Sunday, 31 July 2011

Artist in residence opportunity: Fiskars Village, Finland

Artists/professionals are selected once a year on the basis of applications. The selection is  made by an appointed work group consisting of 3-6 professionals within the creative bransches. At selection, special attention is given to the applicants professional level and on the adequacy of the work in Fiskars Village. For the stipends, collaborative or Fiskars oriented work are prioritized.

The next application deadline will be on September 15th 2011 (00:00 EET) for residency periods during 2012. To apply, please submit our online application form. Please compliment your application form by emailing us

  • your CV/resumé (doc, pdf)
  • 5-10 work samples (max 20mb files in total)

If you have your CV/resumé and works samples published on your web site, you only need to fill out the form.

The selected applicants will be notified by email only. Please check your spam inbox and this web site under "Artsist in Residence" if you have not received an email within a month of deadline. Artists do not pay any rent for the residence apartment with work space. However, a monthly maintainance fee is required from all artists for the complete period of residence. The fee covers maintainence and hosting costs. The fee should be payed at least two (2) months prior to the first day of the offered and confirmed residence period. If the maintainance fee is not transfered to the cooperative´s bank account in time, the residence period will be cancelled. Artists must finance their own travel to/from the village, her/his own food and other daily requirements, including working materials. It is our wish that the visitor donates an art piece or product to the AiR collection at the end of his/her residency. The selected stipend artist for January-March does not have to pay any maintanance fee.

We offer 14 residency periods with lengths ranging from 3 months in the winter season to 1 month in the summer.

  • 1 January - 31 March (design project stipend 600e)
  • 1 April - 31 May (2 months, 300e)
  • 1 June - 30 June (1 month, 300e)
  • 1 July - 31 July (1 month, 300e)
  • 1 August - 31 August (1 month, 300e)
  • 1 September - 31 October (2 months, 300e)
  • 1 October - 31 December (2 months, 300e)

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Clay Gallery: Cups of Fire – National Ceramic Cup Competition

Clay Gallery presents Cups of Firs, a national juried cup exhibition which embraces a wide spectrum of cup forms both sculptural and utilitarian. Clay Gallery is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


• 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.

Deadline: November 1st, 2011


Link to entry and more information:

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

Clay Gallery, 335 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

via bay area art grind

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Call for submissions: Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.


Image: Brendan Tang

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is calling for submissions to The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and The RBC Award for Glass.

With the ongoing generosity of Ms. Winifred Shantz and the RBC Foundation, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery presents these prestigious national awards for early-career practicing ceramic and glass artists who have been working professionally for between 3 to 10 years. The awards are intended to allow each winning artist to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities with the capacity to advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in his or her career. Winners of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and the RBC Award for Glass will receive $10,000 each.

Juries comprised of respected artists and arts professionals associated with the silica arts will choose a finalist list. This year's winners will be announced at a gala event on October 13, 2011.

Each of these annual awards presents a monetary prize for innovative professional development to an emerging ceramic or glass artist, allowing the recipients time to travel, to attend international residencies or to conduct research that will enrich experience and fortify career aspirations in the field of contemporary art or fine craft.

To apply to either of these awards, you must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You must also meet the definition of a professional artist. The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and the RBC Award for Glass is accessible to Aboriginal artists and artists of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.

Deadline for Submissions - Friday, August 26, 2011 by 5pm

For more information, please contact Christian Bernard Singer, Curator, at (519) 746-1882, ext. 230 or via email at: Or visit our website:

Winners of the Winifred Shantz Award have included the following outstanding recipients: Brendan Tang (2010), Jasna Sokolovic (2009), Kasia Piech (2008), Rory MacDonald (2007), Ying-Yueh Chuang (2006), Kate Hyde (2005), Joan Bruneau (2004), Marc Vincent Egan (2003), Laurent Craste (2002), Susan Collett (2001). All of the RBC Award for Glass winners to date have represented the remarkable practices that make up contemporary glass art. Previous winners of the RBC Award for Glass are Rachael Wong (2010), Cali Bales (2009), and Julia Reimer (2008).

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery fosters interaction among artworks, artists, and community and is recognized nationally for its critically acclaimed exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists. The Gallery offers lectures, classes, workshops, tours, and houses an ever- expanding collection of historical and contemporary Canadian ceramic, glass and enamel art, conserving and promoting a rich and active component of Canada's rich cultural heritage. Our award winning architecture, outstanding exhibitions and programs have placed The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery at the forefront of contemporary art experience.

The Gallery is located at 25 Caroline Street North in Waterloo, Ontario. It is open Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays 1 to 5 pm. Admission to the Gallery is free.

Call for entry: Indigenous Ceramic Art Award

Vera Cooper Our world is a Midden, Holding the Past, Present and Future, 2008
Vera Cooper
Our world is a Midden, Holding the Past, Present and Future, 2008

The next Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) is scheduled for February - April 2012 and is held bi-annually. The ICAA was developed by Shepparton Art Gallery to support Indigenous ceramic artists and acknowledge the special industry of ceramic art practice.

