Thursday, 30 June 2011

Craft Currents: Contemporary Craft in Northern Ontario

CraftCurrents jurors John Ferris, Linda Finn and Laurent Vaillancourt, would like to thank all who submitted work for this exhibition and encourage everyone to view the show either in person or through the on-line catalogue that will be available on the OCC’s website.

Overall, the call for entry was very competitive, and after carefully reviewing a total of 79 entries, the jury chose a final 44 works to be included by the following 34 makers: Kathleen Baleja, Paul E. Beebe, Bernadine Boissoneau, Sharon Breckenridge, Keith Campbell, Christine Charette, Joanne Critchley Browne, David Cureton, Carole Davidson, Jack Dunning, Murray Finn, Kris Goold, Erick and Lisa Hanson, Marke Henteleff, Ursula Hettmann, Susan Higgins, Cheryl Jonah, Noel Keag, Joanne Kelly, Alison Kendall, Jeff Martens, Judy Martin, Marni Martin, Zoe McDougall, Debbie Metzler, Sam Moligian, Jude Ortiz, Irene Peel, Kasia Piech, Tine Schrijvers, Denise Smith, Crystal Sohlman, Christine Williston and Cheryl Wilson Smith.

The pieces utilize a variety of media including bone, brass, ceramics, copper, driftwood, fabric, feathers, fleece, glass, gourds, leather, stainless steel, sterling, sweetgrass, wasp paper and wood finely crafted into a wide range of objects.

Fort Frances Museum launches the exhibition on July 14th and plans are underway for the opening reception. From there the exhibition travels to Thunder Bay Art Gallery and then heads to Northwestern Ontario for stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Huntsville, Elliot Lake (pending) and Hearst.

For more details please visit the Ontario Crafts Council Website.

Call for entries: The Clunes Ceramic Award

11 Sept - 2 Oct 2011

The Clunes Ceramic Award: $5,000
The People's Choice Award: $1,000
Recognition Awards

* All works are for sale

The Clunes Ceramic Award is an initiative of Creative Clunes Inc. in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. The extremely successful inaugural award, in 2010, attracted over 120 entries. The success of the Ceramic Award has ensured its continuation well into the future.

In 2010, the winning work by Neville French, ‘Mungo light 3’ was acquired by the Art Gallery of Ballarat for the Permanent Collection. A high commendation was awarded to Phil Elson for his work, In the Brooding Colours of the Late Afternoon Across the Basque. Kim-Anh Nguyen won the 'Hair Off Bellair' People’s Choice Award of $1000 for Spinifex Family. Recognition Awards were also presented to Amy Kennedy for her work Vibration Series and to Jane Walton for Lost or Found.

In 2011, the winning entry will be acquired by the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.


The 2011 Clunes Ceramic Award exhibition will be held at the Union Bank Arts Centre,
22 Fraser Street, Clunes, Victoria, 3370.

Please visit their website for more information.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

More morning reading:

Les Manning, Red River / Pink Plateau, 24cmH X 40cmW X 40cmD, Porcelain base with coarse grogged stoneware crowns. Celadon glaze on the base with low temperature glaze on top and unglazed reduction fired crowns.

Les Manning: Common/Opposites, April 30 – June 19, 2011, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Review by Quentin Randall

find the article here in Galleries West

Morning read: Craft Australia's monthly newsletter

ca enews

This month's Newsletter from Craft Australia is packed full of ceramic goodness you won't want to miss. Truly reminds me of the vitality and progressive spirit of craft in Australia. (Makes me want to move back!)

Enjoy a read of:
prue venables, ceramics - sustainability, movement and possibility, interview
gwyn hanssen pigott, pottery and presence, interview
fiona fell, ceramics in collaboration - ceramics, plastic and digital media
Tale of Adventure - Cathy Franzi, Porcelain seed boxes

and that's just for starters. Find it all here.
If you don't already you should subscribe to receive this amazing monthly publication.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Baltimore Clayworks, call for entries: Daily Companions…Cups, Mugs and Teabowls

From their website: The cup is one of the most basic of forms, but provides infinite possibilities. We will be looking for cups that are visually compelling and serve their purpose. We welcome a broad definition of Cup, which may include cups, mugs, tumblers, tea bowls, yunomis — with trays or saucers or not, sets or not. The cups must be functional in a utilitarian way.


