Sunday, 30 October 2011

Cup the Intimate Object VII @ Charlie Cummings Gallery

Barbara Hoffman.

Benjamin Carter.

Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph.

Jim Connell.

Shawn S Spangler.

The exhibition goes live here: on November 1st for online sales.
Remember that Christmas is just around the corner....hint hint. I don't think there is a cup in this show that I wouldn't love to add to my collection.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Here is more info regarding the NSCAD situation

Save NSCAD: Because Nova Scotia needs great art

Please Help Support the Future of NSCAD University

Friends of NSCAD University

October 20, 2011 Subject: THE FUTURE OF NSCAD UNIVERSITY

Dear Friends,

NSCAD University is Canada’s oldest fine art degree granting university, and the only independent institution offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate programming in visual art and design east of Ontario.

As you may know, Howard Windsor, the former Policy Analyst with Labour and Advanced Education for the province of Nova Scotia, has been appointed by the Minister of Advanced Education to examine the future of NSCAD University. Mr. Windsor has been given an open mandate by the Minister to propose a fate for the school which may include the termination of programs to wholesale or fragmented mergers with other provincial institutions. 2012 marks NSCAD University’s 125th birthday, and we need your support in ensuring another 125 years for one of North America’s leading autonomous art and design institutions.

We are appealing to you to help communicate to the Province of Nova Scotia why NSCAD University’s continued existence is important to you. Please let the Premier of Nova Scotia, Darrell Dexter and the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More know how NSCAD University has contributed to the vitality of visual culture locally, nationally and internationally.

Please forward this message to those who may be able to play a part in supporting NSCAD University as an autonomous institution.


The Friends of NSCAD University

Friends of NSCAD University an ad hoc group of faculty, staff and alumni created to promote the continued existence of NSCAD University as one of Canada’s leading autonomous art and design institutions.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Craft Australia Update and Action you can take to help - please read.


Craft Australia Defunded by the Australia Council

The Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council announced in October that it would defund Craft Australia, the national peak organisation for the craft and design sector. Without its financial support Craft Australia will be forced to close by December 2011 and its significant 40 year legacy will be lost. The network of Australian Craft and Design Centres, (ACDC), support Craft Australia in seeking to revoke the Visual Arts Board, (VAB) decision.

Craft Australia believes the decision by the VAB is unjustified and was made without proper consultation either with Craft Australia or the craft and design sector. The decision has not followed due process or due governance and is in breach of its own documented guidelines. Craft Australia is challenging this decision and is also seeking immediate interim funding from the Australia Council.

Robert Reason the President of Craft Australia said:

“The interim funding would allow Craft Australia to restructure in a responsible manner and manage its significant heritage assets and active programs appropriately. It would also send a clear message to the craft and design sector that the Australia Council and through it the Australian Government remains committed to the preservation of our cultural heritage”.

He also said,

“Craft Australia delivers a dynamic and diverse program that promotes and supports Australian craft and design practice nationally and internationally.”

Craft Australia’s website,, has over 1 million unique page visitors annually and provides access to events, exhibitions, and commissioned articles on craft and design. The organisation also engages with readers so they can actively respond to issues through Craft Australia’s social media sites on twitter, facebook and the CA blog,

Some of Craft Australia’s recent achievements in support of the sector include the newly established craft + design enquiry online journal, an international forum for practice based research; the Selling Yarns conferences for contemporary Indigenous craft and design practices and attracting funding to digitise its unique collection of images.

Significantly, Craft Australia ensures that the craft and design sector has a voice on national decision making organisations such the Australian Design Alliance (AdA), ArtsPeak, the National Visual Arts Craft Network (NVACN) and the Council for Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, (CHASS).

Without a national organisation there can be no concerted advocacy position for the Australian craft and design sector. This could leave the sector vulnerable to further erosion of funding.

For more information about the decision to defund Craft Australia, contact

Robert Reason, President of Craft Australia on 02 6273 0088.

Please sign the PETITION

For more details on the Save Craft Australia action please see the Craft Australia blog

For more information please contact:
Catrina Vignando, General Manager -

catrina.vignando [at] - (02) 6273 0088

Craft Australia
National Press Club, Level 1, Suite 7, 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6273 0088 Fax: (02) 6273 6088

Marney McDiarmid @ Wallspace Gallery in Ottawa, ON

The show features work born out of a collaboration between Marney McDiarmid, wire artist Maggie Hogan, and photographer Jeffery Barbeau. The pieces will be on display until November 13th in conjunction with paintings by Nava Waxman.

