Monday, 31 January 2011

Don't forget...

Artist of the day month starts tomorrow! (so exciting)
I've received amazing work so far, gorgeous, gorgeous, I can hardly wait to share it all. But i do need a few more entries, so if you're thinking all the spots are filled up, you're wrong. Send in those entries asap.

Here's the original post for all the details.

Monday Morning Eye Candy - Ricochet Studio

See more here.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Call for Papers: International Ceramics Symposium

*Symposium Announcement and Call for Papers*

*International Ceramics Symposium 2011 (ICS 2011) *

*-Ceramic Arts and Design for a Sustainable Society-*

07-11 March 2011, Frölunda Culture Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden

*Call for Papers*

Submissions which address one or more of the symposium themes are highly

The main theme of the symposium is:

• Ceramic art and design for a sustainable society

The symposium will address the following sub-themes:

• Research/education/practice in ceramic art and design for a sustainable

• Inter-/multi-/trans-disciplinary approaches with other fields or
cooperation towards a sustainable society

• Conservation and/or preservation of ceramics to maintain tradition

• Development, renewal or modernisation traditional craftsmanship of

• Role and importance of museum, culture centre and gallery related with
ceramic art and design for a sustainable society

• Politics, decision makers or stakeholders related with ceramic art and
design for a sustainable society

• Industry, business management and market related with ceramic art and
design for a sustainable society

• Relationship and communication with the public for a sustainable society


Contributions may take the form of written texts (Maximum 5000 words for a
scientific paper and maximum of 2500 words for a popular scientific paper).
Alternatively, you can also contribute an abstract within 300 words or an
extended abstract for an artistic presentation within 500 words. In
addition, authors are asked to submit a brief (100 words or less) personal

Submissions should be sent by email to Dr. Jeoung-Ah Kim
kjeounga gmail.comby February 10, 2011.


Participants are encouraged to present their research in form of a short
talk (20 minutes) or in poster format. The selected contributions will be
published in a symposium book (ISBN).

For further information please check the symposium webpage


Visiting Artists Workshop: The Elusive Tea Bowl–Office for the Arts at Harvard


March 14, 2011, Monday 10 am – 4 pm

Japanese master artists, Tsujimura Shiro and Suzuki Goro along with American artists Richard Milgrim and Jeff Shapiro, will demonstrate throwing the teabowl while discussing its aesthetic and philosophical relevance to the tea ceremony. This event is one feature of a weekend of events celebrating the tea bowl (March 12 – 14th) in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Japan Society – Boston and the Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA.

About the Weekend: Historically, the tea bowl has been a symbol for the aesthetic that pervades the tea ceremony within Eastern culture exhibiting unpretentious beauty, humility and dignity within this simple ceramic form. Since the appreciation of the world of tea has grown and the number of American ceramicists making tea bowls has increased, this comprehensive series of events address the role of the tea bowl as both a ceremonial vessel and three-dimensional art form in the wake of the artistic exchange between East and West.

The weekend begins with an exhibition of tea bowls at the Lacoste Gallery on Saturday, March 12th featuring 12 Japanese artists and 14 American artists. On Sunday, March 13th, the Museum of Fine Arts will invite international scholars and artists to discuss the history and philosophy of tea and utensils and their place within contemporary society, addressing specifically the aesthetic translation of Japanese sensibilities by American ceramicists. The weekend will conclude at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard with a day of demonstrations and lectures by two Japanese master artists, Tsujimura Shiro and Suzuki Goro, joined by American ceramic artist Richard Milgrim and event organizer and American ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro. Participants will engage first hand in viewing the tea bowls being created on the wheel or carved by hand, while hearing each artist discuss the influences and progression of their own artwork.

Fees: Free for Harvard Undergraduates and Graduate students, $45 for first time general public, $35 for all others.

Click here for more information on this workshop.

VIA Vicki Hardin @ Clay Art Web Guide

Friday, 28 January 2011

February at Plinth Gallery

Shalene Valenzuela:
"Recipe for Disaster"

Opening Exhibition and Reception with the Artist.
First Friday, February 4th, 2011 6 - 9pm
Light refreshments will be served.

"Easy Mix - Balancing Act" Slipcast ceramic, cone 04, underglaze illustration, print transfer

Shalene Valenzuela's ceramic work consists of quirky pieces reflecting a variety of issues with a thoughtful, yet humorous and ironic tone. Her inspiration is found in everyday common objects she reproduces through slipcasting, then illustrates with a variety of handpainted and screenprinted images. We welcome Shalene to Plinth Gallery for her first exhibition in Colorado.

