Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Concreta 2011

Call for artists - It’s Only Clay 2011 - DEADLINE SEPT 3rd

Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Dept announce the 9th annual, It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition.

This annual National juried ceramics competition and exhibition is a collaboration sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. IOC 2011 features a workshop on the campus of BSU, a community lecture and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics at the Bemidji Community Art Center selected by artist and potter Guillermo Cuellar. Previous jurors include; Simon Levin, Richard Bresnahan, Linda Christianson, Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

2011 IOC Juror Guillermo Cuellar – Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1951 Guillermo went on to study ceramics at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he graduated with a B.A. in Art in 1976. After working as an environmentalist he returned to pottery in 1980. In 1986 he set up a studio in the village of Turgua, an hour southeast of the capital city, Caracas, where he made pots for the following 18 years.

In 1981 he worked as an assistant to Warren MacKenzie, who was teaching in Caracas. Subsequently he regularly shared studio experience with MacKenzie in Stillwater, Minnesota from 1984 to 2006. Guillermo’s experience includes teaching workshops in Venezuela and Chile and participating in the organization and execution of workshops given by international guest potters in Venezuela.

For more information on Guillermo, visit his website.


Juried Exhibit at the Bemidji Community Art Center
The IOC 2011 exhibit is a juried competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional ceramics. Selected works will be a part of the exhibit at the BCAC from November 4th to December 17tth, 2011. The opening reception will be on Friday, Nov. 4th from 5 to 7pm with a brief talk by and annoucement of awards by Guillermo Cuellar. Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners equaling $1,600.00 and additional purchase awards for work going towards the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at BSU.

  • Guidelines: for submissions are outlined in the IOC – 2011 Prospectus
  • Deadline for submissions: all IOC 2011 Exhibit Application must be complete and postmarked September 3rd, 2011.
  • Application fee: $30.00 for 3 entries.
  • Exhibition Dates: November 4th through December 17th, 2011.
  • Opening Reception and Awards: November 4th from 5 to 7 pm.
For more details please visit their website here.

Ceramic Surfaces workshop with Peter Beard

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September 19-23, 2011

The ANU Ceramics workshop (in Canberra Australia) will host Peter Beard (UK), internationally renowned ceramic artists and author of Resist and Masking Techniques, A&C Black 1996.

Participants will explore surface decoration techniques, from working with soft clays through to glazed surfaces. Experimenting with an unusually wide range of techniques for decorating clay surfaces, covering exciting ways of creating pattern and texture at different stages in the making process, both before and after firing. Participants will leave with a ‘visual library’ of examples of surface decoration techniques.

Cost: $400 (materials included)
September 19-23, 2011 9am – 4pm
For further information and registration please contact: Joanne Searle / 02 6125 5823

Call for entires: 500 Prints on Clay

Monday, 29 August 2011

Monday morning eye candy - Ruth Borgenicht

Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Good morning everyone. Just a quick word to share my thoughts and best wishes to all of those that were affected by Hurricane Irene. Please use your social networks to let us know you're okay and if you need anything and please remember there are programs such as the Craft Emergency Relief Fund out there to help. May you all be well wherever you are.

All the best,

Sunday, 28 August 2011

2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale - Call for papers and workshops

Adelaide, Australia 28th September – 1st October 2012

Call for papers and workshops

2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale will provide a platform for discussion, debate and the

exchange of ideas amongst local, national and international ceramics practitioners, educators,

collectors, critics and cultural theorists.

We are now seeking proposals for papers and workshops that explore clay as a subversive

medium capable of challenging artistic, cultural and social norms.

Please register your personal interest in the presentation of papers and/or workshops of 1 to 3

days duration relevant to the conference theme at

Areas of particular interest in the field of studio ceramics include:

• Art and craft traditions and their interaction with contemporary practice.

• Industrial processes and alternative technologies – challenges and research.

• Hybrid or cross disciplinary practices and the development of mixed media.

