Monday, 28 February 2011

China Knuckles by the Broken Plate Pendant Co.

China Knuckles

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Artist of the Day: Donna Herrick

(Paul Leather photo credit this image only)

I tried, I honestly tried to stay away from clay after art school. But there was no avoiding it! I am hooked on clay, and I happily spend my time in my studio handbuilding and slipcasting. Most of my work is finished by smoke firing.

You can see what I am up to by logging on to my website

Sunday, 27 February 2011

K-State Ceramics Residency Program

K-State Ceramics Faculty

Dylan J. Beck
Ceramics Area Chair
Assistant Professor

Yoshiro Ikeda
University Distinguished Professor
Awarded NCECA Excellence in Teaching

Glen R. Brown
Critical Theory and Art History

Residency Information -


11 month – September 1 – July31
9 month – September 1 – May 31


200+ sq/ft Private studio w/sink in K-State ceramics area

Adjunct professor status: Adjunct appointments are made for the benefit of the university to allow people from outside the university to contribute to its academic program. In recognition of their contribution to the academic community, the university extends to adjunct appointees residing in Kansas the use of university libraries; employee rates for athletic, K-State Union, and cultural events; and parking privileges.

Teaching opportunities may become available but are not guaranteed.

Exhibition opportunities on and off campus


Lab fee of $100 per semester covers all clay and glaze materials/firings
Participation in graduate critiques and serving on graduate committees
Occasional demonstrations for under graduate ceramic courses
Artist in residence is responsible for all personal living expenses


Applicant must have a MFA degree

Application Deadline

March 15, 2011

April 15th email notification date

To apply:


Completed application form -
10 images of current work
Image description list
Current resume
Artist Statement

Email applications–

Or Mail

K-State Ceramics Residency
Dylan J Beck
111 Willard Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Talente -2011

When: 16-22 March 2011

Where: New Munich Trade Fair Centre
Visit New Munich Trade Fair Centre's website

Times: 9:00 to 18:00 daily

Tickets: Day ticket: €12,50
Book tickets

11 UK makers will be exhibiting work at the highly acclaimed Talente exhibition, part of the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades in Munich. In existence since 1980 and held annually, Talente is one of Europe’s most prestigious showcases for emerging talent in the areas of design, technology and craft.

The Crafts Council has once again acted as mentor for the Talente exhibition, encouraging selected makers to apply for this prestigious competition, which reflects high quality talent put forward via a network of mentors from all over the world.

Participants showcased are selected by a European jury and are of a high standard reflecting the ideas of young people with an experimental approach to materials and craft techniques. It offers a European platform enabling new makers to launch their creative careers to the wider European market.

General Information

Since 1979 the Talente organisers have collaborated with training institutions, academies, universities and arts and crafts organisations throughout the world, who put forward their nation’s best people for the competition. The Crafts Council has once again acted as mentor, encouraging selected makers to apply to exhibit recent work at Talente 2011. The world-wide network assures a unique view of trends and questions which concern young people in arts and crafts, making visitors aware of trends and currents, and of the coming generation of designer makers and inventors. The selected UK exhibitors for 2011 are:

Farrah Al-Dujaili – Jewellery –
Abigail Brown – Silverware –
Eleanor Bolton – Jewellery –
Madeleine Harris – Jewellery –
Kathryn Hinton – Silverware –
Rosanna Martin – Ceramics –
Egle Petrauskaite – Printed Textiles –
Idun Sira – Ceramics –
Li-Chu Wu – Jewellery –
Emma Yeo – Multi Media Textiles –
Xiaorui Zhang – Jewellery –

The International Trade Fair is also home to Schmuck; the forum for contemporary jewellery which enjoys an international reputation, Exempla; a showcase of around 25 international contributors demonstrating live workshops and Meister der Moderne; a presentation of the very best in contemporary craft and design, from around the world.

For further information please contact Sarah Turner

Venue Information

International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades/Internationale Handwerksmesse
New Munich Trade Fair Centre

via: UK Crafts Council

Artist of the Day: Saara Kaatra

I'm a Finnish ceramist based currently in Germany.
Here is the link for my web page where you can see my works:

I'm also part of a group called Lem and we have a blog:

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Betty Woodman

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Members $15 / public $18 / students $12

Widely recognized as one of the most important ceramic artists working today, Betty Woodman will speak about her life and art on the eve of the opening of an exhibition of her work at the Gardiner Museum. Woodman is a master of colour and form whose painterly sculptures and installations bring images of Matisse, Picasso and Miro to mind. In 2006 she was given a full retrospective at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, an honour rarely bestowed by that institution on an individual living artist. Betty Woodman: Places, Spaces and Things opens to the public at the Gardiner Museum on March 3, 2011.