"Blending In - Consumed" Slipcast ceramic Cone 04, underglaze illustration, print transfer

Saturday Workshop with Shalene
On Saturday, February 5th, from 9am until 5pm, Plinth Gallery will host the first of three, one-day workshops in the Gallery studio space. In this session, Shalene Valenzuela will demonstrate a variety of surface-embellishment techniques and image application. Through slide presentation, lecture and hands-on demonstration, she will share her unique process of illustrating on bisque surfaces and incorporating print aspects with her drawn images.

Shalene earned her MFA in ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and has recently taught at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. A former resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, she currently works at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Montana.

Cost for this workshop is $85 which includes lunch. Space is limited to 20 students and advance registration and payment will guarantee a space. Students will also receive a 10% discount on Gallery purchases the day of the workshop. Please contact Plinth Gallery for additional information and to register.

Plinth Gallery News:

Workshop Series: Shalene's February 5th workshop will be the first in our series on Surface Decoration.

On April 2, Yoko Sekino-Bove will demonstrate decoration techniques including sgraffito, carving, stamping, and a variety of glaze painting, as well as wet clay surface techniques such as mishima and slip painting. Students will actively participate in this workshop and make a variety of clay stamps to use on their own work. A supply list will be emailed to participants in advance of the workshop. Yoko’s show, “Fragile Immortality” will be the featured exhibit at Plinth for April.
On May 7, Connie Norman will conduct a seminar on glazing techniques for terra cotta and white earthenware pottery, using masking tape and other office supplies to cut resist-style designs. Students should bring several pieces of bisque-fired work to experiment with glazing techniques demonstrated in this workshop. Connie’s show, “Snippets of Conversation” will be the May exhibition at Plinth.
Each day-long workshop begins at 9am, ends by 5pm, and includes lunch. Cost is $85 for each seminar, or register for all three sessions for $230. Space is limited to 20 students, so registration will be on a first-come, first served basis and advance payment will guarantee a space. Specific information for each workshop, including any necessary supplies, will be mailed to each student when payment is received. Cancellations will be fully refunded if made by 5pm on the Monday before the workshop. Students will also receive a 10% discount on any Gallery purchase the day of the workshop only. For additional information or to register, contact Plinth Gallery at 303-295-0717, or email

CALL FOR ENTRY: Plinth Gallery, in collaboration with Anderson Ranch, is presenting a two-­month exhibition to celebrate ceramics in Colorado. The exhibition will showcase a diversity of contemporary ceramics, both functional and sculptural, that are exceptional in concept and execution, and completed within the last year. Jonathan Kaplan is issuing an invitation to all Colorado?based ceramic artists to participate in this unique exhibition, scheduled to open June 3, 2011. Submission information is here.

Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, noon-5pm, and other times by appointment. 303-295-0717

Emerging Artists 2011 - call for entry

In May 2011, Ceramics Monthly will feature the works of emerging clay artists. Those actively pursuing a career in ceramics for less than ten years are eligible.

To be considered submit the following:
• Up to five professional-quality digital images (300 ppi resolution on CD, plus a full-size color print of each image), with complete descriptions of works.
• Full contact information including e-mail, artist’s statement and résumé.
Mail to:
Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly, 600 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 210, Westerville, OH 43082.
Do not submit materials in binders or folders. Emailed submissions and submissions of more than five images will not be considered. Submitted materials will not be returned. Due to the volume of entries, no phone calls, please.
Arrival deadline: February 25, 2011
Do you know an emerging artist? Do they need a nudge? Pass this along and help them get the recognition they deserve.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Prairie Excellence: On view at the Sask Craft Council.

Brian / Dawn McArthur / Detarando
Immense Mode (maquette)

Prairie Excellence

Fri, Jan 14, 2011 » Sun, Feb 27, 2011
A 35 piece exhibition representing the finest craft from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

This travelling exhibition was juried by Helen Delacretaz, Chief Curator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Karen Schoonover, Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of Regina and Mary-Beth Laviolette, formerly a senior Curator of art at the Glenbow Museum, currently working independently.

Read a review of the show here:
Planet S Mag - This Is Becoming A Habit by by Bart Gazzola

And check out the show online here.

Spamalot and some studio shots

My apologies to anyone that is having troubles with the comments on musing today. I'm being hit pretty hard with spam for some reason today, which will hopefully clear up soon. Sorry for any inconvenience.

