Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Light and shadow

Coincidentally a professional photographer that I once contracted years ago, called me today during a brief photo session I was trying to get done while the babe slept. He's a nice guy by all accounts. Chatty and quite convinced of the integral role the photographer plays in an artist's success in grants, submissions and print media. I don't disagree having sat on grant and gallery submission juries in the past. I just have to think of the painter I saw this past weekend at an art sale quickly photographing her paintings on a cheap digital camera in the partial shade of a wind blown tree while holding the paintings in one hand, camera in the other. Sigh.

Now I know I'm no photographer extraordinare, but i like to think i'm past the days of my first set of slides in my undergrad when i set up a neutral grey cloth on my parents dinning room table, closed the beige hanging curtains behind and took some of the most shockingly nasty images of my god awful brown pots. And while i do love the print standard lighting and backdrop that is seen in each craft and ceramic magazine, i sometimes long for something different. Sure a standard is a good thing, but it's sorta like putting your art on a plinth and expecting the world not to see that plinth. Everything has an impact on how the object is viewed.

I've been making different pots lately, more organic ones than before, loose forms that mold their shape more with the folds of a hand, with lips that aim to take the eye for a wander, with simple surfaces that beckon you to remember simpler times, nostalgic old prairies scenes, the smells and light of an old farm house in the spring.

And i'm finding that the sterile environment of the fading backdrop and perfect light don't speak to these ideas I have for the vessels. I'm not sure how to resolve this as the world of galleries, grants and media seem to want a standard by which to level the playing field so that the good will rise up. I on the other hand just want to play. To show the objects in context, in light and shadow, to show them in use. But without it being a cheezy looking ad with happy beautiful people holding ceramic cups, and without the blur of my hand held camera as i shoot an image of my work in the park before a sale in the shade of a tree with the grass as a backdrop.

The Art of Photographing Ceramics – The Basics with Caterina Pacialeo

Saturday, September 4, 2010
10:00am - 5:00pm
Newtown, Sydney NSW

Workshop Outline: This studio-based workshop will assist participants in developing practical and technical abilities for photographing their ceramics in a basic home set-up with simple equipment at hand. The resulting documentation could be used for applications for awards, portfolios, editorials etc. The workshop will focus on the basic digital camera functions, the use of artificial lighting and daylight photographic techniques and composition.

Tutor information: Caterina Pacialeo is a Sydney-based, Australian artist who graduated with a Master of Art in Photomedia from the College of Fine Art, University of NSW in 2008. Caterina is currently teaching photography at St George and Meadowbank
TAFE. Caterina also teaches short courses in “Photographing your Art Work”, along with her photographic art practice. T: 0425 390 687;

Workshop Fee: $170 per person (members of TACA $150)

Minimum number in the workshop: 8
Maximum number in the workshop: 12

Participants are required to bring their own cameras, and 2 - 3 pieces of work only
Please bring your own lunch. Yummy morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Payment methods:
* Cheque (made out to The Australian Ceramics Association)
* Direct deposit (Account: The Australian Ceramics Association; BSB 032298; AC no. 760550)
* Credit card (Visa, Mastercard) over the phone/mail/ fax
* Money order (made out to The Australian Ceramics Association)

For more information and bookings:
The Australian Ceramics Association
T: 1300 720 124
F: 02 9369 3742

Monday, 28 June 2010

Porcelain Clothes by Li Xiaofeng

Scott Rench of Yosoh just posted the work of Li Xiaofeng on facebook and I didn't want you to miss out so I'm posting a link to this amazing work here. There is a great interview and tons of pictures of this great work.

I particularly like the following:
"How long did it take you to create the LACOSTE Porcelain Polo sculpture? How many shards did you use ?
It took me over three months to create the piece for LACOSTE. I used over three hundred shard pieces! I was trained as an oil painter. When an artist finishes a painting, no one ever calculates how many brush strokes or how much paint was used. As long as you reach the ideal effect, it’s fine. This has become one of my habits."

So true. People always seem to ask ridiculous process questions when it comes to ceramics as though that would be what would validate the work. Anyway read the full interview for yourself here or visit his website here.

Oh and while your at it you might as well check out the cool work of Scott Rench too!

Even more monday eye candy, just cuz it's one of those days...

I'm so in love with this work by Maria Kristofersson. It's basically the aesthetic I've been dreaming of for a body of work I've been working on since January, but I hadn't quite gotten there. I guess there is no need now as it already exist in the world! So lovely. It's sorta Ayumi Horie meets old country vintage. Love, love love.

