Thursday, 29 July 2010

Open House TONIGHT!!!

Don't spend a minute contemplating it, just jump in the car and come out to the Medalta Open House tonight at 7pm and see in person what everyone here has been working on all month. We'd love to see you there if you can make it.

Medalta International Artists in Residence Program
713 Medalta Avenue SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, T1A 3K9
Telephone: (403) 529–1070
Fax: (403) 580–5868

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Medalta - photo post of the madness that is the last week of a residency : )

hanging out in the cooling kiln...robin testing out his bottles
soda!!! gorgeous soda.
dreamy brendan (or so he tells us)

china painting

brendan's finished piece out of the kiln, can you say gorgeous!? can i say me want!?

more china painting...

Job posting - Assistant Store Manager-Heath LA

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Job Title: Assistant Store Manager
Heath, Los Angeles

Heath Ceramics is a 60-year-old manufacturer of classic, high-end dinnerware and architectural tile. We are a family owned company of approximately 85 people driven by the goal of continuing the traditions of locally manufactured, handcrafted products with a design heritage
Clientele ranges from architects and designers to chefs, design savvy shoppers, out-of-towners and bargain shoppers. An important part of selling our product is telling the Heath story - a rich tradition of design and craftsmanship, along with a dedication to established pottery techniques and local manufacturing in the Bay Area. This position is perfect for anyone that appreciates fine craftsmanship, supports local manufacturing and enjoys educating and assisting the public.

Job Description:
The Assistant Store Manager will work in partnership with the Retail Manager to promote a quality sales and customer service driven environment. Acting as a leader, you will work to achieve or exceed sales goals, fulfill all operational requirements, prevent inventory loss and assure each customer receives a positive store/brand experience as a role model and through coach and mentoring the team. Assist Retail Manager in effectively managing store operations, maintain appropriate inventory levels and merchandising standards.

• In Partnership with the Retail Manager, the Assistant Store Manager is responsible for a staff of 3-6 sales associates and the day to day operations of the store.
• Ensure team provides an exceptional customer store experience at all times firstly through leading by example then supporting the team through coaching and mentoring.
• Demonstrate the ability to motivate and influence others through actions and example and to achieve results both independently and through others by fostering a spirit of teamwork and cooperation.
• Maintain presence through effective floor management and ensure staff coverage in all areas of the store at all times.
• Prioritize, plan and adjust schedules and daily agendas to meet business goals. Hold team accountable to achieving goals.
• In partnership with the Retail Manager, manage store-operating procedures i.e., inventory levels and cash control to minimize store losses. Be prepared to act quickly and decisively in situations where there is unexplained loss and partner with Retail Manager to ensure appropriate action is taken.
• Responsible for ensuring the store meets company guidelines in opening and closing.
• Maintain a safe work environment and ensure ongoing safety training and awareness.
• -In partnership with the Retail Manager, monitor company assets through accurate inventory procedures.
• Ensure store standards are met and maintained, i.e., visuals, cleanliness, signage, safety, etc.-Lead by example and ensure associates comply with all Company policies and procedures.
• Ability to think through complex issues and allocate time to execute multiple tasks and changing priorities.

• Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and selecting qualified candidates to build a talent pipeline that achieves current and future business goals.
• Develop associates to assume increased levels of responsibility. Commitment to achieving and exceeding sales targets.
• Demonstrate effective communication, organization and leadership skills at all times.
• Ability to identify top talent and train/develop/retain great people.
• Availability to work closing shift a minimum of three times per week, minimum of three Saturdays per month and two Sundays per month, annual inventory and entire holiday season (November and December).
• Ability to lift and mobilize medium to large items, while utilizing appropriate equipment and safety techniques.

This is a salaried position with benefits paid at 100%

Minimum 3 years team management, ideally in specialty retail. Have proven track record of managing staff to meet and exceed all company sales and operational goals.

Ideally experience in design, and/or homewares retailing.

College degree preferred

Strong communication skills: written and verbal

For more information on Heath Ceramics, visit

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to

HEATH CERAMICS is an equal opportunity employer

Compensation: Salary DOE

Ceramic Architecture for Haiti

Designboom today just posted about Cal Earth who I've been following in the news for a few years now. The post (find it here) is about some relief efforts for Haiti, but you should also check out the Cal Earth website for more info about the research, how you can get involved and even how you can learn to build one of your own ceramic shelters.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Monday Morning eye candy

Today's eye candy is brought to you from the ever so lovely Vipoo Srivilasa who shared this link to the Thai Ceramic Art Directory with me. Many thanks Vipoo! Make sure to check these and many more fantastic artists out here.