Prospectus: Cup_Show-Prospectus

Deadline: October 7th, 2011, Application postmark deadline

About: Baltimore Clayworks is the region’s only cultural institution dedicated solely to the ceramic arts. Founded by nine artists in 1980, Clayworks is a mid-sized cultural 501(c)3 non-profit, attentive to its neighborhood, possessing a national and international reputation for artistic excellence, artists’ support, and community involvement. The mission of Baltimore Clayworks is to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic, and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts. Its core values are artist-centeredness, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and joy. Baltimore Clayworks is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Silvermine Arts Center, Craft USA ’11, National Craft Triennial: Call for Entries

Silvermine Arts Center, located in New Canaan, Connecticut, announce their National Craft Triennial, Craft USA ’11 call to craft artists. Open to all U.S. artists 18+. Media: basketry, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Entry fee. Cash prizes. Juror for the exhibition is Holly Hotchner, Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, MAD, in New York City where she has been since 1996. All artworks must be for sale. A commission of 50% will be charged on all sales.

Deadline: August 26th, 2011

Prospectus with full details and entry form: CraftUSA11Prospectusemail

Website link to call:

Silvermine Arts Center website:

About Silvermine Arts Center: The Silvermine Galleries are recognized as one of New England’s most respected showcases for established and emerging artists. Frequently changing exhibitions include one-person shows by Guild Artists, national and regional juried competitions, and curated shows including prominent artists such as Christo and Jean Claude, Faith Ringgold, Robert Gober, Kiki Smith, and Jasper Johns.

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Monday, 27 June 2011

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Ai Weiwei released on bail.

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

BEIJING: After 81 days in detention, China's best-known artist, Ai Weiwei, has returned home a considerably thinner and noticeably quieter man.

''I'm fine. I'm out,'' the 54-year-old artist said by telephone shortly after his release on bail. ''I'm back with my family. I'm very happy.''

The state news agency, Xinhua, said police had released him on Tuesday ''because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes'' and a chronic illness.

Speaking from his home in north Beijing, the usually outspoken artist said he could not comment any further, adding: ''I'm on bail. Please understand.''

Ai's sister, Gao Ge, said: ''I'm very, very happy … we thank everyone, including our media friends, for all their help and support so far.'' His mother, Gao Ying, told America's National Public Radio that the family ''won't sleep tonight''.

The artist's disappearance on April 3 sparked international condemnation, with political leaders calling for his release and sustained protests throughout the art world. He vanished after he was stopped by officials at Beijing Airport, where he was due to board a flight to Hong Kong.

Please read the rest of the article here.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Andrew Halford and Stephanie James-Manttan @ Kerrie Lowe Gallery

Exhibitions run until July 5th.
Kerrie Lowe Gallery
49 - 51 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042 Australia
Phone + 61 2 9550 4433 / Fax + 61 2 9550 1996
Hours 10am - 5.30pm Mon-Sat / Thurs till 7pm

The Kerrie Lowe Gallery specialises in contemporary ceramics as well as painting, printmaking, jewellery and sculpture. We also support the ceramic community by providing Sydney’s only inner city outlet for ceramic supplies.

Located at the Sydney University end of King Street, our usual schedule features two concurrent exhibitions; one in the Shopfront Gallery and one in the Small Gallery.