Visit the gallery website or take some time to have a closer look at Marney's gorgeous work on her personal website.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Upcoming Exhibitions @ Willock & Sax Gallery


Join us on Saturday November 5
Reception for Barbara Tipton and The Makings II, 2-5 pm
Andrew Nikiforuk book signing 6-7:30 pm

Barbara Tipton, Thunderhead Blue, ceramic sculpture

A Departure of Cups with Barbara Tipton
Tapping our memories, Barbara Tipton returns to familiar themes to investigate fundamental forms and expressions on and of cups and saucers

The Makings II – group exhibition

The gallery is hosting its second annual group exhibition of contemporary and historic ceramic works by established senior gallery artists, a selection of innovative mid-career, and a number of emerging ceramicists.

Ceramic artists included are John Chalke RCA, Bradley Keys, Les Manning, Robin, Dupont, Emily Schroeder Willis, Ed Bamiling, Neil Liske, Sean Kunz, Fran Cuyler, Do-Hee Sung, Priscilla Janes, and more. In addition, historic works by past Royal Canadian Academy artist Luke Lindoe rounds out the exhibition.

Willock & Sax Gallery
Open 10 - 6 daily
closed for 12-1 for lunch on weekdays


110 Bison Courtyard, 211 Bear St.
P.O. Box 2469
Banff, AB
T1L 1C2

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

London Potters Annual Exhibition of Ceramics – Morley Gallery 31 October – 16 November 2011

The exhibition is open to all members, who are requested to submit three pieces of work and are accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. The exhibitors are strictly limited to 90 and range from well-known ceramicists to newly graduated makers, from professional to amateurs potters. (Full details of opening times and how to get there are under our events section). This is an excellent show and often provides exciting and surprising work and can also be a good source for that extra Christmas present.

Linda Dangoor; Richard Ballantyne; Gunizi Amirak; Isobel Allan-Lowe; Norman Yap; Carole Irwin (top left to bottom right)"

SNEEK PEAK: Interpreting the Cup: Process, Influence and Intent - Curated by Jason Bige Burnett

November 5 – December 31

Michael Corney Food From Above Cup
Michael Corney

David Eichelberger Black Mug

David Eichelberger

Leslie Hinton "Squishy Baghoush" Cup
Leslie Hinton

Nick Joerling Mug
Nick Joerling

Susan Feagin Cup

Susan Feagin

"Cups today and throughout history have reflected the way we live. Whether it’s function is utilitarian, or an abstraction of an idea, this simple form is complex. Artists have been selected for this exhibit to represent how they interpret the ceramic cup through their range of processes, influences, and intentions. This exhibit will feature over 375 cups representing more than 80 of the finest ceramic artists. The exhibit is curated by Jason Bige Burnett.

The artists that are featured in this exhibit include: Tom Spleth, David Eichelberger, Ayumi Horie, Brad Schwieger, Kenyon Hansen, Elisa Helland-Hansen, Kristen Kieffer, Kathy King, Michael Kline, Jerilyn Virden, Courtney Martin, Courtney Murphy, Andy Shaw, Mikey Walsh, Kari Radasch, Lindsay Rogers, Benjamin Carter, Lana Wilson, Joe Pintz, Tammy Marinuzzi, Posey Bacopoulos, Israel Davis, Erik Scollon, Amy Santoferraro, Ted Adler, Lindsay Oesterritter, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Matt Long, Susan Feagin, Gillian Parke, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Emily Reason, Nicholas Bivins, Michael Corney, Nick Joerling, Shawn OConner, Emily Schroeder, Meredith Host, Justin Rothshank, Paul Donnelly, Matt Kelleher, Shoko Teruyama, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Jeff Campana, Jennifer Allen, Mark Errol, Bryan Hopkins, Kyle Carpenter, Ryan McKerley, Pattie Chalmers, Kelly McKibben Harro, Judith Duff, Naomi Cleary, Brooke Noble, Mike Jabbur, Triesch Voelker, Andrew Gilliat, Jenny Mendes, John Simmons, Ron Meyers, James Tingey, Annette Gates, Jason Bige Burnett, John Britt, Martina Lantin, Lorna Meadon, Jeremy "Jr." Kane, Roberta Massuch, gwendolyn yoppolo, Rough and Perfect, Paul Andrew Wandless, Eric Knoche, Brian J. Taylor, Sam Chung, Erik Haagensen, Virginia Graham, Leslie Hinton, Lisa Clague, Ian Meares, Kevin Snipes, Paul Callahan, Patrick Coughlin and Chris Pickett.