In the meantime here's a few more shots from the studio of some work in progress.


Deborah Schwartzkopf - Workshop Demonstrations

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 9 am - 4 pm
Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 9 am - 4 pm

Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 7:00 pm

All events:
Ceramics Studio University of Manitoba
School of Art
203 FitzGerald Building University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2

Deborah Schwartzkopf currently practices at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington. She received a BA in Art at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and completed her MFA at Penn State in 2005. Since then, she has received the Lilian Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation, taught at Ohio University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, was an artist-in-residence at Mudflat Studios near Boston, Massachusetts, and was a guest artist at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has worked internationally at Sanbao in Jingdezhen, China, and the Ceramics Workcentre in Berlin, Germany.

For more information, please contact Grace Nickel, or 474-8318.
Deborah Schwartzkopf’s visit is sponsored by the Ceramics Club and the School of Art Visiting Artist Endowment Fund. There is no charge to attend the workshop or the lecture – everyone is welcome.

Potclays Emerging Makers International Ceramics Festival Award 2011

What is it?: The Emerging Makers Award is an opportunity for new potters and artists working with clay who have graduated from college within the past five years, to present a Powerpoint slideshow about their practice at the 2011 International Ceramics Festival. 
Six makers will be selected to make presentations on their work each lasting 15 minutes (including a Q7A session) at the Festival. The presentations will take place in the lecture rooms. From the six selected, one will be chosen by festival audience to receive an award kindly donated by Potclays. Each of the six makers will receive a ticket to the Festival weekend.

What to do next: Applicants are asked to submit a simple 10 minute PowerPoint presentation of images on a CD along with one side of A4 information about themselves, their practice to date and plans for the future, as well as 3 reasons why they should be selected.
Send applications to: Sophie Bennett, ICF2011, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Ceredigion SY23 3DE.

The Potclays Emerging Makers presentations will be selected based on the following criteria: 1) Design element of slides (out of 5), 
2) Delivery element (out of 5), 
3) Visual element (out of 5)
, 4) Time element (out of 5)

The Potclays Emerging Makers Award will be selected during the weekend by the festival customers and will be presented during the closing Ceremony of the Festival.
All six selected applicants will received free entry to the festival (excluding accommodation and subsistence). Successful applicants will be notified prior to the event by email.

The deadline for applications is April 29th, 2011.

For more information:

via SJSU Art Blog

BRIAN BOLDON Ceramics Visiting Artist Workshop @ ACAD in Calgary

The ACAD Ceramics Program is pleased to present a workshop with Brian Boldon, Feb. 1 to 4. Boldon has developed new technologies for digital printing on ceramics and glass, integrating digital media with traditional ceramic studio art practices. His workshop will align with the integration at ACAD of the decal printing process for ceramics/glass to support curriculum and students who wish to interface 3D with the digital image. Over the course of the workshop, Boldon will work with the students to experiment with this digital colour image technology.

The workshop will include demonstrations, discussion of works produced with the printed decal images, a formal lecture and senior critiques. A confirmed itinerary with more detailed time lines and workshop activities will be posted on the ACAD Ceramics blog closer to the event.

For more information on Brian Boldon’s work, please visit his website at Boldon also has a website for In Plain Sight Art: This site highlights the large scale architectural and public art that Boldon and artist Amy Baur create together in collaboration. In addition to making individual work and collaborating, Boldon prints decals for artists and the site supports information about file preparation, cost and suggestions for success.

Brian Boldon will do a public presentation on his studio practice
in the Stanford Perrott Lecture Hall, ACAD
Tuesday, February 1st @ 3:30 p.m.
All are welcome to attend the public lecture and demonstrations

Upcoming craft fairs - call for vendors:

Renegade Craft Fair Austin
Austin, TX
May 21 - 22
Fee: $400
Deadline to apply: Feb. 4

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Oaks
Oaks, PA
March 18-20, 2011
Filled on a first come basis with qualified applicants. (Jewelry filled)

Mayday Underground Crafts + Art
Rochester, NY
May 7
Fee: $30 - $55
Deadline to apply: Mar. 1

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset
Somerset, NJ
March 11-13, 2011
Filled on a first come basis with qualified applicants. (Jewelry filled)

Crafty Feast at Indie Grits
Columbia, SC
Apr. 16
Fee: $65
Deadline to apply: Feb. 11

via Craftzine

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Calling all cone 6 firing clay artists!

Did you know that there is a NING group out there just for you!?

Check it out here.

