Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Don't forget - Medalta AIR deadline around the corner

Upcoming deadline : April 15th
Download the application form here : application form
There are three major application deadlines throughout the year:
April 15th
June 15th
December 1st.
For more info about Medalta and the application process see their website here.
All material must be submitted in hard copy and arrive by mail, courier, or submitted in person to:
The Medalta International Artists in Residence Program
713 Medalta Ave SE
Medicine Hat Alberta
T1A 3K9


Entry Fee: $35 - 10 images must be submitted

The Santo Foundation was established in 2009 to recognize and assist the careers of individual visual artists. It is our mission to support visual artists allowing continued pursuit of a career we believe to be one of the most challenging and rewarding for the future of our cultural heritage.

Our Call for Entry 2010 is for two $3500.00 individual artists grants. We are pleased to announce our distinguished Juror, Barbara O’Brien, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. Graduate students and all emerging to mature artists are eligible to apply. The Santo Foundation is not accepting performance art or video art for our 2010 Call for Entry. All other fine art mediums are welcome such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation (still images only), sculpture, metals, ceramics, and interdisciplinary (still images only).
Please submit 10 jpegs of current work labeled accurately and a current resume. Each application requires a non-refundable processing fee of $35.00. Applications are being accepted March 15 until June 30, 2010.

Candidates are requested to apply online through WESTAF’s CaFE™ web site ( The Foundation will not accept applications sent by mail to the Santo Foundation office or The Santo Foundation email address. The Santo Foundation is not accepting performance art or video art for our 2010 Call for Entry. All other fine art mediums are welcome such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation (still images only), sculpture, metals, ceramics, and interdisciplinary (still images only).

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Tien Yuan, Jody Greenman-Barber & Zane Wilcox @ Elsie Scherle Art Gallery

2 Openings at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Center - Sunday April 11th, 12.30 to 3.30

“As a collector of things, it is the small elements that most people overlook that inspire me most. It is by close observation of plant life that I have noticed how within each structure and environment patterns are created and respected. It is how individual elements, while independent, can also be used like building blocks to create larger units of pattern, which in turn can create even larger patterns exponentially. The repetition of the + (cross) forms a grid system is a representation of microcosm in macrocosm”.

The exhibition Motion Captured, Motion Denied presents the works of young, Saskatchewan contemporary ceramic artists Jody Greenman-Barber and Zane Wilcox. Although both artists work in very distinct and different approaches from eachother, a commonality between their works is how each artist addresses the concept of motion. Pushing the boundaries of wheel- thrown traditions and approaches, Jody’s work concentrates on the gestural qualities of clay and exaggerated wheel-thrown lines and forms and therefore embodies motion. Zane’s work also pushes boundaries of handbuilding with clay through creating solid clay forms that embody a sense of immovability and stability, and thus serve as a reference point for the motion or physical movements of the viewer within the gallery space, as he or she moves around the works to take in the different angles and perspectives that they offer.

Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Regina Beach
133 Donovel Crescent (beside South Shore School)
Regina Beach SK
Gallery Hours: Sat 10.30-4.30 and Sun 12.30 to 4.30

For more info please call the LML Cultural Centre @ 729.4484


Bowl Me Over

The Third Lillstreet International

The Lillstreet International is a juried exhibition that is designed to address contemporary issues in and and the ever-changing scope of ceramic art. The exhibition is open to all artists working in clay. Each year the show will take on a different theme. This year the focus is bowls, versatile and functional forms that offer many opportunities for experimentation and diversity in form as well as surface, glaze and firing.


Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana.


First: $500 and a solo exhibition in the Lillstreet gallery

Runners-up (2): $100


Application Deadline: July 1, 2010

Notification: Begins July 19, 2010

Work Due: August 13, 2010

Exhibition Dates: August 20 - September 15, 2010

Reception: TBA

Entry Fee:

$35 for 3 entries (nonrefundable). Payment may be made by check or credit card.

Image Requirements:

Submit one digital image per piece, saved as a Jpeg at 300 dpi or higher, each image labeled with your name and entry letter (e.g., smithA, smithB, smithC). Images may be submitted electronically or on CD (will not be returned, label the CD with your full name). Slides are not accepted.


Open to functional, ceramic bowls made in the last two years. Any clay type or firing method is allowed. Size may not exceed 18 inches in any dimension. All exhibited work must be for sale. Works will be disqualified if not the same piece in the accepted image. Work showing poor craftsmanship will be disqualified. Commission structure is 50% artist, 50% LSAC. LSAC is responsible for insurance during the exhibition. Artists are responsible for shipping to/from LSAC.


Fill out the entry form and send it with payment and the CD of images to :

Lillstreet International

Lillstreet Art Center

4401 N Ravenswood Ave

Chicago, Il 60640

To submit your application electronically, please include the information as requested on the entry form in an email, attach the images, and send to Credit card details must be included.