This exhibition will open on November 5th and remain through December 31st. The exhibition will also be available online on November 5th."

For more info please visit The Crimson Laurel Gallery Website

Call for entry: The 7th juried show for Massachusetts Clay Artists

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012
Sponsor: The Ceramics Guild of the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society
Location: Lexington, MA

The State of Clay is a juried show open to original, innovative ceramic work made within the last 3 years by current and former residents of Massachusetts. The aim of the show is to broaden public awareness of contemporary ceramic art and to provide a venue for Massachusetts’ clay artists.

Juror: Doug Casebeer

Doug Casebeer has been most prominent in leading the Anderson Ranch Ceramics and Sculpture Programs in Aspen, Colorado for over twenty-six years. He is actively involved with art projects around the world, from Chile to Jamaica to Nepal. He served as ceramics program consultant to the United Nations. His artwork has been installed at the Yingge Museum of Ceramic Art in Taiwan, and he has been a guest artist at the Chinese Central Academy of Art in Beijing as well as a guest artist at the Shigaraki Ceramics Research Institute. In 2009 Doug had the honor of being inducted into the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information on this exhibit visit:

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday morning eye candy - Clementina van der Walt

View more here.

A meeting of 2d and 3d pots:

"Image and Object"

Steve Harrison and Roxanne Lillis

Tuesday 25th October to Saturday 5th November
Official Opening: Saturday 29th October 4-6pm

Steve Harrison has been creating ceramics of great subtlety and beauty for over 40 years.

He makes objects of contemplation and beauty with subtle, simple lines and great charm.

These pieces are created from only the local rocks, shales and ashes that he collects from his immediate locality in the Southern Highlands.

These are then hand sorted and ground to provide the bodies and glazes used here.

His work is gently woodfired to create subtle fired surfaces that suggest softness and depth.

His work shows some oriental characteristics that have been influenced by his time spent travelling and studying in Japan and china as well as Europe.

Roxanne Lillis

These are precious objects from a familiar world.

In this body of work I attempt to express or exemplify something intuitive. Obvious, yet elusive.

They are at once recognisable however possess a changing aesthetic when grouped with other objects or portrayed as a solitary form.

My painting endeavours to capture the love of their making, with adjustments of composition, scale, and the use of negative space, using a subtle palette.

Breathing Colours Gallery
446 Darling St Balmain 2041
(02) 9555 8543

Sunday, 23 October 2011

A loss to our community: Obituary - BOB REIMER

Bob Reimer passed away October 20th at the age of 57. Born August. 11, 1954, in Steinbach Manitoba, Bob lived most of his life in British Columbia before moving to Calgary in 1980 to start his family and ceramics career. He leaves behind three children; Julia, Peter and Angela, four grand-children, his former partner and best friend Jeannie, a community of friends, colleagues and students. Bob was known as a passionate, loving, talented and humorous individual, an asset to the ceramics community and a beloved teacher. He touched many lives. He will be remembered fondly, and thought of daily. No words can describe the grief we are all feeling while coping with this sudden loss. We take comfort in knowing he did not suffer, he was happy and loved by many. A special thanks for all the support received from friends and family. We will be celebrating Bob, a remarkable individual, at North Mount Pleasant Arts Center, 402, 470 - 27 Avenue N.W., Calgary on Monday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your stories, smiles and clay splattered pants if you have them. If you would like to send your thoughts or condolences please e-mail or visit .

On exhibit until October 31st - The Beat goes on - Teresa Gagne

Art and music are universal languages. Making pottery and music are primal, therapeutic ways of expressing ourselves. By using clay to make musical instruments, two forms of ancient expression are combined in a contemporary fashion. The first percussion instruments probably were two rocks or sticks banged together. Ceramic instruments were made and used in ceremonies and rituals for millennium. It is an honour to fashion instruments with clay (decomposed rock), and carry on the traditions of our ancestors.

891 99th St.
Box 460
North Battleford, SK
S9A 2Y6
tel: (306) 445-1757
fax: (306) 445-1009

Find out more about Teresa and her work on Going to Pot blogsite.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Minnesota Nice Exhibition @ Lillstreet Art Center

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Exhibition Runs

October 21 - November 13

Many people are familiar with Minnesota's strong tradition of functional clay, which developed with acclaimed potter Warren Mackenzie in the early 1950's. But as the master never could have imagined, an enormous and diverse community of artists, teachers, students, and collectors have emerged from the foundation that he built.

