Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Gustin Ceramics is getting ready to run an online auction fundraiser to support the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Gustin Ceramics will be hosting an Online Auction, Exhibition and Raffle to raise money for the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, located in Newcastle, Maine.

We're doing it again! We invited 100 of the fields most celebrated artists from the United States and Canada to send work that was fired in the anagama wood kiln at Gustin Ceramics in May and October. Each has generously donated their work to support the facilities and programs of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

The on-line auction will run from December 1-December 10.

Take home some great pots by bidding on these unique pieces and help support Watershed's facilities and programs.

The 25th Anniversary Benefit Exhibition will open the evening of December 10th at Gustin Gallery in South Dartmouth, MA, with food and drink, culminating the nights festivities with the Pottery Raffle.

The Raffle

150 pieces from the two wood firings will be raffled on the evening of Dec. 10th. Everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a piece. A "special" piece will be saved for last, going to the person with the 150th number!

You don't need to be present to participate! A Watershed Board member will pick a piece when your number is called and we'll send it to you. Tickets can be purchased by purchasing thru Watershed.

Visit the website here to preview work and get more info.

Call for submissions: Lark Books - 500 Teapots

500 Teapots

Lark is seeking images to publish in a juried collection of ceramic teapots publishing in August 2013. The juror for 500 Teapots will be Jim Lawton of Oyster Street Pottery. Pieces may be functional or purely decorative. You may submit up to four entries; there is no entry fee.

Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book, a complimentary copy, and discounts on the purchase of additional books. Artists retain copyright of their work.

Download the 500 Teapots call for entries form here.

Entries must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.

Mail materials to:
Lark Crafts
67 Broadway
Asheville, NC 28801
Attn: Dawn Dillingham

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Medalta International Artists’ Exhibition & Sale

Throughout December, The seven artists currently in residence in our Shaw Centre will be exhibiting and selling their work in our brand new Yuill Family Gallery.

All of these ceramic artists are well-established in their field (many nationally & internationally) and their work is very unique. They’re visiting Medicine Hat for the year and have already made themselves at home in our community.

For the art collector in you, this exhibition will be very interesting. It is also the first opportunity this new group of visiting artists will have to showcase their work to the community. We hope you can all make it so we can show them how Medicine Hat appreciates its artists.

The exhibition runs from December 1 – 16 with the grand opening on December 1 at 7:00pm. We hope to see you all there.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Call for Wood Fire Ceramics Images 2011

To whom it may concern:

I am compiling information for a new book titled Wood Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists, to be published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. I am including with this letter a call for entries for the book.

Please post this call for entries on your website and distribute it to anyone who might be interested in submitting work for consideration. I will be happy to acknowledge your organization in the completed book if you are able to help attract talented artists.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Amedeo Salamoni

Amedeo Salamoni
Anderson and Walton Galleries Coordinator
George School
PMB 4542
1690 Newtown Langhorne Rd.
Newtown,PA 18940

Friday, 25 November 2011


Opening Friday 2 December, 6 - 8 pm

The Narrative Knot – Stories in Ceramics; Curated by Gerry Wedd
PROmotion: A special event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Journal of Australian Ceramics; Curated by Dee Taylor-Graham
2 December 2011 – 22 January 2012

A Manly Art Gallery & Museum exhibition in partnership with The Australian Ceramics Association

Artists’ and Curators’ floor talk, Sunday 4 December, 3pm with Gerry Wedd and Dee Taylor-Graham

Artists’ floor talk, Sunday 11 December, 3pm with Vicki Grima

Manly Art Gallery & Museum
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly NSW 2095
T: 022 9976 1421
Tues to Sun, 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 24 November 2011


The 6th Arte Laguna Prize extends the applications to 30th November for the applications by mail and to 6th December for applications on-line.

The staff has taken this decision considering the large number of requests received during these days by the artists.
Sections: painting, sculpture, photographic art, videoart and performance, virtual art
Application fee: 50 € one work, 90 € two works
110 Finalists Works Collective Exhibition: Arsenale of Venice
Special Prizes: money awards, art residencies, collaborations with companies, international festivals, exhibitions in art galleries
Jurors: 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.
Arte Laguna Prize
tel. +39 041 5937242 (int.4)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Angels and Argonauts @ Lafreniere & Pai Gallery

Angels & Argonauts
Small-scale and Functional Art Exhibition

November 24 - December 31, 2011
13 Murray St.,
Ottawa, ON Canada
K1N 9M5

Visit the gallery website for more info.
Above image is the artist Susie Osler. Please visit her website to learn more about the artist and her work.