Monday, 29 March 2010


Tune in to the NCECA Pre-conference live HERE.

Digital Clay 2010 – Call for Entries – Carbondale Clay Center

Entry Deadline Tuesday May 25th 2010.
Exhibition dates: July 2nd- August 3rd 2010.
This international juried exhibition will focus on all types of clay work that incorporates digital technology in any part of the process from concept to design to surface design. Clay should be the primary medium. Artwork under $500.00 preferred. All work must have been completed within the past two years.

Click here for more information or to download a prospectus

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Call for Entry - Potters Council 2011 Exhibition

Potters Council 2011 Exhibition: “The Shoulders We Stand On”

Once again, we celebrate the community of our council with a show of members’ work in conjunction with NCECA 2011.

The name of the show is “The Shoulders We Stand On“.

The 2011 Potters Council members show in Tampa, Florida will pay tribute to our roots, the significant influences that shape us and guide our work in clay. We are creative heirs standing on the shoulders of Giants. We cannot help but reference and renew their ideas in our own work. These distinctive inspirations become the touchstones of our best original efforts.

These muses are not always specific or singular. Your inspiration might lie in the simple forms of an anonymous ancient potter. Perhaps you’ve been seduced from afar by the work of legendary potters. A teacher may have given you a unique point of view, personal guidance or new set of skills.

Your work for this particular exhibition may have a visual link to a particular culture or artist. It might find its connection on a more philosophical level. it must however show both a clear source of inspiration and a truly original new direction. We do not seek copies of our roots, but works, which honor them with fresh, innovative interpretations.

Click here for all the details.

2010 Steven Hill Workshops

Steven Hill at Center Street Clay
Sign up online

“ Electric vs. Gas Firing: What’s All The Fuss About Reduction, Anyway?”
May 12-16, July 21-25, Aug. 25-29, 2010

“Journey Workshop”
April 17-25, 2010

“Dinnerware & Serving Pieces / Electric vs Gas Workshop”
June 12-19, 2010

Workshops at Other Venues

The Ceramic Shop, Philadelphia, PA
March 29-30 & April 3, 2010
Pre/post NCECA Workshop

Van Price Fine Art Studio, Prescott, AZ
May 22-23 or May 25-26, 2010

Bullseye Studio, Grand Junction, CO
May 28-31, 2010

Arrowmont School of Arts And Crafts,
Gattlinburg, TN
August 16-20, 2010

Friday, 26 March 2010

Carole Epp at Centre Materia

Well I'm getting pretty excited. It's not often I have a solo show and not often that I get to travel to see it, and also not often that I get to show at such an amazing gallery as Centre Materia.

I promise I'll blog more about it and share some pics of the show set up once I get there.
In the meantime you can check out their website here.

And if you happen to be in the area please make sure to stop by and say Hi, I'd love to see you at the opening!

Job posting - Hunter College


Recommended that applications be sent by the end of March 2010.

Full Professor tenure track position beginning September 1, 2010. Artist with exceptional exhibition record, international reputation and teaching experience. The candidate should be highly conversant in contemporary critical issues and committed to teach fine art graduate and undergraduate courses. Active participation in the academic life of the department is expected. Potential for accelerated tenure track. Salary commensurate with experience.

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. We recommend applications to be sent by the end of March 2010. Send resume, catalogues, and names and contact information of three references to:

Studio Artist Search Committee
Department of Art, Hunter College
695 Park Avenue New York, N.Y. 10065

Thursday, 25 March 2010


11 Beyond Former Heaven (or the Institute of Surrealist Ethnography) with Olivia Plender
Program dates: July 5 - August 13, 2010
Application deadline: April 1, 2010

This residency will encourage participants to work, live, play, and think collaboratively and is based on the view that experimentation should not simply be confined to the safe space of art practice but can also change our social relations. The main focus of activity will be to open up the idea of what research can be, approaching it as a performative act in itself.

12 The distance between our minds and thoughts equals the distance between our words and mouths with Jan Verwoert
Program dates: September 13 - October 29, 2010
Application deadline: May 14, 2010

This residency is about acts, ideas, and emotions that constitute community in a different manner, through enacted difference, through the motion of standing apart together.


Summer Program Dates: July 5 – September 7, 2010
Application deadline: April 1, 2010

For more information and to apply:
The Banff Centre, Office of the Registrar ?Email: Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989 ??

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

WikiClay: Awesome, awesome, awesome...about time!

Thanks to the wonderful creators: Simon Levin and Lloyd Cledwyn we now have our very own wiki - WikiClay.

How fantastically awesome.
Go and check it out.
Not sure what a wiki is? Go to the site for a walk through.
And if you can please donate to this wonderful project.
But most importantly - contribute your knowledge!!!

thanks to Kristen Kieffer for the original post on Facebook.

MADE IN CLAY - Annual benefit Sale

Greenwich House Pottery
, New York City’s only non-profit venue dedicated exclusively to the ceramic arts, has announced the lineup for its 13th annual Made in Clay benefit.