Presented in partnership with the Gardiner Museum.

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Visiting Assistant Professor at IU Southeast

IU Southeast seeks an outstanding artist/educator for a full time ten-month appointment of Visiting Assistant Professor beginning August 2011. This position is a one-year appointment with possibility of renewal. The position requires competence in a wide range of drawing processes/techniques with a secondary emphasis in either ceramics or painting. The successful candidate will teach drawing from beginning to advanced levels, and possibly entry-level courses in color and painting or ceramics, depending on area of expertise.

The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in representational drawing with conceptually interdisciplinary ideas, will be knowledgeable about contemporary art issues and theory, and will have a broad understanding of new approaches to art making. Applicants must demonstrate strong teaching skills and a broad range of knowledge in drawing (material, technique, form, and content).

This position will require: (1) assessing, advising and mentoring students; (2) participating in recruitment, retention and promotion of the IU Southeast Fine Arts program; (3) maintaining studio facilities; (4) participating in program/school/campus service and student activities and performing related professional duties; (5) maintaining an active professional practice and exhibition record in addition to displaying a commitment to teaching at the University level (6) working collegially with diverse points of view to make decisions.

MFA degree and graduate TA teaching experience required. At least two years of teaching experience at the college-level beyond graduate assistantships is preferred. An active current professional practice and exhibition record is also required.

To apply: please send a letter of application, teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, sample syllabi, 20 images of recent work, 20 images of student works (.jpg images on MAC compatible CD, smaller dimension 800 pixels wide or high, ex. 800 x 1000, 800 x 1150, etc.) with annotated image list, contact information for three references, student evaluations, and other supporting materials (no materials will be returned unless a SASE is provided) to: Fine Arts Search Committee, Indiana University Southeast, Human Resources, 4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany, Indiana, 47150.

Deadline for applications is March 31st, or until position is filled.

IU Southeast is one of eight degree-granting campuses constituting Indiana University and is located minutes from Louisville, KY. The region offers rich cultural and entertainment opportunities with a relatively low cost of living. IU Southeast has an enrollment of 7000-plus students, offering bachelors and masters degrees in a wide range of disciplines. On-campus student housing is available. The IU Southeast Fine Arts program has 190 majors and awards the BA and BFA degrees.

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Job Posting - Studio Manager - Red Star Studios

Studio Manager - Apply by Email
Fill by Summer 2011

The Studio Manager in the point-of-contact for new and current studio members, Artists-in-Residence, and students. A successful Studio Manager is reliable, organized, takes initiative, works independently, and has excellent communication and management skills. (S)he will be responsible for the smooth operation of the ceramics studio, maintaining cleaning and maintenance schedules, and enforcing studio policies. Cleanliness is very important. (S)he must be able to manage inventory and organize/initiate orders of required materials and equipment. Communicating studio material and financial needs with GM is a regular occurrence. The Studio Manager will be responsible for the administration and hiring of class and workshop instructors, as well as assisting in the preparation and operation of workshops and special events.

Red Star Studios is a growing organization, with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Studio Manager has substantial input on studio policies and programming and, as such, this position has great potential to grow with the organization.

-Must have experience as a ceramics Studio Manager and a desire to teach and mentor.
-Experienced in throwing and sculpting clay, as well as the firing and loading/unloading of natural gas and electric kilns.
-An overall understanding of glazes, various clay bodies, along with other materials and tools used in the ceramic arts.
-Basic Computer skills. Familiarity with Google's suite of services is a plus.
-Must be able to lift 50lbs
-College degree helpful, but not required with sufficient experience.

Studio Manager will be provided with a studio membership, at no cost, that can be used on his/her own time.
Studio Technician/Coordinator - Apply by Email
Fill As Soon As Possible

The Studio Technician/Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of kilns, wheels, and other studio equipment. (S)he will be responsible for kiln firings and safety, as well as the supervising and training of residents on the same. Cleanliness is very important. (S)he will be responsible for setting and maintaining a firing schedule. The Studio Technician/Coordinator will assist the Studio Manager is material inventorying, organizing and ordering. (S)he will also assist the Studio Manager in standard studio operations.