• Indigenous ceramics practice – development, academic, personal and cultural.

• Critical writing and documentation.

• Exhibition practices, public and private – current trends, funding and collecting.

Submissions for papers:

A 400 word abstract to be emailed to

Submissions for workshops:

A one page proposal including time frame and budget to be emailed to

Key Dates:

Abstracts ( for papers and workshops) due: September 30th, 2011 - 5pm

Notification of abstract acceptance: October 30th, 2011, by email

Full proposed paper due: February 29th, 2012 – 5pm

Notification of accepted papers: March 30th, 2012, by email

Final paper due: June 30th, 2012 – 5pm

Selection of papers: All abstracts and workshop proposals will be reviewed initially by the

conference steering committee and then authors will be invited to submit full papers for juried


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Shared Journeys II: Chinese/American Ceramic Art and Education Symposium

West Virginia University, NCECA, and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute cordially
invites you to Shared Journeys II: Chinese/American Ceramic Art and
Education Symposium. The symposium will be hosted by WVU in Morgantown,
WV. We will be have demos, lectures, exhibitions, receptions, and a city-wide

WVU NCECA Shared Journeys II
Symposium on Chinese and American Ceramic Education
October 14-16, 2011
West Virginia University-Morgantown, WV

Speakers and Presenters include:
Val Cushing, Lv Pinchang, Bill Strickland, Gong Baoija, Dr. Elizabeth Lacouture,
Yang Bing, Dryden Wells, Li Chao, Joe Molinaro and many more...

For registration and info: (Early bird discounts end Sept. 5, 2011)

Shoji Satake
Assistant Professor/Ceramics Area Coordinator
West Virginia University
College of Creative Art
Division of Art and Design
Morgantown, WV

Friday, 26 August 2011

Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures

September 24, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Mackenzie Art Gallery - Regina Saskatchewan

September 23: Exhibition Opening

Join artist Jack Sures in celebration of this retrospective exhibition. Enjoy food, drinks and a live music performance by Ben and Nadine Sures. Feeling creative? Add your one-of-a-kind clay tile to our public art wall. 7:30pm, Free, Cash Bar

This exhibition is the first retrospective of one of Canada’s most significant ceramists—a multi-faceted figure whose exuberant and sensuous work traverses the categories of craft, fine art and public monument. In addition to offering a comprehensive look at his work from the early 1960s to the present, this retrospective will address his important role and influence as an educator and mentor.

Over the past fifty years, Jack Sures has contributed significantly to the advancement of ceramic art in Canada, including his implementation of the printmaking and ceramics programs at the University of Regina in 1965, where from 1969 to 1971 he served as chairman for the Department of Visual Arts.

Sures trained as a painter and printmaker, honed his ceramics skills initially in London, England at Chelsea Pottery and studied the works of ceramic artists in the museums and galleries of Europe and the Middle East. In 1962, he returned to Canada and set up his own pottery studio in Winnipeg, eventually moving to Regina, where he continues to live and work today.

In 1969, Sures initiated the exhibition California Ceramics: Shaw, Frimkess, Gilhooly, Melchert at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, which introduced Regina to the California Funk movement. He is part of the group of maverick ceramists including Victor Cicansky, Joe Fafard, David Gilhooly and Marilyn Levine, who in the 1960s liberated ceramics from its traditional, functional role and instead utilized it as a sculptural material. The “Regina Clay” group, as they came to be known, rallied against anything that could be considered dogmatism within the constricts of visual arts and ceramics. However, Sures never rejected the fundamentals inherent in vessel-making continuing to incorporate them as part of his craft.