Made in Clay (MIC) is New York's annual, hotly anticipated ceramics event: a pottery sale, an exhibition, a celebration, and a fundraiser. The 2010 program will center on the notion of community and service in Greenwich Village and beyond. Made in Clay has always been about Greenwich House Pottery and all of the community programs it coordinates. These include everything from youth-directed and senior-citizen initiatives to scholarships for students. But this year in particular, with almost all nonprofits finding their coffers strained, the time proved right to reemphasize the need for neighborhood cohesion and 'giving back.'

"We are an organization that provides an invaluable educational service," said Sarah Archer, Director of Greenwich House Pottery. "But the raison d'etre of GHP is buoying the greater New York community through charitable work, and bringing ceramics to people who wouldn't otherwise get to experience it." The program kicks off on March 25th, 2010 from 6-9pm with a Preview Evening Benefit. Tickets are $100 ($75 tax-deductible). Guests will enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, jazz courtesy of the Ben Campbell Trio, first pick of pots on sale, a snazzy "Seize the Clay" GHP tote, and a custom-made trivet from our own kilns. RSVPs can be sent to to Yojiro Moro at, or (212) 991-0003 ext 403.

March 26 will feature the general Made in Clay opening from 6-9PM. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served; no RSVP is required But Made in Clay is also a great place to find fresh affordable art to brighten up your apartment for springtime. Accordingly, the benefit sale will be on view from March 26th-April 29th. The work of over 40 artists selected from across the country convey the wonderful variety of American studio pottery andceramic sculpture today, from Kurt Weiser and Akio Takamori to Sam Chung and Kristen Kieffer. Guest artists’ work is displayed along side Greenwich House Pottery’s own artists (including residents and students), who exhibit works ranging from vases and sake sets to nesting bowls and elegant jewelry. Made In Clay also offers an introduction to Greenwich House Pottery’s Storefront, the only venue of its kind in New York City to offer an inspiring array of contemporary studio ceramics year-round.

About Greenwich House Located at 27 Barrow Street, Greenwich House offers a wide array of programs designed to enrich the lives of New Yorkers, including a Music School (46 Barrow Street), nursery and Preschool programs, health care and services for people living with HIV/AIDS, and Senior services.

Invited Artists: Jennifer Allen, Christa Assad, Posey Bacopoulos, Eve Behar, Sam Chung, Naomi Cleary, Stacy Cushman, Kathy Erteman, Diana Fayt, Julia Galloway, David Gibson, Hiroe Hanazono, Molly Hatch, Lorraine Olderman, Gail Kendall, Kristen Kieffer, Simon Levin, Matt Long, Lorna Meaden, Sequoia Miller, Jeff Oestreich, Meg Oliver, Joe Pintz, Brenda Quinn, Don Reitz Roseberry-Winn, Tim Rowan, Nick Schneider, Mark Shapiro, Tyler Speicher, Helena Starcevic, Munemitsu Taguchi, Akio Takamori, Julie Terestman, Shoko Teruyama, Kurt Weiser, Adam Welch, Tara Wilson, Sheryl Zacharia

GHP Artists: Rene Barkett, Nancy Cameron, Lisa Chicoyne, Will Coggins, Costain, Julie Dubow, Del Feldman, Suzy Goodelman, Karen Hagopian, Joan Haslam, Greg Hendren, Louise Hoffman, Andrea Kahn, Julie Knight, Alice Mackler, Cara Jean McCarthy, Janice Movson, Karina Naumer, Myra Nissim, Jane Opper, Richard Orient, Ji Park, Brad Parsons, Deb Reed, Nicki Ritchie, Frances Roberts, Judy Sager, Eleanor Seewald, Naomi Sheiner, Phyllis Silver, Margie Skaggs, Melissa Stanley, Susannah Tisue, Kristen Wicklund

For more info

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

An interesting project YOU could help support...

I was recently contacted by his artist of the day profile right here on musing last december (see that post here) regarding a new project he's working on. He's set up a Kickstarter site to try and get some funding to help get the project under way. It sounds pretty interesting so if you have a minute please check it out here and donate if you can.

Here's a bit about the project:
'Dissolving Tendencies' - Recreating Today's Waste into Tomorrow's Art

"The project I am requesting funds for is to recreate, to scale, the amount of landfill waste I accumulate in the 2010 calendar year. Since January 1st, I have been documenting the amount of waste that is directly related to my consumption. Packaging, cans, paper, food, etc has all been reused, composted, or recorded to be recreated. The project guidelines are very specific and take into account all aspects of use on a day-to-day basis. Items deemed 'waste' will be re-created out of clay using the ceramic processes of handbuilding and slip casting, and be presented as a singular pile of waste in an exhibit scheduled for June 2011."