Red Star Studios is a growing organization, with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Studio Technician/Coordinator has active input on studio policies and programming and, as such, this position has potential to grow with the organization.

-Must have experience as a ceramics Studio Technician and be well organized.
-Experienced in firing and loading/unloading of natural gas and electric kilns. Soda and wood-firing a plus, but not required.
-Experienced in mixing and recycling clay and mixing glazes.
-An overall understanding of glazes, various clay bodies, along with other materials and tools used in the ceramic arts.
-Basic Computer skills. Familiarity with Google's suite of services is a plus.
-Must be able to lift 50lbs


Frank Craft
Red Star Studios

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Artist of the Day: Priscilla Mouritzen

All the pinched bowls are the same size: hand-sized - as is demanded by the pinching process.

They show all the variety and movement which porcelain clay allows and which the vagaries of wood firing embellishes them with. At the same time their inate ”pinched” quality gives them life and liveliness.

The works show an exploration of pattern in which echoes of my childhood in Africa can be detected.


Friday, 25 February 2011

CARFAC NEWS: Canadian Museums Association attacks artists’ fees

Posted on February 18, 2011 in CARFAC, Copyright Bill C32, NEWS & VIEWS

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Ottawa, Thursday, February 16, 2011 – The Canadian Museums Association told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday they would like to see the Exhibition Right “abolished”. Jon Tupper, President of the CMA, also asked to be exempt from paying artist fees for things such as reproductions in catalogues, in slides for public lectures and online.

Canadian museums are the main source of copyright income for visual artists. An amendment proposed by Bill C-32 to open fair dealing to education appears to have been perceived by the museum community as an invitation to stop paying the fees that artists such as Jack Chambers fought so hard for. Although they claim their budgets are too tight, for most public galleries artists’ fees represent a small portion of their budget. When faced with similar arguments back in the 1970’s, artist Tony Urquhart suggested to a Montreal museum director that instead of hosting twenty contemporary exhibits in a year, he host nineteen and use the last budget to pay the artists.


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Tenure-track position in Studio Art at U of R

The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Studio Art, at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2011. The successful candidate should be a highly qualified practitioner with an MFA or other terminal degree. Candidates should have expertise in a range of contemporary approaches to art making, the ability to contribute to the delivery of undergraduate and graduate teaching in Visual Arts as well as to interdisciplinary initiatives within the Faculty of Fine Arts. An active record of research dissemination is essential. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach art foundations, and courses in at least two of the following areas: ceramics, digital imaging, intermedia, professional issues, and sculpture. Skills in the use of digital tools will be considered an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to administration and committee work in the Department, Faculty and University and to teaching and research within the Faculty of Fine Arts.

The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina is a comprehensive program with majors specializing in ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, print-media, sculpture, art history and cultures of display. The Department is located within the Faculty of Fine Arts and members engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative work within the Department, Faculty and University. Faculty include studio artists and art historians and the Department offers BFA, BA, BA (Honours) and MFA degrees, a special 3-year program for Arts Education majors and two certificate programs. Faculty in Visual Arts are active artists, academics, curators and writers, who disseminate their work nationally and internationally. The Regina area supports a lively arts community with a number of significant public, commercial and artist-run galleries, and both the University and the City of Regina have a strong commitment to public art.

DEADLINE: February 28th, 2011.

Applicants are required to submit a letter of application; CV; examples of studio practice on CD or DVD and/or other relevant documentation of current work; a statement of research practice; a statement of teaching philosophy identifying areas of teaching expertise; all academic transcripts (originals required), up to three reprints of scholarly writing if applicable, and the names of three referees who have been asked to send letters by the deadline date.

ALL applications will be received using our electronic system at

For full position requirements and instructions on how to apply go to

More information about the Department of Visual Arts can be found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We value diversity in the workplace.

Visiting Artist/Instructor – Ceramics (Competition 1011-JA-FT-30)

The Alberta College of Art + Design is one of only four publicly funded Canadian post-secondary institutions devoted exclusively to the advanced education of visual artists and designers. The college has recently entered into a vital new phase in its development and embraced a new mandate and vision that endorse a model of the institution as a laboratory for experimentation and as a catalyst for cultural development and creative inquiry into the arts and emergent cultural fields.