Sensual Ceramics @ Carbondale Clay Centre

Sensual Ceramics

Opening Reception -First Friday February 4th 6-8pm.

Featuring artists

Amy Chase, Kyoung Hwa Oh, Tsehie Johnson, Emily Schroeder, Stephanie Stuefer, Sanam Emami, Lea Tyler
Exhibition proudly sponsored by Jay Leavitt

CCC Gallery
Winter Gallery Hours
Visit CCC Gallery T, W, F 10a-5p, M, Th 12p-5p,
weekends and evenings by appointment.
Call for additional info 963-CLAY

Carbondale Clay Centre - Call for entries

Atmospheric Fired 2011

An invitational, international and juried show....focusing on all types of clay work that is atmospheric fired. Juried by Lorna Meaden.

Exhibition will take place July 1-August 2nd 2011. Applications must be received by May 23rd, 2011. Click here to download prospectus.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Genesee Pottery Call for Entries: College Clay Collective 2011

The best in college ceramics at the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery.

Juried by Kathy King: Visiting Artis Program Coordinator, Assistant to the Acting Director and Instructor at the Office of the Arts Ceramics Program at Harvard.

Entry fee; $15 for one entry, $20 for three entries

The Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Pottery is seeking original ceramic work from emerging artists who are currently enrolled in a college program. Work may be functional or sculptural. Mixed media work must be predominantly ceramics.

Submission deadline is Feb. 5th, 2011 (postmarked)

College Clay Collective Prospectus and Entry Form

The Genesee Center for the Arts & Education is located in Rochester, New York.

via SJSU's Art Blog

Call to Artists: Boyle Street Community Services, RFQ, Artist in Residence, Edmonton

Deadline: JAN 31

Boyle Street Community Services, an inner city agency, is inviting artists in the Edmonton area to become its first Artist in Residence, starting March 1, 2011. The Artist in Residence will work with community members to mentor and build their talents, develop a body of work by the Artist in Residence that reflects their experience at the agency and participate in a public showing of artwork produced during the artist’s tenure. We are searching for an appropriate candidate who comes from disciplines including painting, drawing, photography, fine craft, song writing or literary arts.

In an appropriate cover letter, candidates should refer to:
•Experience working with people who live in poverty, are marginalized and face multiple barriers.
•Examples of a candidate’s background using art to build self-esteem and foster personal growth.
•Examples of an artist’s own work that reflect issues related to social inclusion and poverty.
•Experience working with Aboriginal peoples and newcomers from varied cultures.

Applicants should detail key components of a proposed program, including suggestions on how to monitor program impacts. Examples of artwork should be provided using a CD or other appropriate digital format (including the option of providing a link to an applicant’s website). Proposals should also indicate how much time the candidate expects to spend working with community members at Boyle Street and on their own work over the six months for the project.

Appropriate space will be provided at Boyle Street to enable the selected artist to practice his or her own craft, host classes for the target population and offer individual consultation. The incumbent’s remuneration will be $25,000 over six months; a further $3,000 is available for supplies for the program. This initiative is sponsored by the Edmonton Arts Council, as part of the Art of Living cultural plan. The organizing committee includes representatives from the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and Boyle Street Community Services.

Please respond with the noted cover letter, proposal and appropriate digital support material by 5 p.m., January 31, 2011 to:
For further information about Boyle Street Community Services, please see our webpage:

For more information about this opportunity, please contact David Berger, Deputy Director, Boyle Street Community Services, 10116 – 105 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0K2; (780) 423-3122, extension 254.

via Alberta Craft Council

The Recipients

JAN 8 - FEB 19

The Alberta Craft Council is pleased to honour the recipients of the 6th annual Alberta Craft Awards. These awards recognize the value and contribution of individuals to Alberta’s fine craft culture. All nominees and recipients were recognized at a ceremony at DaDe Art & Design Lab in Calgary on October 16, 2010. Visit to find out more about this years recipients.

The Alberta Craft Council is the Provincial Arts Service organization that develops, promotes and advocates for fine craft in Alberta. Since 1980, the ACC has promoted craft in Alberta through exhibitions, publications, marketing ventures, education, awareness projects and information services to its membership and to the general public.

via Alberta Craft Council Weekly E-news

Feats of Clay XXIV, 2011 call for ceramic art

Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, located in Lincoln, California, will present its 24th annual juried competition of ceramic works April 23rd – May 29th, 2011 featuring artists residing or working in the United States, Mexico and Canada. This celebratory exhibition of contemporary ceramic art (sculptural, non-functional, functional) will be held on the property of the renowned Gladding, McBean Terra Cotta Factory, and displayed inside an original 35 foot beehive kiln and in the historic architectural design studio. Access to the exhibit is by tour only.

