIE (

The town of Borsec and the surrounding area are well known for their spas and best mineral waters of Europe. The resort is surrounded by a curtain of coniferous forests which makes a gorgeous landscape and protects it from heat in the summer and cold winds in the winter. The residency is in a beautiful house from the central area of the upper town. The town is located at the base of Carpathians. Upper town it is at 2 kilometers from the town?s square, at an altitude of 950m.

Application address:
Borsec Romania | Telephone 0047 492 89 522

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Call for entry: Art & Australia Contemporary Award

Closing date: 1 March 2010

The Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award is an acquisitive prize open to Australian and New Zealand artists who are within the first five years of their professional practice. Four artists are selected annually with their work featured on the back cover of Art & Australia, accompanied by a profile of their practice. One work from one of the four artists is then purchased for the Art & Australia collection.

For more info



Apothiki aims at introducing artists and organizations to the island atmosphere of Paros - a creative environment that has inspired artists for more than 5000 years - and further develop Paros as a meeting place for creative people from around the globe. In cooperation with artists, art galleries, foundations and cultural institutions - both Greek and international, this multi-functional space will host contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events and provide a working and living space for artists in residence. The Residency program is part of a wider range of activities organised in the art centre such as exhibitions, concerts and seminars. Artists, scholars, art managers and critics are invited to submit their application for a 2 to 4 week residency to take place in 2010 or 2011. The program will start in April 2010. Artists that like to organise a small ‘group’ residency can submit a joint application. MORE INFO >>

Application address:
Parikia 84400 PAROS Greece
E-mail |

Check out Art of Craft @ Museum of Vancouver

For more info

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Call for Artists: City of Hobart Art Prize

Download the 2010 Entry Form

The City of Hobart Art Prize is open to artists, designers and craftspeople nation-wide. It brings together contemporary visual arts, craft and design practice in a single exhibition.

For all the details on the Hobart Prize visit the website here.


The City of Hobart Art Prize seeks to:

  • Promote art, craft and design practice in a way that is inclusive
  • Encourage experimentation within and across art, craft and design forms
  • Present an exciting exhibition that offers a ‘snap shot’ of contemporary practice
  • Provide the City of Hobart with a collection of significant works
  • Showcase the work of Tasmanian artists, craftspeople and designers within a national context


The 2010 City of Hobart Art Prize categories, for which the main prizes are awarded, change every year. The 2010 categories are Digital Media and Ceramics. The guidelines for these categories are as follows:

Digital Media – including projection, software generated and screen based art works.

Projection - work for the final exhibition must be provided as a standard or high definition QuickTime 7 codec (H.264, DV, Animation, Apple Intermediate) in a QuickTime container (mov.) file provided on DVD, or removable hardware. Hardware will be returned to artists following the exhibition. All Digital Media work is not to exceed 30 minutes playtime. Two high definition equivalent data projectors will be used to display works. Artists selecting to present their work in this format will have their works screened consecutively on a loop with an appropriate pause between individual entries.

Software generated and screen based art works - work for the final exhibition requiring specific delivery platforms is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist. The provision of this delivery platform, including computers or other multi-media devices, with appropriate software installed, screens, cables, mouse and any remotes if required, with complete instructions and trouble shooting information for the set up and operation of software must be provided at a turn key/plug and play standard.

Ceramics – functional and non functional works, including sculpture and installation based practice in any technique, including but not limited to, wheel thrown, slip cast and hand built.

Note: In both categories, any three dimensional work to be included in the final exhibition shall not have a footprint of more than 2 metres square with a height restriction of 2 metres. Any individual component shall not exceed 50kg in weight, with any overall weight not exceeding 200kg. If the artwork has a number of separate components,
it should be freighted in separate crates, each weighing no more than 50kg. The work is to be presented ready for assembly or display. All fixtures and fittings required are to be included with detailed instructions for installation.

Further: Any portable electrical equipment or fittings associated with works for final exhibition must be tested and tagged in accordance with Australian Standard AS3760 prior to exhibition.