Monday eye candy - Chen Karlsson

Chen Karlsson
via Design Sponge

Sunday, 27 June 2010



Instructor: Sharon Moore-Foster
July 12 to July 16, 2010
Experience Level: all skill levels welcome
Course Fee: $525 + $26.25 GST
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, Room 954

Working from a model, you will learn techniques to accurately create figurative sculpture. You will begin by creating gestural clay pieces from short poses, to help you develop an eye for the “life and breath” that makes figurative sculpture such an inviting challenge. Longer poses will follow, with directed observation of anatomy, proportion, sculptural shape, and balance will allow you to create more detailed pieces. Throughout the week you will experience drawing for sculpture and receive individual guidance on form and expression, sculptural dynamics, surface handling and closure of your pieces.

Red Deer College

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Interesting surface, but worth the fumes?

Design Boom recently posted an article about the work and process of Djim Berger and by reading the comments at the end of the article I guess I wasn't the only one left wondering...



Eligibility: Open to professional artists who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents

With the ongoing generosity of Ms. Winifred Shantz and RBC Foundation, the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery present these prestigious national awards for early career practicing glass and ceramic artists that have been working professionally for between 5 to 10 years. Intended to allow the artist to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities with the capacity to advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in the artist’s career, winners of the RBC Award for Glass receive $7,000 and winners of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics receive $10,000.

The selection panels are comprised of experienced contemporary glass and ceramic artists and curators. A jury of respected artists and professionals associated with the silica arts will choose a finalist list. This year’s winners will be announced at a gala event on September 16, 2010.

To apply to either of these awards, you must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must also meet the definition of a professional artist. The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery and the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is accessible to Aboriginal artists and artists of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.

SEND TO: Robert Achtemichuk, Director Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics & RBC Award for Glass Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery 25 Caroline Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5 519.746.1882, ext. 231

For more information regarding application


DEADLINE: September 30, 2010

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies invites you to participate in our first annual Kaleidoscope of Crafts, on November 12 and 13, 2010. See submission details in the attached information. This is a special opportunity for sales of high quality craft items during the pre-holiday season. Tables will be located in the main gallery of the Whyte Museum.

Kaleidoscope of Crafts - Call for Submissions
Kaleidoscope Of Crafts Application Form


There are still a few spots left in some of upcoming programs at MISSA.
Below is a list of classes which still have some availability.
More information on each of these classes is available on our website at

Two week program July 5th to 9th and 12th to 16th
Explorations in Ceramic Glaze – John Britt
July 5th to 9th
Handbuilding with Press Molds – Katrina Chaytor
Brush Explorations – Lorne Loomer
The Influenced Landscape – Mike McLean
The Short Story – Sarah Selecky
Innovative Extruding – Michael Sherrill
Painting – Andy Wooldridge
July 10th-11th – Weekend
Watercolour – Clive Powsey
Jazz Improvisation – Karel Roessingh
Head Sculpture – Elly Scheepens
The Digital Darkroom – Alan Thurston
Textile Collage – Shannon Wardroper
July 12th to 16th
Explorations in Altered Imagery – Tony Bounsall
Firing Techniques – Randy Brodnax
Throwing – Altered Forms and Sets – Conner Burns
Contemporary Silk Fusion Basketry – Wendy Durfey
Compositional Cloth – Eleanor Hannan
Metalsmithing – Crys Harse
Light, Colour & Expression – Sharron Milstein (may be her last workshop at MISSA)
July 14th to 16th
ART JAM – see our website for more information on these courses:
Handbuilding – Toshi-ichi Suzuki
Woodcarving – Ito Kojiro

Please call or email us if you would like to register.
Thank you,Deanna Cuthbert
Manager, MISSA
250 391 2420

Friday, 25 June 2010

2010 TACA Biennial: The Best of Tennessee Craft

Fee: $35.00 (2010 TACA Biennial: The Best of Tennessee Craft)
Entry Deadline: 8/16/10
Days remaining to deadline: 56
The 2010 Best of Tennessee Craft Biennial Exhibit showcases the fine craft of Tennessee, providing public visibility and recognition for the quality and diversity of craft found throughout the state. This juried exhibit will be held in the Todd Gallery on the grounds of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with cash awards presented including Best of Show.


via CaFE

Thursday, 24 June 2010



Exhibition Dates: September 24 to October 3, 2010
Fees: £10

‘Grand and spectacular, ephemeral or concealed, art qualified and created by daily life.’ ~ The theme of our competition is based upon the Statement of intent for Deptford X 2010 by Mark Titchner.

Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply to be selected for an exhibition at Core Gallery which will run during the Deptford X 2010; an international contemporary Arts Festival in South East London, with an audience of over 2,000.

Please send a cd with 3xjpegs at low res (120 dpi each), cv and statement plus entry fee of £10 cheque or postal order payable to Cor Blimey Arts Ltd. Send info to:

Deptford X Open submission, Core Gallery, Cor Blimey Arts
C101 Faircharm Trading Estate, 8-12 Creekside, Deptford, London, SE8 3DX

Works will need to be delivered to Core Gallery August 2nd-8th. Core Gallery takes a commission of 30% on all works sold at the Exhibition. If you require further information you can email us at or look on

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Residency Program 2011

Application deadline: July 31 2010

Fogo Island Arts Corporation
Highway 334, Suite 100 NL - A0G 2X0 – Canada

The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a new contemporary art venue on the east coast of Canada. The Arts Corporation runs two distinct yet complementary programs, the Residency program and the Production program. Both programs encourage dialogue between visiting artists and local people to share experiences and perceptions.

The Fogo Island Arts Corporation’s mission to bring together local communities and the international art scene is reflected in the accommodations and work space provided to Residency Program participants. Striking new studios are being built at locations across the island. They are designed by acclaimed architect Todd Saunders. The first of these studios – the Long Studio – opened on June 2 2010. Living spaces are provided in refurbished traditional homes located in nearby communities on the island. More information is available at our website:

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Student Scholarships for CRITICAL Santa Fe

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Student Scholarships for CRITICAL Santa Fe

NCECA is pleased to announce the availability of student scholarships for participation in the CRITICAL Santa Fe Symposium to be held October 27 - 30, 2010. These awards are open to NCECA Members who are full-time undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled at an accredited college, university or art institute in the U.S. at the time of the application deadline. There is no age limit. Anyone who has received a major grant or fellowship is not eligible.

Applications are to be supported by one (1) letter of recommendation written by a ceramics teacher who has taught the student, along with a 200 - 300 word statement of intent. A maximum of four $250 awards may be made. The selection committee includes the NCECA Student Director At Large, an NCECA Director at Large and a third ceramic artist.

This form and all materials must be submitted electronically by June 30, 2010.

Contact Information
NCECA Office
phone: 866-266-2322

Ceramicst Victor Cicansky inducted into the Order of Canada

From the Governor General of Canada's Website:

Victor Cicansky, C.M.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Member of the Order of Canada

Known for his familiar imagery and often humorous sculptures in clay and bronze, Victor Cicansky is one of Western Canada’s most celebrated artists. His distinctive work, which pays homage to Saskatchewan’s agricultural heritage and daily life, has been exhibited in art galleries across Canada and abroad. He has been an ardent defender and promoter of his fellow artists, and has lent his support and expertise to various arts boards and galleries, notably the Mackenzie Art Gallery and the Susan Whitney Gallery in Regina. A teacher and mentor, he has helped to perpetuate his craft by inspiring generations of young artists.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Yah but does it match my couch?

Ahh market days....good and bad for so many reasons. I think I always start off the day full of hope, have that hope shattered quickly as the booth next door sells out of their 4 dollar brown bowls, but then at the end of the day, light at the end of the tunnel in the form of some level of financial success and a pocket full of compliments to take back to the studio to help inspire the drive to make more work.

All in all it's worth it. Even if there are those moments when you ponder your existence as someone tests out how well their pen will fit into your cup you've been designing for 5 years....but then i remind myself that to put a pot to use, regardless of the use is what it's about and why not have a beautiful pen holder?

There will always be those customers that only want a french butter dish no matter what it looks like, or those that will tell you to your face that you charge too much for your work. This market I also found myself having to explain one too many times why ceramics and pottery are the same thing...sigh.

But the repeat customers, the young couples pondering just the right vase to add to their collection, the joy of seeing people excited about your work makes the long hours, the messy house, the neglected children, the many nights of rice and pasta, the life of an artist, all worth the while. Many thanks to all who made it to Bazaart this weekend.

Hope to see you again next year! xoxo

John Kuczwal - Lustre fired ceramics

Cnr Range Rd & Waverley Pde
Mittagong NSW
02 4860 2083

Saturday, 19 June 2010

TED HARRISON ARTIST RETREAT SOCIETY - Call for Residency Proposals 2010-2011

The Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society (THARS) is now accepting
applications from visual artists for residencies for 2010 – 2011.

