Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Clint Neufeld: Grandpa Used To Wash My Hands With Gasoline


Neufeld, from Osler Saskatchewan, is ex military and a former firefighter. He works with concepts of masculine identity, currently in the form of ceramic transformations of engines and transmissions.


Taking a typically male pre-occupation with muscle cars, he replicates these components in ceramic. Finished like fine china, these sculptures take a grease monkey's love of car parts and transform them into something precious. Placed on teacarts or chaises longue, these are made the object of attention the equivalent of a prized tea service or reclining nude.




Show runs: April 15, 2011 - July 3 2011 at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George.

725 Civic Plaza
Prince George, BC, V2L 5T1
Canada

Old and practical.


I remember earlier on in my relationship with my mother in law, she would shake her head at me and tell my husband not to believe me when I asked for practical gifts for birthdays and holidays. Anyone claiming to really want that ceramic weight scale for Christmas must surely be nuts. But it has always been the case that some of my favorite gifts to date have been incredibly useful. One of the first Christmases that my husband and I were dating he bought me a banding wheel (oh it must be love!). Since then some of the more notable ones have included a sewing machine and gorgeous old used serger. My inlaws have even accepted my practicality and this year gifted me with some flooring for the studio and extra gloves. And earlier this week, oh to my excitement my lovely husband brought home a ware cart for me for my birthday. I can barely wait to get that sucker filled up with pots. Perfect timing too right as spring sale season kicks into high gear.

Speaking of sales I've got an upcoming one this weekend here in Saskatoon. A collective, flock & gather, that I'm a member of is hosting a lovely little sale and if you're in our neck of the woods please do stop by.

You can find out more here or here.

I'll be debuting a new line of mini figurine sculptures.

Hope to see you there!

(p.s. to my friends and family - i do really love all the gifts i get, some are just particularly awesome and i'm a workaholic so work related ones always fall into that category of particularly awesome, but i appreciate and love them all as i do each of you! )

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES National Cup Show 2011

Dutchess County Arts Association/ Barrett Clay Works
3RD Annual National Cup Show
Ceramics Exhibition

JUROR: Adam Welch, Director of Greenwich House Pottery
Manhattan NY

Exhibition Dates: September 24th - December 17th
Opening Reception on Saturday September 24th
Closing Reception Saturday December 17th

The National Cup Show is an exhibit that highlights the many diverse
interpretations of the cup. Both functional and sculptural, this utilitarian
object has been part of daily life for centuries. This event helps to promote
contemporary ceramic artists locally and nationally to celebrate the creativity
and endless interpretations of the simple form: a cup.

Open to all U.S. ceramic artists, age 18 and over. All works submitted should
be 90% clay. Both functional and non-functional pieces are welcome.

Work completed within the last 2 years is eligible. No student projects or work
completed in class will be accepted.

Submitting Images:
There are two ways to submit images:
You may send a CD of your images in JPEG format (300 dpi, 1200 x 1800 pixels)
along with the entry form to 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601
OR
E-mail your images in high resolution JPEG format (300 dpi, 1200 x 1800 pixels)
along with your contact information (name, mailing address, home/work/cell
phone number) to lspence@.... All image file names must list:
Last name, First name, title, size. (Please no asterisks or quotes.) Work
previously exhibited at DCAA/ Barrett Clay Works are not eligible.

Entry Fee: $30 for the first 3 images; $6 for each additional image.

Awards: Recipients of cash awards will be determined by the juror and
announced at the opening reception. Artists need not to be present to win.

If you have questions, or need more information, please contact Loretta
Spence at (845) 471-2550 or lspence@... or Eileen Sackman at Eileen.Sackman@...
Download the Entry Form at www.BarrettArtCenter.org

About the Juror:
Adam Welch became the director of Greenwich House Pottery in March of 2011.
Born in Fairfax, Virginia, he received his BFA from Northern Arizona University
in 2000 and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

NATURE MORTE - STILLED LIVES

The Hand Wave Gallery presents;

"NATURE MORTE - STILLED LIVES"
an exhibition of clay sculpture
by ANITA ROCAMORA, Meacham
May 6 -June 26, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday May 8 : 2- 5 pm .
Come for a drive and bring a friend.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Ceramics Tech Job Posting

The College seeks a Ceramics Technician to work closely with its ceramics faculty and students throughout the academic year managing the ceramics studio, beginning Fall 2011. The position involves repairs and maintenance of the equipment, troubleshooting student problems, instructing faculty/students how to use the equipment, and responding to faculty requests to meet the needs of their courses.