The City of Hobart Art Prize

Two $15,000 acquisitive prizes provided by Hobart City Council (one in each category).

The MONA Prize

One $7,500 non acquisitive prize. This prize of $7,500 sponsored by MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is open to artists, craftspeople and designers who are selected for the final City of Hobart Art Prize exhibition and who were either born, are presently residing in, or have resided
for a period of five years or more in Tasmania.

The winners of the acquisitive City of Hobart Art Prize will not be considered for the MONA Prize.

For more information on MONA visit:

Call to Artists: The Craft Connection and Gallery 378 are looking for new artists, Nelson BC

Greetings Artists, Artisans and Craftspeople We are the Craft Connection and Gallery 378 located in Nelson BC, “the finest little art town in Canada” The Craft Connection is a Co-Operative owned and operated by twelve professional artisans. As well as displaying the members work we also represent about eighty artisan consignees and forty artist consignees. We have been in business for twenty-seven successful years in Nelson representing a wide range of artisans from our area. We recently moved into a new and larger building, the lower floor becoming our Gallery 378.

Our gallery proudly displays fine art and craft from around the region and we are looking to expand our repertoire of artisans and artists. Our consignment commission is 60/40; we have a $15 jury fee and an annual $30 consignment fee. We are interested in hearing from professional artists and artisans who are interested in having their work juried for display and sale in our store. All the necessary application information can be obtained from our website( Please click on the “forms” button.

Lance Hall is presently Chair of the Craft Connection Board of Directors. You can contact him at 250-226-6876 or if you have any questions.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Too cute not to share

By Matteo Cibic
Find them here.

Master Workshop Program

Teapot by Sequoia Miller

Saturday/Sunday, April 17 & 18, 2010 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $190 non-members, $180 LAC members

Join us as we welcome Sequoia Miller to the Lee Arts Center to conduct a fast-paced workshop that will show how he makes many of his signature wheel-thrown and altered pottery forms. Sequoia will make four-footed bowls, altered vases, lids for jars taken off-round, and complex assembled pouring forms like teapots and pitchers. Sequoia will also show approaches to glazing and decorative surfaces that can enhance and redefine forms, as well as discuss ideas for keeping studio work dynamic and lively so that each pot is a continued exploration. A slide lecture will complement the studio demonstrations.

Sequoia Miller was raised in Maine and New York City, and is now a studio potter based in Olympia, WA. He holds a BA from Brandeis University in Russian History and Art History. His pottery has been featured in numerous publications including Craft in America, Ceramics Monthly, The Studio Potter, Clay Times and the cover of Clay Times. Sequoia teaches occasionally at a local community college and at craft centers nationally, including Arrowmont School of Craft, Penland School of Craft, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Sequoia’s work is featured frequently in craft stores, galleries and kitchen cabinets around the country. He will be showing his work at the Smithsonian Craft show this April 2010 in Washington, DC.
More information on the artist and his work.

Thursdays, May 13 & 20, 2010; 6:30 – 9:30pm
Fee: $ 95.00 non-members, $ 85.00 LAC members

Precious metal clay by Alfredo Ratinoff

Bronze has been used since ancient times in all different cultures to create everyday objects as well as fine artwork; this wonderful and almost ever lasting material was discovered thousands of years ago and used in almost every culture since early times to present day. Artists and sculptors used bronze because of it’s timeless beauty, but it often required a complicated process to fabricate a finished piece. Recently a new material called ‘Bronze clay’ was introduced to the market; it consists of fine bronze particles held together with an organic binder and after firing in a kiln becomes solid bronze.

Learn about this new material as Alfredo Ratinoff discusses the technical aspects of bronze clay; how to work with it, firing techniques and metal finishing like polishing, burnishing and coloring with acid patinas and paint. Participants will create a small piece with bronze clay; discuss concepts of design and learn a variety of techniques to create visual texture and interest. This is a great class for clay artists, potters, jewelers or anyone interested in exploring a new type of clay that can be used as an alternative media by itself or as an additional element to enhance once fired clay, plaster or any other art medium.