For more info please visit their website.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Workshop with Carol Gouthro

Series Summer School of the Arts, Red Deer College, Alberta Canada
July 4-8 2011

Exuberant Clay Form & Surface
Creating interesting, exuberant hand-built forms in clay does not have to be hard. In this 5-day workshop, Carol will show her method for constructing some of the unusual ceramic forms she uses in her sculpture and vessels. Our process will include paper templates, carving solid clay forms, and creating a simple 1/4 segment plaster mold. From this press mold we will make numerous forms and variations quickly by connecting, altering, stacking, piercing into and re-combining the component parts. Colour, pattern and texture are important elements in creating a rich ceramic surface and using Carol's layered approach we will explore many ways to enliven and embellish form. Surface design techniques covered will include stamping, bas relief clay molds, slips, hand-painting wax resist coloured patterns, scraffito, weathering and staining.
Some prior experience with clay is recommended.
Instructor: Carol Gouthro

For more info check out the following:

Monday, 20 June 2011

Print on Clay Workshop with Kathy King

July 28, Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
219 Western Ave
Allston, Massachusetts

This workshop will combine traditional printmaking techniques on clay including mono-printing on plaster with slip-cast clay, silk screening, stencils, laser-transfer decals, embossing, and relief printing. Areas to be explored will be creating a vocabulary of imagery, narrative and composition onto both hand-built and wheel-thrown forms. All techniques can be applied to work within any ceramic firing range and will be presented in a way that is easy to replicate in one's own studio. Historic and contemporary examples of artists who combine printmaking with ceramics will shown.

Fees: Enrolled in Course: $50, not enrolled: $100

Registration form:

Email completed registration form, or for questions.

Biography: Upon her return from the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, instructor Kathy King is eager to share techniques featured in the course "Print Buffet" that she co-taught with Paul Andrew Wandless, author of Image Transfer on Clay: Screen, Relief, Decal & Monoprint Techniques (A Lark Ceramics Book). King is currently an active studio artist, instructor and Assistant to the Acting Director of the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. A former Associate Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, she has been an instructor at Connecticut College, New London, CT, School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA and UMASS - Dartmouth in New Bedford, MA. She has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers through out the USA. Her exhibition record includes solo shows from across the US. She was featured as both an Emerging Artist in 1999 and a Demonstrator in 2002 at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conferences.

Her work has been published in Sexpots by Paul Mathieu, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hulch, Teapots Transformed by Leslie Ferrin, Handbuilt Tableware by Kathy Triplett and The Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson. Her work can also be found in numerous periodicals including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, Clay Times, Art Papers and Ceramics Monthly. She can be contacted via her website.

For all the details please visit website.
For more images of Kathy's work please visit her website.

Monday morning eye candy - Brian Benfer

Find more here on Access Ceramics or here on his website.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Bazaart tomorrow

Well the prediction is for rain and thunderstorms, but what can you do? Rain or shine i'll be at Bazaart tomorrow. If you're in the area and can stop by, please do!

Saturday, June 18, 2011 | Sponsored by SaskTel | 10 am – 5 pm | Admission: $5
Bazaart takes place in front of the MacKenzie Art Gallery and T. C. Douglas Building parking lot at the corner of Albert Street and 23rd Avenue. Parking is located north of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, just off Albert St., Regina Saskatchewan.
For more info on Bazaart and all the participating artists please visit their website.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Worth a read: Mudstuffing Featured Seller Interview on Etsy

"When I started making functional works of art, I knew I had found my calling. I found meaning in the humble act of making something useful. I like making each item a little different, hoping they turn a thoughtless consumption into something that makes us more aware and present. I feel like the message and humor is more subtle in my pots, but the moment in which they are used is more intimate and meaningful."

Read the whole post here on Etsy. And don't forget to check out his shop too.

Adaptations: Gestures for Survival by Mary McKenzie

This year's winner of the Sheridan College Gardiner Museum Award, presents a solo exhibition and reception for Adaptations at the Gardiner Museum.

The show runs May 6 to July 10th

"In my site-specific installation Adaptations, I have constructed bricks, modeled figures and clay-dipped both organic and non-organic objects. The dipped objects are attached to the figures and fired as body-parts.