Extensive experience working with kilns, clay / glaze materials, and the capacity to use power tools is required. Applicants should be working artists who are interested in pursuing their professional work in the studio at the College. A studio is provided for the Technician.

A Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree is required. This is a full-time position during the academic terms (9 months each year), summers and winters off, with benefits. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation to:

Interested candidates should submit in hard copy a letter of interest, resume, DVD with 12 images of personal work, and three letters of recommendation to: Office of Human Resources, Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, Vermont, 05201. The review of applications will begin on April 30, 2011.

Application Information

Postal Address: Office of Human Resources
Bennington College
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-440-4423
Fax: 802-440-4424
Email Address: hroffice@bennington.edu

See posting here.

Teaching position - ceramics

Northern Michigan University
School of Art and Design
Assistant Professor Position
Ceramics
Application Due: 05/20/2011

Assistant Professor, Ceramics. Tenure earning, fulltime appointment. Active, growing school of art and design seeks an energetic, ceramic artist with previous university/college teaching experience, which could be a graduate teaching assistantship. The candidate must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ceramic processes and techniques, including: wheel throwing, hand-building/sculpture, mold making, clay and glaze formulation (Hyperglaze software), and low/mid/high temperature applications. Also required: understanding of contemporary issues in ceramics and historical ceramic traditions, ability to integrate technology into teaching, and awareness of most current standards in professional studio practice. Candidate will teach three courses per semester including cognate (foundation) and studio courses where required, maintain professional involvement in the field of ceramics and if applicable, participate in university and school committee work. Candidate must also supervise and maintain a 6,000 square foot ceramic studio for undergraduate students. Familiarity with Apple computer platform and digital presentations preferred. MFA must be completed by August 2011. See our web site for facilities and course descriptions at http://art.nmu.edu/department/home.html. To be considered as a viable candidate, applicants must address all requirements for this position in their letter of application and/or portfolio.

Start Date: August 2011. The position will be posted until May 20, 2011. Interested applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, transcripts, three contacts for references and a portfolio that should reflect the requirements and preferences of the position description as posted and consist of 23 images (PDFs) of the applicant's work (a minimum of 10 images) and ten images of student work to https://employme.nmu.edu. NMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of its staff. Marquette, MI is consistently named as one of the top 10 places in the nation for quality of life and raising a family.

This application requires that each portfolio image should be a single PDF file (not larger than 5MB) and should be placed in "Other Document". All 23 "Other Document" attachments must be filled in order for the application to be completed! "Other Documents" should include both applicant's work (a minimum of 10 images) and student work and should be identified as such on each file.

Application Information

Contact: Michael Cinelli, Director and Associate Dean
School of Art and Design
Northern Michigan University
Phone: 906-227-2194
Fax: 906-227-2276
Online App. Form: https://employme.nmu.edu

Friday, 22 April 2011

Line Dutoit Choffet Ceramics



See more here.

7th International Biannual of Ceramics presented by the City of Kapfenberg

Competition * Exhibition September 30th – November 6th 2011

Motto : „INSIDE OUT“

Open to all artistic forms of expression concerning the use of ceramics – with the exclusion of china, serially manufactured objects and ceramic design.

A maximum of three works are allowed to be entered to the competition. The works must not exceed the age limit of two years and they have to correspond to the motto of the Biannual of Ceramics 2011. Only works that have never been entered to take part at any other competition are accepted.

For further details please visit their website here.

The Lethbridge Gallery - Brisbane - Call for entries

Brett Lethbridge

NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES FOR 2011

The Lethbridge Gallery has established a strong reputation for exhibiting works demonstrating exceptional detail and creativity. With the intention of fostering the next generation of artists, Lethbridge Gallery initiated the Lethbridge 10 000. This exciting art competition is open to national and international artists for small-scale artworks. Entrants may submit paintings, drawings and 2D artworks up to 60cm in any direction. The judging criteria is based on three equally evaluated criteria of creativity, originality and skill. $10 000 will be awarded to the winner.

