Wednesday, 29 December 2010

4Culture Gallery seeks exhibition proposals!

Apply Now
The application for 2011-2012 exhibitions is now available online.
The deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 10, 2011.

How to Apply
STEP 1 - Download and review the Call to Artists
Call to Artists [pdf]

STEP 2 – Download and review the Application Checklist and prepare your submission
Checklist [pdf]


Who Can Apply
Eligibility is limited to artists, artist teams, and independent curators who reside in King County, WA and are not represented by a commercial gallery at the time of application. Members of artist run collectives and cooperative galleries are eligible. Artists working in all media and genres are encouraged to apply, including those whose medium or method of work is under-represented in commercial galleries. Please contact Esther Luttikhuizen with questions concerning eligibility at 206 296.8674.

Selection Process
A Selection Panel composed of regional arts professionals and artists reviews exhibition proposals and awards eleven exhibition opportunities for the upcoming gallery season (September 2011 through August 2012). The composition of the Panel changes yearly. The Panel considers geographic and cultural diversity as well as a wide variety of genres and media; final selection is based on artistic merit and strength of the proposal. An applicant’s images and statement must clearly convey their ability to execute their proposed exhibition. This is an online application only.

Naked Raku Françoise Busin

Friday, 24 December 2010

Upcoming workshop - Adrian Arleo

March 5-6: Adrian Arleo - Transformations

Having worked with the human form for more than 25 years, I’ve figured out a few problem solving techniques and a lot of dos and don’ts. This two-day workshop will be chockfull of demonstrations for coil building the figure, and various surface finishes, both low-fired and non-fired . Anatomical perfection will not be addressed; rather, the demonstrations will focus on building techniques: how to use a base and rod for building tall standing figures, how to begin a seated figure, how to make a head and facial features, how to keep forms from slumping, caving in or cracking. If you’ve had a recurring technical problem, bring it up and we’ll try to remedy it.
The second half of the workshop will be about developing surface textures
and experimenting with different tools and found objects. I’ll share the low-fire glazes that I use, and discuss application techniques. Layering of Terra sigillata is a surface finish we’ll demonstrate, Non-fired paints can add amazing richness to ceramic forms; wax encaustic and casein (milk paint) are favorites that will be talked about as well.

Registration form is available here

My sincerest wishes

To each and everyone of you that have made this blog what it is.
For all of your wonderful, generous comments and submissions.
For letting me share your work with the world.
For enriching my life and providing a welcoming community.
Many thanks.

I wish you all the best this holiday season.
However and wherever you chose to celebrate, may your life be filled with happiness, health, loved ones and peace.

Hugs to all,

*image by theaterclouds find it here.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Designer Maker West Midlands Mentoring scheme

Designer Maker West Midlands (DMWM) is looking for three mid-career designer makers for ‘Future Forward 2’ a creative and market development programme.

Future Forward 2 is the second phase of an exciting mentoring programme tailored to the needs of mid-career designer makers from the West Midlands region. It offers mid-career designer makers (the mentees) the opportunity to be mentored by an arts professional who has knowledge and experience of designer makers practices and market opportunities. The aim is to support the artistic development, advance the quality of work and the ability to access new marketing opportunities of the selected mid-career designer maker.

The intention is for the mentor and mentee to work together to assist the mentee to develop their practice; making new work of artistic quality and to exhibit or engage with a project which will raise their profile regionally, nationally and/or internationally. The programme will provide focused discussion and regular one to one support (approx 9 x ½ days) from an experienced mentor over a period of 9-10 months.

The mentees will be awarded a bursary of £2100 for materials, promotion, marketing, travel expenses and will be expected to give a presentation at dissemination DMWM event.

Deadline for application: 12 noon, 15 January 2010

For more information on the mentoring scheme and details of how to apply please visit:

Contact details

Natalie Cole



Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Figurative ceramics - call for entries

Deadline Jan 15 2011
A&C Black and artist Edith Garcia will be publishing Ceramics and the Human Figure. This publication will feature works by key ceramic artists that work within the realm of the human form, whilst each of their works offers a unique sensibility and approach within there practice this publication will be exploring clay and the figure within the field of installation and sculpture as well as those incorporating new technologies, creating works that strike a deep resonance with viewers.