My ceramic process gravitates towards experimentation and material failure. The inherent fragility of ceramics translates into narrative in my work. Bricks are heavy objects, which in multiples can: shelter, protect, detain, demarcate, divide, collapse. Within this environment my figures adopt survival adaptations taken from industrial, natural and entertainment models, coping responses to an unpredictable world"

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Bray Auction is up for you to drool over.

Chuck Aydlett

Susan Beiner

Mark Boguski

Debbie Kupinsky

Wesley Anderegg

Courtney Murphy

The annual Bray Benefit Auction attracts artists, collectors and life long supporters of the Bray from around the country. Artwork from over 300 ceramic artists will be included in our Live and Silent Auctions. This is the Bray’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps support the residency program.

The Bray’s residency program supports artists by offering rent-free studios, subsidized material and firing costs, as well as direct funding through fellowships and stipends. The auction items will be on display at the Helena Civic Center beginning June 23rd and for the duration of the event with the bidding closing on Friday, June 24th.

Silent Auctions will close on Friday, June 24th at 7:30p and 7:45p
Live Auction will take place on Friday, June 24th at 8:00p.

If you are unable to attend the auctions in person we will be taking absentee and proxy bids until Tuesday, June 21. Click here to see details on how to bid.

See the whole auction here.

Monday, 13 June 2011

"Bring to Mind" exhibition at Harbourfront

Dawn Petticrew

Chari Cohen, Jeremy Hatch, Laura McKibbon, Dawn Petticrew

Curated by Melanie Egan

Part of Summer 2011 Visual Arts Exhibitions

June 18 - September 25, 2011 @ Harbourfront Centre in Toronto

Dawn Petticrew studied at Sheridan College, majoring in ceramics. Upon graduation she was awarded an artist-in-residence position at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. She has been working with ceramics for almost 10 years and currently shares studio space in west-end Toronto where she actively pursues her evolving interest in clay.

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Laura McKibbon has been working in clay for the past seven years. A self-taught ceramic artist with an academic background in science, printmaking and photography, McKibbon’s distinctive line of ceramics reflects a love of modern design, a dedication to fine craftsmanship and, ultimately, function. In addition to a production line, McKibbon continues to exhibit regularly. Through a series of residencies in Australia, Denmark, Slovenia and Finland, her current body of work responds to an ongoing investigation of other countries, both physically and culturally. Her work has been featured in several publications and has been collected internationally.

Jeremy Hatch is best known for his large-scale porcelain installations that explore ideas of nostalgia and the in/authenticity of memory. He has received several grants and attended residencies at the Takumi Studios in Japan, the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was the recipient of the Taunt Fellowship. Since receiving his MFA at Alfred University, Hatch has taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, he founded Ricochet Studio as a means to explore the intersections between craft, art and design. One goal of Ricochet is to collaborate with artists from various disciplines to develop limited edition ceramic products. AZURE Magazine recently named him one of the top 25 designers leading the pack.

Chari Cohen is a Toronto artist who has been working in clay for over 25 years. She first studied ceramics at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1973-1975 and in 2009 attended Sheridan College where she studied the slip casting technique that she is currently using to create her ceramic objects. While at Sheridan College she received the Joan Bennett Award in Crafts and Design-Ceramics and had her work published in AZURE Design magazine. Her work can be found in the Gardiner Museum and is in private collections in England, the US, Thailand, Israel and Canada.

Cut & Paste: A 5-Day Workshop with Deborah Schwartzkopf

Monday – Friday, August 1-5, 10am – 5pm

Fee: $395 members; $415 non-members

In this intensive 5 day hands on workshop experience, Deb will present functional vessels that are made using a variety of construction techniques. She will share how she forms ideas from drawing, patterns, her environment, and the process of making itself. She will demonstrate ways of working which exemplify the steps vital to her current body of work.

The class will make and use coiled bisque molds and cut, shape and build with

slabs. Simple thrown pieces will be altered and combined. Students will also

design and cut out paper patterns to augment hand building. In the end, all these approaches will be utilized in making non-round, expressive shapes.