Krisaya Luenganantakul

Naidee Changmoh

Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch

Pornphun Sutthiprapha

Vipoo Srivilasa

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Medalta - Photo log


International Exhibit Featuring the Human Head
Full-color catalog produced.

Head First, Manifest Gallery, Call to artists

We consciously and unconsciously categorize identity based on the human head. It is, for most people, their social thumbprint, the ‘I’ in first person statements. Technology exacerbates people’s retreat into the upper limb of their body, encouraging portraiture on a mass scale in the form of social networks such as Facebook, facial recognition tools which help sort photos of friends and family based on images of their face, and video conference calling. Some say even the soul has migrated from the central chest cavity all the way up to the head, as if altitude were really divine. While the body is still not expendable (yet), the center of humanity has nevertheless coalesced into the mind, behind the face. When we think of each other, we usually start with the head first.

So to launch Manifest’s seventh season we offer this call to artists for works that address the human head in some way. While portraiture is certainly welcome, this is not intended to be a show exclusively about that genre, nor just the front of the head. All manner of interpretations, explorations, and machinations involving the human head are welcome. For details on how to submit visit:



National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

“Tidal Forces: The Next Wave”
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL

Held in odd-numbered years, the NCECA Biennial is the premier juried exhibition open to all current members of NCECA (both national and international) and to all ceramic artists, 18 years and older, residing in the U.S. Please note: artists from outside the U.S. (including Canada) must be NCECA members to enter. Entered works must have been completed within the last 2 years. The exhibition is juried from digital images by three prominent professionals in the field. Entry fee is $20 for members and $40 for non-members. Merit and purchase awards totaling approximately $7,000 are determined by the jurors. NCECA produces a color catalog featuring work by all participating artists.

The Tampa Museum of Art will host the 2011 NCECA Biennial from January 29, 2011 to April 24, 2011. This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 45th annual NCECA Conference in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, March 30 – April 2, 2011.

JURORS: Glen R. Brown Julia Galloway Arthur Gonzalez

Visit their website for more info.

Friday, 23 July 2010


West Virginia University has a unique linkage with the famed Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. They 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.

China’s roots in ceramic art history are strong and deep. For thousands of years, Chinese artisans have developed and mastered techniques and artistry that has set the standard of excellence in ceramics throughout the world. High fired porcelains, underglaze and overglaze techniques, celadons, copper reds, temmoku, yaoware carving, ash glazes and tri-colored lead glazes are just a few of the contributions made by Chinese artisans over the centuries.

WVU- JCI China Studio Website
WVU Office of International Programs

For more info visit their website here.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Medalta - busy busy day!!!

I'm going to admit it to you all, i'm getting stressed! So little time left, how did this month go by so quickly? I'm already getting teary at the thought of this amazing residency being over and us all going off on our separate ways...sigh...late at night, tired, sentimental me.

But today was another fantastic day around the studio. I've been madly finishing a few more pieces, packed a bisque kiln of figurines as I should be getting some of those finished soon...ekk!
We packed and are firing (as I write, hence why i'm still up) another soda kiln, fingers crossed.

Oh and we had a few amazing visits today, one from the Medalta mascot and poster boy Brendan Tang (who by the way posted some awesome images from the studio on his website here).

A heart to heart on the couch : )

And another visit that almost left me speechless with glee. I walked into my studio to find the lovely ladies Louise Cormier, Elaine Harrison, and Anna Madsen. Not only was it a nice studio visit, but these ladies are actually readers of musing and of tiny revolutions so it was a blend of virtual and real worlds colliding. The threesome decided to drive down to the Hat for a visit and to see in person what Robin and I have been blogging about this month. How fantastic! That visit soooo made my day, thanks ladies!


Official Website

Art of Giving are launching the National Art Competition this year with the aim to encourage both established and aspiring artists to take part in an open art competition. The finalists will be given the fantastic opportunity to exhibit their work at one of the world’s most renowned Galleries, the Saatchi Gallery.

Artists are invited to submit up to five works of art. Work will be selected by a top judging panel and the submission deadline for the 2010 competition is 31 August 2010.