The awards encourage and stimulate excellence in this sphere, providing cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from around Australia and regional Victoria. This biennale award exhibition surveys current Indigenous ceramic art practise, demonstrates current developments in the field including contemporary and traditional works.

An exciting public program of cultural activities also accompanies the exhibition and typically includes: ceramic workshops with artists, exhibition floor talks, ceramic workshops for children, and ceramic workshops for Indigenous men and women.

Shepparton Art Gallery is a regional gallery with a unique focus. It collects Australian ceramics from the 19th and 20th century and its ceramic collection is one of the best in Australia. Shepparton Art Gallery's collection of Australian and International ceramics now spans over 3000 works. Due to the Indigenous Ceramic Art Award the gallery now has a growing collection of contemporary Aboriginal ceramics.

The Indigenous Ceramic Art Award is made possible with the generous support of The Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, Margaret Lawrence Bequest, FRRR, S.J. Rothfield Family Fund (Melbourne Community Foundation) and the Sarah and Ballieu Myer Foundation.

Related Links

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

More about Matter of Clay III

(see if you can spot a clip of one of my pieces for the show in the video)

Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery website.

2nd International Ceramic Triennial UNICUM 2012 - Slovenia
15. May - 30. September 2012

The emphasis is on popularization as well as presentation of contemporary ceramics as an independent area in the field of artistic creation. Triennial is connection between international and Slovene space and it gives fresh insight into artistic ceramics. Its intention is to search through elementary artistic research in connection with contemporary though; the character of contemporaneity is given by individualism, development of personal artistic language and enriched by traditional influences of old technologies.

II. International Triennial of Ceramics Unicum 2012 contains competitive part and accompanying events and exhibitions.

European Cultural and Technological Centre Maribor will host competitive part of the triennial as well as the international exhibition of ceramics of students from Art Schools and Academies chosen by invited mentors.

For full details regarding the competitive calls for entry please visit their website here.

ZDSLU, Komenskega 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Fax: +386 1 434 94 62
UNICUM phone: +386 1 433 03 80
ZDSLU phone: +386 1 443 04 64
Cell: +386 40 896 785

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Matter of Clay III - 102 of Canada's ceramic artists all in one place! Oh My!

Okay maybe not all the artists will be there but at least their amazing work will be.

Oh and I'll be there, wouldn't miss this one for the world. Just a browse of the list of participating artists...well tons of my Canadian favorites. I can hardly wait to meet some of these artists in person.

Chalke, John * Chaytor, Katrina * Manning, Les * Tipton, Barbara * Nipshank, Glen

Birstein, Suzy * Boyd, Bill * Brewer-White, Elaine * Delatour Lepoidevin, Susan * Dexter, Walter * Dyelle, Judi * Rolland, Laurie * Hutchens, Gordon * Marshall-Inman, Glenys * Mathison, Meira * Merkel, Gary * Michener, Sally * Nagle Stevenson, Pamela * Fox, Mary * Ngan, Wayne * Rogers, Craig * Webber, Pat * Weeden, Judy * Burgess, Alan * Burgess, Meg * Card. Louise * Chinnery, Rachelle * Shigeno, Kinichi * Bowman, Marlene * Jefferson, Cathi

Lacovetsky, Alan * Metcalfe, Valerie * Archambeau, Robert * Dahl. Karen * Nickel, Grace * Stafford, Kevin

Blake, Judy * Clark, Lee Horus * Clark, Yolande * Powning, Peter * Emenau, Darren * Thomas, Peter

Weir, Reed * Hayashida, David * Yates. Linda

Ravindra, Sally * Smith, Jim

Kruse, Astrid

Beam, Ann * Brandao, Celia * Campbell. Keith * Cochrane, Bruce * Daymond, Heather * diPetta, Angelo * Fisher, Marianne * Heinemann, Steve * House, Harlan * Irvine, Steve * Mah, Audrey * Markson, Mayta * Cabri, Mimi * Michaelson, Carol-Ann * Monostory, Zsuzsa * Mortimer, Ann * Nasr, Dian * O'Young, Kayo * Pratt, Bernadette * Ron Roy * Rossman, Carol * Wheatley. Joyce * Willoughby, Liz * Cloney, Helen * Roberts, Ann * Beam, Anong * Shadford, George * Donaldson, Judy * Driver-Kerslake, Heather * Franklin-Clennell, Sheila * Graham, Judith * Kerslake, Roger * Link, Sarah * Low-Beer, Susan * Creber, Diane * Swain, Chandler * Wilson, Jane

Foulem, Léopold L. * Goyer-Bonneau, A & D * Legros-Wise, Enid * Mullavey, Dean * Murray, Paula * Savaria, Lisette * Vicente, Vera * Brouilette, Diane * Killoran, Audrey * Poissant, Gilbert * Savoie, Maurice * Baghaeian, Mahmoud * Cotes. Rejean

Bolen, Mel * Epp, Carole * Mah, Jeannie * Rocamora, Anita

Keep an eye on musing about mud the week of the opening, i'll try to give you guys some behind the scenes gossip and pictures.

But seriously - this is a historical event - YOU SHOULD BE THERE (if you can)

Find out more on the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery website.