This book will provide an in-depth look at global culture of clay, appealling to professional artists, emerging artists, students and teachers, opening out the world of new ceramics to a wider audience. It will be published in 2011-2012 with European and North American Distribution

For more information please download the flyer from the link below. You can find the full application details here

Download documents

  • Call for applications

    Download (233KB Pdf File)

Contact details

Edith Garcia


Friday, 17 December 2010

Call for Entry: Recontextualizing the Found Object

Sean Macmillan of Martha Gault Art Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania writes:

Most artists are by nature frugal individuals. More often than not we accumulate stockpiles of materials or seek out objects by visiting garage sales, scrap yards, junk stores etc. We all utilize these materials in vastly different ways. I am looking for your interpretation of found object or found material. Works ranging from high manipulation of salvaged materials to “Traditional” Found Object Assemblage and Collage are welcome.

Juror: Sean Macmillan

Application Form and Prospectus are here: Recontextualizing the Found Object

Application fee of $20 for up to three works. Checks need to be made out to Slippery Rock University.

Applicants may submit up to three images per piece. Some images may be used for publication and advertising purposes.
Works cannot exceed a shipping weight of 40 pounds and must be able to fit through a single person-door.

This exhibition is open to all artists, working in any medium. All entries must be original, completed within the last five years and accurately be represented in jpeg images. Works not meeting these criteria will not be exhibited.

Post mark deadline for checks, application and images is February 7th, 2011
Notification of artists is February 21st.

via All Things Metal Clay

Friday, 10 December 2010

stephen johnson: wonderland candleholders

Made out of metal, from ceramic molds:

via designboom.

Warning - Too much information in this next post...

So it's midday friday and I realized I haven't yet had a chance to post a site 2 see friday.

We've been a bit distracted around these parts lately with ceramics of another kind. The little one is extending his education on all things clay to include the use of a toilet, so there you go, that's where my mind has been the last few days. I figured rather than fight it, it was as good an opportunity as any to show some related work of Robert Arneson.

Sure it's an old piece, and i'm sure many of you are very familiar with his work. For those of us, well some of us, growing up on the prairies of Central Canada work by Arneson becomes a part of our ceramic history. The influence of Arneson, David Gilhooly, and other artists of the Ceramic Funk Movement was strongly felt particularly in Saskatchewan where I live and grew up. It impacted not only a similarly aged generation of Canadian artists, but I believe aspects of their approach to clay, humor, satire; and arts and culture references still exists in a younger generation of artists here as well.

Anyway you can read more about this piece here.

And to read more about the Funk Years at TB-9 make sure to check out David Gilhooly's website here.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Call for applications - Archie Bray Fellowship and Resident applications

The 2011-2012 Fellowship and Resident Applications

Applications for residencies are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed once a year. To be considered, applications for short-term or year-long residencies must be received at the Bray no later than March 1, 2011. (The deadline to apply for a fellowship is also March 1.)

A link to the application will be located below by fall of 2010. Please check back then.


All applications for the 2011-2012 Archie Bray Artist in Resident program will be accepted online. By following the link at the bottom of this page you will be taken to which will allow you to register and upload your images.

2011 Residency Options:

  1. Full-time Resident with/without Fellowship (1-2 years)
    ** To apply for a fellowship please include a letter of intent and check the appropriate box on our application form

  2. Short-term Summer Resident between July and October (2-4 months)
    **In 2011 the summer residency program will be shortened by one month due to the Bray’s 60th anniversary celebration in June. Accepted residents can begin their residency in early July.

  3. Short-term Resident between October and June (1-3 months)

When applying please submit the following information:

  1. Application form
  2. 20 digital images of your recent work submitted as jpgs. For good image quality and a fast upload, your image files should be sized no larger than 1800 x 1800 pixels at 72 dpi (approximately 6" x 6" at 300 dpi)
  3. Image list including title of piece, year made, materials, dimensions
  4. A brief artist's statement
  5. Résumé
  6. Contact information of 3 people who can speak to your qualifications as a potential resident. List the name, affiliation, phone number, and email address. Reference letters will not be accepted.
  7. Letter of intent if applying for a Fellowship.
  8. $35 USD non refundable application fee.
    **When applying online once you choose the Submit Portfolio button you will be asked for your payment by credit card. We except all major credit cards.