Click here for Conditions of Entry
and Online Entry Form




KEY DATES








Entries Close
29 April 2011



Finalists announced
16 May 2011



Winner announced
4 June 2011



Exhibition dates
4 June 2011 - 26 June 2011




2nd International Symposium of Overglaze-Underglaze Paintings 2011

Anadolu University, Fine Arts Faculty- Department of Ceramics, Eskisehir-TURKEY.

Theme and Intention of the symposium:
The theme of the symposium is to make ceramic artworks by applying overglaze-underglaze paints on particular forms which will reflect the artists’ unique style and techniques. While making overglaze- underglaze paintings, subject and technique will be decided by the artists.
Intention of the symposium is to make the ceramic artists and lecturers of different cultures come together, both from Turkey and from abroad. We believe this will create an ambiance that enables communication by sharing experiences, having the opportunity to discuss techniques and ideas. We hope that artists will get to know each other better and we desire for participants to enjoy international cultural exchange.

Dates of the Event: 20 June - 01 July 2011 Deadline for submission of applications: 1st June 2011
Required Documents to Apply:
Each artist should submit;
Pre-application form filled completely
3 color photograph of the applicant’s artworks or applicant’s website address to the contact e-mail address mentioned below.
Applications will be evaluated by the commission right after the submission. Early applications are important because the number of accepted participants will be limited.
After evaluation official invitation letter will be sent to the accepted artists.
E-mail Address: overglaze2011@gmail.com

For all the details and relevant downloads please visit their website here.

Red Deer College: Series Summer School of the Arts

RDC invites you to participate in a fabulous art experience this summer. With some of the best facilities in the country and incredible instructors from across the globe, Series is an experience like no other. And it’s not just about classes! We’ve got plenty of other events planned, including demos, dinners, receptions, evening model sessions and more. So take a week for yourself and let your creative juices flow - you deserve it!

Our program includes classes in glassblowing, ceramics, painting, drawing, animation, flameworking, welding, bronze casting, mold making, polymer clay, jewellery, felting, calligraphy, photography, and more. New this year: cooking classes! We’ve recently opened the doors on a new, state-of-the-art professional cooking facility and are offering themed weekend workshops in July.

For more information on our 2011 program please visit www.rdc.ab.ca/series or
contact us at 403.356.4900 or continuingeducation@rdc.ab.ca.

Series is on Facebook! “Like” our page to have instant access to all the
events we have planned for this year.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Do you print on clay?


Interested in different printmaking techniques on clay? You should check out Clay Prints a Ning group just for artists that have an interest in print on clay. Very cool.

OFFRE D'EMPLOI Animateur – animatrice en galerie Centre MATERIA

...Sous la responsabilité de la direction et de la chargée de projets, la personne accueille le public et les groupes dans le cadre des activités de la programmation en plus d’apporter un appui aux tâches administratives :
TÂCHES
Réalisation de visites commentées et d’activités éducatives, notamment pour les groupes scolaires;
Accueil des visiteurs et information au sujet du mandat et des diverses activités du centre;
Appui au développement des publics (scolaire, personnes âgées ou appartenant à divers groupes sociaux, etc.) ;
Appui au développement de stratégies visant l’accroissement et la fidélisation des visiteurs, de la clientèle (pour la salle d’exposition et la boutique) et des membres;
Promotion de l’adhésion et suivis (membres) ;
Appui à l’encadrement du comité des membres (à venir);
Appui à la gestion des affaires courantes du centre (téléphones, courriels, rédaction de lettres et autres documents, liste d’envoi, envois postaux, etc.);
Appui à la gestion des activités d’exposition et de la boutique (recherche et suivis avec les artistes, avec des professionnels et autres ressources humaines; logistique, etc.) ;
Appui au montage et au démontage de la boutique (emballage/déballage, étiquetage, étalage, etc.)
Recherche, vérification et saisie de données; classement;
Toutes autres activités liées à l’aide à la coordination jugées pertinentes par la direction.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUISES POUR LE POSTE
Scolarité : Formation en métiers d’art, muséologie, histoire de l’art, communications ou autre formation pertinente;
Langue : Très bonne communication orale et écrite en français ; anglais intermédiaire ;
Informatique : Connaissance de Microsoft Office ; Internet ; Access (préférablement) ou autre logiciel de base de données;