Beyond the brickyard - call for entry.

Entry Fee
The cost of entering Beyond the Brickyard is $35 USD for up to 3 works.
All major credit cards are accepted.
Exhibition Schedule
By applying all applicants agree to the following schedule if selected to exhibit:

Applications due September 15, 2011
Entrants notified of jury results by email no later than October 31, 2011
Work to be received by Archie Bray Foundation by December 11, 2011
Work exhibited in Beyond the Brickyard, January 2012

Visit the Bray website for all the details.

Fourth annual international call for entries, Beyond the Brickyard.
The selected works will be exhibited at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. MT, January 2012.
This year’s exhibition will be juried by 2011 Voulkos Fellow Richard Shaw.

Workshop - Lowfire Layering, 2 Days 2 Ways: Liz Quackenbush & Lisa Orr

Saturday – Sunday, September 10 – 11, 10am – 4pm

Fee: $180 members; $200 non-members

In this 2-day demonstration workshop, each artist will share their techniques for surface enhancement. Lisa will start her part of the workshop by throwing and handbuilding soft pottery in bisque molds. Forms will include dinnerware, sugar/creamer set, salt cellar, and a compote/vase centerpiece. She will demonstrate how to make sprig molds from plasticene, apply various slips for depth and layering, and then decorate with the sprigs. Nichrome wire is used to attach moving parts. Glazing will be demonstrated on a bisque fired piece.

Liz Quackenbush thinks ornamentation is a fascinating way we can make our world more complex and beautiful and will demonstrate her handbuilding and brushwork glaze techniques. Liz will bring bisque fired red-earthenware pieces to demonstrate the way she develops her glaze painted surfaces. She will discuss her abstract visual language based on metaphor and symbolism. Slide presentations and discussions will include European and Islamic decorative clay traditions.

Liz Quackenbush is a Professor of Art at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. She received her BFA from the University of CO, Boulder and her MFA from The School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute for Technology. Liz has taught numerous workshops at crafts schools and many universities and colleges across the country. Her work has appeared in numerous books and art publications, and is included in many private and public collections including Aberystwyth Arts Center, The George Gardener Museum, and Arizona State University Art Museum.

For 27 years Lisa Orr has been professional potter and student of ceramics. She completed an MFA at the NYSCC at Alfred University in 1992 and later received grants including a Fulbright and a MAAA/NEA. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and the permanent collection of WOCEF in Korea. Currently she teaches, lectures and shows nationally and internationally

Clay Art Centre

40 Beech Street,

Port Chester, NY 10573 | Ph: 914-937-2047 | Fax: 914-935-1205


Monday, 25 July 2011

Upcoming workshops - gaya ceramic and design

Visit their website for more details about the workshops as well as residency opportunities.

Sept 22-Oct 5: Anagama Wood-Firing: Spontaneous Glazing

Course Level: Minimum beginning throwing/hand-building skills recommended
Cost: USD $2300 (*includes: accommodation, breakfast & lunch, all studio materials, firing, instruction, and excursions around Bali)


Oct 9-15: A Thousand Surfaces (one week)

Course Level: All levels
Cost: USD $1245 (*includes: accommodation, breakfast & lunch, all studio materials, firing, instruction, and excursions around Bali)


Oct 30-nov 12: Raku And Smoke Western Raku And Smoke:

Course Level: Beginning throwing skills recommended
Cost: USD $2150 (*includes: accommodation, breakfast & lunch, all studio materials, firing, instruction, and excursions around Bali)


Monday morning eye candy - Adero Willard

See some amazing works on exhibit at the Ferrin Gallery here.
View the artist's website here.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Material Matters @ the ANU

van den Heuvel, Kao-Lin

Material Matters is a major exhibition focusing on works drawn from the ANU Ceramics Workshop Teaching collection. It links a broad range of community based events which will involve all members of Canberra’s ceramic networks. From professional masterclasses and open workshops, from community woodfirings to exhibitions, from guided school tours to the symposium there will be something for everyone.

International Visiting Artists include

Anton Reijnders | Netherlands
Netty van den Heuvel | Netherlands
Ray Chen | Taiwan/USA
Christina Bryer | South Africa


Presentations by students, faculty and artists on the nature & meaning of their material research. Submissions for papers (20mins) are invited - please contact Janet DeBoos |

Friday 19th August 6-8pm Exhibition opening / Reception
Saturday 20th August 10am - 5pm Keynote speaker Anton Reijnders
Sunday 21st August 9am-12pm & 1 – 3pm Open Studio

Cost $55 gst incl (includes reception & Saturday lunch

$30 gst free (Full Time secondary and tertiary students)


Ray Chen | Material expression (presentation and demonstration)
Thursday 4 August 10 – 4pm
Cost: $66 gst incl

In this demonstration workshop on the expressive use of clay, Visiting Artist Ray Chen (USA) will lead students to examine the potential of clay to describe emotion and feeling, whilst considering the sculptural requirements of 3-D objects. His work on the theme of Mother & Child will also be discussed and aspects of its making explained.