The Art of Giving exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery will be taking place on 7-9 October 2010 and the nominated final shortlist of ten from each category will exhibit their work at this exhibition - both winners of each category and the overall winner will be chosen at the event’s private preview on 7 October 2010, with the winners receiving a cash award, internet exposure and publicity.

Art of Giving will be donating a minimum of 10% of the proceeds from the competition entry fees to the Red Cross Disaster Fund.

NOTE: Finalists will be exhibiting their work at the Saatchi Gallery event on 7-9 October 2010, and must be available to attend the Art of Giving Exhibition Private Preview at the Saatchi Gallery on 7 October 2010.

Hansen- Ross Pottery, A Way With Clay

Mission Ridge Ski Hill, Fort Qu’Appelle
August 20 and 21, 2010

In September of 2009, the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery opened “A Way With Clay” – an exhibition featuring the work of Fort Qu’Appelle potters David Ross and Folmer Hansen. Ross and Hansen opened their pottery in the Fort in 1961 after purchasing The Craft House owned by the Saskatchewan Arts Board; which had offered classes there since 1954. David Ross and Folmer Hansen continued to offer classes for awhile, but eventually moved on to full time pottery production. Their work was a collaboration – Folmer did the wheel work and David the glazing and firing. They became nationally recognized during a show of Canadian Craft in 1967 at Expo in Montreal, at the Government of Canada Pavilion. Tragically, David Ross was killed in a car accident in 1974. Folmer carried on with his work until his health deteriorated to the point where the studio was closed. He still resides in Fort Qu’Appelle.

The Prairie Trails Arts Council, in cooperation with the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery invite Fort Qu’Appelle area residents – and beyond – to ”A Way With Clay” on August 20 and 21 at Mission Ridge Ski Hill. A reception will be held on Friday August 20 at 5:30p.m. and on Saturday, August 21, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., people are asked to bring their favorite Hansen-Ross pieces to Mission Ridge for a “Show and Tell” event. Curator Heather Smith, Ceramic Specialist Julia Krueger and well known Artist David Thauberger will be on hand to talk about the pieces. Folmer will also be there to tell his stories! Folmer Hansen is a local treasure and this event will not only celebrate his work and contribution to Fort Qu’Appelle, but also his 80th birthday!

For further information contact: Bonnie Schaffer 332-4018

Tuesday, 20 July 2010


Exhibition Dates: November 4 to 30, 2010

UN-WEDGED seeks contemporary ceramic work, both functional and sculptural, that is exceptional in concept and execution. The use of other media is acceptable as long as ceramics is the principle vehicle of expression. The show is open to all artists living in the United States, Canada and Mexico. All work submitted must have been completed within the last two years. Juror - Andy Nasisse, 2011 Jean Griffith Fellowship recipient, will be jurying the first annual UN-WEDGED ceramic competition and art show. There is a non-refundable $30 per entry fee with two entries maximum. Please make checks or money orders payable to Pottery Northwest. For more information go to

Medalta - Salt Firing - Jim Etzkorn

The amazing potter Jim Etzkorn opened his salt firing today to some exquisite results. Hmmm makes me rethink my aversion to salt firing....

Check out more of Jim's work here on his website.

Pru Morrison - Opening at Ray Hughes Gallery

Pru Morrison - New Work
23 July, 2010 - 18 August, 2010

Ray Hughes Gallery
Pru Morrision's Blog Bum Crane

Thinking about mascots...I think Medalta needs one.

Designboom today posted about a new book that What What (John and Edward Harrison) design group launched which portrays "documentat(ion) of 3d characters found all over
japan, discovering antique advertising characters, modern mass-produced mascots and
unique one-off designs. " designboom

Since i'm already so emersed in the kitsch molds of Hycroft this residency I can't help but feel compelled to desire a mascot for Medalta...but of what? Hmmmm.....

Recent works by Rachelle Chinnery - Opens this friday!

Find out more about Rachelle here on her website.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Medalta - A post just for Eden

I recently was reading Robin Dupont's wife's blog and read that she'd been checking out musing in the hopes of maybe catching a glimpse of her husband. I wouldn't normally do this but since Robin is an artist in residence this month I figured I could bend the rules and pretend this was relevant to ceramics.
: )
Besides Eden seems so completely adorable and sweet and I can't wait to meet her!

PS. Don't tell Robin, he'll likely be quite embarrassed!