Juror is Donna Billick, a ceramic artist living in Davis, California. Billick Rock Art has been creating large scale public art for 35 years, using ceramic, mosaic, tile terrazzo, bronze and steel. She is co-founder of the Art/Science Fusion program at the University of Davis.

Cash awards. Artists may enter up to three works which use 70% clay as the primary medium. Works must not exceed 36″ or 90cm in any direction-No Exceptions. Works must have been made after January 2010. Entry fee.

Deadline February 4th, 2011 (postmark)

PDF of prospectus: 2011 Prospectus

Link to website:

via SJSU's Art blog

Monday, 24 January 2011

A new book for your collection.

Click to preview book

And yours truly is even in it : ) (much to my surprise!)
Thanks to the ever so lovely Jenn Demke-Lange. This book looks so gorgeous. I had to order my copy immediately.

Preview and get yours here.

Time to give a little love back....

Maybe it's because Hallmark is shoving candy hearts down my throat, or maybe it's just because I have such amazing readers...but i reckon it's time to give a little love back and share some more from the amazing readers of musing with another "Artist of the day" month. Think back to December of 2009 or April of 2009 (wow i let a whole year go by without a month long showcase? Why didn't you all revolt?!)

So here's the drill:
You - send me some jpeg images of your amazing (primarily clay based) work; a brief bio or write up about your work; a website link or means for your adoring fans to get in touch with you.
Me - I'll promise to post an artist a day for the entire month of February. First come, first serve basis. If you send it, it will be posted. This is not juried.

Why? Because it's a great way for you to get your work shown to a wide audience of art lovers that make up this wonderful and supportive clay community. Plus it makes the blog look extra special gorgeous on a day to day basis. And well, maybe just maybe, there might be a prize in the mix somewhere.....(gotta be in it to win it right?!)

So send your images, etc. ASAP to
Please help me out by putting "artist of the day" in the subject line.
And if you know of someone whose work should be shown here, please, please pass this post along.

Alright guys - now it's in your hands!

Monday Morning Eye Candy - Caroline Swift

See more here.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Call for artists: But My Roots Are on Both Sides of the Sea

But My Roots Are on Both Sides of the Sea is a juried art exhibition presenting 30 Jewish artists from all over the world, dealing with the questions: Who am I? Israeli? Jewish? Where do I belong?

The artists will deal with how they see themselves and their Israeli and/or Jewish identity.

The exhibition is open to artists 18 and older who are Jewish. Original 2-dimensional works including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, wood, paper, textile, fiber, enamels, glass, metalsmithing, collage, and mixed media, completed since January 2009. Crafts, video, kit work, and reproductions are not accepted. Artwork maximun size can be up to 70cm/~27.56inches (if artwork is framed, frame included).

Juror is Steven Schwartz, owner and curator of Engine Gallery at the Historic Distillery District in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Juror’s Choice Award will be presented during the Grand Opening. The winner of the Juror’s Choice Award will receive a solo show at the Engine Gallery (subject to the gallery’s schedule and availability).

Submission deadline: February 28th, 2011, 5pm (EST)

Entry fees and participation fees, if accepted, apply. See the PDF for full details, contact information for more information and entry form: ILartTO Call for artists – But My Roots Art On Both Sides Of The Sea


via SJSU's Art Blog

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Studio Peek Saturday.

Job Posting - University of Arkansas

Job Title: Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics/Foundations

Department: Art

Location: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The Department of Art has more than 360 majors in the areas of Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photo, Printmaking, Sculpture and Visual Design. The department offers the following degrees: B.A. in Studio Art, B.A. in Art History, B.F.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A. in Art Education and M.F.A. in Studio Art. The faculty is made up of 12 tenured and tenure track faculty, 5 non-tenure track faculty, 3 part-time adjuncts and 2 full-time support staff.

Major Medical Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Delta Dental Insurance, CAN Long Term Care, Long Term Disability Insurance, TIAA/CREF and/or Fidelity, Social Security. Matching contribution by the university.

Posted Date: 1/22/2011

Annual Salary: $45,000

Start date: Aug. 15, 2011

Description: The University of Arkansas is seeking an active studio artist and teacher in the field of ceramics for a non-tenure track position, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have a strong commitment to an expanded definition of ceramics, embracing contemporary and traditional techniques from utilitarian pottery to conceptual installation. Applicant should also have a strong background in three-dimensional design and an interest in curriculum development.