Joanne Searle | Transferring - transfer printing on clay
Saturday 6 August 9 - 1pm
Cost: $33 gst incl

This one day workshop will cover various 'print on clay' techniques including plaster monoprints, fabric & tissue transfer as well as low-tech etching. These printed surfaces will be applied to both wheel thrown and hand built forms. Various methods of treating the surface at the raw, bisque & high firing stages will be covered. Tiles and materials will be provided at cost.

Janet DeBoos | I can see clearly…
Sunday 7 August 9 - 1pm
Cost: $33 gst incl

A good clear glaze- although often seen as the simplest of ceramic surfaces- is frequently difficult to achieve. This workshop will examine the reasons why a glaze is not clear, how to make it clear, and how clear glazes can be adjusted for different temperatures. Demonstration materials and tiles supplied at cost.

Anton Reijnders | Thinking through making (terra sigillata)
Tuesday & Wednesday 9 & 10 August, 9am – 1pm

Cost $66 gst incl

In this workshop- the renowned Netherlands author of 'The Ceramic Process' (A&C Black) will ask “What makes a good terra sigillata? On the basis of practical tests students will find out how to make and apply terra sigillata and moreover learn about the mineralogical makeup of clay. Materials supplied at cost. Student should bring no less than 100gs of dried, pulverised clay to the workshop- preferably gathered locally- but could be any dried commercially available body.

Netty van den Heuvel | Dialogue in 3 Dimensions (mixed media workshop)
Thursday & Friday, 11 & 12 August 9 - 1pm & 2 - 4pm
Cost: $110 gst incl

An exploratory workshop in three dimensions, using clay, and found objects, as well as an enquiry into the potential of combining clay with other materials such as silicone. Students will be invited to go through a series of structured exercises in finding, looking and making

Greg Daly | Alchemy- lustre glazes
Saturday & Sunday, 13&14 August 10 - 1pm
Cost $66 gst incl

This two day workshop with acclaimed glaze maestro Greg Daly (author of Lustre- A&C Black- due to be released early 2012) will cover all aspects- making, applying and firing- of that enigmatic ceramic surface -lustre.
Four different ways of achieving this surface will be explained- pigment lustre, lustre glazes, resin lustres and fuming. Materials will be provided at cost.

Christina Bryer | Working with porcelain from a non traditional angle
Thursday 18 August 10 – 4pm
Cost $66 gst incl

This demonstration workshop will attempt to unravel the three interwoven aspects of Christina's work and examine them in the light of the following themes:
Art & Design (inspirations and influences), Geometry (Aperiodic Tiling and Sacred Geometry, from Plato to Penrose and back again) and Technical Explanations (working with porcelain in a non-traditional way)

(Note that all workshops are subject to minimum numbers to run, and will be cancelled with less than five participants.

There are also a ton of exhibitions and other events taking place. Please visit their website here for all the details and make sure to attend if you can, sound like a good one!

Clay studio: Guest Artist in residence opportunity

The Guest Artist-in-Residence program is open to any artist whose primary medium is clay.

Since 1992 the Clay Studio's Guest Artist-in-Residence program has hosted artists from over thirty five countries including Anquilla, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, The Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Wales, and the United States.

View a list of current, upcoming and past Guest Artists-in-Residence.

The Guest Artist-in-Residence Program provides:

  • a 12 x 12 ft. studio on The Clay Studio's third floor
  • an apartment across the street
  • a materials and firing stipend of up to $200
  • and a $500 a month living stipend.
Residencies vary from 4 to 8 weeks, but both shorter and longer residencies have occurred to accommodate an artist's schedule or to allow for a larger project. Some technical assistance is provided, but this program is designed for artists to work independently.

Artist Requirements

Each artist is required to leave one work for the permanent collection, present an evening slide lecture for The Clay Studio community, and accompany the Claymobile outreach program and/or offer demonstrations in the Studio's classes. These obligations usually amount to no more than four hours each week. When appropriate, workshops are offered by the artists for an additional honorarium. Artists may be requested to present slide lectures to nearby university ceramics programs (honoraria are arranged by the universities). The artist is responsible for his/her own travel to and from The Clay Studio.

Interaction with The Clay Studio Community

The program has very little structure by design. The artists are provided with keys and may choose to work when they find it most advantageous. They are expected to be open to the questions of Clay Studio students and artists, while The Clay Studio community has been requested not to become too obtrusive. The central location of the guest artist studio has been described as a "fish bowl" but in the past, artists have enjoyed ample contact with people working at all levels in ceramics. This also facilitates quick socialization for the guest artists.

Works Created During the Residency

Aside from the piece selected for the permanent collection, works created during the residency are the property of the artist. Artists are encouraged, however, to leave a small group of pieces for the annual group show entitled "Made at the Clay Studio", held in June or July of each year. The Studio retains 50% of any works it sells for the artists. Unsold works included in the exhibition may be left at the Studio for a maximum of one year and are fully insured by The Clay Studio. After one year, the work shall become the property of The Clay Studio or will be returned to the artist at their expense. All other work created over the course of the residency shall be shipped to the artist at their own expense. Shipping arrangements must be made prior to the end of the residency.