The college welcomes applications for the upcoming 2011 – 2012 academic year for the position of:

Visiting Artist/Instructor – Ceramics (Competition 1011-JA-FT-30)
Nine (9) month appointment – over two (2) semesters from August 25, 2011 to May 31, 2012.

This position has been an integral part of the Ceramics program for over 20 years and is currently funded under the ACAD Rawlinson Visiting Faculty Program made possible by the generous donation of the Jill Rawlinson Fund.

To complement existing instructional resources, the Visiting Artist in Ceramics will instruct a total of four (4), six (6) hour long studio courses at all levels of the undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program and will be expected to participate in Ceramics program activities and administrative workload. The Visiting Artist will receive remuneration (on a prorated-basis) in line with the salary of a full time instructor teaching a two course per semester load and will be provided with a generous studio space within the Ceramics facility. Firing and glazing materials will also be provided. The Visiting Artist will be expected to maintain an active personal research/studio practice during the time at ACAD and will be invited to mount a solo exhibition/presentation of her/his research/studio practice at the college in April 2012.

The successful candidate will have: a significant professional exhibition record and recognition as a ceramist, an MFA or an equivalent degree or combination of education and professional experience in ceramics, substantial teaching experience at the post secondary level, excellent technical skills and a wide knowledge of all aspects of the discipline with a particular regard for the international ceramics profession. Applicants with a studio practice and teaching experience in pottery are particularly sought for this academic year.

Please submit applications by March 31, 2011 including: letter of application; the names/email/telephone contacts of three (3) referees; a current curriculum vitae; Two statements, one outlining teaching philosophy and practice and one regarding studio and research practice; twenty (20) digital images of recent studio work accompanied by a corresponding numbered list including titles, medium and size to:

Alberta College of Art + Design
1407 - 14th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3
Fax: 403.284.6236

For further information about the college, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and this position please visit our web site at Alberta College of Art + Design is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies. While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest, please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In situations with several qualified candidates, preference will normally be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Forming Words

guest speaker Emily McCulloch Childs of McCulloch & McCulloch

Text on ceramics has a long and rich history, from ancient pictograms scratched on clay tablets to provocative works from the conceptual art movement of the 60s and 70s. Forming Words is an exhibition designed to explore and articulate ideas within this popular movement in ceramic practice.

Ceramic art has the ability to communicate without words, through touch, sight and use, making the decision to incorporate text a deliberate and potentially provocative choice. Eight Australian ceramicists exhibit works that explore how the written word furthers our appreciation of a three dimensional artwork, merging text and form to convey a cohesive idea.

Exhibiting artists: Jane Walton, Connie Lichti, Kylie Johnson, Mel Robson, Jan Downes, Ingrid Tufts, Wendy Hadfield-Smith, Sarit Cohen

Curators: Ingrid Tufts and Sophie Milne

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Artist of the Day: Gem Chang-Kue

I am a ceramic artist living on Gabriola Island, BC where I have maintained a studio pottery for twenty years or so. Presently, I produce a variety of ceramic ware in my studio. I make functional stoneware that is reduction-fired but I also create glazed raku and naked raku vessels and sculptural forms.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Artist of the Day: Michael Flaherty

A Precarious Moment in Ceramics

Saggar-fired stoneware tiles and ink

Plan For World Peace

Clay and found objects
120cm wide

Settlers of Grey Islands

Coloured porcelain and inkjet prints
Interactive game

Michael Flaherty, b. 1978, St. John's, Newfoundland.

As a graduate of NSCAD University (BFA, 2001) Michael studied salt-glaze stoneware
production under the tutelage of master potter Jackie Seaton in Ontario before moving
on to become Clay Studio Coordinator and Instructor at the Craft Council of
Newfoundland and Labrador. More studies at University of Regina (MFA, 2007)
coincided with a residency at at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
in Montana (2005) and sessional teaching appointments at NSCAD University (2006).

In 2007 Michael returned to Newfoundland where he now maintains an active studio
practice. Recent works have included a cross-Canada bicycle ride/art intervention,
and three months spent living alone and making a ceramic installation on a deserted
island off Newfoundland's north coast.