While making, Deb will also discuss the way she thinks about surface and how it can change the way the form is perceived and what she intends it to communicate. This workshop will offer many different examples of building with clay what will enrich the skills of both the hand builder and the wheel thrower.

Deborah Schwartzkopf is currently living in Seattle Washington, her childhood home, working at Pottery Northwest making pots and teaching. After completing a BA in Art from the University of Alaska Anchorage, she moved to San Diego, California for a year of independent study at San Diego State University. In the spring of 2005, she completed a MFA at the Pennsylvania State University and then traveled to China through an NCECA student show award. She stayed at Sanboa Ceramics Art Institute in Jingdezhen and traveled across the country to Western China. In 2005, she received the Lilian Fellowship to be a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation . For the 2006-07 school year she was a part of the Ohio University Ceramics Program as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Schwartzkopf has exhibited her works widely across the United States and abroad.

Clay Art Centre
40 Beech Street,
Port Chester, NY 10573 |
Ph: 914-937-2047 |
Fax: 914-935-1205

Monday morning eye candy - Forrest Middelton

View his website here.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Benefit Auction for Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna

For those who may not have heard, the house and gallery of Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna were destroyed by fire last month. Ian worked at Sturt Pottery as Artist in Residence in 2000 and was an exhibitor at the Sturt Woodfire Conference in 2008. Ian’s work is represented in the Sturt Permanent Collection and a number of his pieces are available for purchase through Sturt Gallery.

Benefit auction - Bids open 10am Monday 13th June; close 8pm Thursday 16th June Eastern Standard Time

Update: Images of work for this auction will be uploaded ( early on Monday June 13.

As many of you will be aware, the online auction represents a selection of the wonderful ceramic work donated for the benefit sale. Many additional pieces will be available from the one-day exhibition at
Canberra Potters' Society Gallery,
Watson Arts Centre,
1 Aspinall Street,
Watson ACT,
Monday June 13, 10 am - 4 pm!

The exhibition will be opened at 10 am by Janet Mansfield, OAM, President of the International Academy of Ceramics.

The online auction will run from 10am EST Monday 13th until 8pm EST on Thursday 16th June.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Clay Gallery: Cups of Fire - National Ceramic Cup Competition

335 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105



Images - Minimum: 1 , Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (Clay Gallery: Cups of Fire - National Ceramic Cup Competition): $25.00

(per image over minimum): $

A juried cup exhibition embraces a wide spectrum of cup forms both sculptural and utilitarian.

• The Show is open to all artists who are residents of and working in the United States.
• All work is expected to be predominately made in clay.
• All work accepted must be available for sale during the exhibition.
• Each piece of work is limited to 15 pounds and must not exceed 30 inches in all dimensions.
• Work entered should not be so fragile that shipment or public display is potentially harmful to the work or the viewer.
• Work must be properly prepared and presented for display.
• Accepted work which differs significantly from the application will be disqualified.

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by November 1, 2011 is $25.00, payable online at the time you fill out the application at
Each entrant may submit up to three (3) pieces of work with one digital image per piece for consideration by the juror. Images must be of current work and representative of work the artist plans to exhibit at the show.

Email notification will begin on November 16th and conclude no later than December 15, 2012.

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Shared Journeys II: a symposium on Chinese/American Ceramic Art and Education

October 14-16, 2011

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

Background and Overview
Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu wrote, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Shared Journeys II will explore achievements in Chinese ceramics and influences in the west by examining the legacies and tensions of craftsmanship, pedagogy, philosophy and social currents that have shaped traditions and transformed ceramic art into the present day. Our collaborative journey started with the Shared Journeys Symposium held in October 2008 in Jingdezhen, China. NCECA, West Virginia University and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute co-sponsored that event. We now extend an invitation to for you to join in the journey by attending 3 days of inter-cultural discovery on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Programming will include distinguished lecturers, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Shared Journeys II participant numbers will be limited to maximize opportunities for effective communication and observation. Registration will be limited to no more than 160 participants on a first-come-first served basis.
Registration fees include 2 lunches and 1 dinner. Registration fees will not be pro-rated.