Alfredo Ratinoff was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina. He studied at the National School of Ceramics in Buenos Aires, and then in Madrid, Barcelona and Florence. He specializes in large scale ceramic mural installations and recently has expanded into other art mediums as in printmaking and precious metal clay. His work has been shown both nationally and abroad and he has done numerous commissions for both private and corporate collections. Alfredo is currently an artist-in-residence in the ceramics studio at the Lee Arts Center.
More information on Alfredo Ratinoff.

More info and registration.

"Making Through Living—Living Through Making: Studio Pottery in 2010" NCECA Pre-Conference

All of this NCECA news floating around is reminding me how much fun NCECA is and how sad I am to not be going this year. It's been forever since I made it down, Portland was my last year hopefully. For all of you lucky ducks going here's more preconference stuff to check out:Preconference for NCECA 2010, Philadelphia

March 29 and 30, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Co-hosted by Michael Connelly and Alleghany Meadows

Conference qualifies towards ACT 48 Hours.

This inaugural conference at Montgomery County Community College will focus on contemporary issues in utilitarian pottery, including sustainability, creativity, content, form, marketing, idea generating and social outreach. Demonstrators will also give slide lectures about their work. There will be a keynote address by the editor of Studio Potter Magazine, a panel discussion about Living Through Making, and a panel discussion on Sustainability in Ceramics. Presenters, Speakers and Panelists include Mary Barringer, Christa Assad, Andy Brayman, Ron Meyers, Ellen Shankin, Ayumi Horie, Julia Galloway, Alleghany Meadows, Steven Lee and Michael Connelly. The conference will also feature Artstream Nomadic Gallery.

A part of the conferences focus will follow Montgomery County Community College’s commitment to integrating sustainability into the curriculum to better serve students, professionals and the greater community. Integration of "green" components across the curriculum for students in a wide variety of programs, from physical sciences to allied health, social sciences, and the humanities will have the greatest impact in the long-term reduction of the carbon footprint of our community. In addition, this conference will have a focus on "Green Kilns" and technologies for ceramic artists, which Dr. Stephen Grieco and Michael Connelly are currently seeking funding for a future kiln project at MCCC. It is, to the best of our knowledge, that the Montgomery County Community College’s "Green Kiln" will be the first at any college or university in the country.

The demonstrators and presenters will be among the artists represented by the Artstream during its 2010 Spring Tour. Venues for the tour will include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Wabounsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL; Illinois State University, Bloomington/Normal, IL; NCECA Preconference, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA; NCECA 2010, Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY, and other venues TBA.

Directions from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Go to: Market Street East Station (12th and Filbert Streets)

Take: R5 Region Rail to Lansdale/Doylestown to Penllyn Station (40 minute train ride—Bus stops at Penllyn Station)

Take: Rte. 94 Bus to the College (5 minute ride)

Septa Schedule

Good news for Canadian self employed artists:

Employment Insurance special benefits for the self-employed

As of January 31, self-employed Canadians are able to register for the Employment Insurance (EI) program, which will extend to them maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care benefits, collectively called special benefits. The Fairness for the Self?Employed Act extends EI special benefits to self-employed Canadians. This measure responds to the Government’s 2008 pledge to help provide improved economic security and support for all those who are self-employed. With these changes, self-employed Canadians will be able to voluntarily opt into the EI program and receive special benefits. Overall, the special benefits for self-employed individuals mirror those currently available to salaried employees under the EI program.

For the full article follow this link
For more information on the Employment Insurance program, visit

Exhibition: An Affair to Remember - Mariko McCrae

February 27 - April 10, 2010
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, February 27 from 2-4 pm

Mariko McCrae is part renegade, part court jester, part activist and community builder, but indeed - all artist. Her work is founded on historical ceramic tradition, but consciously subverts away from the norm of form and function, which is an important critical practice in establishing a contemporary way of working with clay.