September 24: One Day Symposium
Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures
Join artists and academics for a glimpse into the practice and legacy of Jack Sures. Listen in on a conversation with the artist, Head Curator at the MacKenzie,Timothy Long and Director/Curator of the Tom Thompson Art Gallery, Virginia Eichhorn. Including discussion with Matthew Kangas, Sandra Alfoldy, Alan Elder, Julia Krueger, Susan Surette, Ruth Chambers, Mel Bolen and Sin-ying Ho and a film screening of The Murals of Jack Sures by Linda Corbett. 1:00-5:00pm, Free - This 5 minute web trailer from the full length Jack Sures documentary features the intro sequence and a portion of the Canadian Museum of Civilization mural sequence.

The MacKenzie Art Gallery and Tom Thomson Art Gallery are pleased to be working together to premier this important exhibition, as well as a publication, video presentation, and related programming in Regina before touring it to galleries across Canada.

Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Image: Jack Sures, The Answer, stoneware tiles. Collection of Jack Sures and Cara Gay Driscoll. Photo by Don Hall.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Call for Entries: 5th International Texas Teapot Tournament


for all the details please DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS

Presented by C.A.M.E.O. and 18 Hands Gallery18 HANDS GALLERY, LLC

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Laura McKibbon: Impressions de Montreal

Part of an ongoing investigation of city and culture, this new body of work explores the streets, ruelles, and countryside of Quebec - a literal diary of time and place and document of the artists experience. All work had been produced at Gaia studios over the past few weeks, and features collaborative pieces with Catherine Auriol, recent recipient of the Prix France-Quebec.

Opening Thursday August 25, 5pm

Find out more about the gallery and the exhibition here.
Find out more about Laura here.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Monday morning eye candy - Kevin Stafford

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Kevin at the Matter of Clay III opening earlier in the month and was completely taken by the beauty and subtlety of his work as well as his kind and genuine nature.

View more of his work at the Stoneware Gallery website here.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Is Ceramics a Viable Option?

Sunday 11 Sep 2011, 10:00AM to 3:00PM

Is the studio potter a romantic notion of the past? What does the future hold for ceramics and are we ready to meet these changes?

Join Michael Keighery as he discusses ideas of how the ceramic studio potter might operate in the future. Once referred to as a “techno potter”, Michael Keighery’s witty practice gives ceramics a contemporary spin with the aid of technology, promoting lateral thinking.

About the Artist:

Michael Keighery’s practice of mixed media, ceramic-based, and performance art, is collected and exhibited world wide. His work has been featured in major contemporary art events including the Second Beijing International in China and the Huntington Gallery Boston USA. In the past five years he has exhibited solo in Sydney (Object Galleries, Mura Clay, SCA and UWS galleries), as well as in Brisbane City Gallery and New England Regional Art Museum.

His work is represented in public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Powerhouse Museum, Artbank and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, as well as regional galleries across Australia.

Michael has had a distinguished career as an arts educator and policy maker most recently as Head of Fine Arts Program UWS from 2003 to 2007, National President (Australia) International Association of Art (IAA), Chair of National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Cost: $20p/person (includes afternoon tea). Limited places available. Phone to book.

Friday, 19 August 2011



Toutefois, pour certains de ces appels, nous recevrons aussi les dossiers en tout temps...
Espace d'exposition

MATERIA, centre d’artistes et de diffusion en métiers d’art, lance un appel de dossiers aux artistes dans le cadre de sa programmation 2013-2014.

Date de tombée : Vendredi le 30 septembre 2011

Contenu du dossier à présenter:

Présentation de la démarche artistique
• Description du projet d’exposition
• Curriculum vitae récent (maximum 3 pages)
• Diapositives d'œuvres récentes (entre 5 et 10 images)
et / ou
• Photographies numériques sur CD (fichiers .jpg)
Un dossier comprenant des fichiers en haute résolution (300 dpi, 5 x 7 pouces)
et un autre comprenant des fichiers en basse résolution (72 dpi, 1024 x 768 pixels).
• Tout autre document pertinent (esquisses, dvd, etc.)
• Une enveloppe de retour pour votre dossier, pré-affranchie

Poster à : MATERIA, Comité de programmation, 367, boul. Charest Est, 7e étage, Québec (Québec) CANADA G1K 3H3

***Veuillez s.v.p. noter que MATERIA préférerait recevoir votre proposition de projet par voie électronique, à l’adresse suivante :***
S.v.p. alors nous acheminer uniquement vos images en basse résolution.