Pre-Symposium Registration ends midnight October 1, 2011.
After this date, please contact about availability of onsite registration.

More details here.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

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2011 Workshop Series @ Clay studio of Missoula

Find their website here.

Alluring Surfaces: Tricks and Techniques

Students will learn various techniques to create textured plaster relief molds that can be used to generate ceramic tiles and textured slabs for hand-building. David will also address the possibilities that clay offers as a viable two-dimensional medium by comparing and contrasting the connection of ceramic processes with drawing and print- making.

Saturday June 18, 10am-5pm
$90 for non-members/$80 for members, seniors and students. Includes lunch.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Save $10 and register by May 27!!

Build and Burn: Raku, Handbuilding and Alternative Methods

This workshop is a two-day class. On the first Saturday, participants will start by exploring hand-building techniques and basic mold-making processes using clay molds that can be used for both high and lowfire bodies. Workshop participants are encouraged to complete and bisque work during the week. On the second Saturday, David will focus on Raku firing the work and demonstrating alternative ways to assemble and finish multi-part pieces.

Two Saturdays: July 9 & 16, 10am-5pm
$150 for non-members/$140 for members, seniors and students. Includes lunch.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Save $10 and register by June 17!!

The Pottery Triangle:
Creating, Marketing, and Selling

This workshop will be a hands-on day full of creating and gaining knowledge into the world of pottery. It is a perfect opportunity to hone and strengthen your forms, create simple and elegant shapes, and focus on utility.

In addition to his pottery demonstrations, Jayson will lead discussions on the many opportunities artists have to market their work, and offer advice on ways artists can approach the gallery systems. By discussing the triangle (creating, marketing, and selling), each participant will come out of the workshop with a better feel for their creations and how the can increase their sales and the visibility of their work in the art/craft market.

The workshop will conclude with a powerpoint presentation, Q&A, and a marketing package for each participant to take home.

Saturday August 13, 9:30am-5:30pm
$90 for non-members/$80 for members, seniors and students. Includes lunch.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Save $10 and register by July 22!!

Intimate Porcelain:
Fingertips to Form

Touch will be the primary verb during this weekend workshop with ceramic artist Carla Potter. Sensitivity to material and attention to fine detail have always been a principal ingredient of Carla’s porcelain work, whether it is describing the vivid detail of the sub-tidal zone of her island home in Southeast Alaska, or her current figurine-scale self portraits.

This workshop will focus on the nature of this sublime, seductive material and how we as artists can coax it into expressive objects. Potter will show a range of techniques for hand-building small figures as well as ways to create active, textured surfaces.

October 8, 10:00am - 5:00pm
$90 for non-members/$80 for members, seniors and students. Includes lunch.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Save $10 and register by September 16!!

Join us for a bonus lecture by Carla on Saturday, October 9 at 11:00am. Carla will discuss the elaborate development and influence of porcelain on Contemporary Ceramic History.


If you would like to enroll in a workshop, please contact the Clay Studio at 406-543-0509 or via email at

Space is limited, and payment is due in full to reserve your spot.

The Clay Studio accepts cash, check, Visa or MasterCard

The Clay Studio will offer students a full refund, less a $20 administrative fee up to 28 days before the day of the workshop. If the Clay Studio is forced to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen reasons, registrants will receive a full refund.

Workshops with Shannon Garson

One Day Winter Workshops

With only only 5 participants per workshop this will be an intimate, hands on exploration of decorative surface techniques. The workshops will begin with an introduction to the beautiful, translucent porcelain and then we'll plunge straight into creating. We will discuss design, pattern, surface texture and imagery in order for you to create two porcelain bowls with your own design. What we are aiming for is a reflection of your own unique personality with all it’s complexity, in your final design! But the day can't be all about work and there will be plenty of demonstrations and a delicious, vegetarian lunch.