There are five residency periods available:

September 14 to October 31, 2010
November 3 to December 20, 2010
January 7 to February 21, 2011
February 24 to April 11, 2011
April 15 to May 30, 2011

DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than Monday July 12, 2010.

Notification of acceptance will be given August 16, 2010.

The Retreat is available for the summer months of June , July and August
for use by individuals or groups of artists on a rental basis for the purpose of
working on personal projects or conducting workshops , master classes or other
art related projects. Please contact THARS for further information related to
rental fees and availability.

To submit a Residency Proposal please go to and click on Apply for Residency and follow the Submission Requirements.

THARS mailing address is :

Ted Harrison Artist Retreat Society
P.O.Box 31544
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 6L2

Friday, 18 June 2010

Upcoming events @ Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center.

1. Woodfiring In Late August

We will light up our kiln ‘Embla’ in August. The kiln is a big woodfired cross draught kiln. It is lit up only once a year, so this a unique opportunity.

Guldagergaard offers low price accommodation during the firing. The price for the firing itself varies depending on the space you need in the kiln.

Start up: 23rd August

Read more and register here:

2. Residency at Guldagergaard summer/fall

We still have a few spots open for artists-in-residence this summer and fall. Send your application when you are ready and The Guldagergaard Ceramic Advisory Board will review it as soon as possible.

Read more about the application procedure here:

Bazaart 2010

Need something to do this Saturday? Why not stop by and visit me at Bazaart? I'll be there all day (please sun, please sun, you've got to shine!!!)

I'll be selling a bunch of new lines of work (some scraffito and some stamped hand-built stuff) as well as a few of the old faves like the Southern Ice Porcelain. Please make sure to say hi if you are around!

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Showing locally grown artisans since 1973.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under are free!)

Passes are available for purchase beginning Thursday, June 10, 20010 at the MacKenzie Gallery Shop. Every pre-sold Gate admission comes with limited edition BAZAART button - the more passes you buy the more buttons you get! Buy 4 passes and receive a MacKenzie Art Gallery eco-bag!

Sponsored by SaskTel

Enjoy an art-filled day outdoors during the 37th Annual Bazaart Arts and Crafts Show & Sale, the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s largest and most popular annual fundraiser!

Shop local, acquire one-of-a-kind creationsfrom over 120 local artisans and feel good
knowing your $5 Bazaart admission sustains free MacKenzie Art Gallery attendance and programming! Experience hourly artisan demonstrations and enjoy delicious food made by the locally-owned businesses featured in the food court. Spend some time on the Gallery lawn swaying to the sweet sounds of the Regina Folk Festival’s workshop stage, presented as part of a collaborative partnership between the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Regina Folk Festival. To enhance your Bazaart experience, extra bike racks and an ATM will be available on-site!

To view the Bazart 2010 vendor list, please click HERE to download the program.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Call for entry - 2010 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition

Exhibition Opportunity
Closing date: 30 July 2010

The Museum of Arts and Crafts Japan

Applications are now open for the annual Itami international craft competition. The theme of 2010 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition is Shuki-Shuhaidai (a service for drinking sake). Applicants will craft sets of cup, bottle and stand that is most appropriate for drinking sake, not wine or whiskey!

For all the details visit their website here.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Length of Stay: One to Four months Duration
Deadline: Ongoing
Location: Blairmore, Alberta, Canada

The Open Call Gushul Studio Residency is available to the following applicants:

• Canadian Artists and Writers
• Non-Canadian Artists and Writers

Applications for Open Call Gushul Studio Residencies are accepted on an ongoing basis for both the Artist’s Studio and Writer’s Cottage.

For information and full details related to application procedures and requirements, please refer to Gushul Studio Residency Application Guidelines.

Call for Entries - Pan Gallery Award

Closing date: 16 August 2010

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Due Monday 16 August 2010

Traditionally, afternoon tea has called for the very finest: your best china, polished silverware and impeccable manners. Attitudes toward decorum and the rules of social etiquette in contemporary society have since relaxed, leading one to question whether table manners have lost their relevance in today’s world.

panGALLERY, in association with Craft Victoria, calls on ceramic artists to submit an original artwork that embraces the dining table’s most iconic representation of good manners: the cup and saucer. How does this usually inseparable pair address the issue of etiquette, or lack thereof, in today’s social settings? Is there still a place at the table for the cup and saucer, and why should knowing which way to drink your tea and place your cup affect this inherently convivial ritual?