  • MFA degree with demonstrated professional achievement in the field of Ceramics
  • College teaching experience
  • Broad knowledge of historical and contemporary aspects of ceramics, art, and theory
  • Experience in most ceramic techniques including wheel, hand building, and mold making/slip casting
  • Experience in three dimensional design techniques including woodshop and mixed media building processes
  • Knowledge of low to high-fire materials and firing of electric, gas, and atmospheric kilns
  • Commitment to community outreach and student mentoring

Job Duties: Teach two classes per-semester, supervise graduate students and adjunct faculty teaching three-dimensional design courses, work with graduate students and advanced ceramics students, manage ceramics studio and equipment, including supervising graduate assistants, and maintain an active research record.

Where To Apply? Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, artist’s statement, statement of teaching philosophy, list of 5 professional references w/address, phone, email, 20 images of professional work, 20 images of students’ work (all images should be a maximum of 1024 X 768 pixels, RGB, 72 dpi, jpeg), image identification list indicating each image's description and/or title, dimensions, medium, and date in corresponding numbering to presentation. (Any digital video work should be submitted as QuickTime files.) All materials should be submitted on a CD or DVD and formatted for Macintosh. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you wish the materials to be returned.

Deadline: March 1, 2011 or until position is filled.

Materials should be sent to:

Jeannie Hulen, Chair,

Department of Art

116 FNAR Center

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 72701

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, Offers Ceramic Sculpture Symposium – Mar. 5, 2011

Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, will present a Figurative Ceramic Sculpture Symposium, on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011, from 6:30-9:30pm in the Ashpy P. Lowrimore Auditorium at the Cauthen Education Media Center on the campus of Francis Marion University.

Sergei Isupov, Janis Mars Wunderlich, and Cristina Cordova will each give presentations about their artwork. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion, with Howard Frye and Doug Gray moderating, with the artists on the development of artistic imagery and style, followed by questions from the audience.

Work by Cristina Cordova

For further information contact Howard Frye, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Francis Marion University by calling 843/661-1680 or e-mail to (

Thursday, 20 January 2011

This is so insanely awesomely fantastic.

Beth Katleman:


January 20 - February 17, 2011

Jane Hartsook Gallery
16 Jones Street
New York, NY

Recently profiled in the New York Times, Folly is an installation of three-dimensional porcelain "wallpaper," filled with dark humor. Forty-eight white porcelain landscapes float against a polite turquoise wall, surrounded by an explosion of leaves and flowers. Upon closer inspection the narratives take a mischevious turn: bridesmaids behave badly, ducklings tumble off waterfalls and reindeer answer nature's porcelain call... The miniature landscapes include water features, topiaries, architectural follies, figurines and toys from the flea market. Inspired by the florid designs of 18th century wallpaper, Folly explores themes of consumption and desire.

Click here to read the full interview in the New York Times:

Press Release

Her Website

Map to Jane Hartsook Gallery


EXHIBITION Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
January 27 to March 27, 2011
Gallery open daily from noon until 5:00pm

Saturday, February 19 & Sunday, February 20, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch) At this workshop, Rob will demonstrate ways to deal with slab and wheel surfaces. He will also demonstrate the aesthetics of one-of-a-kind forms. The technical focus of this class will give emphasis to the aesthetics of Japanese pottery. Participants need to have some experience with the potter’s wheel. $130 / materials included

February 19, 2011 at 2:30pm in the Moose Jaw Performing Arts Centre in Crescent Park

Rob Froese maintains a studio practice in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, selling his work in Canada while periodically returning to Japan where his work has been shown in 21 solo exhibitions.
Along with 12 years living in Japan, his art studies and experiences include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, travel in Europe, Israel, Turkey, Southeast Asia and Mexico, and an artistic education provided by his father, Gus Froese, landscape painter and muralist.
Japanese cultural and culinary aesthetics have greatly influenced the way Rob works in clay; shaping his interest in the tactile experience of using a dish and in how physical qualities of a clay body inspire and direct form and function.

His friendship and collaboration with Japanese potter Kazuma Nakano has been an invaluable source of support, inspiration and excitement about living and working with clay.