Qualités recherchées : Intérêt pour le domaine culturel et connaissance du milieu, souci de la qualité, initiative, sens de l’organisation, travail en équipe, capacité d’apprentissage rapide, entregent, fonctionne bien en situation de stress, responsable, autonome.

*** VOTRE CANDIDATURE DOIT NOUS PARVENIR AU PLUS TARD LE VENDREDI 29 AVRIL 2011. ***

Conditions salariales : 10,00 $ / heure

1 poste (28hrs / semaine) ou 2 postes (18hrs la semaine, 3 jours et 1 soir, ou 10 hrs la fin de semaine)
(Horaire complet : mercredi au dimanche de 12h à 17h; le jeudi, de 12h à 20h)

Possibilité de 28 hrs /semaine pendant les expositions; heures variables pendant les démontages et montages.
Il est à noter qu’aucune exposition n’est prévue en juillet, ce qui signifie un arrêt de travail d’une durée d’un mois.
Entrée en fonction : Mi-mai 2011. Une formation est prévue au début du mois de mai.

Faites parvenir votre curriculum vitæ et une lettre d’intérêt à :
Centre MATERIA
Candidature pour le poste Animateur animatrice en galerie
367, boul. Charest Est, 7e étage, Québec (Québec) G1K 3H3
Par courriel : cchabot@centremateria.com
Nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes sélectionnées.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

UP IN SMOKE

Up in Smoke: Michael Ciavarella

Michael Ciavarella

Official opening: Friday 29 April, 6.00pm
Opening speaker: Stephanie Outridgefield
Contemporary Artist (Public Art)

The concept of miniature artworks en masse has been intriguing and fascinating art-lovers from the very beginning of Up in Smoke at the Clay Energy Conference in Gulgong, where 150 matchboxes were filled with a ceramic artwork crafted by each contributing artist. Michael Ciavarella has an ambitious long-term goal of a collection of 5000 matchbox artworks to be exhibited at the International Ceramics Conference in Finland in 2014. Ceramic artists from around the world are invited to contribute an artwork to the collection.

Noosa Regional Gallery

gallery.noosa@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

www.noosaregionalgallery.org

Appalachian Center for Craft

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (CLAY)

The Appalachian Center for Craft is seeking an Artist in Residence (AIR) of exceptional talent to provide support in the Clay Department. The purpose of the AIR program is to provide a creative, residential environment for emerging professional artists and to broaden student and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques. The Craft Center's mission is to offer the finest studio professional craft education through the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Certificate of Accomplishment and workshop programs, and to provide a regional cultural resource through the workshop, exhibition, and gallery programs.

TERM OF THE RESIDENCY: One year, August 16, 2011 – August 15, 2012. The resident may be invited back for two additional years at the request of the Craft Center for a possible total of three years as a resident.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have completed the MFA degree. Selection will consider the candidate's potential artistic and professional growth within the residency, technical skills in studio and equipment maintenance, and potential for instructional support.

EXPECTATIONS AND DUTIES FOR CLAY RESIDENT: General familiarity with clay materials, operation of clay mixers and pugmills, glaze mixing, electric and gas kiln firing and basic equipment maintenance. Basic knowledge of hand power tools and construction/framing is desirable. Oversight of general maintenance and cleanup of clay studio, glaze pantry, glaze lab, and condition/use of kilns & equipment. Periodic inventory of glaze materials and other studio supplies. The resident will work 20 hours per week on studio maintenance, mixing glazes, firing kilns, and other studio tasks including managing the needs of the workshop program. During the Craft Center’s summer workshop season the resident manages the studio, ordering materials for the workshops and insuring smooth operation. Specifics of managing the studio during workshops will be discussed with the artist in residence in advance, with both the supervising faculty member and the program manager. Residents will receive directions from the program manager regarding workshop support. During the workshops the resident may be able to take part in the workshop on a space available basis, or pursue their own work while also being available for the visiting instructor.