Application Process

No slides will be accepted for review, ONLY DIGITAL IMAGES.

A complete application must include the following:

  • a completed application. Download an application [PDF, 49K]
  • a resume in hard copy
  • artist statement in hard copy
  • a project description (describe as fully as possible what you plan on doing over the course of your Residency) in hard copy
  • a disc with 10 digital image .jpeg files at 72 dpi, with the image's longest dimension not exceeding 700 pixels. Each image file should be labeled as follows: imagenumberyourfirstinitialandlastname.jpeg, Example: 1jdoe.jpeg, 2jdoe.jpeg, ect.
  • a corresponding image list in hard copy that includes the following: image number, title, medium, size, and date.


There is no application fee.

Selection Process

Artists are either identified and invited outright by the Artistic Director, chosen from participating artists in the Studio's international exhibitions, or they may apply using the application form and providing visuals of their work for consideration. (Artists may apply for residencies up to three years in advance.) Many guest artists have been suggested by artists (both within and from outside The Clay Studio) as well as board members. The selection process is based not only on the quality of work, but also on obtaining as wide a geographic spread as possible, maintaining a balance between genders, and an admittedly subjective judgment as to the compatibility of the artist to the very independent structure of the program. The program is also intended to include artists from a variety of stages of career development, from fully accomplished, recognizable names to more emerging younger artists.

Please call Artistic Director Jeff Guido at 215.925.3453 x18 or email if you have any further questions about a residency at The Clay Studio.

Download an application [PDF, 49K]

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Catch it before it's gone - Biophilia exhibition by Xanthe Isbister

Find out more about the Medalta Historical District here.

Xanthe Isbister was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 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. Following her graduate studies, she had the opportunity to live and create work in a studio in Roswell, New Mexico. Since moving back to Canada, she has had the opportunity to teach at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Manitoba. Most recently she was awarded a Special Opportunities Grant from the Manitoba Arts Council and attended the year long residency at the Medalta International Artists in Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the National Council on Education for Ceramics Arts, the Alberta Craft Council and is creating work for an exhibition at the Gardner Museum in Toronto, Ontario this coming fall, 2011.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Chinese Whispers by Johanna De Maine

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 specializes 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.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

An amazing blog to check out (and not just because they featured my work)

vitrified studio: inspire is full of gorgeous eye candy and amazing artists to inspire you. Please take some time to check it out.

"this blog is made for those who share an appreciation in the subtle beauty in simple handmade ceramic forms, and as an ode to the ceramic artists who inspire me.

vitrifiedstudio is a small ceramics studio located in portland oregon USA specializing in simple handcrafted functional ware designed by shelley martin."

follow shelley martin's ceramic journey here:

to follow both blogs, become a fan on facebook. (site under construction)

email – vitrifiedstudio @

Adam & Steve / Madam & Eve Limited Edition

In honor of New York State legalizing same sex marriage.
Designer: Grande Dame (United Kingdom)

Find it here.

Call for entry: Clay3

2012 Regional Juried Ceramics Exhibition
March 2 - April 1, 2012
Presented by ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Studio
Juried by Steven Hill

"For some, the space inside a 12"cube will seem nearly infinite,
while others will have to re-imagine their work just to squeeze it in.
I challenge all ceramic artists, from functional potters to sculptors to
installation artists… To see the 12" glass cube through the eyes
of inspiration rather than limitation!" - Steven Hill

• Juried from digital submissions by nationally
recognized artist, Steven Hill
• Functional and sculptural ceramic art must fit
within one cubic foot (12" X 12" X 12").
• Entry Deadline: December 10, 2011
Digital Submission accepted on CAFé
To apply:
• Exhibition will be held March 2 - April 1, 2012
at Warrenville Public Library, 28W751 Stafford Place, Warrenville, IL.

1. Clay3 is open to all artists working in IL, MN, WI, OH, MI, KT, TN, AK, IA, and MO.
2. All work must be no large than 12" X 12" x 12", and use 75% of clay as the
primary medium.
3. All entries are presented to the juror in an anonymous manner.
4. All accepted works should not be too fragile for shipping and public display.
5. Accepted works may not be removed before the conclusion of the exhibition.

For all the details please visit their website to download the prospectus.

via Clay Art Web Guide

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Residency opportunity - call for applications

Artist In Residence (one year)Midwestern State University
Ceramics Department

Dates: September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012

Application deadline: July 31, 2011

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, go to:

Steve Hilton
Midwestern State University
Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

(940) 613.7041

Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions
(Application deadline: July 31, 2011)

Friday, 15 July 2011

Call for entry: 6th International Arte Laguna Prize

Applications open for 6th International Arte Laguna Prize

Prize amount: 160.000 Euros
The winning artworks will remain of artists' property

Sections: painting, sculpture, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual art
Participation: open to all the artists, without any constriction and with free topic
Deadline: 11th November 2011
Application fee: 50 € one work, 90 € two works
Collective Exhibition: Venice
Finalists: 110 Artists
Special Prizes: Personal and Collective Exhibitions, International Festivals
Artist in Residence: Loft Miramarmi, Carlo Zauli Museum, Glass School Abate Zanetti, Art Stays, iaab
Business for Art:: STILE Original Design