Michael currently lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he is the Sculpture
Technician in the Fine Arts Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland -
Grenfell Campus.

In addition to being an artist, Michael is a compulsive volunteer in artist run
culture and a bicycle advocate, instructor and mechanic.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Dallas Pottery Invitational 2011

Dallas Pottery Invitational

Dallas Pottery Invitational

Refined form. Defined function.

Please join us for the Fourth Annual Dallas Pottery Invitational on April 8th-10th, 2011 at the Janette Kennedy Gallery at Southside on Lamar. Come celebrate the functional ceramics of eleven nationally recognized artists. Explore the diversity of contemporary styles crafted using earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clays. Share, learn, and buy from the artists, themselves.

This coming year we will host five new artists: Andy Brayman, Autumn Cipala, Kari Radasch, Monica Ripley and Deb Schwartzkopf. Also featured is our current core group of artists: Amy Halko, Daphne Roehr Hatcher, Gary Hatcher, Brenda Lichman, Lisa Orr and Louise Rosenfield.

Louise Rosenfield

Louise Rosenfield

The work of this diverse group will provide you with a unique overview of the field of functional ceramists today. Whether you are a novice or seasoned collector, you will appreciate the exceptional opportunity to talk to the artists while viewing their wares.

Andy Brayman Andy Brayman

Using hand made pottery every day offers the potential for a moment of reverie, giving you the opportunity to examine an often-overlooked aspect of daily life which can bring special meaning to the ordinary.

For all the details please visit their website.

Artist of the Day: Melissa Schooley Raging Bowl Pottery

As a kid growing up on an apple orchard in Southwestern Ontario, mom's homemade play dough was my favorite thing to play with. I loved the stuff. My poor mother sacrificed her dining room table for years so that I had somewhere to create. I was always a pretty creative kid and enjoyed art classes in school.

Until high school, that is. In high school we were given the opportunity to take either art or music. I chose music. Not because I didn't want to take art, but rather, because I was horrible at drawing and couldn't paint to save my life. For some reason, I had always just assumed that art class in high school was all about painting and drawing, and so I avoided it like the plague. I suffered all through high school taking music classes and focusing on science, all the while wishing I could take pottery classes. Once graduation rolled around, I was off to university to persue sciences but pottery was always a lingering thought. I didn't last long in sciences. I was horribly unhappy and knew that something had to change. I made the switch to social sciences for all of one semester but there was still something missing. I decided that if I was going to be
happy, I needed to go to school for something I always wanted to do. Pottery.

Much to the horror of my parents, I dropped out, moved back home and put together a portfolio to apply to art school. Within 6 months I was on my way to Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver where I completed a Bachelor's of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Degree in 2002.
I have never looked back. I have been a full time potter since 2005 and am currently working in functional porcelain. I have absolutely no regrets about the path I have chosen - though really, it feels more like the path chose me.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Upcoming Studio Potter deadlines

Please visit their website for more info.

Print on Clay: New Surface Techniques with Cathy Terepocki

Clayworks Studio-Link and the Edmonton Potters Guild invite you to learn a variety of printing techniques to create new surfaces on your finished work.

Cathy will demonstrate water-based printing techniques, from basic transfers with rubber stamps, and introduce participants to screen printing with slips and underglazes. She will demonstrate printing onto tissue-paper as well as more direct methods of printing onto clay. She will also teach you how to make decals using laser printers and photocopiers. Her range of techniques can be readily used by both beginner and advanced ceramic artists, in any type of kiln.

When: Friday March 25, 6-9 & Saturday March 26, 9-4
Where: 10125-81 Avenue (Studio-link)
Cost: $95
(payment made at either the EPG or at Studio-link by March 11)

Cathy Terepocki graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA in ceramics. Since then she has been selling and exhibiting her work at galleries and shops across Canada. Her pieces have been featured in major exhibitions such as Canada’s Unity and Diversity Exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale and at the Vancouver Museum as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Contact: Alethea ( or Elly (413-0118)

Call for makers, artists, designers:

in designboom's unique and world famous market exhibitions, visitors are not only able to meet
the young avant-garde designers and become familiar with their work but also buy self-produced or limited edition pieces directly from the designers. profits through sales can be used towards partially covering any travel costs.