The Cultural Human Resources Council has asked The Conference Board of Canada to examine the cultural sector workforce in Canada. We want to learn about your opinions on the opportunities, challenges, trends and issues that you face; as well as your suggestions for enhancing the quality and sustainability of Canada’s cultural sector.

The Cultural Human Resources Council works for and with all the cultural industries and arts disciplines in the cultural sector including: Live Performing Arts; Writing and Publishing; Visual Arts and Crafts; Film and Television Production; Broadcasting; Digital Media; Music and Sound Recording; and Heritage.

This survey can also be accessed at For more information on The Conference Board of Canada, visit For more information on the Cultural Human Resources Council, visit

Monday, 22 March 2010

Art Lecture - University of Manitoba - Terri Fuglem

In the Borderlands of Art:
...the future terrain
of architecture & ceramics

Thursday, March 25 | 6 pm Ceramics Studio

Architecture, like ceramics, occupies a place between art and craft, ornament and function. Historically, the two disciplines are fundamentally similar, accommodating the most sacred rituals and the humblest of human needs.

Indeed, many buildings and their parts —and for a very long time—are made of ceramics. This lecture will explore the mutually beneficial relationships, both past and future, between the ceramic arts and architecture.

Professor Terri Fuglem is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Manitoba Department of Architecture. She received a BArch (five-year professional degree) in Architecture at Carleton University and an MArch in the History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University. Professor Fuglem has practiced in Ontario, Qu├ębec and London, England, and taught architecture at Carleton University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include the history of modern architecture in Canada, the relationships between form and materiality, and the effects of the global economy on local systems of trade and exchange, and particularly with the effects of regional production on architecture.

Terri Fuglem’s lecture is part of an exchange between Ceramics and Architecture.
There is no cost to attend this event – everyone is welcome.

School of Art
203 FitzGerald Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Mark your Calendars...

AKAR's famous Yunomi Invitational is just around the corner!!!

See a preview here.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

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

International Residency Opportunity - EKWC

Closing date: 15 April 2010
European Ceramic Workcentre Netherlands

The European Ceramic Workcentre in the Netherlands offers opportunities for artists, designers and architects to explore the technical and artistic possibilities of ceramics. Applications are being accepted for their 2010 residency program.

As an artist-in-residence centre, the .ekwc annually welcomes about 44 artists, designers an architects to experiment with ceramics for a continuous or phased period of three months.
The .ekwc does not only offer studios, workplaces, the most advanced equipment and living space, but also the support of a team of specialists. This team gives a unique added value to the residency as 75% of the participants have no or little experience with ceramics. Intensive guidance allows the participants to realize their prearranged work plans.
The residency is concluded with a final presentation.

More info.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Call for Entries: Outdoor sculpture exhibition

Closing date: 30 March 2010
Sculpture at Sawmillers McMahons Point

Sculptors are invited to participate in a non-acquisitive exhibition. A Sculpture Prize will be awarded and a work may be chosen to be installed in a public space in McMahons Point. Sculpture at Sawmillers is a McMahons Point community initiative in conjunction with North Sydney Council.

For more info see their website here.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Craft Victoria - Call for Submissions

Closing date: 31 March 2010
Craft Victoria Melbourne

Proposals are now being sought to exhibit at Craft Victoria in the first half of 2011. Craft Victoria welcomes proposals for individuals and groups who wish to participate in our exhibition program. Proposals are examined by an advisory panel with diverse expertise. Applicants are encourage to discuss their proposal beforehand with Craft Victoria staff.

To apply, firstly download the following document guidelines outlining how to apply for an exhibition:
Exhibition Proposal Guidelines Details of what to include in your proposal document
Exhibition Agreement Exhibition agreement between you and Craft Victoria
Site plan

All enquiries regarding exhibition proposals should be directed to the Coordinating Curator, Nella Themelios.

Phone: +61 3 9650 7775

Call for Artists: Glenbow Museum Shop, Calgary

The Glenbow Museum Shop carries a wide variety of Canadian made hand crafted jewellery and craft. We are currently accepting new artist’s work for the Spring/Summer season. We are looking for unique Alberta made gifts, jewellery and sculpture. Our shop carries items on consignment and/or outright wholesale purchase depending on the needs of both the artist and the shop.

If you are interested in submitting your product for consideration please contact Connie Smith at or by phone at (403) 268-4228.
For more info about the Glenbow Museum shop visit:

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Call for Entries - Art unlimited

Closing date: 23 April 2010
Art Unlimited Dunedoo

Entire are invited for the second Art Unlimited Event. There are three categories, hanging art, photography and ceramics in this years event. The event's theme is "My Landscape". The artist's landscape is not restricted to an urban, rural, indoor or outdoor landscape. It may be interpreted in the widest sense as the artist's view of contemporary Australian life or the environment in which the artist exists.

More info here.

Call for Entries - Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award

Closing date: 2 April 2010
Sheparton Art Gallery Sheparton

The Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award has undergone a review and some changes have been implemented. We are grateful to all artists who have contributed ideas and feedback.