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT: Includes occasional teaching duties during faculty absence. Resident will periodically give appropriate class demonstrations and/or participate in class discussions. Resident may participate in mid-term and final group review. In exchange for compensation, resident may have the opportunity to teach workshops and academic classes in clay or foundations, and conduct outreach demonstrations. The resident must produce a significant body of studio work while showing a high level of technical expertise and aesthetic merit. In consultation with the department head, expectations of the AIR’s studio work will be reviewed after arrival.

COMPENSATION: Residence in Craft Center housing is a required condition of studio residencies. Single occupancy bedroom with private bath (whether married or single, cooking and lounge facilities are shared with other residents), individual studio space and 24 hour studio access are provided. A stipend of $1,620.00 annually is provided. Also, opportunities for additional employment through workshop and outreach programs or adjunct teaching may be available.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Visit www.tntech.edu/jobs for the job description which will be listed under the Clerical/Support Staff button. Follow instructions to create an application and apply online. ALSO, submit a CD of digital images in JPEG format, resume, and three letters of reference to: Appalachian Center for Craft, 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville, TN 37166, Attention: Artist in Residence Application-Ceramics. For questions please email Professor Vince Pitelka at WPitelka@tntech.edu or phone (615) 597-6801. Application screening: Review of applications will begin April 1, 2011. Position open until filled. AA/EEO.

personal hell



i'm very proud to be a self employed artist. 6 yrs out of grad school and i'm finally getting out of the red and into the black (with a redish tinge). but i hate tax season. while my husband has 3 pieces of paper to give to the tax man i spend days sorting and adding and cursing and sometimes crying. but it's one of the prices you pay to do what you love, or so i try to tell myself...

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ceramic Grads at University of Manitoba.


Ceramic Honours students Jin Kim, Mai Sunakawa, Christopher Miller announce their exhibition 2192 Pieces at Outworks Gallery,
3rd floor of 290 McDermot Avenue Winnipeg Manitoba

Please check it out if you're in the area.

Gallery hours are:
Saturday, April 16 to Thursday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Spots still available: Visiting Artist Workshop: Kevin Snipes


Presented by Ceramics Program

Location: Ceramics Studio, 219 Western Ave, Allston
On Sale Date: Null
How to get tickets: Please see details below for reservations

Tuesday 4/26 10:00 AM Ticket Prices:

Performance Detail: Fees: FREE for Harvard Students and studio participants, $125 for all others

To register, email completed registration form to panepint@fas.harvard.edu and send check and/or registration to 219 Western Ave. Allston, MA 02134



Kevin Snipes will offer a 1-day workshop, April 26, 2011, 10 – 4 pm with a 6 pm Visual Presentation

Fees: FREE for Harvard Students and studio participants, $125 for all others

To register, email completed registration form to panepint@fas.harvard.edu and send check and/or registration to 219 Western Ave. Allston, MA 02134

Registration form: http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/courses/reg.php

Preceding his solo exhibition at Society of Arts and Crafts on Friday, April 29th, Snipes will demonstrate his construction methods: combining both hand built and thrown and altered forms in porcelain. His narrative based ceramic vessels present imagery with social relevance, using mishima, sgraffito and slip decoration techniques to produce intricate, layered surfaces.

Snipes' artwork is a combination of atypical pottery forms and quirky figurative drawings. His pieces are influenced by an array of traditional and nontraditional art forms, including street art, architecture, contemporary painting, the avid love of art history and even children's drawings. His work has an underlying sophistication, which is based in existentialist thought.

Bio: Kevin Snipes was born in Philadelphia, but grew up mostly in Cleveland. He holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and did MFA work at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, Florida. From there he participated in several artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine he was also a visiting artist at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. Kevin was the recipient of the Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in 2008, in Helena, Montana and was recently awarded a 2010 McKnight Residency Fellowship through the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he currently resides. Kevin combines his love of making unconventional pottery with an obsessive need to draw on everything that he produces, creating a uniquely dynamic body of work.