Selected works will be included in an exhibition at panGALLERY entitled Table Manners with a final award winner selected from exhibited works and awarded $1500. Work submitted must be new work and not previously exhibited.

Curators: Anita Cummins and Kim Brockett from Craft Victoria Selection Committee: Ray Laurens, Paul Filev, Anita Cummins, Kim Brockett and Sophie Milne Judge: Kris Coad Exhibition Dates: 7 to 27 October 2010, opening Wednesday 6 October 6-8pm


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Archie Bray Foundation Live Auction

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

Shiny New Blog and New Molly Hatch Exhibition

Time for a change I reckon. Hope you like the looks of things around here. I was in the mood for something a bit brighter and cleaner. Looks like Blogger might have a few hiccups in the new design template and I'll try to get that sorted asap.

In the meantime check out the amazing new work by Molly Hatch on exhibition at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. View the show online here.

And check out the blurb about it on Design Sponge here.

PROTOtype symposium windup

Way back in February (see original post here) I posted about an upcoming symposium on the idea of the Prototype (PROTOtype: Craft it the future tense) co-convened by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. Well the symposium has just winded down and thanks again to the wonder of the internet those of us that we're able to make it in person can check out a bit about the events and talks on the CRAFT RESEARCH Blog.

Looks like yet another amazing symposium challenging contemporary notions of craft research and boundaries between different creative industries.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Can't hardly wait...Medalta is calling...

It's no secret that I'm dying to get to Medalta in July for a month at their amazing residency facility. I'm barely keeping focused on all the work I need to get finished before I can pack up to go, as I'm so excited. I've been storing up ideas for new figurative work to sink my teeth into and I'm looking forward to truly having the time again (sans 2 yr old) to do some crafty arty thinking and producing.

And it's not helping my impatience to be hearing tidbits here and there through the blog, twitter and facebook sphere from the folks that are there right now in the midst of an amazing residency with the incredible Robin Dupont.

I'm drooling over the pics that the lovely Rose Bauer has been posting on her blog Skiing in the dark. Rose not only makes amazing work (one of my most favorite cereal bowls of all time) but she is a true tease to me this month : ) turn will come...

Announcing the D.I.Y. Clay Tools Video Contest!

As you've seen over the years on Ceramic Arts Daily, ceramic artists are some of the most creative people out there when it comes to the tools they use. (in fact, Meira Mathison shared a great one on Friday). If a tool doesn't exist to get a particular job done, no problem. A clay person will probably just make what they need. A bunch of MacGyvers, we are.

So, for our next contest, we thought it would be fun to ask our clever readers to submit videos showcasing the tools they've made or repurposed for a particular ceramics task.

There are so many cool homemade or repurposed tools out there that Ceramic Arts Daily has an entire section devoted to the subject. The “Making Clay Tools” section of the site contains loads of great examples of homemade tools. But wouldn’t it be great if there were more videos there?

That’s where you come in, readers! Enter the D.I.Y. Clay Tools Video Contest for a chance to share your great ideas with the world! You might even win the grand prize from our sponsor Euclid’s Kilns, Elements, and Tools: a $500 gift card to use on
- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

VIA Ceramic Arts Daily
Find out more about the contest here!

Friday, 11 June 2010



The BICWA society is a residence for artists to live, work and use all facilities, independently. This is of interest for self directed artists. BICWA Society resides in the country, it’s surrounded by huge fields of brilliant golden yellow canola in the summer and by acres and acres of muskeg and willow bushes. Because the society is situated in the country side and it’s close to the wilderness, a lot of wildlife is crossing the fields.

  • Individual rooms in shared house, there are 6 large bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, large livingroom with fireplace and a very large dining / kitchen area and laundry room. Studio.
  • 24ft anagama (traditional Japanese woodkiln). Salt-kiln, wood-fire-kiln, electric-kilns, gas-kilns, raku-kilns. 2 studios with all technical equipment needed. (wheels, slabroller, extruder, pugmill etc.)

Box 144 HYTHE, ALBERTA T0H-2C0 Canada
Telephone +1 780 3562424 | Fax +1 780 3562225

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Call for entry - Last Call

Entry Deadline: July 2, 2010
Florida, St. Petersburg

Last Call - A juried exhibition that honors the social nature of drinking and the care that can be taken into honoring flavor.

Jurors: Adam Yungbluth & Matt Schiemann.