For more information about the exhibition, workshop and artist talk please contact the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery at 692-4471.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Making Fun - 67th Scripps College Ceramic Annual

The Scripps College Ceramics Annual — the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States — opens for its 67th consecutive year on Saturday, January 22, 2010 and continues through Sunday, April 3. Titled “Making Fun,” the Ceramic Annual highlights works from a younger generation of artists who address a wide range of topics while imbuing their art with a sense of humor. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The theme “Making Fun” was chosen to affirm the value of play, a creative state requiring openness, vulnerability, and creativity. Play and art are closely intertwined, each representing the impulse to shape and adapt to a changing world. The works featured maintain their sense of humor while continuing to communicate their messages. Artists include: Barnaby Barford, Pattie Chalmers, Gerit Grimm, Ayumi Hori Sara Varon, Janice Jakielski, Matthew McConnell, Peter Morgan, Thomas Müller, Brendan Tang, and Matt Wedel.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Williamson Gallery.

The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is located at Eleventh Street and Columbia Avenue, adjacent to Baxter Hall. During exhibitions, the gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. For more information, please contact the gallery at (909) 607-3397 or visit the website.

“Soft Slabing It” A Handbuilding Workshop by Liz Zlot Summerfield

Liz Zlot Summerfield is hosting a workshop this weekend in her home studio. There are a couple of spots open! Check it out:

January 22, 2011

Bakersville, North Carolina


Come enjoy a day of demonstrations at the studio of Liz Zlot Summerfield. This workshop will cover the use of paper patterns, the construction of pots, and the use of terra sigillata and underglaze in surface decoration-all the elements that Liz uses in her work. The day will begin with a light breakfast and beverages provided by Liz. As a participant in this intimate setting, you will be able to ask many questions, learn new techniques, and see works in progress. Liz also has an on site gallery that houses her husband’s blown glass and her pottery.

Pack a lunch and prepare for a day of fun and learning in the studio!

Workshop Fee


Space limited to 8 people

To register contact Liz at:

828 688-1590

828 467-1138

via clay club

Sunday, 16 January 2011

CARFAC appeals to all artists to speak up about the Artist’s Resale Right. Find out how you can help!

Over the past six months, our campaign for the Artist's Resale Right has been picking up speed. All three opposition parties have endorsed our proposal. Heritage Minister James Moore, Health Minister and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq and the Prime Minister's Office have all expressed an interest in the Artist's Resale Right but we are still waiting for them to confirm their support. You can help tip the balance by writing your MP and the Conservative members of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-32.

About the Artist's Resale Right Many people profit when an artwork is resold – but not the artist. The Artist Resale Right would allow visual artists to share in these profits just as they do in 59 other countries around the world.

•The Artist Resale Right would entitle artists to receive 5% from the resale of their work.
-The full value of an artwork often isn't realized on the initial sale. It is common for visual art to appreciate in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows
-For example, acclaimed Canadian artist Tony Urquhart sold a painting, The Earth Returns to Life in 1958 for $250. It was later resold by Heffel Fine Art auction house in 2009 for approximately $10,000.

•Canada's Aboriginal artists in particular are losing out on the tremendous profits being made on their work in the secondary market.
-Many artists living in isolated northern communities live in impoverished conditions, while their work dramatically increases in value.

Find out you can help! Check out the CARFAC National

INNOVATORS + IDEAS (I2) Contemporary Craft Series

Saturday, January 29, 2011
1-5pm in the Studio Theatre

Each year, the Craft Department offers a series of dynamic, high-calibre programmes supporting the professional development of its artists-in-residence, craft and design students and the greater community.

Programme content reflects current, national and international ideas and directions relevant to contemporary craft and design practice.

Sin-Ying Ho, Transformation No. 1 (detail)
Image courtesy of the Artist.

Sin-Ying Ho, Transformation No. 1
Image courtesy of the Artist.

Sin-Ying Ho

Lecture by ceramic artist Sin-Ying Ho, whose monumental ceramic pieces express and describe the collision of Eastern and Western cultures.

She will lecture about her current work and career.

Sin-Ying Ho's work is on display at York Quay Centre, January 29 – April 10, 2011.

Lecture: Sin-Ying Ho
Migrating and Transplanting

Migrating and transplanting have generated a sense of displacement and a constant negotiation of Ho's identity. She express and describe the collision of Eastern and Western cultures: new vs. old, technology vs. tradition, communication vs. language, esthetics vs. cultural identity and economy vs. power. Ho examines relationships between the language of symbols and the symbols of ornament inspired by Chinese porcelain export-wares. She use icons, signs and corporate logos to re-contextualize the intersecting cultures in the 21st century economic globalization.