over the intense days of exhibiting and socializing, the designers have the chance to discuss their work with other like-minded professionals, customers, manufacturers, distributors, press and museum curators - verifying their designs and their packaging credentials.

after tokyo, sydney, seoul, melbourne, stockholm, saint-etienne, valencia, copenhagen, ...
this unique formula now sees its 23rd edition, since our very first mart in new york in 2005.

would you like to join us?
designboom is currently selecting designers.
if you are interested in participating at this mart, please email us now!

how to participate
please email us a few images of your objects that you would like to bring.

you should keep in mind that the mart is a sales exhibition,
therefore you are invited to sell a small amount of (self) produced items priced from:
10 USD - 100 USD
objects should be lightweight and easy to carry.

send us your work
please send your submissions to:
subject line: 'designboom mart new york'.
emails should not exceed 3 MB

Artist of the Day: Oriana Pelladi

Today there are no words with the images, just beautiful thought provoking images. Enjoy.

To see more please visit:

Monday, 21 February 2011

Upcoming - NYC Clay Forum II

1:00-6:00 pm Saturday March 5, 2011
You are invited to attend an exciting event for ceramic artists, collectors, museum professionals, and clay art lovers in the Tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area. This year’s forum will feature presentations by leaders in the field and all proceeds will benefit Watershed.

When: Saturday, March 5, 1pm ­ 6pm
Where: NYU Department of Art and Art Professions
The Barney Building, Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant Street (between E. 9th and 10th Streets and 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
New York, New York 10003

Admission/Donation: $60 (tax deductable donation to Watershed)

Schedule Highlights include:
    • Lecture and Book Signing with Janet Koplos - co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft
    • Artist Demonstrations by Kathy King & Elizabeth Kendall
    • 5 Minutes of Fame (a chance to present information about yourself, your work, your program, or any other Ceramic related subjects for 5 minutes of stage time)
For Questions/Further Info contact:
Matt Nolen

To Register please visit the Watershed website.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming - Artist of the Day: Koi Neng Liew

“One Pretty Flower For Mr. Rabbit Man”, 2006, earthenware, 3' x 3' x 7'

“Happy Little Men”, 2003 earthenware , 4’ x 6’ x 7’

“Girl On The Grasshopper”, 2009, earthenware, 20” x 35” x 52”

“All The Girls Behind”, 2007 ,earthenware, 24" x 28" x 56"

Koi Neng Liew is originally from Singapore, where studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. In 2001 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and in 2005 received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Liew is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, most recently the Roswell Artist in Residence grant in 2008, and was a Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2005. He is a featured artist in the Clay Art International Yearbook published in Athens, Greece, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally in the Uniited States and China over the past 10 years. Currently, he is a Year Long Artist in Residence at the Medalta International Artists in Residence program in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

We need to talk...

Dear readers, each and everyone of you,

I don't care for censorship. I had hoped I would never have to censor anything on a blog which I conceived of as a means to build a community of artists, art lovers, critics, educators, emerging artists, established ones, young and old. But today I've had to censor a few comments and I would like to discuss this openly and with transparency. I encourage you to join in a positive constructive discussion of the issue and to add your individual perspectives.

As an artist I see the value of constructive criticism. I encourage it. I desire it in my own practice for the challenges it can present; and for the opportunities for growth that it can inspire.

The comments that I have had to censor today are in my opinion not constructive, but rather a personal attack on a variety of levels which I feel does not have it's place on this blog. I aim to showcase a variety of ceramic based art on this site. There will be many different genres, skill levels, approaches shown. I believe that this is very important as this amazing clay community is built up of so many individuals and their unique approaches to art.

I always encourage dialogue and commentary on the blog. In fact I often desire more commentary. But should you ever feel the need to be cruel, rude and make personal attacks (directed at myself or any other artist I showcase on the blog) I will be forced to censor your comments. Please understand and respect this. If you would like to comment on this or ask questions of me regarding this please do so either publically in the comments or you can also email me at

As always I look forward to hearing from you, my dear readers. I appreciate that you are all here with me everyday and a part of this online community. I respect your opinions and thoughts and would love to hear them.