McCrae completed her BFA at ACAD in 1995 where she was the recipient of the Board of Governor’s Award and the Governor General’s Award conjunctly. In 1998 McCrae graduated with her MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University, Ohio. She has taught at the Red Deer College Summer SERIES program, University of Manitoba, Ohio University, University of Michigan and been a guest lecturer at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and New York University to name a few. McCrae has participated in artist’s residency programs at the Banff Center for the Arts and the International Ceramic Center at Grimmerhus, Skaelskor, Denmark.

“An Affair to Remember” is based on a story written by McCrae. Through Duncan Gare, the second character that she has created during her career as a ceramicist, she comments on the lofty topic of mass production, consumerism and recycling. Duncan Gare (a combination of two hobby glaze manufacturers) personifies the struggle between good taste and bad, manufactured versus handmade, craft versus art, and in turn the battle between high art versus low.

Website Link.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Cathy Terepocki workshop

This is going to be a great one! I'll be there, hope to see you too.

The Saskatoon Potters Guild is proud to present Cathy Terepocki on March 5th and 6th, 2010 at the Albert Community Centre in Saskatoon. Cathy is an artist from Nelson BC who will be presenting a workshop on "Printing on Clay".

Cathy holds a BFA in ceramics from the Alberta College of Art & Design. Her work is sold and exhibited across Canada. Click her for her bio.

Registration Information

Albert Community Centre Loft, 610 Clarence Avenue South, Saskatoon
March 5th - Artist Talk, 7:30pm free public lecture
March 6th - Demo Workshop - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Demo Workshop Cost:
$45.00 for members, $55.00 for non-members.

Morning and afternoon sessions will illustrate the use of photo transfers, printing with slip, tissue transfers, and screen printing.

Bring your own lunch; coffee, tea, juice and snacks will be provided for breaks.

Call 306-933-2530 or email for registration information

Click here to view the workshop poster and more information about Cathy



Each year, an amount is available to the Canada Council for the Arts to support special initiatives in the Canadian crafts community. Awarded through the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts, this sum represents the income from an endowment of $500,000 made to the Canada Council by the late Mrs. Chalmers in 1985. The objective of the program is to strengthen the discourse and knowledge of contemporary fine crafts in Canada. The Chalmers Fund enables the Visual Arts Section to assist non-profit, Canadian visual arts organizations to undertake projects that contribute to the advancement and understanding of the fine crafts in Canada. Individual fine crafts professionals are also eligible to apply, but only to the Research and Policy Development Assistance component of the program. MORE DETAILS >>



Long-term Grants provide support over a two-year period to established professional fine craft artists or curators (for research only) who have made a significant contribution to contemporary fine craft. The period of activity covered by the grant must have a series of opportunities in the fields of research, production, career and networking development. The program of work must be designed to advance the long-term artistic and career development of the artist at a key moment in their career. It must include at least two of the following activities:

- Research/Professional Development
- Production of a New Body of Work
- Production Towards a Confirmed Public Presentation
- Career Development:

Grant Amount
The grant amount is $40,000 per year for two consecutive years, for a total of $80,000. This grant supports a period of comprehensive activities in research, creation, production and career development. Note that grants cannot be used for projects that have been completed. Educational projects, capital and large equipment costs are not eligible.

For more information on this grant check out:

Call for entry: Craft Cubed 2010

Deadline: Sunday 28 February 2010

Established in 2009, the Craft Cubed festival aims to be highly participatory and to create a space for practitioners and the public to engage with contemporary issues. The 2010 festival dates are 5 August to 4 September and the theme is Childhood.

Artists have long engaged with issues associated with childhood, and it is a particularly relevant query today as to what constitutes childhood – how do the different forms and phases of childhood affect the arts, and what is the importance of play?

Childhood is a concept that lies at the foundation of all societies, and it is where the rules of what is right and wrong are developed. It is also the origin of imagination, and in linking imagination and morality, ‘Childhood’ as a theme is intended to create a powerful arts event that explores many of the constructs associated with contemporary craft and design.