Entries for the new award, The Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award, are now open for both Australian and International ceramic artists. With an expansion to $55,000 in prize monies, the new award confirms its place as the premier Australian/International acquisitive art award.

With the hindsight of hosting ten international awards in its previous guise, the gallery has made a number of significant changes. These changes are intended to provide better career development opportunities for Australian ceramicists, more strategic collecting for the gallery, and a greater depth to the exhibition and associated publishing.

There will be three recipients of the award, each of whom will receive a significant stipend to produce a body of work for exhibition, on the understanding that the gallery will select one work for its collection. Costs associated with the exhibition will be borne by the gallery, including freight and the production of a fully illustrated catalogue. The gallery will also pay airfares and accommodation for recipient artists to attend the opening event and present at the associated seminar.

There will be six months between the announcement of award recipients and the delivery of works to the gallery.

Recipients will be selected under the following categories;

Australian Artist AUD$25,000 (cash component)
International Artist AUD$25,000 (cash component)
*Emerging Australian AUD$5,000 (cash component)

Above represents the cash amount which artists will be awarded. However significant other expenses will also be covered. For the International artist these equal an additional $15k and the Australian categories, and additional $7.5k each. These expenses include airfares and accommodation to attend the exhibition opening event and seminar, a solo exhibition, freight and insurance of artwork, and a detailed catalogue with essay.

*Artists applying for the Emerging Australian category must have ceramics as their primary arts practise and have been producing less than ten years. All applications for the award are to be completed online.

Important Dates

Applications close Friday 2 April 2010
Artists advised of selection Monday 19 April 2010 (6 months to installation)
Delivery of artworks to gallery Friday 23 October 2010
Exhibition Opening Saturday 27 November 2010
Exhibition Dates 27 November 2010 to 22 January 2011
Seminar and workshops Saturday 27 to Monday 29 November 2010
Artworks dispatched for return to artists February 2011

See their website for all the details here.

Craft + Design Enquiry - Call for papers

Sustainability - Issue #3 Call for papers

The Carbon issue - Sustainability in craft and design

This issue welcomes academic papers documenting research that contributes to an understanding of sustainability as a context for craft and design. This understanding ranges from the practical to the symbolic.

Papers can include:

  • A review historical movements such as the Arts & Crafts movement or Bauhaus
  • A reflection on current craft and design projects
  • An engagement with contemporary sustainability discourse
  • A speculation on the future of craft and design in a world more than two degrees warmer than today
  • A critical examination of the relationship between sustainability and the aesthetic dimension

Specific areas of interest include:

Green thumbprint

Can handmade production provide a more sustainable alternative to industrial processes?

Craft ethic

Does the broader ethic of craft, involving local production, symbolic value and social exchange provide an alternative to global consumerism?

Carbon aesthetics

How does the material and organic dimension of craft appear from the 'cloud' of online communication - as outmoded or higher truth?

Papers are due on 30 June 2010. It is highly recommended that you send an outline to the guest editor by the 30 March 2010.

Kevin Murray is Guest Editor for this issue.

Inquiries, contact Kevin Murray at

Or Jenny Deves at

To submit papers please register online

For author guidelines

Containment... A Group Exhibition of Ceramic Boxes

April 1 – June 30
Crimson Laurel Gallery
23 Crimson Laurel Way
Bakersville, NC, 28705
(828) 688-3599

From their website: "The idea of an exhibition of boxes is not a new one by any means. It is, however, an important one for the ceramic art collector. It is an opportunity to participate in a collecting tradition that has very deep roots. Ceramic art boxes have been collected and coveted throughout the centuries. From ancient Egypt to modern times the lure of a lidded vessel seems to reach across cultural and geographical boundaries. Their almost seductive nature invites us to question what is concealed, everyday objects, or someone’s most cherished memories.

For this exhibition we have invited select artists from across the country to interpret the box form. Each artist will bring to the project his or her own distinct method of surface design and construction. We invite you to consider the possibilities of this timeless art form and what might be contained within.

Participating artists include Leanne Ash, William Baker, Hayne Bayless, Nicholas Bivins, Jason Burnett, Melisa Cadell, Kyle Carpenter, Julie Covington, David Crane, Susan Fagan, Marty Fielding, Becca Floyd, Erik Haagensen, Kent Harris, Bryan Hopkins, Shawn Ireland, Peter Karner, Ani Kasten, Jennifer Kincaid, Jeff Kleckner, Michael Kline, Eric Knocke, Ryan McKerley, Brooke Noble, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Rob Pulleyn, Emily Reason, Lindsay Rogers, Jenny Lou Sherburne, Liz Summerfield, Joy Tanner and Jerilyn Virden."