About the SAC Show:
Childhood Lost: Current work by Kevin Snipes
April 29 – July 23, 2011
reception on Friday, April 29th 6-8pm

The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-1810 tel
www.societyofcrafts.org

Kevin Spacey at the Nancy Hanks Lecture







Monday, 18 April 2011

Starbrick Clay National Cup Show 2011

Call for Entries
August 6th, 2011 entry deadline

The Starbrick Clay National Cup Show will be held September 25 –October 25, 2011. Juror is Kristen Kieffer. Open to cups, mugs, goblets, tea bowls, teacups and tumblers. Juried from digital. Fee: $20 for three entries; $30 for five entries.

Contact Starbrick Gallery, 21 W. Columbus St., Nelsonville, Ohio 45764; starbrick@gmail.com; (740) 753-1011 for prospectus or download it now.

>> Get more information

maarten de ceulaer: balloon bowls





Via Designboom

Something to think about when you're voting....

and I do hope that you'll be voting. Please help make change happen.

Canada Prizes for the Arts still on hold: Moore

"A $25-million promise to Canada's arts community continues to be delayed, according to Heritage Minister James Moore. The Canada Prizes for the Arts and Creativity was part of the 2009 Conservative budget but not a single prize or a single penny has been handed out."

Read the full article here.

monday morning eye candy - Chuck Mcgee



See more here and here.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award 2011


The Vitrify Alcorso Award is a newly established $10,000 annual prize for ceramics. Open to artists nationally, the award is non-acquisitive.

Four artists were selected from the applications received to develop work for a group exhibition of ceramic art opening April 15 2011 at the Colville Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart Tasmania.

The finalists for 2011 are:

  • Kim-Anh Nguyen
  • Ben Richardson
  • Prue Venables
  • Belinda Winkler
Visit their website for images of the finalist's work.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

CANCELLED: Unbound, The International Studio Practice Ceramics Conference

This May Red Deer College was planning to host: Unbound, The International Studio Practice Ceramics Conference. I was one of the presenters scheduled to give a workshop and a talk. It's will a lot of sadness that I'm passing on the news that the conference has been canceled due to low registration.

I've been meaning to mention it earlier as I heard the news at the end of last week, but i've been busy with the set up of my upcoming exhibition and well to be honest sorting out my thoughts about the cancellation. I'm pretty bummed to say the least. Obviously this would have been a great opportunity for me as an artist, plus reconnecting with some old friends and making new ones. But let's get past how it impacts me personally shall we.

I've been trying to sort out a reason as to why something such as a well organized, well packed conference such as this can't seem to fly in Canada. Was the timing too close to NCECA? Are we always the little sister to that conference? But wait, we're not trying to host a conference for thousands, we are trying to organize a meaningful yet much smaller event, so the question I beg to answer is why isn't the community supporting this? I realize the cost involved with travel and attendance at such conferences. But they only happen in our neck of the woods so often, why not make it a priority? I'm just curious. I'm not trying to stir anything up, or to place blame. I'm actually just honestly interested in a dialogue about this, and about the larger issue of community in Canada (specifically) and internationally. I've been working on musing for almost 5 yrs now, my aim to connect community, to offer a space and a voice for ceramic arts, regionally to internationally. To me it goes beyond musings main service as a bulletin board of calls for entry. I want to connect people and build community. Some days I feel genuine excitement about how the internet fosters this, other days I wonder what more I can do, what more we all can do to better meet the needs of our own practices, our local communities and our international community of makers, clay lovers, supporters, and organizations.

I know musing is normally a site for stopping by to pick up some info about upcoming events, maybe check out a new artist or two. But today I'm asking for a bit of conversation. What do you as a maker, as an artist, want/need to see more of in your local/national/international community? I want to help build it, what ever "it" is. I know what I want it to be, what about you?