Expressions of Interest are now being sought for festival satellite events (eg studio workshops, exhibitions, student projects etc) that engage with the theme.

Email your 100 word event description to

More info

Few Spaces Still Open! West Virginia University China Ceramics Program (Scholarships Available!)

Our 2010 Visiting Artist in our China Programs include; Paul Dresang, Tara
Wilson, Steve Hilton, Jason Walker, and Dan Murphy.

Through a unique linkage, the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, and West
Virginia University have teamed to offer a comprehensive study opportunity
for the serious advanced or professional ceramic artist/potter. The
Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute is considered to be China’s finest ceramics art
and design school. We have teamed to offer a study and travel program in
the Peoples Republic of China where students will have the opportunity to
study with some of China’s most prominent teachers and ceramic artists.

We have 4 exciting programs in place for 2010. In addition to the world
famous artist from China you will be in contact with we have dynamic
visiting artists from the U.S. that will be working side by side in the
studio this summer and fall.

Summer Semester I – 2010
May 24 – June 30
(Dates may vary slightly)
6 Credits
Cost: 6-Credits/Tuition and fees: $5800
(this cost includes additional fees required by West Virginia University)
This fee covers International airfare, in-country travel, all lodging, food
(an exception being during the Beijing travel portion of the program),
materials, and 6 graduate or undergraduate transferable credits from West
Virginia University.

Summer Semester II – 2010 (For K-12 Educators and University/College
Students on Quarter System)
June 15- July 15
6 Credits (3 Credits Ceramic Studio & 3 Credits Art History)
Cost: 6-Credits/Tuition and fees: $4800
(this cost includes additional fees required by West Virginia University)
This fee covers International airfare, in-country travel, all lodging, food
(an exception being during the Shanghai travel portion of the program),
materials, and 6 graduate or undergraduate transferable credits from West
Virginia University.

Fall Semester 2010
September 7 – December 14
(Dates may vary slightly)
12 Credit Hours: Graduate or Undergraduate
Cost: 12 Credits/Tuition and fees $9,900 (Scholarships Available!!!)
6-Credits Studio Ceramics
3-Credits Chinese Ceramic Art History
3-Credits Basic Language and Culture
Participants will be expected to pay for tools not supplied by the program,
brushes, personal acquisitions, and local travel outside of the program.
Students may also be expected to purchase their own meal accommodations
during the Beijing visit. This fee covers the entire cost of International
airfare, in-country travel, all program fees, insurance, living
accommodations and 12 transferable credits from West Virginia University.

2010 Spring Semester Ceramics Residency Program in China
April-May* (select your own dates!)
Costs: Vary by length of stay, airfare not included
Fee include: Room, board, studio, scheduled field trips and most materials.

If you or anyone you may be interested in any of the 4 programs, more
information and applications are available at:

If you have any questions feel free to contact us. Hope to see all of you
in Jingdezhen, China!

Robert Anderson
Professor of Art
Director, WVU-JCI International Ceramic Studios
West Virginia University
College of Creative Arts
Division of Art + Design
Creative Arts Center
PO Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26506
tel: 304-692-0777

Shoji Satake
Assistant Professor of Art
West Virginia University

Robert "Boomer" Moore
Assistant Professor of Art
West Virginia University

Jennifer Allen
West Virginia University

Call for Entry: Coming Up Next... an exhibition featuring work by fine craft artists

Deadline to apply: April 26

The Alberta Craft Council is organizing it's 4th annual juried exhibition that is open to emerging fine craft artists who are in the first five years of their career or in the last year of their formal education.