Our Minnesota Nice exhibition presents a fine selection of work that illustrates the continually evolving and expanding group of clay artists working in the region, including: Judith Altobell, Margaret Bohls, Richard Bresnahan, Bob Briscoe, Lisa Buck, Linda Christianson, Kelly Connole, Dick Cooter, Guillermo Cuellar, Gary Erickson, Jil Franke, Peter Jadoonath, Sam Johnson, Maren Kloppmann, Warren Mackenzie, Keisuke Mizuno, Mika Negishi Laidlaw, Mike Norman, Jeff Oestreich, Donovan Palmquist, Kristin Pavelka, Irene Saito, Pete Scherzer, Jo Severson, Jason Trebs, and Sue Warner.

Please join us for a reception on

Friday, November 4, 6-8 p.m.

Ceramics - A Fragile History 1. The Story of Clay

Sorry everyone - it seems that the BBC has pulled this off of You Tube. : (
Too bad it was wonderful. I guess it's up to someone in the UK to try to get us another copy.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Sad news for the Craft Sector.

Near and dear to my heart is the craft community in Australia as I lived there for a few years. This news comes as a shock and with great sadness as I am quite aware of the amazing work that Craft Australia does for their regional, national and international communities. Hopefully there will be a way to work for change to this decision. Please keep posted for more info and ways to help.

Craft Australia Defunded

Dear friends and colleagues,

On Thursday, 12 October, Craft Australia was officially notified that it has been ‘defunded’: it will receive no more triennial funding from the Australia Council for the Arts beyond the end of 2011.

While Craft Australia and the broad constituencies it represents and supports would dispute this decision, the result effectively means the organisation has no funds to operate beyond 31 December 2011. This decision comes at a point when the sector is poised to make some significant developments in relation to craft, design, innovation and the creative industries, and in which Craft Australia has played and would have continued to play a significant role.

We will be sending more detailed information to you next week. More information about how you can help Craft Australia will also be sent to you next week.

Catrina Vignando

General Manager


For more information please contact:
Catrina Vignando, General Manager -

catrina.vignando [at] - (02) 6273 0088

Craft Australia
National Press Club, Level 1, Suite 7, 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6273 0088 Fax: (02) 6273 6088

Bowen & Bowen

Sat 22 Oct 10:30-18:00 and Sun 23 Oct 12:00-17:00 at Contemporary Ceramics Centre

Bowen & Bowen brings together a father and son who work separately and independently from one another, yet share a common point of reference. Both enjoy the excitement of taking their work in a new direction, and here the careful traditions of English Slipware are unseated and then thoroughly subverted through work by two members of the same family.

Bowen & Bowen is on show alongside the work of over one hundred makers within the Contemporary Ceramics Centre. Specializing exclusively in British Studio Ceramics, the gallery presents a continually changing display of individually handmade ceramic objects.

Location info

Contemporary Ceramics Centre
63 Great Russell Street

Main partner

Contemporary Ceramics Centre

Call for entry: Lagrange Biennial National XXVII

Lagrange Biennial National XXVII
112 Lafayette Parkway
LaGrange, GA 30240

Images - Minimum: 1 , Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (Lagrange Biennial National XXVII): $35.00

The LaGrange National Biennial is a juried competition open to all artists in the United States. The Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College and the LaGrange Art Museum, both located in LaGrange, Georgia, are the sponsors.


There are three categories for the competition:
Paintings, Prints and Drawings
Photography Ceramics, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts

You must indicate which category your submission falls under for each individual entry. You may enter more than one category, just be sure to include the category you have selected along with each submission’s detail requirements. Select the category for your work that you think is appropriate.


Open to all artists in the United States over 18 years of age. All work must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited in a LaGrange National Biennial exhibition. The sponsors are the final authority on eligibility.


At least $15,000 in Purchase Awards will be made. The purchased works are added to the permanent collections of the sponsors. The Juror will present Merit Awards to a limited number of works.


Paintings, Prints and Drawings:
Complete the Entry Form at Entry fee is $35 for up to 4 works. Your entry must be submitted by January 4, 2012.

Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture and Decorative Arts:
Complete the Entry Form at Entry fee is $35 for up to 4 works. Your entry must be submitted by January 4, 2012.


All accepted particiapants will be notified via email by January 17, 2012.