> Sin-Ying Ho

Find more info on their website here.

Currently at CraftVic

Susan Robey: Inhabit

Susan Robey, Conehead Pair, 2010
Susan Robey, Conehead Pair, 2010

21 January – 5 March 2011
Gallery 1

Opening Thursday 20 January, 6-8pm
To be opened by Fiona Hiscock, ceramicist.

Architectural structures explore movement and gesture in new ceramic work.

Elfrun Lach: Corollary

Elfrun Lach, 34 Random Pieces, mixed media (coral, cotton thread, enamel paint, felt, gesso, glass beads, leather, natural twigs, polymer clay, polystyrene, porcelain, recycled plastic, shell, wood)  (2005-2008). Photography by Screaming Pixel.

Elfrun Lach, 34 Random Pieces, mixed media (coral, cotton thread, enamel paint, felt, gesso, glass beads, leather, natural twigs, polymer clay, polystyrene, porcelain, recycled plastic, shell, wood) (2005-2008). Photography by Screaming Pixel.

21 January – 5 March 2011
Gallery 2

Opening Thursday 20 January, 6-8pm
To be opened by Ramona Barry, writer and artist.

Endangered marine organism raises questions of supply in Corollary.

Gerry Wedd: In the Woods

Gerry Wedd, Australian Gothic, ceramic, (2010). Image courtesy of the artist.

Gerry Wedd, Australian Gothic, ceramic, (2010). Image courtesy of the artist.

21 January – 5 March 2011
Gallery 3

Opening Thursday 20 January, 6-8pm
To be opened by Ken Gelder, Lecturer Literary Studies and Cultural Studies, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.

Beauty and danger inhabit miniature world depicting Australian outback.

Vanessa Lucas: Pearl, Shell, Bone and Stone
Vanessa Lucas, Potscape.
Vanessa Lucas, Potscape.

8 January – 6 February 2011
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Friday, 14 January 2011

Visiting Master Artist Workshops

February 5-6, 2011
Cost: $255.00 Register Now

Saggar Firing is an alluring process where vessels are fumed

in organic materials and minerals to create dynamic and

mystical blushes on the vessel surface without the use of glazes.

McMahon has been using this firing method for 17 years and

her work has a unique saggar signature like no other.

Participants will bring 2 to 6 small vessels or sculptures

for the firing, as well as clay saggars to house those pieces.

McMahon will cover form, surface, burnishing, terra siggalatta

and saggar firing in this chock full weekend.

Read Brenda McMahon's biography

Beth Cavener Stichter - DOWN TO THE SKIN
February 7-11, 2011
Cost: $1,185.00 Register Now

Beth Cavener Stichter will be teaming up with fellow sculptor

(and mother), Nan Jacobsohn to offer an intense hands-on workshop

in capturing gesture and expression through the animal and human

form in large-scale clay sculptures. Through demonstrations and slide

presentations, Cavener Sticher’s hand-building methods, such as

maquettes, armature building, hollowing, and surface design and

finish will be covered. Feeling a bit intimidated? Not to worry.

Nan Cavener Jacobsohn can guide you through some of the same

processes on an introductory level using simplified armatures that

will allow you to do many of the poses and ideas that have eluded you

in the past. This Mother –Daughter team uses similar techniques,

but offer a variety of solutions to the challenges of creating and finishing sculpture.

Read Beth Cavener Stichter's biography

February 26-27, 2011
Cost: $440.00 Register Now

During this workshop the focus will be on functional pots;

working on technique to achieve better function and a more

expressive personal aesthetic. Demos will include: throwing

and trimming for the right clay wall; cups, handles and lids,

and feet; pouring pots; and surface decorating with marking on wax.

Read Mark Shapiro's biography

March 25-27, 2011
Cost: $480.00 Register Now

In this figure building workshop particular attention will be

paid to the most detailed parts: heads, hands and feet. Shimazu

will demonstrate how she builds animated pottery figures: from

teeth and toenails, to getting just the right loopy smile, as she

wrestles with clay to achieve something with a life of its own.

It is intense but fun. Students should have prior experience with

clay and should understand how a teapot is made.

Read Esther Shimazu's biography

armory art center,
1700 parker avenue w.p.b.,
fl 33401
(561) 832-1776

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I just happen to be watching Bambi with the little guy when i ran across this:
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Some upcoming events at the Bray in 2011

The Bray is turning 60!
2011 Beyond the Brickyard exhibition
2011 Workshops
2011 Fellowship and Resident Applications
For more visit their website here.