Pour information : Marianne Thibeault, directrice l (418) 524-0354, p. 221 l Sans frais : 1-888-524-7768 l

Le Centre MATERIA, seul centre d’artistes en métiers d’art au Canada, a pour mission de diffuser et de promouvoir la recherche et la création dans le domaine des métiers d’art actuels, aux plans national et international.

T 418 524-0354 | @ | | galerie 395, boulevard Charest Est, Québec
bureaux 367, boulevard Charest Est, 7e étage, Québec (Québec) G1K 3H3 CANADA

Cliquer sur l'image pour une version agrandie et imprimable

Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts 2011 Art Auction

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Auction

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts is a public foundation dedicated solely to creating a legacy of financial support for the arts and artists in Saskatchewan, through the generous financial support of individuals, organizations and corporations.

November 10, 2011
Wascana Country Club
7:30 PM

An opening reception not to be missed. There will be scrumptious bites and great conversation. Entertainment for the evening, “Service with a Smile,” performed by the Mitchell Boys of Moose Jaw. Voice and and verse by Robert Service.

Art, artists, and other special guests.
No admittance charge but donations gratefully accepted.

November 11, 2011
Wascana Country Club
1:00 PM

An afternoon to spend time with the art and special guests.

November 12, 2011
Wascana Country Club
1:00 PM

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Harvest - Elaine Bradley

Introducing Elaine Bradley, an emerging practitioner from the latest crop of talent fresh from The Australian National University School. Elaine Bradley’s work will feature in Harvest - a series of award exhibitions in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s Crucible Showcases.

Elaine Bradley creates contemporary ceramic works utilizing a range of techniques. She incorporates wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and industrial processes, and creates her work within the confines of a tiny studio. Her simple forms are embellished with meditative motifs that relate to her own experiences. She explains that she is process driven, articulating that the journey of being a maker is as important to her as the destination.

The exhibition will be officially opened by guest speaker Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Patron, at Thursday 18 August 2011.

Harvest continues until Saturday 24 September 2011 in the Centre’s Crucible Showcases, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City.

Harvest provides assistance for graduating artists and designer makers of local tertiary institutions at the beginning of their independent studio practice. This opportunity to exhibit also encourages emerging practitioners to remain in the region, staying connected with local art, craft and design organisations, such as Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, who strive to promote, support and assist practitioners throughout their careers.

Throughout 2011 Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre will celebrate its 40th birthday, and to commemorate this significant event an unprecedented number of emerging artist awards have been presented to recent graduates. The eight recipients in 2011 are Hannah Dalrymple, Kimberley Dixon, Dierdre Pearce, Annabelle Davidson, Elaine Bradley, Marco Chan, Edward College and George Thompson.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is open Tuesday to Friday to and Saturday to

Media Contact: Amy Kerr, Communications and Program Manager
(02) 6262 9333

Also make sure to check out Elaine's blog

Image: Elaine Bradley, Nest, 2010. Photographer: ANU photography

Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award 2012

Ben Richardson. Instill 2 - Light and shade. Woodfired stoneware 2010.

The Award

The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award is a $10,000 annual prize for ceramic art. Established in 2011, the award is open to artists nationally and is non-acquisitive.

Four artists are selected from the entries received to develop work for a group exhibition of ceramic art at a commercial gallery. From these four artists, one is selected to receive the prize money. Selection of finalists and the judging of the award is made by a panel of expert judges.

Vitrify is presented by the Alcorso Foundation, a not-for profit cultural organisation with its home in Tasmania. For more information about the Foundation and its initiatives, please visit the website

Vitrify 2012 will be hosted by the JamFactory in Adelaide.