Prize Curator: Igor Zanti - Art Critic
Alessio Antoniolli - Director Gasworks of London
Chiara Barbieri - Publications Director, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Gabriella Belli - Director MART of Trento and Rovereto
Ilaria Bonacossa - Freelance Curator
Soledad Gutierrez - Curator at MACBA Barcelona
Kanchi Metha - Curator Indian Pavillon Prague Biennale
Ludovico Pratesi - Director Centro Arti Visive Pescheria of Pesaro
Maria Savarese - Freelance Curator
Ralf Schmitt - Director Preview Berlin
Alma Zevi - Art Critic

Application :

Arte Laguna Prize
tel. +39 041 5937242 (int.4) -

Call for artists: American Craft Council Shows

Please visit : to apply

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Call For Papers

The Art of the Coroplast Speaks: The Story of Archaeology, Art History and the Ceramic Arts

Type: Calls For Papers
Posted by: Angelo State University
Deadline: 09/16/11

We welcome proposals from faculty, independent scholars and advanced graduate students whose research focuses on the ceramic arts. Paper topics that address the theme, particularly submissions that take an interdisciplinary approach to material/visual culture, are welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers with your name, title, institutional affiliation (if applicable) together with a short CV to the conference organizer, Dr. Kimberly S. Busby, by Friday, September 16, 2011. The symposium will be held on Thursday, April 19th in conjunction with the Twenty-Seventh Annual San Angelo Ceramic Symposium, April 19-22, 2012 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

via college art association

Call for artist: Contemporary Art Fair NYC American Craft Show NYC

Deadline: 8/1/11 or until the show has been filled
Contemporary Art Fair NYC American Craft Show NYC
November 18, 19 & 20
Javits Center NYC
Now, in metro NYC, an art show has emerged that embraces contemporary art and fine craft under one roof. The Contemporary Art Fair NYC provides a major showing to independent painters, photographers, sculptors or other artists doing non-functional work. The counterpart show, The American Craft Show NYC, features the work of fine artisans working with glass, ceramic, wood, and other materials.
Apply Online:
Call for Questions: 845-3552400

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

A helpful read: Retail Marketing: Use the Right Method to Make More Money

This one via The Crafts Report is worth a quick read if you do any sort of retail sales, personal or through shops.

* and point taken, just because I think my kid is cute and I have no babysitter doesn't mean that it looks professional to have your family around your booth.

Call for artists in the Quebec region

Appel de dossier MATERIA e-boutique (boutique virtuelle)


Êtes-vous à la recherche d’une nouvelle vitrine pour vendre vos créations ?

MATERIA, centre d’artistes et de diffusion en métiers d’art actuels, lance un appel de dossiers aux artistes et aux artisans des régions de la Capitale-Nationale et de la Chaudière-Appalaches à s’inscrire et à gérer leur propre boutique virtuelle sur LE portail transactionnel dédié aux métiers d’art.

*Prière de vous assurer de votre admissibilité au projet (voir plus bas).

Nous recevons les dossiers en tout temps.

Contenu du dossier à présenter :
• Présentation de votre cheminement de créateur (ou démarche artistique)
• Description des pièces, œuvres et collection que vous désirez vendre sur le portail virtuel. (Cette description doit inclure : les matériaux, les dimensions et le prix pour chacune des pièces proposées)
• Curriculum vitæ récent (incluant vos coordonnées complètes)
• Photographies numériques (basse résolution : 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixels de hauteur)
• Tout autre document pertinent (esquisses, revue de presse, etc.)

Faites parvenir votre dossier à Eve Simard-Meighen, chargée de projet MATERIA e-boutique :

Des frais mensuels de base et une commission sur la vente des pièces avantageuse pour les créateurs, seront prélevés par le gestionnaire du portail afin d’assurer son fonctionnement.

MATERIA e-boutique fait partie des projes admissibles dans le cadre du programme Jeunes volontaires d'Emploi Québec et du Fonds Essor.

Pour information : Eve Simard-Meighen, chargée de projet pour la e-boutique l (418) 524-0354, poste 222
Sans frais : 1-888-524-7768 l

Ce projet est une initiative du Centre MATERIA et du comité e-commerce.

MATERIA est un centre d’artistes et de diffusion qui a pour mission de diffuser et promouvoir la recherche et la création dans le domaine des métiers d’art actuels, aux plans national et international.

Le comité e-commerce est composé d’artistes, d’artisans et de gestionnaires du milieu des métiers d’art et des affaires de la grande région de Québec.

Pour être admissible au projet, vous devez répondre aux critères suivants :

Définition des termes «artiste» et «artisan des métiers d’art» :
L’artiste ou l’artisan des métiers d’art peut avoir acquis une formation de base par lui-même, par compagnonnage, par apprentissage traditionnel sans diplôme ou grâce à un enseignement avec diplôme de niveau collégial ou universitaire. De plus, il crée des œuvres ORIGINALES pour son propre compte, possède une compétence reconnue par ses pairs, diffuse et vend ses œuvres auprès du public.