Questions about your application?

For technical support please contact
For questions about submission information please contact

Your completed application must be received on or before March 1, 2011.

Apply Now

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
2915 Country Club Avenue
Helena, MT 59602
Office Phone: 406-443-3502
Fax: 406-443-0934

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Monday Morning eye candy - Kyle Houser

See more here.

Job Posting - Baltimore Clayworks

Executive Director
Baltimore Clayworks
(Baltimore MD)

Baltimore Clayworks is seeking a visionary, entrepreneurial individual to serve as the next executive director for our lively, vital and respected ceramic art center. The right candidate will be knowledgeable about the field of ceramics both nationally and internationally, and will possess a genuine understanding of the technical and artistic concerns of studio practice in clay. He/ she will also enjoy being a part of a growing, dynamic and energetic cultural scene in the city of Baltimore.
Our executive director will have the demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and communicate as well as have excellent and persuasive writing ability. He/she will possess an eagerness to communicate the organization’s priorities with multiple communities and be passionate about Clayworks’ mission and about community-based education. The executive director has the mandate for managing the artistic, educational and operational functions of the entire organization, and reports to the Board of Trustees.
We are looking for someone with demonstrated management ability,preferably in the non-profit sector, administrative skills, and a positive, outgoing personality. He/she will be able to manage nine full-time and four part-time paid staff, resident and visiting artists, a contractual teaching pool and will work in partnership with the founding director in the areas of major gift fundraising and strategic planning.
Qualifications: Baltimore Clayworks requires an executive director with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) and substantial experience in ceramic arts program and non-profit leadership roles. Candidates should have a solid background in artistic issues, confident public speaking abilities, excellent writing skills, good computer skills and creative approaches to fundraising and programmatic strategies. He/she should understand the challenges and opportunities of an urban environment and its impact on individuals, families, and institutions.
Compensation: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, in the range of $50,000 - $75,000. Health care benefits and paid vacation are provided as is access to a ceramic studio environment with kilns, etc. Professional development, conferences, and other opportunities are possible.
Organization Background: Baltimore Clayworks was founded in 1980 by a collective of nine ceramic artists. Today Baltimore Clayworks is viewed as one of the nation’s premiere ceramic art centers with an outstanding national and an international reputation for its state of the art facilities and professional support for ceramic artists. It has been recognized by numerous sources for its leadership in community arts programming in the mid-Atlantic region. Its primary campus is in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of northwest Baltimore; its community programs take place primarily in its two west side satellite locations. Clayworks’ mission, to develop, promote and sustain an artist-centered community, which provides exceptional artistic, educational and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts, is realized through the four program areas: Artists’ residencies, classes, exhibitions and community arts. Clayworks’ main campus is comprised of 17,000 square feet in two renovated historic buildings. It has a projected $1.2M operating budget for 2010.
To apply, please email resume, cover letter, three references with contact information, and two writing samples to: Baltimore Clayworks is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Sundog arts fair this weekend!

Well I've just about made it through the holiday Christmas sale season. Number 5 this weekend. The light at the end of the tunnel. It's been a blast though meeting so many new people and getting reactions and feedback.

More than anything though i'm looking forward to a bit of a break from late nights and the return of floor and counter space in my studio, kitchen, office, living room, etc.

If you are around Saskatoon this weekend please stop by and say hi at Sundog.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Submit Content.....please!

In case you didn't know, musing is 100% me volunteering my time. And I'm not complaining! It's a great love of mine. But if I may, I'd like to ask for your help in finding content to post. I spend a lot of my time trying to find great artists to showcase, must see exhibitions, calls for entry, job postings, residency opportunities, workshops, conferences and all round fun clay related stuff. And I'd love to share more with my readers. So if you have something you'd like to share drop me a line at If you could add musing about mud to the subject line that would be a fantastic way to ensure you don't end up in my spam folder. 

Any content is applicable so long as it's got some clay in there somewhere. International submissions are encouraged. Artists, galleries, writers, collectors, you name it, you can all help out by sending me some cool stuff to post and share with my readers. 

I thank you in advance!

Remember World Aids Day

To celebrate here is a link to a wonderful ceramic related post:

We will remember them. By Deon de Lange