February 2, 2012


Paintings, Prints and Drawings: Send your entry to:
LGN XXVII, LaGrange Art Museum, 112 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange GA 30240

Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts: Send your entry to:
LGN XXVII, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, 302 Forrest Avenue, LaGrange GA 30240


Artists will be notified of acceptance on January 17, 2012.

For more details please visit their website.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Big Fish, Small Pot V - Fifth International Small Teapot Show & Competition

Call for Entry Deadline: February 4, 2012

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA 91767
Exhibition Dates: April 14, 2012 through June 30, 2012

This competition is open all artists over the age of 18. All entries must be teapots composed primarily of ceramic materials completed by the artist within the last three years. Up to three entries may be submitted by each artist for the single registration price.

This competition is specifically aimed at small teapots. The teapot as a functional item is believed to have originated in China (perhaps the Yixing area) as a personal drinking vessel. As such, teapots were not large. Over time, the form evolved to suit the desires of the users. This show celebrates the origin and diversity of the teapot. In the spirit of these personal, functional items, all teapots entered in this competition shall not exceed a volume of 16 ounces.

For more information visit to download the prospectus:

via ArtistsOnline

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

hans tan studio: spotted nonya for FARM

"singaporean design studio hans tan studio has developed 'spotted nonya', an industrial re-interpretation of the nonya porcelain vessels which are traditional domestic wares native to chinese-peranakans in south asia. produced in collaboration with singaporean creative agency FARM, this contemporary take on the traditional objects transforms the original multicolored surface treatment into a new dotted pattern. the limited edition series of vessels utilizes the resist-dyeing technique that is often applied to dye fabric patterns. hans tan masks the porcelain pieces with the new dotted motif, which is then sandblasted, so that the areas protected are preserved, while the original glazed sections of the exposed areas are erased, revealing the white porcelain which lies beneath."

via Designboom

Saturday, 15 October 2011

HYPERCLAY: Walter Auer — Process

Walter Auer, Process — HYPERCLAY from Object Australia on Vimeo.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Two Woods and a Gas Exhibition

October 15 - November 13, 2011

Join us in the Gallery Saturday October 15th 5-7 p.m. for the
Opening Reception of Two Woods and a Gas.
Featured artists include: Scott Parady, Simon Levin, and Steve Rolf
Online sales of works will be available Sunday, October 16th. Call us to purchase.

Normal Business hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12:00-5:30 p.m.
510-540-8729 /

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Jenny Lou Sherburne – Demonstration Workshop

Dates: Saturday, December 10 and Sunday December 11, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Location: Rockingham Community College
Wentworth, NC

Cost of Workshop: $60 for Guild members, $70 for non-members

Type of Workshop: Demonstration by Jenny Lou Sherburne

Click here for more info

via ClayClub

Shakerag Workshops 2012

Get'em before they fill up!!!

Session One: June 10 - 16, 2012
Jean Cacicedo - Three Dimensional Fabric: Drawn from Nature
Nancy Crow - Strip-Piecing & Restructuring
Shawn Decker - Moving and Shaking the World: Physical Computing for Artists
Michel Garcia - Dyeing with Plants: Seven Experiments
Kent McLaughlin - Kiln Building, Simplified
Holly Roberts - Paint and Collage/Collage and Paint
Sandy Webster - Boxes and Books: Constructions Around the Found Object
Liz Zlot Summerfield - Personal Pots Through Soft Slabs

Session Two: June 17 - 23, 2012
Stephen Alvarez - Photography: The Visual Narrative
John Britt - Understanding Glazes and Firing
Dahlia Elsayed - Image and Text
Michel Garcia - Printing on Textiles with Plants: Polychromatic Effects
Natalie Chanin and Diane Hall - Open Design: Sewing and Construction
Mark Shapiro - Making Pots / Thinking Pots
Chris Sugrue - Curious Systems: Explorations in Art and Algorithmic Behavior

via Clay Club

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Vipoo Srivilasa in Brisbane - Don't miss it.

Vipoo exhibiting new work at Edwina Corlette Gallery in Brisbane during 17 October – 5 November 2011.

This is his first full show in Brisbane.

Vipoo will present 17 never before seen works created during a residency in Jingdezhen, China, last year.

Vipoo will also exhibit 6 willow pattern inspired ink drawings alongside ceramic pieces as well.

The opening night is Friday 28 October (but the show start from 17 October).
For more detail please contact Edwina Corlette Gallery