Définition de la pratique des métiers d’art :
• La création conceptuelle et/ou manuelle d’objets uniques, d’œuvres de petite ou de moyenne série;
• L’utilisation de matériaux tels que l’argile, le verre, le bois, le métal, la pierre, la résine, le papier, le tissu, les fibres et autres matériaux ;
• La conception et la production doivent être l’œuvre d’une seule personne ou d’un petit groupe de personnes dont le travail est la résultante d’une fabrication en atelier ;
• Le souci d’innovation et la maîtrise à la fois artistique et technique ;
• Des objets fonctionnels, utilitaires, décoratifs, expressifs ou une combinaison de ces fonctions ;
• La diffusion et la vente orientées principalement vers des clients, des collectionneurs et des institutions ;

Définition de la région administrative de la Capitale-Nationale :
Pour être admissibles, les candidats doivent résider ou avoir un lieu de travail sur le territoire de la région de la Capitale-Nationale, incluant les municipalités suivantes : la Communauté urbaine de Québec (CUQ), la ville de l’Ancienne-Lorette, la ville de Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Wendake, l’Île d’Orléans, Portneuf, la Jacques Cartier, la Côte-de-Beaupré, Charlevoix et Charlevoix Est.

Définition de la région administrative de la Chaudière-Appalaches :
Pour être admissibles, les candidats doivent résider ou avoir un lieu de travail sur le territoire de la région de Chaudière-Appalaches, incluant les municipalités suivantes : la ville de Lévis, Beauce-Sartigan, Bellechasse, L’Amiante, L’Islet, la Nouvelle-Beauce, Les Etchemins, Lotbinière, Montmagny et Robert-Cliche.

Le projet MATERIA e-boutique est possible grâce au soutien financier des organismes suivants :
Centre local de développement de Québec | Entente de développement culturel intervenue entre le ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine et la Ville de Québec | Société de développement des entreprises culturelles | Conférence régionale des élus de la Capitale-Nationale
Dans l'ensemble des documents, l’emploi du masculin pour désigner des personnes n’a d’autres fins que celle d’alléger le texte.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

A must read: Gwarlingo’s Guide to Residency Programs

An old ice house at The MacDowell Colony has been converted into Heinz Studio, a space for sculptors and visual artists. (Photo by Victoria Sambunaris)

So it seems like everyone I know is currently off enjoying summer residencies (and yah i'm jealous i'll admit). My facebook news feed is full of pics and tales of new work and new connections. Reminds me of where I was this time last year: Medalta, enjoying my own summer residency. Well since I can't find the time/money to go anywhere this year I'll live vicariously through others and read up on residency opportunities in this great article by Michelle Aldredge: Gwarlingo’s Guide to Residency Programs.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Call for entry: Below the surface

Lillstreet's Fourth Annual International Ceramics Exhibition:

Below the Surfacemetz

We are accepting applications for all functional ceramics vessels and ceramic vessels referencing function that pay special attention to surface treatment. The exhibition will run from August 26th - September 18th. All work submitted MUST be available for the entire exhibition, substitute pieces will not be accepted and work will be rejected if it is not the same piece that was accepted.
One $500 Award for First Place and
Two $100 Awards for Honorable Mentions
All Applications must be received by July 15th!
To apply, please submit a maximum of 3 images and a $35 application fee to:
For technical support please contact
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.

Monday morning eye candy - Michael Keighery

Michael Keighery - The China Syndrome
Exhibition dates: 16 July - 7 August 2011

Find the gallery website here.

Here's a couple links to more info:

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Call for entry: CraftArt 2011

Florida Craftsmen’s CraftArt 2011 returns to the great outdoors on Saturday, November 19th & Sunday, November 20th, just outside the doors of Florida Craftsmen Gallery, at the crossroads of Central Avenue and Fifth Street North in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg.

One of the most eagerly anticipated arts events each year by collectors and patrons, as well as by locals and visitors who plan a long weekend around the show, CraftArt features some of the nation’s best established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper, mixed media, original woodcuts and lithographs.

Watch for information about the 2011 CraftArt Festival – November 19th and 20th

If you are an artist interested in applying for CraftArt, the deadline is August 31st. Apply at

via Clay Art Web

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Opening at Harvey/Meadows gallery

Lucy Fradkin

Tony Marsh

Sun Koo Yuh

July 11th to August 9th, 2011

Opening Reception with the Artists:

Monday, July 11th

5 to 8 pm

Gallery Talk @ 6pm

Our summer hours are 11am to 5pm everyday

The exhibitions will be online soon. For a price list and information on the artists, please visit the website, email, or call: 970 920 7721


Karen Buchholz, Jay Kimball, Alan Phillips
Eli Fernandez, Bonnie Gilmour, Charley Farrero

Sunday July 10, 2011
1:00- 5:00 p.m.

220 , 2nd Ave.
Meacham, SK

Come out and see the pots out of the kiln!
Refreshments served

Info: 306-376-4423

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Visiting Artists Workshop: Sandy Brown

Find all the details here on Harvard's site.