The exhibition of finalists' work will open on Friday, September 7 2012 and continue until October 19 2012.

Applications to enter open on Friday August 12 2011 and close 5pm Friday October 7 2011.

Judges for the 2012 award will be Professor Noel Frankham, Head of the Hobart School of Art; Prue Venables, highly regarded ceramicist and Creative Director of the Ceramics Studio at the JamFactory; and Robert Reason, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts, the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Please visit their website for all the details.

Open Studio - Judith Rolevink

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st 11am to 4pm Open Sculpture Studio at 20 Greenway Drive, Surrey Downs South Australia.

Artist is working on a new sculptural bust of Mary MacKillop.

Find out more details on her blog.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Michigan Mud 2011

Michigan Mud is a conference offered every 2 years by the Michigan Ceramic Art Association. The conference includes demonstrations and lectures by many Michigan ceramic artists. This year the featured keynote speaker is Robert Piepenburg.

The conference also will include sessions on construction techniques, surface treatment, and glazing. Whether a full-time potter or one who wishes they had more time to work with clay, a college art instructor or a public school teacher, a graduate student or someone still in high school, you will find many things at this conference that will be practical.

October 7 & 8, 2011
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
9:00am - 4:00pm each day

Exhibition of Presentor's Work at Gallery One, Student Activites Building on WCC Campus

Juried Student Show: Details for submitting work coming soon.

Cup & Mug Fundraiser: Details for donating cups for the sale coming soon.

Keynote Speaker: Robert Piepenburg, plus book signing following the keynote address.

Michigan Mud Registration:

Family, Student or Faculty registration: please use the Mail-in Registration Form

Individuals and Institutions can Register online for Michigan Mud 2011 with a major credit card using PayPal. Click here to go to the Online Registration page.

Presenters & Demontrators

Click here for details on lectures and demonstrations.


  • Robert Piepenburg: Keynote Speaker
  • Jeremy Brooks: Lecture
  • Jeri Hollister: Demonstration
  • Daria Kim: Brush Workshop
  • Nicole Marroquin: Demonstration
  • Ian Thomas: Demonstration


  • Craig Clifford: Demonstration
  • Daria Kim: Brush Workshop
  • Paul Kotula: Lecture
  • Debbie Kupinsky: Demonstration
  • Gail Piepenburg: Demonstration
  • Greg Stahly: Lecture
Visit their website here.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Upcoming NCECA deadlines

Seattle Exhibitions and Programming - 2012

Emerging Artists: DEADLINE August 30, 2011
The NCECA Emerging Artist program is intended to give early career artists, who show exceptional promise, the opportunity to present their work to an international audience at the NCECA Annual Conference.

National Student Juried Exhibition: DEADLINE September 29, 2011
The NCECA 2012 NSJE is open to all full-time undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students (as defined by their home institution) enrolled in the United States of America. Eligible students must be working at the time of submittal towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art.

Topical Discussions/NCECA Connections: DEADLINE October 3, 2011
NCECA is seeking a diverse group of discussion leaders from its membership; Students (Undergraduate, Post-Bacc, Graduate), Studio Artists, Educators (K-12, Community College, University), Gallerists, Curators, etc. are all encouraged to apply! Topical Discussions and NCECA Connections are the break-out sessions on Thursday and Friday afternoons during conference.