If you are creating contemporary fine craft (clay, glass, fibre, wood, furniture design, jewellery or metals) with fresh new designs submit:
- current CV
- artist statement
- bio
- 3 - 5 good quality images (digital 4x6" 300dpi) of work presented for the exhibition
- portrait image of artist in the studio or against a neutral background
- an image list that include title, medium, technique, year made, size, and photo credit

Deadline for Entry: Monday, April 26
Exhibition Dates: June 5 - July 17 (Discovery Gallery)
Artists Reception: TBA

Note: All submissions must have been produced in the last two years. Send your submissions to the Alberta Craft Council 10186-106 Street, Edmonton
AB T5J 1H4

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Art Monthly Australia Emerging Arts Writers' Award

Closing date: 26 February 2010
Art Monthly National
As the world grows smaller through technology, does our sense of community grow bigger, differently? What does 'community' mean for artists today; what has it meant through the ages? In its second year, the Art Monthly Australia Emerging Arts Writers' Award asks budding voices to respond to the theme of Art + Community. The Award is open to Australian residents but you can write about work from any nation or era, even about your own work if it fits the bill. Visual artists who work within, for and about community are all likely subjects, as is an article addressing the very notion or philosophy of community-minded practice.

For more details

Call for Entry: BAZAART outdoor Arts and Crafts Show & Sale, Saskatchewan

Early Bird registration: February 19
Regular registration: March 19

BAZAART is Saskatchewan's largest outdoor Arts and Crafts Show & Sale. The goal of BAZAART is to showcase innovative and excellent Canadian artists who excel in their chosen medium. Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery as an annual fundraiser, BAZAART attracts more than 7,500 attendees each year. Attendance supports educational programming at the MacKenzie Art Gallery as well as contributes to the maintenance of FREE admission to our exhibition spaces. This year's BAZAART, our 37th, will focus on the handmade and locally produced aspect of the items in our Show & Sale. We will encourage our attendees to SHOP LOCAL and contribute to the sustainability of independent artists and craftspeople by purchasing stylish, practical and unique alternatives to mass-produced items.

For more information and an application form for this event email

Call to Artists: NSCAD University is looking for Sessional Faculty, Nova Scotia

Deadline to apply: February 20

The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), founded in Halifax in 1887, is one of North America's outstanding institutions for the study, practice, and teaching of art, craft and design. One of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions, NSCAD University continues to be regarded as a principal center for education and research in visual culture in North America.

NSCAD welcomes applications to fill various temporary faculty positions for the 2010-2011 year. Offerings may be for the Fall and/or Winter semesters of 2010-2011. Our academic year starts at the beginning of September with the Fall 2010 semester and ends with the Winter semester of 2011 at the end of April. Sessional faculty must be on campus at least 7 days prior to the commencement of the Fall term.

Divisions seeking applications include:
Foundation Introduction to Visual Culture (competition #2010-1-FNDN)
Craft Division (Jewellery/Textiles) (competition #2010-2-CRFT)
Division of Critical & Historical Studies (competition #2010-3-AHIS)
Fine Arts Division (Sculpture) (competition #2010-4-FA)
Design Division (competition #2010-5-DSGN)
Media Arts Division (Photography) (competition #2010-6-PHOT)

Qualifications: Studio Based courses require: an MFA/MDes or equivalent combination of experience/qualification, an active studio practice and/or substantial professional practice and post-secondary teaching experience. Liberal Studies courses require: a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree, a strong research and publication record and/or creative practice, a sound knowledge of critical theories and methodologies, a sound understanding of studio based art and design education and a preferred minimum of three (3) years of post-secondary teaching experience. Salary will be dependent upon qualifications and in accordance with the Faculty Salary Grid.

All application materials are due in the Office of Academic Affairs by 4:00 PM February 20, 2010 All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Hiring will be in accordance with NSCAD University’s policy on non-discrimination.

The application must include the following: curriculum vitae that lists the actual length of time that each course has been taught; a portfolio with 20 examples of your work, in digital formats (JPEG’s and PDFs are preferred), and the names and contact information of three references. The University will seek permission from the applicant before contacting the referees. Other support documentation, such as evidence of teaching effectiveness, course outlines, project briefs, a statement of teaching philosophy, and/or an outline of research interests, is also welcome.