I'm running the workshops from 9.30 until 3 so they are convenient for those with school children.

Work will be fired and available to pick up or be sent to your home.

So, bring a friend and come along for a lovely day in the country and enjoy the creative chaos of the studio while making your very own translucent porcelain bowls.

Shannon Garson Porcelain - Winter Workshops

Tuesday June 21st , Tuesday June 28th


Tuesday July 5th

My studio in Maleny


$130 per person

Find out more here.

Lillstreet's Fourth Annual International Exhibition:Below the Surface Call for Entry!


We are accepting applications for all functional vessels and vessels referencing function that pay special attention to surface treatment. The exhibition will run from August 26th - September 18th.

All Applications must be received by July 15th!

To apply, please submit a maximum of 3 images and a $35 application fee to:

This years Juror is Matthew Metz:

Matthew Metz has been a making his living as a studio potter for the last 20 years. He shares a home and studio in Alfred Station, NY with potter/educator Linda Sikora. Awards he has received include a NEA Crafts Fellowship, and two McKnight Fellowships. He shows and sells his pottery throughout the U.S. and internationally- including the St. Croix Potter’s tour, the Old Church Pottery Show, and the Philadelphia Craft Show.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Undergraduate Showcase to appear in the September 2011 issue of Ceramics Monthly

To be considered, please submit the following by June 30, 2011:
• Up to five professional-quality digital images (300 ppi resolution on CD) and complete descriptions
of each work submitted
• A full-size color print (as large as the image will print at 300 ppi) of each image. Images should print to
at least five (5) inches in the smallest dimension; because accepted entries are printed, larger is better.
• Full contact information including e-mail
• 500 words discussing the body of work you are submitting
• Instructor name(s) and contact information
• Institution at which you study
Mail to:
Undergraduate Showcase | Ceramics Monthly | 600 N. Cleveland Ave. | Suite 210 | Westerville, OH | 43082
Arrival deadline: June 30, 2011
Do not submit materials in binders or folders. E-mailed submissions and submissions of more than five images will not be considered. Submitted materials will not be returned.
Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of materials.
Notification via e-mail will be sent by the end of July. Please, no phone calls.
Do you know a deserving undergraduate? Do they need a nudge?
Pass this along and help them get the recognition they deserve.
Open to all undergraduate students
enrolled in ceramics classes at accredited post-secondary
educational institutions, including 2011 graduates.

5Th Annual South Texas Ceramics Showdown

A two-day ceramics workshop takes place June 10 and 11 at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building Ceramics Lab, Room 113. Art talks will take place Saturday, July 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. All this is free of charge.
Participants will see clay demonstrations and art talks by nationally recognized and distinguished ceramicists Ovidio Giberga and Paul Northway. Both artists’ work references and expresses personal ideas of identity, time and place. Also an exhibition of student work from regional campuses will be on display for a month.

For detailed information visit

Location is mid-Rio Grande valley in McAllen, Tx.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES The Chromatic Edge

A Potters Council Exhibition

For the Third Annual Members Juried Competition, Potters Council is seeking entries with an emphasis on the impact of Color. The majority of the composition should be ceramic with the focus on color. Consider the full spectrum. Techniques and materials may include glazes, washes, oxides, engobes, slips, stains, underglazes, overglazes, colored clays, china paints, inclusions, exclusions, lusters, pre & post firing additions and any variations. The exhibition will be concurrently shown during the NCECA Conference in Seattle 2012 and will showcase the quality work made by the members of the Potters Council, an international organization with members all over the world.

This year we will have two co-jurors for the exhibition: Jennifer Harnetty and Robbie Lobell

Entrants must be members of the Potters Council both at the time of application and at the time of the exhibition.

There will be up to 20 pieces chosen. The base of the work may be no more than 16” wide and/or deep, and the height not more than 31” tall. Works must be suitable for pedestal display. No wall or ceiling-suspended works accepted. Only very limited on-site assembly of multi-part works will be possible.