July 2, 2010 - Postmark deadline for CDs, fee & entry form.
July 16, 2010 - Email notification of accepted entries.
Aug. 3, 2010 - Deadline for receipt of accepted work.
Sept. 3, 2010 - Last Call Opening Reception.
Sept. 30, 2010 - Last Call Closes.
Oct. 8, 2010 - Return of unsold work.

Last Call is open to national and international ceramic artists. Clay must be the primary material used, sculptural interpretations are welcome. the entries much have been completed in the past two years. Entries form St. Peterburg Clay Company members and A.I.R.s will not be considered.

>> Download Prospectus / Entry Form <<

St. Petersburg Clay Company
513-226-7944 | |

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Upcoming Artist Presentations @Medalta

Thursday, June 10
Guest Artist Robin Dupont

Monday, June 14
Participating Artists - Part II

Monday, June 21
Les Manning and Aaron Nelson
Translucent porcelain cups by Artistic Director Aaron Nelson.
Aaron Nelson ceramics
Work by Les Manning.
Les Manning
Robin DuPont
Wood-fired teapot by Guest Artist Robin DuPont.

Visit the Medalta website here for more info.

Andrew Martin and Mark Pharis artists talk

Andrew Martin and Mark Pharis artists talk

Upcoming film screening of The Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery
6 pm, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Influx Room, Regis Center for Art
University of Minnesota
Admission: FREE

A special screening ofThe Leach Pottery, narrated by Warren MacKenzie, and restored and released by Canadian filmmaker Marty Gross.

This film, given to the filmmaker by Bernard Leach and his wife Janet Darnell Leach in 1976, records virtually every aspect of pottery making at the Leach Pottery. It has been restored and edited by Marty Gross, a filmmaker noted for his films of Japanese potters and potteries. Gross worked with Warren MacKenzie to provide narration for the film, as well as to add footage shot by MacKenzie when he was in residence at the Leach Pottery in 1952.

Marty Gross and Warren MacKenzie will be present for the event. Following the screening (the film is about 50 minutes), they will discuss the history and ideas in the films with each other and with the audience.

Marty Gross is a ceramics enthusiast who has brought that knowledge and passion to the public through films about ceramics and their makers, as well as through the Marty Gross Studio, a private art school for children in Toronto, founded in 1971. He has made and restored numerous films about Japanese craft, culture and history, including documentaries about the theater form bunraku, and the pottery villages of Onda and Koishibara on the island of Kyushu, and of Mashiko, where Hamada and Shimaoka lived and worked.

Warren MacKenzie worked at the Leach Pottery from 1949 to 1952, and then returned to Minnesota to teach at the University of Minnesota. While he taught at the University and after his retirement, he made and continues to make thousands of pots every year, which he intends to be used in the daily acts of serving and eating food—or containing flowers or paper clips and pencils. His pots may be found at Northern Clay Center, as well as in cupboards and display vitrines around the world.


Learn how to build your own wood-burning ovenDates: July 5 – 9, 2010
Instructor: Alan Watt| Course # 1015

Learn how to build your own wood fired oven for pizzas, breads, roasts, even smoked foods. You will participate in building and completing two different types of wood-fired ovens – one a low-cost adobe oven and the other a high tech. Conventional refractory oven. During the process, you’ll gain a full understanding of the principles of wood-fired oven design, material selection, construction methods as well as cooking techniques. The culmination of the course will be the baking of breads and cooking of a pizza feast in the adobe oven.

Alan Watt, has since 2003, conducted numerous workshops throughout Australia resulting in many participants building their own ovens to suit their particular needs. His interest and expertise in building his own, and subsequently friends’ wood-fired ovens, comes from long experience in building kilns, many of which were wood-fired.

As a professional ceramic artist and teacher he has established a knowledge and understanding of refractory structures and design as well as heat retention and management. Transfer from kiln structure to oven structure has been a simple and natural shift. Formally, as Head of Ceramic Department, National Institute of the Arts, ANU, Alan supervised the construction of many student built kilns.

For More Information: 403-356-4900 or To Register: 403-357-3663

Monday, 7 June 2010

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Call for expression of interst: Eveleigh Artisans Market Ceramics Showcase

On the first Sunday morning of the month from 10am - 3pm, Eveleigh Market hosts an Artisansʼ Market showcasing the best in Australian independent design, art and crafts under the heritage listed Blacksmith Workshop. The EAM is ideally situated opposite Carriageworks, the bold new art centre dedicated to the development and presentation of the contemporary arts.