Below is the write up from the conference publicity in case you missed it:
"In the 21st century we find ourselves increasingly globalized through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, goods we purchase and the images we consume through TV and the Internet. In this conference we will look at the internationalizing of the ceramics studio practice and the effect that it has on us as makers." Presenters include: Elaine Henry, Paul Scott, Ginny Marsh, Jeremy Hatch, Ian Johnston, Carole Epp, Robin Lambert, Koi Neng Liew

For more information: www.rdc.ab.ca | continuingeducation@rdc.ab.ca | 403.356. 4900

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Lillstreet Art Center: 35th Anniversary Show

Jason Walker : Cup

Maren Kloppman : Oval Platter

Sam Chung : Cloud Bowl

Kari Radasch : Sugar Jar

Featured Artists: Dan Anderson, Mary Barringer, Sam Chung, Jim Connell, David Crane, Josh DeWeese, Kathryn Finnerty, Delores Fortuna, Julia Galloway, Silvie Granatelli, Jason Hess, Charles Jahn, Eric Jensen, Gail Kendall, Suze Lindsay, Maren Kloppmann, Ron Kovatch, Steve Young Lee,Andrew Martin, Matthew Metz, Ron Meyers, Emily Murphy, Jeff Oestereich, Kari Radasch, Laurie Shaman, Ellen Shankin, Mark Shapiro, Linda Sikora, Margaret Park Smith, Jason Trebs, Jason Walker and Michael Wisner.

April 8 - May 1

View the full exhibition

RECEPTION April 29, 6-9pm

ARTIST WORKSHOP


Gestural Pots with Ron Meyers
April 30 & May 1, 10am - 5pm

Cost: $200 if registered by April 8th / $250 after April 8th

Monday, 11 April 2011

Potclays Emerging Makers ICF 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 deadline for applications is the 29th April 2011.

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

International Ceramics FestivalAberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales (UK)
SY23 3DE

CALL FOR PANEL SESSIONS/APPEL DE SESSIONS THÈMES

2011 UAAC Conference / Congrès AAUC 2011

Post-disciplinarity and Sloppy Craft – A Critical Engagement
Is “sloppy craft” fine art or hopeless amateurism? Does post-disciplinarity exist “in the ruins of outmoded disciplinary structures” - mediating between nostalgia for disciplinary boundaries and excitement at the intellectual freedom their demise might offer - or could interdisciplinarity still offer much to illuminate issues attached to “sloppy craft”? And importantly, what are the historical antecedents to this recent turn in craft discourse? This panel seeks to critically assess the value of the post-disciplinary method proposed as a way forward for the making of craft and its discourse (advocated most prominently by craft theorist Glenn Adamson).

We invite speakers to consider ways the following terms/concepts might interact with “sloppy craft” and the post-disciplinarity advocated for it: DIY, amateur, traditional, conceptual art, intentionality, materiality, function, community, skilful, historical, design. Speakers may also consider the advantages of an interdisciplinary approach to these terms/concepts in their application to “sloppy craft.”

Co-chairs:
Elaine Cheasley Paterson, PhD
Craft Historian,
Department of Art History
Concordia University,
EV 3.765 1455 De Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8
514.848.2424 ext. 4605
email: elaine.paterson@concordia.ca
UAAC No. 10069 (being renewed)

Susan Surette, MA
PhD candidate,
Department of Art History
Concordia University
279 ave. des Erables
Brigham, Qc. J2K 4C8
450.263.5696
email: studio.surette@videotron.ca
UAAC No. In process of being issued

2011 Emerging Ceramic Artist Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!



Choose your favorite from the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists Feature in our Peoples' Choice Emerging Artist Contest. This year, we have upped the ante a bit and the winner will receive a $500 gift card to Bailey's Ceramic Supplies, who has graciously sponsored the contest. So check out the artists and their work and cast your vote!

monday morning eye candy - Antonio Evaristo Cuellar

"Aurora"


"Oilcan Tanks". The cans are wheel thrown and are decorated with underglaze. The treads are made up of wood and metal.

The concept was derived from a government funded operation called "Militainment". Which is the government funding going to diverse areas of media popularize war in a more entertaining fashion. It began with the Regan administration and "Star Wars" in the mid east.

"Old Fashioned"


The idea then grew into a more tangible questioning of our ancestors, the birth of capitalism, and the wholeness of American ideals.

Please visit Antonio's website at evaristoart.com