Please direct applications to:
Dr. James Moy Provost and Vice President Office of Academic Affairs and Research
NSCAD University 5163 Duke Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3J6
Fax: 902 425 4664

designboom mart new york 2010: call for participation

bring a design souvenir back from new york!

as part of the cultural program of the ICFF furniture fair, designboom will host a group exhibition of international design professionals from around the world.

for the 6th time in new york, designboom will provide an unprecedented opportunity to meet the young avant-garde and become familiar with their work. visitors are able to buy design souvenirs™ and limited edition pieces directly from the designers themselves.

how to participate

if you are interested in participating at this mart, please email us a few images of your objects that you would like to bring.

you should keep in mind that the mart is a sales exhibition, therefore you are invited to sell a small amount of (self) produced items priced from: 10USD - 100USD
objects should be reasonably lightweight and easy to carry.

send us your work
please email your submissions to:
subject line: 'designboom mart new york'.
emails should not exceed 3 MB

more info

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

More self promotion (sorry!)

I hate to be talking about myself again, i will get back to more important posts asap i promise. But i did want to just mention that the local Regina paper wrote an article on my exhibition. Please check it out if you have a minute. Jana Pruden, the writer was a fantastic interviewer, lovely really.

Here's the link.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Monday morning eye candy: Andrea Branzi

Italian designer and architect andrea branzi was invited by the french porcelain
manufacturer sèvres to create 'louis XXI, porcelaine humaine', a collection of cups, chalices
and bowls.

Find out more about the project here.

Sunday, 14 February 2010


GATLINBURG, TN – Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts has announced it will host a figurative sculpture symposium and exhibitions on its Gatlinburg campus from October 27-30, 2010.

“Figurative Association: The Human Form in Clay” will feature eight internationally and nationally known ceramic and mixed media artists from six states who use the figure as the main theme in their sculpture. This event grew out of Arrowmont’s successful “Utilitarian Clay: Celebrate the Object” national symposia held every 4 years since 1992. Arrowmont’s rich history as a leader in art and craft education includes hosting international and national media related conferences and symposia over the past 45 years.

The symposium is being coordinated by Arrowmont’s Program Director Bill Griffith with assistance from Debra Fritts, a noted Georgia ceramic artist and Arrowmont instructor and Thaddeus Erdahl, current Arrowmont Resident Artist in Ceramics.

The artist/presenters include Tom Bartel and Janis Mars Wunderlich from Ohio, Robert Brady, and Arthur Gonzalez from California, Tip Toland and Beth Cavener Stichter from Washington, Lisa Clague from North Carolina and Anne Drew Potter from Indiana.

A series of lectures, panel topic discussions, demonstrations and gallery exhibitions will make up the three day symposium. Additionally, each artist/presenter has invited an emerging figurative sculptor of their choice to be represented in the Invited Artists Exhibition, which will be one of the highlights of the event. Arrowmont and Debra Fritts will each also invite an emerging figurative artist to participate.

“One vital, educational component of this symposium is the identification of 10 emerging artists in the ceramic sculpture field and the invitation to exhibit their work alongside the highly respected national Presenters Exhibition,” said Arrowmont Program Director Bill Griffith, adding, “This again speaks to Arrowmont’s commitment as a leader in education and support in promoting the careers of the next generation of artists.”

For more Symposium details, fees and registration information visit or call (865) 436-5860.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Thanks to everyone who came out today in person and in spirit. What a great day. A huge thanks to Marlo and Chad at Mysteria, Marsha Kennedy, and my family who kept a close eye on the little guy for me.