Weather or Not: DEADLINE October 1, 2011
Seattle artist and Host Committee Member, Charlie Bigger is excited to announce Weather or Not, a site-specific, outdoor installation opportunity at South Lake Union Park in Seattle to coincide with the 2012 conference. Weather-Or-Not presents an opportunity for students and teachers to explore the EDGY artistic avenue of collaborative installations affected by time and weather. E-mail a one-page description of your project to Additional information and collaborative proposal requirements are detailed in Charlie's downloadable letter here: Charlie shares that his excitement and imagination around this event is sparked by two elements. "The first is the theme...the theme for NCECA 2012..."On The Edge" immediately grabbed my attention and fired up my imagination. Secondly, being interested in the history of the studio movement in Ceramics, a concern among my peers in the ceramics world deals with a perception that younger clay workers seem to be less numerous than a few years back. I am looking forward to being able, through NCECA, to provide this great venue to share and explore new ideas, and experiments with up and coming young ceramics students that might not otherwise realize that NCECA is also for them, not just established studio artists of my generation." On-Site Conference Liaison, Marge Levy writes that through Weather-Or-Not, "we hope to capture the inclinations of those who are in a period of their artistic lives where they are thinking about process, objects, ephemeral notions, and having fun with it all and with each other. "

Houston Exhibitions - 2013

Concurrent, Independent Exhibitions: DEADLINE November 4, 2011
NCECA will act as a jury and an intermediary in selecting exhibitions that will enhance the conference experience and bring high quality ceramic exhibitions to the hosting community. The On-site Liaisons will identify host venues and work with them in selecting exhibitions suited to the mission and audience and facilities.

Awards and Board Nominations - 2012

2012 Awards: DEADLINE September 30, 2011

The membership of the NCECA Nominations Committee has been recently re-constituted for 2012 to include President-Elect, Patsy Cox (Chair); Director-at-Large, Sam Chung; Past-President
Robert Harrison and Fellow of the Council, Susan Filley. Nominations for Fellows of the Council, Honorary Members, Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Achievement are now being accepted. The deadline for receipt of nominations packets is September 30, 2011 for awards to be presented at the 2012 Conference in Seattle.
Visit: to view the details on submission materials, awards descriptions and eligibility requirements.

Board Terms to begin in 2012

The NCECA Nominations Committee is also responsible for identifying qualified candidates for positions on the Board of Directors. By September 30, 2011, the Nominations Committee anticipates identifying two qualified candidates each for the role of President-Elect and Director-at-Large positions on the Board of Directors. Read more about the responsibilities and requirements of these roles at: Board candidates for nominations will be considered by the Board of Directors at its October 2011 meeting in Houston. Information about the Board's Nominees will be posted on NCECA's website following this meeting. Additional nominations for one Director-at-Large position and one Student Director-at-Large position will also be accepted at the First Members' Business Meeting tentatively scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 during the 2012 conference in Seattle. Following brief speeches by the candidates, elections will take place at the Second Members' Business meeting on Saturday, March 31, 2012, the final day of the Seattle conference (time TBD).

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Jun Kaneko @ the Gardiner Museum in Toronto until September 18th

Jun Kaneko (American, born Japan 1942) studied painting in his native Japan as a young man. In 1963, he moved to the United States where he studied ceramics with a number of influential artists from the California School, including Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner. Although Kaneko is best known for creating large-scale ceramic sculptures and installations, painting has remained an important part of his artistic practice throughout his career. In recent years Kaneko has also branched out to design opera sets and costumes for several productions in Omaha, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Vancouver.

This exhibition presents a survey of 39 works by Kaneko ranging in date from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The works in the exhibition include a mix of large and small ceramic sculptures as well as a selection of paintings and drawings. The combination of works in different media emphasizes Kaneko’s strong command of form and colour, and his longstanding interest in optics and perception.

Jun Kaneko is a traveling exhibition organized by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services for a tour of North America. The Gardiner Museum is the final stop on the tour and the only scheduled Canadian venue for the exhibition.

Visit the gallery website for more info.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Columbia Basin Studio Tour - Robin Dupont

August 13-14

Robin DuPont is a contemporary ceramic artist working out of his home based studio in the Slocan Valley. Specializing in atmospheric fired pottery, Robin primarily uses wood as the fuel source to fire his work, and in doing so creates beautiful and functional art through purposing byproducts of the local forest industry. Robin makes a variety of forms including teapots, bowls, mugs, dinnerware sets, vases, jars and bottles, for domestic use in the home, kitchen, garden and decorative setting. Each piece of pottery is hand-crafted from stoneware or porcelain and is dishwasher and oven safe.