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Call for entry - Publication opportunity - SlowArt Productions

Above: Covers of Direct Art Vol. 15,13,14, 16

Direct Art Magazine
Volume 17 - Fall 2010 This call is for the annual competition for publication in Volume 17 of Direct Art Magazine, Fall/Winter 2010 issue. Over twenty two artists will be recipients of publication awards including the front and back covers of the magazine and feature articles up to six pages in length. The competition is open to all artists working in any media. Postmarked deadline March 31, 2010.
For prospectus print from Internet at
or e-mail SlowArt at

Monday, 15 March 2010

Call to Artists: Public Art Competition, Red Deer

Deadline for Submission of Interest: March 29

Submissions of Interest are being accepted for the installation of three significant large scale works of art for the G.H. Dawe Centre.

Project 1: The west-side wall along the new main entrance of the building is approximately 12m in length. The artwork here could be a mural, mosaic, low relief sculpture, etc. This $107,200.00 public art project will be an artist designed installation or sculpture.

Project 2: This 3.5m in diameter site is located at the west end of the interior mall and is outside the main entrance of the Red Deer public library, Dawe branch. The City of Red Deer has deemed this site suitable for an artist led collaborative freestanding artwork, created with the RDPL patrons and/or students from St. Patrick’s and G.H. Dawe Community schools. This $33,400.00 public art project will be an artist designed installation or sculpture.

Project 3: This site encompasses a long curving exterior wall to the pool and gym areas. Total length of this wall is 43.3m and is broken up with a series of large paneled glass windows. It could be suitable for a glass/window treatment (visibility must be maintained) or a mural, etc. This $33,400.00 public art project will be an artist designed installation or sculpture.

Artwork for all three project sites will be of durable fabrication and resistant to vandalism and other associated concerns inherent to a large public facility and all should reflect the themes of this unique complex: education and learning, recreation, fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Submissions of Interest should include:
- Letter of Interest
- Qualifications and/or Resume
- Photos/slides/DVD of up to 20 images
- Description (if available) of previous projects and/or commissions
- Note: Please do not submit renderings/maquettes for your proposal at this stage

Deadline for Submission of Interest is March 29. The selected artists/art groups will be notified (by letter or phone) with the Terms of References by April 30.

For further information contact:
Pat Matheson at (403) 309-4775 email:
Kristina Oberg at (403) 309-2637 email:

Clay Demonstration/Workshop With Pete Pinnell

Saturday & Sunday, June 5 & 6 2010
9am- 5pm
$185 Member / $225 Non-member
Membership deadline discount is May 1, 2010

When Pinnell teaches a workshop, the point is not to entertain or impress those attending. Instead, the intent is to provide ideas, techniques, information and insight that will be useful to those attending, and that will empower them when they return to their own studios. Because of this, the attention to questions and concerns of those at the workshop and the focus of Pinnell's presentation often shift in response the discussion. Pinnell has taught many workshops over the last 25 years, and no two have ever been exactly alike. To begin the workshop, Pinnell will throw, alter, assemble, and texture a small group of utilitarian pots, including a teapot, ewer and cup. He will also demonstrate a variety of techniques for making pottery parts, including handles, spouts, lids and feet. While at work, he will address the aesthetic underpinnings of utilitarian pottery and contemporary ceramics in general, and lead the audience in a discussion of these topics. Pinnell will begin the second day answering questions and lead discussions on clay bodies, and firing. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and share their expertise for the benefit of others. It is always interesting to see examples of things that did not work, and to have the entire group troubleshoot the problem. We willl use a computer glaze program called Hyperglaze (projected for everyone to see) to analyze the glaze, so we can better understand what is causing the problem, and we will work together to try to generate a solution. The intent of this part of the workshop is both to find solutions and also for everyone to experience the process that we use to find solutions.

The Art Center1803 N. 7th Street | Grand Junction, CO 81501 | 970-243-7337

Sunday, 14 March 2010


Visual artists, performance artists, musicians, composers, critics, curators, arts administrators, designers and writers are invited to apply to the Residency Program. The program has been designed to provide work space, accommodation and meals in a retreat environment where participants can work independently on their own project(s) for a time period of one to five weeks depending on availability (not all consecutive). The program also features an invited artist in residence whenever possible. The artist in residence is invited to work independently and is not required to provide formal instruction to residency participants. The opportunity will be available for creative interaction during social and serendipitous occasions (see Invited Artists In Residence). The Residency Program is offered in July, August and September (see 2010 schedule). MORE INFO >>

Saturday, 13 March 2010


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: MARCH 31, 2010 (postmarked or received)

Touchstones Nelson is currently seeking proposals from artists working in all media for the 2011/ 2012 exhibition season!