Sandy Brown, an international ceramist, sculptor and painter from the UK, will lead an all day, hands on workshop and demonstration on July 15, followed by a slide presentation from 4 - 5 pm. Sandy, who was a lively demonstrator at NCECA a few years ago, will be showing her intuitive method of playing with clay and color. "Doodling, like spontaneity, sounds light yet is profound, as it requires an openness to whatever comes". Participants in the workshop will be invited to doodle and play. Please note that lunch will be pot luck.

"What I like to express is the immediacy and freshness of the making, so that the vigor and playfulness which I felt while doing it are present in the piece for you to experience. Art for me is fun. The forms are strong and simple, and are vehicles for doodling."

This workshop is in conjunction with Brown's solo exhibition at Lacoste Gallery, opening the following day and ending August 3rd.

To register for this workshop, email a completed registration form to and send check to:
219 Western Ave., Allston MA 02134

Registration Form: pdf | word

Fees: For those currently enrolled in the Summer Term: $25
For those not enrolled: $50

Artist Statement

In my twenties, I lived in Japan for five years and first encountered clay there. I loved the possibilities inherent in its tactile immediacy. The forms are simple, clear and strong, with a generosity of material and a healthy robustness- finger marks and all.

I am currently combining (into one clay body) a rich, earthy dark clay body and a light, white porcelain. Together they act as a delicate clear canvas for the colored glazes. It is as if body and soul are one. The pieces are not complete until they are painted; that is when their identity becomes clear. Sometimes I paint with colored clay, inserting layers as on the big dishes and the tall forms, so that the rich earth contrasts with the blooming colors.

I also paint with colored glazes, using the palette of oxides available at high temperatures. I love the contrast of the rich, inky cobalt blue against the soft peach, or the drunken intensity of manganese with a blushy pink against the translucent depths of copper oxide green. It is a palette in which the character of the glazes is as important as the color. Above all, what I want to show is the joy in the freedom of the moment; that you will be as exhilarated as I was.

Link to images on Flickr
Link to resume
Watch the video "Modern British Potters at Goldmark Gallery"s
or see Sandy at the Tel Hai Pottery Symposium

... 'Today it is hard to imagine the European ceramics scene without her. She is famous for her spontaneous, passionate use of clay and colours. Her almost provokingly simple use of form and her strong, energetic brush decorations feed from direct emotion, from confidence in her own intuition and from a portion of childlike anarchy she preserved for herself. Sandy Brown's catalytic, liberating influence on European ceramics in the seventies and above all eighties must not be underestimated. At a time when European ceramics threatened to get stuck between Asiatic ideals and local traditions, her impetuous, lustful approach to the material demonstrated exciting new possibilities.'

Gabi Dewald, Editor,
writing in Keramik magazine Germany 2000

Matter of Clay III - Workshops

Jonathon Brancroft-Snell Gallery and London Potters Guild, in conjunction with "Matter of Clay III" present a weekend with 3 of Canada's top ceramic artists: John Chalke, Gordon Hutchens and Valerie Metcalfe.

Sponsored by:

Tuckers Pottery

The Ontario Clay and
Glass Association


View the Poster

Location: London Clay Art Centre, 664 Dundas
Cost: $200.00 plus HST for all 3 events and $100.00 for daylong workshops.
Register now as space is limited.

John Chalke
Artist’s Statement - My interest has remained inconveniently multi-faceted in most things ceramic - from its misty prehistory, when only clay and gods mattered, to the subsequent historical offerings from many lands. Food and tea presentation, clay and glaze research, the art of throwing, the art of handbuilding, kilns, riverside shards, emissivity, the smell of old clay, on and on. The straight path to the studio from the house is necessarily most serpentine some days. Some months of the year, though, make it much simpler. When the days grow warmer I work much more outside, where pots dry more quickly. I become a potter and become familiar again with muscle and ache. From November on, when things are freezing solid outside, body activity slows down and more cerebral struggle takes its place. A farmer might go curling during this time. I suppose I go handbuilding. This sequence has been part of my making for well over 30 years. The only thing I can see that has changed is more honing, more reflection, more revisiting old and new places in my mind, and less guilt about the now petty.


Gord Hutchens
Gordon Hutchens' studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island, British Columbia, a 5 minute drive from the ferry landing. For nearly 30 years Gordon has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada, from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver & Victoria. He has had over 25 one-man shows and over 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with 3 major exhibitions in Japan. Gordon has also taught courses and workshops for many colleges and potter's guilds. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. Gordon's work is well known for the depth and diversity of his glazes and the strength and refinement of his forms.


Valerie Metcalfe
Valerie’s work is refined, wheel-thrown porcelain, high-fired in a reduction atmosphere. She specializes in large, carved “landscape” platters, accented with metal and glass inserts. Her large vases and more functional ware are often delicately painted with a leafy design and embellished with gold lustre. Valerie’s pieces have been exhibited and sold across Canada and the United States and are held in public and private collections around the world. In 1994 Valerie was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, the oldest visual arts organization in Canada and one dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in Canadian art.


Register online here.