4562 Hwy 6,
Winlaw, BC VOG 2JO
Directions: 20km North of the junction on hwy 6-7 km south of Winlaw.

For more details visit

Julie Moon exhibition: "Pretty, Strange"

Narwhal Art Projects is pleased to present Pretty, Strange, an exhibition of works by Julie Moon from August 11th to September 4th, 2011. Inspired by the tactility and anthropomorphic qualities of clay, Moon’s undulating, organic sculptures pay reference to the human form through their limb-like protuberances and rolling, fleshy surfaces. These indelicate figures contrast sharply with the dainty ornamentation with which they are applied: from their pastel palette to their intricate overlays, each piece deliberately juxtaposes effete flourishes with corpulent silhouettes. The result is an imbalance between elegance and awkwardness, forcing the viewer to confront their own preconceptions of beauty, femininity and alterity.

Consisting exclusively of ceramic media, Pretty, Strange incorporates wall-mounted sculpture as well as freestanding forms. The addition of surface applications and glazes, fabric, frill and lace trim informs the unique identity of each piece: in Ballerina, a pointe slipper adorns the toes of an otherwise bloated and distended leg-like appendage, while Shoe farcically applies a delicate pattern to a bulbous-looking foot. The effect is reminiscent of the frivolous figurines of a china cabinet, albeit without the grace, delicacy and literal representation of such traditional ephemera.

Pretty, Strange is the culmination of Moon’s thesis work at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University as well as her current residency at the Center for Ceramics in Berlin. Moon has previously shown both locally and internationally, most notably through her solo exhibition Pretty Pleas at the Fosdick Nelson Gallery in New York State (2010).

Opening reception:
Thurs August 11th
Artist will be in attendance.

Runs Aug 11 -Sept 4, 2011

For information, artwork availability or press preview:

Monday morning eye candy - Vince Palacios

View more work here, here, and here.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Koi Neng Liew: Exhibition of New Work

LOCATION: Medalta Potteries – 713 Medalta Ave SE

Koi Neng Liew (website)

This exhibition is the culmination of Liew’s year-long ceramic arts residency at Medalta’s Shaw Centre. The exhibition, which is on display in one of Medalta’s Kiln Galleries, features a number of the artist’s striking large-scale sculptures.

As an active part of Medicine Hat’s cultural community, you are invited to the opening reception, which will feature remarks by the artist.

As members of Medicine Hat’s active cultural community, we hope you are able to show these visiting artists how much we appreciate the Arts.

Visit the Medalta Website for more images from this amazing exhibition.

Friday, 5 August 2011

China Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Art

In order to propagate the profound Chinese ceramic culture, to promote international exchanges in ceramics and to urge forward the prosperity and development of the ceramic art, the 2011 (1ST) China Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Art, which has been approved by both the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the China National Light Industry Council, will be held from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22 at the Great China Museum, Jingdezhen. The Organizing Committee most warmly welcome artists from all over the world and those involved in the domestic ceramic industry to participate at this Grand Prix. Here follows some necessary information:

(1) Endorsing Organization: Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China

(2) Hosting Organization: China National Light Industry Council

(3) Co-sponsoring Organizations: Chinese Arts and Crafts Institute, China Ceramics Industrial Association and International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) with the UNESCO

(4) Organizers: Chinese National Academy of Arts, Department of Culture of Jiangxi Province, and Jingdezhen Municipal People’s Government

(5) Jury committee: The jury committee consists of well-known Chinese and overseas professors, ceramic artists, experts and scholars (overseas members account for no less than 1/3). The selection of committee members will be co-determined by the endorsing, hosting, co-sponsoring and sponsoring organizations. Besides, each member may put a work for independent exhibition which will not compete for awards.