Touchstones Nelson is located in downtown Nelson BC, and houses two contemporary art galleries as a well as a permanent historical exhibit. Our galleries feature solo and group exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. For more detailed information, including submission guidelines and floorplans, please visit

Friday, 12 March 2010


Deadline for Applications: March 19, 2010
Program Dates: May 10 to June 18, 2010

London-based painter Silke Otto-Knapp will lead participants into the landscape around Banff National Park. On arrival at various scenic locations the group will ready themselves, like generations of artists before them and begin to make art. What they see will be shaped by the sun’s position and the weather. Each artist will be reminded of the time contract as the light changes and fades to darkness.

For more information and to apply:
The Banff Centre, Office of the Registrar
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989 |

Origin: The London Craft Fair

Origin is an annual showcase of original contemporary craft, bringing together 220 of the most innovative UK and international makers for 1 week. It offers a rare chance to buy directly from the makers and meet them face to face.

Origin 2010 will relocate from Somerset House to the newly refurbished Old Spitalfields Market from the 23rd-29th September 2010. This exciting new venue in the heart of creative London and the new timing of Origin as a major presence during the London Design Festival will inject new life and a renewed sense of excitement into this highly respected, established event.

Established Makers
Exhibitors who have been in business for 3 years or more.
Deadline: 12th April 2010

New Makers Initiative
Exhibitors who have been in business for less than 3 years.
Deadline: 4th May 2010

For all the info visit their website here.

Thursday, 11 March 2010



Deadline for receipt of nominations is March 31, 2010.

To coincide with our national conference being held in Banff, Alberta, Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) seeks to honour a professional artist from Alberta, who has made a significant contribution as an advocate for the Canadian visual arts community. This contribution may be national or regional in scope, and is a wonderful opportunity for a local arts advocate to gain national recognition and thanks for their work.

This year, the National Visual Arts Advocate Award will be presented during our national conference for visual artists, to be held May 13th to 15th at Banff Centre. The winner will receive a craft-based artwork, made by an Alberta artist.

The inaugural award was presented to Kim Ondaatje and Tony Urquhart in 2008, in celebration of CARFAC’s 40th anniversary. The award was presented to two of CARFAC’s founding members, who diligently worked towards the creation of an organization that represents and protects the professional interests of visual artists across Canada. A new era of arts activism was born under their leadership, and through this award, we pay tribute to further achievements made by artists in the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of visual artists, and the overall well-being of the visual arts community. Marlene Creates of Portugal Cove, Newfoundland was our winner in 2009.


All professional visual artists who are permanent Canadian residents are eligible*, and any member of the public can nominate an artist for the award. Professional Visual Artists, as defined by the International Association of Art and adopted by CARFAC, must fit at least one of the following criteria. A “professional artist” is one who:

  • earns a living through art making;
  • possesses a diploma in an area considered to be within the domain of the fine arts;
  • teaches art in a school of art or applied art;
  • whose work is often seen by the public or is frequently or regularly exhibited;
  • is recognized as an artist by consensus of opinion among professional artists.

* Current CARFAC National board members and staff are not eligible for nomination.


Anyone can nominate a visual artist(s) for this award by completing the nomination form and forwarding it to CARFAC National: Please put “CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award nomination” in the subject heading. All nominations are kept confidential. All nominations must include:

  • a 1 page support letter
  • the artist’s current CV or biography
  • a completed nomination form which is supported by at least two nominators

For further information about these awards, or to submit a nomination:

Visual Arts Advocate Award Committee, c/o CARFAC National
Toll-free: (86) 344-6161 | Phone: (613) 233-6161
Fax: (613) 233-6162 | Email:


LONDON, UK | April 7 to 9, 2010

International Sculpture Conference April 2010

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) will hold it’s 22nd International Sculpture Conference – What is Sculpture in the 21st Century? in London, UK next month from April 7-9, 2010. Bringing sculptors from all over the globe together, this year’s event will focus on the evolution of the definition of sculpture and what this term means today. This two and a half day event is expected bring together ISC members and non-members including artists, arts administrators, curators, patrons, museum directors, educators, and students for panels, dialogue and networking. The ISC, which began hosting sculpture conferences over 50 years ago, selected London as the location for it’s first conference outside of North America, because of it’s outstanding and vibrant setting for members of the international sculpture community to meet, network, and converse on what sculpture is during this inaugural international event.

Registration is open and available to ISC members and non-members. The registration deadline is March 16, 2010 or when capacity is reached. More details about the conference and all ISC events are available on the ISC website or by contacting


DEADLINE: ONGOING (runs all year)

The artist residency program provides the ideal combination of living and working in a setting of truly inspirational beauty. Applications are open to artists of all proficiencies-beginners to more advanced artists. Artist residency consist of sojourning from 7 to 90 days, with a possible time extension subject to availability. This period covers a program based on the personal project proposal presented.

The artists are expected to pursue work independently or together with other creative people from other countries, developing and interchanging concise ideas on contemporary art and culture. The artist has open access to the space and equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will provide promotion through exibition, publication and/or exposure.