The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) has booked 10 stalls on Sunday 7 November 2010; 10am - 3pm. Expressions of interest welcome.

Sunday 7 November 2010; 10am - 3pm

243 Wilson St, Darlington, NSW (adjacent to Carriageworks)

The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) has booked 10 stalls at Eveleigh Artisans Market (EAM) for 7 November 2010. Each stall has 3 tables and can cater for 3 people to display their work. TACA has also been asked to run demonstrations throughout the day. In return for giving a one hour demonstration, TACA is happy to give five demonstrators a free space on a stall. Demonstrators will need to bring all their own demonstrating equipment. We are aiming to display the work of 30 potters – 3 potters per stall (1 stall = 3 tables), 10 stalls.

Cost to participate: $30 per person, payable to TACA (do not send payment until notified)

Participation is open to members of TACA who hold Public and Product Liability Insurance. All participants must hold a current Public Liability Insurance Policy (preferably with TACA) to take part in the market. A Certificate of Currency must be supplied to TACA for every participant, at the time of payment for your space.

About EAM: On the first Sunday morning of the month from 10am - 3pm, Eveleigh Market hosts an Artisansʼ Market showcasing the best in Australian independent design, art and crafts under the heritage listed Blacksmith Workshop. The EAM is ideally situated opposite Carriageworks, the bold new art centre dedicated to the development and presentation of the contemporary arts. EAMʼs commitment to fostering sustainability and authenticity is attracting stallholders who design using recycled materials and those inspired by the natural materials. The undercover venue provides the ideal showroom for designers and is destined to grow in popularity based on the success of the weekly Eveleigh Farmersʼ Market.

Interested? Please submit your EXPRESSION OF INTEREST by Friday 30 July. Your EOI will include your name, contact details, a few lines about your work along with an image (jpg file, less than 1 MB) of the work you will display at EAM. Please also indicate if you would like to give a demonstration. Send your EOI to: mail@australianceramics.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , marked “EAM EOI” in the subject line. Successful applicants will be advised by 30 August.

Questions? Call Judy Boydell (EAM Ceramics Showcase co-ordinator) on 0429 310 493 or Vicki Grima on 1300 720 124

The Australian Ceramics Association P.O. Box 274 Waverley NSW 2024
T: 1300 720 124; F: 02 9369 3742 E:

Friday, 4 June 2010

Job Opportunity: Part-Time Clay Studio Coordinator, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s (NL)

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador requires a part-time Clay Studio Coordinator for the overall operation of its Clay Studio in St. John's.

June 7, 2010 by 5pm

Energy, enthusiasm for Clay Arts and excellent time management skills are essential for this position. Under direction of the Craft Council Clay Committee, the Clay Studio Coordinators' duties shall include:

* Technical clay studio operations including: kiln and glaze kitchen operation, equipment maintenance and responsibility for performing/organizing studio cleaning.
* Coordinating open studio sessions; workshops and classes
* Marketing these and other promotional activities to the broader craft community and the general public under the direction of the Clay Committee.
* Other duties as required.

The Craft Council clay studio operation is assisted by a diverse group of volunteers whom the Coordinator will work alongside. The ability to interact positively within a teamwork environment is paramount to success in our organization.

Salary is $15.53 per hour for 24 per week.

Please forward resume and cover letter by June 7, 2010, 5pm to:
Chairman - Clay Committee
Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
59 Duckworth Street, St. John's, NL, A1C 1E6

Opening tonight!

New Sculptures by Wesley Anderegg

Opening Friday, June 4th from 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition Continues through June 30th, 2010

Wesley Anderegg received his B.S. in geography from Arizona State University in Tempe, and has been resident artist at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, and at Anderson Ranch arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. His work is included in such collections as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Mint Museum of Craft and Design and the Fredrick R. Weisman Museum in Minneapolis among others. For more information or directions visit Sellars Project Space online at or by calling 720.475.1182.

sellarsprojectspace presents national and international contemporary artists working in all media. The space strives to offer a visible and welcoming forum for collectors and art enthusiasts.

sellarsprojectspace exists to act as a catalyst for the development and promotion of contemporary art. The goal is to actively seek links between the arts and other areas of society, giving artists a contributing voice.

sellarsprojectspace is located at 4383 Tennyson Street 1D (on the South West Corner of 44th and Tennyson) and participates in the Tennyson Street First Friday Artwalk and Stroll the first Friday of every month.

sellarsprojectspace is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association (DADA) and the Tennyson Street Cultural District (TSCD).