Wood-Fire Workshop

The Moose Jaw Pottery Club presents

A Wood-Fire Workshop
with Wendy Parsons and Zach Dietrich
April 29 - May 2, 2010

Anagama kiln’s are the oldest style of production kiln using wood as a fuel. It was brought to Japan from China via Korea in the 5th century. Potters today use this technique for the aesthetics on how the flame hitting the work and accidently deposits ash on the work. At Parsons & Dietrich studio, Wendy and Zach along with other local potters built a similiar version kiln developed by Fred Olsen to meet the needs of our region and share it with the community. The kiln was named PUNA, the Cree word for “make fire. This 30 cubic feet kiln takes about 12 to 16 hours to fire - wood is alternately stoked into two fire boxes approximately every three minutes and create some very surprising results.

April 29 - Glazing (7pm)
April 30 - Loading Kiln (10am - 4pm)
May 1 - Firing Kiln (8am-9pm)
May 2 - Unloading Kiln and Potluck gathering (4-6pm)
* above activities held at Parsons & Dietrich studios

Participants have the choose on glaze night to have bisqued pieces made(cone 10) or make work on April 17 from 1-4pm at the Moose Jaw Pottery Club studio.
Registration Fee: $55 Members—$65 Non Members (includes supplies, cone 10 clay, glazes and firing)

For more information on the workshop email the Moose Jaw Pottery Club at
or call Robin at 692-8496.

Artist profile: Scott Jennings

So sometimes I can be quite implusive. Especially when it comes to great art. So it's not really a surprise to me that within moments of discovering Scott Jennings beautiful ceramic work I had (practically without breathing) purchased two pieces to add to my ceramics collection. So I asked Scott if I could share some images with you. If you have a minute check out his etsy shop and his website (where he also shares some process info)

In his words:
"I choose to make pottery because of the excitement and satisfaction that I get from discovering new forms. With each new series of work my intentions become clearer and the excitement grows. I am interested in utilitarian vessels and find that they provide endless avenues to explore form and surface design. Each piece that I make stands in stark contrast to the manufactured goods of the world around us; they are imperfect, irregular, and not exactly repeatable. I strive to make pieces that are visually stunning and that have friendly tactile qualities. Ultimately I hope that the user contemplates how ceramics with unique characteristics can fit into and enhance their daily routines."

Friday, 12 February 2010

Upcoming events at Medalta AIR 2010

Summer residency with invited artist Robin DuPont

Medalta International Artist in Residence program is pleased to announce that Robin DuPont will be the invited artist for the June residency this year.

Robin's education in the field of ceramics includes educational training from four institutions, in three different counties. With a completed BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB, Canada, Robin also studied at the Kootenay School of the Arts, in Nelson, BC, Canada, the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and is currently an MFA graduate student at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, USA.

A three-year apprenticeship with a studio potter, as well as a research trip and several work-studies in Canada, U.S.A, Australia and Korea, residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Red Deer College, and the building and firing of many different wood kilns also contribute to the depth of his experience in the field. His employment experience has been as an adjunct faculty member teaching introductory clay at the post secondary level as well as six years experience as a ceramics technician. Robin also spent four years building and maintaining a studio practice out of his home in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

Summer Residency

This is our largest residency of the year with up to forteen artists sharing our large 12,000 sq ft studio. There is a palpable excitement in the air as this diverse group of artists bring a variety of concepts, skills and techniques together for a month of intense ceramic exploration. Deadline for registrations is April 15th. Application fee is $25. Visit for more information.

Workshop with Cathi Jefferson August 6-16th

This workshop with British Columbia artist Cathi Jefferson will explore both the mechanics of making pots as well as addressing the notions around the creative process. This is a new concept in that the whole creative process is considered - from idea to unloading hot pots out of the kiln! In this hands-on workshop, Cathi will guide the students through the entire process of making pots for our soda and salt kilns.

For the first three days of the workshop, Cathi will lead a hands-on seminar on the specifics of making pots for our salt and soda kilns. Types of clay, slips and terra siggilattas will be discussed in conjunction with different forming methods.

The middle five days of the workshop will leave the students to work independently with guidance from the Historic Clay District's Artistic Director Aaron Nelson. After this period of creative exploration, Cathi will return for the final three days to teach various glazing techniques as well as the firing of the salt and soda kilns.