Applicants are invited based upon resume, compatibility and stated artistic intentions. Admissions Timetable - There are no application deadlines. Decision dates are on the 15th of every month, and responses will go out within 15 days. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Residency fee: 1 week € 400, each next week € 300. Is requested a deposit of € 200 when the applicant receives acceptation of the candidature.

La Macina di San Cresci offers 10 partial funding in grant based on a combination of merit and need. This assistance reduces Residency fees and may cover up to half the full cost of a minimum three-week residency. This grant assistance is available from October 1 , 2009 to March 31 , 2010 residencies. Applications for these awards are accepted any time.

Visit website for complete details:

La Macina di San Cresci
Pieve di San Cresci 1
50022 Greve in Chianti (FI) Italy

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Last minute - Auction to benefit the Tom Rohr Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sorry guys, sometimes I just don't get the information on time. You still have a few hours left to get in on this one. There is some absolutely gorgeous work up for auction check it out here.

An Exhibition and Online Auction to honor a man who gave to so many through his friendship, his teaching, and his art. All the work for this event has been donated by artists who in someway have experienced Tom’s presence in their lives.

Money raised by this event will be used to help establish the Tom Rohr Memorial Scholarship Fund. This will be one of several fundraising events this year. Please watch for an auction later this year, which will include Tom's work.

Auction will run from Feb. 22nd to March 11th.Highest bid placed by 5:00 pm on March 11th will be the winning bid.

Some thoughts on a new generation...

As I may have mentioned earlier in the year, I'm spending more time focusing on developing a new line of functional tableware. It's going okay, I guess. Lots of self doubt and wondering if I'm just making the same old boring thing that seems fashionable now a days. There isn't much of a lineage in this new work from my previous streamlined, wheelthrown, porcelain, clean cut work. This new stuff is dirtier, less refined, more organic (perhaps...i'm not sure, maybe organic is just a nice way of saying sloppy!)

I've been trying to focus my energy on the making part of the process, yet the marketing aspect seems to be screaming at me most days...will this sell? whose your target audience? this isn't gallery standard work so where will you sell it? Does that even matter as you have the sculptural stuff for gallery shows? where is the concept? the research component? can work just be fun to make and not have to have layers of theory and technique to justify it's existence?

What are you thinking - go back to what you we're doing before!!! But alas that wasn't paying the bills either. hmmm. So in the midst of this whole marketing dilemma i spent a day not caring and playing out in the studio making some pots for my kid since it's time to put the melamine plates and plastic bowls aside for the 'real" stuff, the clay. As a kid my folks got us each a set of Bunnykins dishware which i still have to this day. So i thought to myself that there must be an audience for ceramic dishware made just for the little ones - although i guess it's their parents that are the ultimate suckers that dole out the cash for them. Anyway, I'm not sure where I'm going with this thought, but I sure had a ton of fun making them, and you know some days that's really all that matters, right?

Etsy link to the kids pots.

And here's a few other examples of those making ceramics for the young ones:

Heath Ceramics
Shenzhen Effort Trading

Scott McCarthy
Moorefeild Pottery
Brooklyn Rehab
Pumphouse Studios
Ema Zuma
Silvia Howes

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Craft NI Launches Collecting Contemporary Craft Initiative

What is C3?

C3 - Collecting Contemporary Craft is a Craft NI initiative aimed at stimulating the market for collecting contemporary craft and encouraging individuals, businesses and institutions to buy and collect.

Working with a wide range of stakeholders including commercial, gallery and other cultural outlets, Craft NI is currently exploring and testing new markets in order to assist in the expansion of the customer base for high value craft.

Through a number of high-profile promotional and showcasing events, C3 - Collecting Contemporary Craft will market local artists to potential collectors.

It is hoped that this will be an ongoing programme which, over time, will encourage innovation and excellence in individual practice, grow craft businesses and contribute to the strengthening the overall infrastructure for craft development in Northern Ireland.

As part of the promotional support, Craft NI will produce a catalogue which will contain biographical material, critical endorsement and high quality images in relation to each selected artist.

An exhibition of the work of selected designer-makers will be included in the initial launch event to be held in the Ulster Museum in late spring 2010. Designer-makers will also be involved in ongoing promotional activity related to the programme.

Craft NI is inviting designer-makers to apply to be part of this programme. The closing date for applications is 4.00pm, Monday 15 March 2010

The initiative is supported by The Ulster Museum and The Merchant Hotel.


Monday, 8 March 2010

Online Design Classes via Designboom

examining the origins of today's
most common / popular design objects
and asking how we can improve them
or how they have been re-interpreted.

from its packaging to the surroundings in which it's consumed and everything in between. this course gives you a good taste of design in the food sector...

youth and middle age are for fulfilling
desires and duties, when a person is spiritually ready, they allow the young to
replace them, in power positions. it means
the person spends more time in
philosophical pursuits and begin an inward
journey, a cultural practice of moving to greater truth.

lesson list online soon

enrollment for will be available
one month prior to course start date.
For more info check out the website here.