Opening date for submissions: May 16, 2011
Deadline for receipt of entries: September 1, 2011 (post-marked)
Notification of acceptances: October 18, 2011
Delivery of accepted works: February 6-10, 2012
Exhibition Dates: March 28-30, 2012

For more details go here...
Call for Entries Form: http://media.ceramic...ntries-2012.pdf

New rcboisjoli Site & Store Online

rcboisjoli is a small design factory in Toronto. Focused on function and form, rcboisjoli fabricates handsome handmade domestic objects. Every stage of production is created in shop by hand, from plaster forms to silk screened decals.

Inspired by the low tech, the old and by the everyday object we strive to create dynamic and modern wares.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Worth a read: The Hourly Earnings Project: A Working Potter Spends a Year With a Stopwatch and a Calculator

Everyday work: The total amount of time spent on this work is less than on the fancy work, but the calculated hourly wage is also lower.

The above mentioned article was posted on Ceramic Arts Daily this week and I reckon worth a read. After doing my taxes this year and doing some simple math I figured out a rough hourly rate for myself, but Mea Rhee goes into far more detail about a potters earnings. It's good to measure these things once in a while to help direct your business and figure out what's worth your time and what is draining you physically and financially.


Find the article here on Ceramic Arts Daily.

SHIRO OTANI jug on auction - help support the Tasmanian Ceramics Society

Bids are now open!!!! ... until Sunday 5 June @ 8pm.
SHIRO OTANI, 2010, wood-fired sake jug from Shigaraki clay, wheel-thrown with flying ash glaze

Shiro Otani generously donated the jug at Woodfire TAS 2011
to raise money for the Tasmanian Ceramics Society. Thank you Shiro!

Estimated value: $600 - $1000

SHIRO OTANI, 2010, wood-fired sake jug from Shigaraki clay, wheel-thrown with flying ash glaze; h.16cm, w.9cm; Photos: Robin Roberts

On Sunday May 1, 2011 at Reedy Marsh Pottery near Deloraine, Shiro Otani made pots using local clay as part of The Reedy Marsh Woodfire Challenge. During this extravaganza of clay, kiln building, wood-firing, and kiln-centric food preparation, Shiro pots were fired in a unique kiln built by members of his team. Shiro’s final gesture, as the evening reached its conclusion, was to donate a piece of his work, made at his pottery in Shigaraki, Japan, for the benefit of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association.

About the potter: Shiro Otani of Shigaraki Japan has won many major awards for his work. He has a reputation for extracting the optimum from his materials and kilns. As a young potter, Shiro made the most of unpopular zones within communal kilns, executing flashed and lightly ashed work of great subtlety and beauty. Read more about his life and work here:

The auction has started and will finish at 8pm on Sunday 5 June 2011. Starting Price $300. Bids are now open!!!!

Postage of the item is to be covered by the purchaser, in addition to their final price; allow $35 within Australia or $55 for overseas.

THE AUCTION IS NOW LIVE on TACA's Facebook page, ready for you to pop in your bid/s: media/set/?set=a. 10150199792277005.304658. 341527857004

This is how you can put in your bid:

1. You need to have a Facebook account to make a bid on Shiro Otani's pot. It is totally free to join Facebook. You need an email address and a password.

2. Join Facebook here:

3. Log in to your Facebook account.

4. Go to this link to add your bid: media/set/?set=a. 10150199792277005.304658. 341527857004
Click in the “write a comment” field, and add your name and your $ bid as a comment.

5. Check in regularly to update your bid. Remember the Tasmanian Ceramics Association will benefit from your generosity.

6. The auction will finish at 8pm on Sunday 5 June 2011

Vicki Grima
Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
E.O., The Australian Ceramics Association
P.O. Box 274 Waverley NSW 2024
T: 1300 720 124
F: 61 (0)2 9369 3742