(6) Awards: The awards are divided into two categories: awards for art ceramics and awards for industrial ceramics. In each category, an Outstanding Award and a Gold (Silver, Bronze) Award will be given, subject to the final decisions of the jury committee. All the artists whose works enter the second round (pass the preliminary screening) will be granted a certificate and all the artists whose works enter the final round will be presented a monetary award and a certificate. Amounts of (pre-tax) awards are as follows:

① Outstanding Award (ONE): 20,000$

② Gold Award (ONE): 10,000$

③ Silver Award (TWO): 8,000$ (per winner)

④ Bronze Award (THREE): 5,000$ (per winner)

⑤ Special Award (SIX): 5,000$ (per winner)

⑥ Honorable Mention Award (TWO HUNDRED): 300 $ (per winner)

(7) This exhibition charges no fees whatsoever. By submitting images of their works (by post or email) and a completed application form (by post, email or fax), participants can enter the first round for preliminary screening; those artists whose works are selected after the preliminary screening will be notified in good time by the Organizing Committee and should send their works to the Organizing Committee Office as soon as possible.

(8) Application: Ceramic-producing regions and universities can apply via local governments or university organizers. Individuals can also apply by contacting the Organizing Committee Office directly. Applicants can either download application forms on the official website (see back cover) or request application forms from the Organizing Committee Office.

(9) Requirements:

1. For preliminary screening, participants should send images (300 dpi in jpg format) of their works (by post or email) and a completed application form (by post, email or fax) to the Organizing Committee Office. Those whose works do not pass the preliminary screening will not get the images of their works returned and will not be notified otherwise.

2. Participants whose works have passed preliminary screening should send their works to the Organizing Committee Office upon being notified by email or phone (shipping costs will be assumed by the participants themselves). According to the Organizing Committee, participants whose works do not make it to the final round will get their works returned to them, or, if willing, can donate their works to the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum and will be thus issued certificates for collection by the Organizing Committee.

3. The deadline is August 15, 2011 (postmark, email or fax date).

4. Multi-angle (front, back and side) images that can accurately reflect the works is a prerequisite. The maximum dimension of the work should be limited to 150 cm and the weight 150 kg. Participants should prepare a safe and convenient packing case for their works; any damages incurred in transportation will be borne by the participants themselves. 

(10) Instructions:

1. Participants who are expected to send their works should determine the insured value of their works; insurance expenses will be borne by themselves.

2. All nominated and award-winning works will be archived at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum and a certificate for collection will be thus issued by the Organizing Committee of the 2011 (1ST) China Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Art.

3. The organizers have the right to study, photograph, videotape, publish and publicize the works.

4. Any participants whose works are suspected of plagiarism will be denied the qualification for competition or exhibition; the legal obligation incurred herein will be enforced against the very author himself. 

5. All participants whose works pass the preliminary screening will be granted a certificate by the Organizing Committee of the 2011 (1ST) China Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Art.

6. Certificates and awards will be granted to authors of the nominated and award-winning works by the Organizing Committee of the 2011 (1ST) China Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Art.

(11) Contact Us:

Address: the Executive Committee Office of China Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, No.1 Shihong Road, Jingdezhen City, China

Post code: 333000

Telephone: 0798—8561961

Fax: 0798—8562779

Persons for contact: Jiang Tao /Ye Qian


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Opening night success (i am a fish out of water)

Well once again Jonathon and Brian proved that they are great at throwing parties. What an opening. Barely any space to squeeze past beautiful art and beautiful people and it didn't let up for hours. It was a completely different world for me. Well educated collectors and so many ceramic greats in one room. I had Cinderella complex all night - what was I doing here? How did I get an invite to this party?

Forgive me but today is going to be mainly eye candy images from the show as I'm off to visit the London Potters Guild this morning and then the rest of the day there are a few collectors in town who are generously opening their homes so that we can all snoop through their collections. (awesome!)

Needless to say this poor pregnant girl is worn off her feet already, but regardless has the biggest smile on her face.

And for the cherry on top of the whole night: SOLD!!!