4383 Tennyson Street
Denver, Colorado 80212

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Michelle Summers Ceramics

I just discovered the amazing work of Michelle Summers thanks to one of my fave blogs a plate a day and i'm obsessed. So much for a productive morning, I'm now going to be spending my time looking for a way to get my hands on one of these gorgeous pieces...

You can check out more of her beautiful illustrations here on her Flicker photostream or on her blog mich + mash

How could I have been in the dark about such an amazing artist? I've got to get out of the depths of my studio more....



Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, Vermont

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. The Studio Center provides 4-12 week studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

The Vermont Studio Center accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, applications are reviewed and considered for VSC Full Fellowships only four times a year. These deadlines are April 1 (only for select international applicants), June 15, October 1, February 15.

If you would like to be considered for a VSC Full Fellowship at any of these deadlines, your application must be received in our office by the application deadline. It is best to apply at least six months in advance of your preferred start date, though we will consider applications received as late as 8 weeks in advance of the month(s) for which one is applying.

Available Fellowships:

Wednesday, 2 June 2010


Noxious Sector Arts Collective at Richmond Art Gallery, BC. Canada
Deadline June 11, 2010

Noxious Sector Arts Collective invites submissions for MORE OFTEN THAN ALWAYS, LESS OFTEN THAN NEVER, a curated group exhibition scheduled to be presented at the Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC, Canada) from November 26, 2010 to January 23, 2011. The project is conceived as an exploration of imaginary solutions to questions of improbability, inviting artists to engage with notions of impossibility, uncertainty and the imaginary.

MORE OFTEN THAN ALWAYS, LESS OFTEN THAN NEVER invites artists from around the world to engage with notions of impossibility, uncertainty and the imaginary. Situated on the impossible side of probability, the project invites renderings of improbability, of disregarded possibilities, phantom conjectures, plausible insanities of one sort or another, all of which challenge standardized formulations of what is allowed, acceptable, logical or feasible.

More information on the call

Noxious Sector Arts Collective

Call for entries - The Second Annual National Cup Show

Entry Deadline: June 25, 2010

Show: September 4–30, 2010
Open to cups
Juror: Ayumi Horie

Barrett Clay Works
New York, Poughkeepsie
845-471-2550 | |

Call for woodfired ceramics

Entry Deadline: June 15, 2010
New Mexico, Arroyo Seco
Wood Fired Pottery for the 21st Century
September 1–19, 2010
open to wood fired ceramics
New Fire
575-776-1042 | |

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Call for Entries: "Dining In III: An Artful Experience"


18 Hands Gallery is looking for entries for its 2010 “Dining In III: An Artful Experience,” a juried exhibition that will run the month of August (opening held in conjunction with the Houston Heights White Linen Night celebration.) The exhibition will feature hand-made ceramic items that might be found on a dinner table. Each artist’s submission must include an entry from one of two fixed categories: Place Setting and Decorative Tableware. A place setting should consist of 3 pieces – Dinner Plate, Salad Plate, and Bowl. An additional fourth coordinating serving piece may also be included. This might include a charger, bowl, tureen, ladle, utensil, drinking vessel, etc. NO MUGS OR COFFEE CUPS PLEASE. Items in the Decorative Tableware category could include candleholders, centerpieces, vases, or other decorative vessels.

Submissions are open to all Unities States ceramic artists. Entry fee is $25.00, payable to 18 Hands Gallery. A maximum of 3 entries per artist will be reviewed (a Place Setting counts as a single entry.)

18 Hands Gallery is a premier Ceramic Arts gallery located in the Historic Heights District in Houston, Texas. For more information, please download the full prospectus (PDF).

713-869-3099 | |

History in the Making V: Ceramic Traditions Contemporary Pots

** Sorry folks this one is a bit late, been crazy busy round these parts as of late. If you're quick you can still enter.

History in the Making V
- 5th annual exhibition

Juried by Peter Beasecker,
Associate Professor of Art, Syracuse University

Entry fee; $20 for one entry, $25 for two, $30 for three entries

History in the Making ties contemporary ceramic work to past trends and styles. Any artist making work that combines historically-based design elements, themes, materials or applications is encouraged to apply. All accepted entrants will be asked to submit a small image of their historical reference and a brief statement describing the connection.

Submission deadline is June 4th, 2010

History in the Making 2010 Prospectus and Entry Form

Genesee Pottery
New York
585-271-5183 | |