Ceramic Art London

Patricia Volk Pulse. Photographer Jason Ingrams

Patricia Volk Pulse. Photographer Jason Ingrams

When: 25-27 February 2011

Where: Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
Visit Royal College of Art's website

Times: 10am-7pm, 10am-6pm, 10am-5pm

Tickets: £12 per ticket – to book tickets call 020 3137 0750

Ceramic Art London is the UK’s leading annual exhibition and fair of contemporary ceramics. A must-visit event for anyone with a passion for great design, visitors will see work from 79 exhibitors from the UK and further afield, selected by a committee of industry experts.

Amongst those exhibiting are Lesley Risby, Patricia Volk and Jane Hamlyn. Established ceramicists Thomas Bohle, Merete Rasmussen, Matthew Chambers and James & Tilla Walters will also show examples of their work.

First time exhibitors hoping to make their mark include Carol Farrow, Consuelo Radclyffe, Fenella Elms and Tanya Gomez. Every piece shown will be for sale and with prices ranging from £12 – £4,000, this is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to own a unique piece of art, whatever their budget.

Visit the Ceramic Art London website here.

via UK Crafts Council

Artist of the Day: Peter Christian Johnson

Clay, to me, has a historical presence. It seems forever connected to our past and our cultural formation. I find that the material is imbued with a sense of time as if it were saturated with memories themselves.

This work is meant to straddle the present, simultaneously looking back to the past and towards the future. It catalogues the act of making, of constructing, of inventing, and reinventing.

Peter Johnson currently lives and works in La Grande, Oregon where he is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. He earned his MFA from The Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Environmental Science at Wheaton College. Peter has been a resident artist and Visiting lecturer at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Australian National University, and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Australia, and through out the United States.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Artist of the Day: Xanthe Isbister

Installation: White Athabaska III, Red, Red III, Red IV Athabaska 120 W x 75 H inches

Shifted & Drift Ceramic, Terra Sigillata, Oil Paint 74 H x 58 W inches, 25 H x 52 W x 91 L inches

Red Athabaska IV Ceramic, Acrylic 36 W x 73 H inches

Xanthe Isbister was born in 1980 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors degree from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Scholarship, from the University of Manitoba, a Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellowship and the Eisentrager Howard Scholarship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Most recently she was awarded a Special Opportunities grant from the Manitoba Arts Council, and is currently a yearlong artist in residence at the Medalta International Artists in Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Since 2002 she has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Phoenix, AZ. Her large ceramic sculptures and installations explore the psychological significance and impact the natural environment has on human identity.

Installation: Burnt Ceramic and Glazes 144 H x 240 W x 180 L inches

Friday, 18 February 2011

Call for makers: Craft NI’s Exhibition Programme

Craft NI is now inviting proposals for its annual, selected exhibitions programme 2011-12 from craftspeople, designer-maker, curators, craft networks and retail outlets.

The Craft NI gallery is a showcase platform for displays and exhibitions of quality contemporary craft. Through an annually selected exhibitions programme, Craft NI offers year round access to displays and exhibitions of quality contemporary craft in the centre of Belfast.

The ground floor gallery is housed in the historic Cotton Court building, a former Bonded Warehouse and is conveniently located opposite the Merchant Hotel in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Each year Craft NI invites designer-makers, craftspeople, curators, craft organisations and retail outlets to submit exhibition proposals for an annual programme of exhibitions at the gallery. Normally, exhibitions run for two months.

A craft curator selects exhibitions on the basis of proposals submitted to Craft NI and on our general quality criteria. Find out more about the exhibition programme here →

Selection Process and Criteria
Work will be selected for display by an independent panel on the basis of the exhibition proposal and Craft NI’s general quality criteria.

By this, Craft Northern Ireland means contemporary work that:

  • extends practice as well as ensuring high standards of technical skill and design;
  • does not reproduce or restore but is innovative in its use of materials and aesthetic vision;
  • reflects the signature of the individual maker and demonstrates investigation of processes and critical enquiry.

Your application should contain:

  • Contact details
  • 4 jpeg images of recent work or link to website/blog
  • CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • Brief description of the work you are proposing (max 150 words)
  • Indication of how you will use the space/any special technical requirements
  • Information on when the proposed work is available

Venue: Craft Ni

End: 14th March, 2011 16:00

How To Take Part:

Please complete an application form and return with required information to or post to Craft NI, Cotton Court , 42 Waring St. Belfast BT1 2ED

The closing date is 14 March 2011.