Call for entry - Texas Artists

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft announces its call for entry for “CraftTexas 2012”, the seventh in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft.

This unique show provides Texas artists the opportunity to be considered for inclusion in major national museum and private collections. The exhibition is open to artists currently residing in Texas who work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled materials. The exhibition also serves as a starting place for the general public to appreciate the depth and breadth of art being made in our own communities and across the state.

“CraftTexas 2012” will be juried by Jean W. McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, NC; Rachelle Thiewes, internationally acclaimed metal and jewelry artist from El Paso, TX; and Jade Walker, Director of the Visual Arts Center and the Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

The entry fee for “CraftTexas 2012” is $35, and applications must be must be completed and submitted online via the CaFÉTM system at by March 15.

For full details, visit or Questions may be emailed to

The exhibition will be on view next year from Sept. 29 – Dec. 30, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Three Award of Merit prizes of $1000 each will be awarded by the jurors at the opening reception.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

To make you smile...(ceramic digital printing)

France Fauteux exhibition @ Centre Materia

From November 11th to December 18th 2011, Centre MATERIA will be inhabited by a fantastic people: « Les Amourois ». Emerging from the imagination of the experienced ceramist, France Fauteux, these likeable anthropomorphic and colourful characters become alive in a phantasmagorical story. More than a fairy tale, this story may be akin to an allegory on happiness. After having being presented in some exhibition places across the province of Quebec, among which, Montreal and Baie-St- Paul, this travelling exhibition will be stopping in Quebec City, where the artist lives and works.

"I dreamed of an imaginary country with neither conflict nor war, a place where harmony and happiness reign, a kingdom of beauty, where living things and nature are in balance."

France Fauteux's website.

Centre Materia's website.
395, boulevard Charest Est
Québec (Québec)
G1K 3H3

Monday, 21 November 2011


Saturday, November 19, 2011 - Thursday, January 19, 2012
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 PM

A co-presentation with the Queens College Year of Turkey: Exploring Past, Present, Future
Curated by Queens College Professor Sin-ying Ho, the exhibition displays the art of contemporary ceramic artists inspired by Turkish culture and history. Ceramics is not only a material for sculpture, pottery, and architecture but also is a cultural material.

Gallery Website
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY, 11354

Monday morning eye candy - Leon Popik

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

New Soda Work by Kenyon Hansen

There is a gorgeous album of new soda work by Kenyon Hansen doing the rounds on Facebook and I just had to share it here as well. Fantastic surfaces and forms all round.

Why oh why do such things pop up right before the holidays? My wish list for Father Christmas grows longer everyday.

Want to know more about his work? Check out the links below:

Kenyon Hansen: Hot Coffee and Tea (an article from Ceramics Monthly)

He is also a current Archie Bray Lincoln Fellow. See images and write up here.

Randy Johnston: Potter's talk

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Matt Kelleher & Shoko Teruyama-Featured Artists @ Red Lodge

I think i'm in love...

Shoko Teruyama

Matt Kelleher
See more gorgeousness here.

Steven Hill - A Potter's Journey

Call for entries: 19th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition

Maker in focus @ the Mission Gallery

Claire Curneen | 19 Nov - 8 January 2012

Claire Curneen is one of Britain’s foremost figurative ceramicists, renowned for the haunting, emotive porcelain figures that she has been making for over 10 years. Fascinated by the human body, she explores themes of human alienation, femininity and the combination of bodily flesh and spiritual existence. Her making technique, a kind of porcelain patchwork, results in figures that are covered in handprints and shallow lines like contours or scars. These naked figures have extraordinary presence, awkward and vulnerable yet also self-contained and inscrutable.

‘Daphne’. The subject draws on the story of Apollo and Daphne. In the painting by Antonio del Pollaiuolo the Greek God pursues Daphne, she is grabbed by Apollo, he persists in having her but she prays to the Gods to help her and she is turned into a tree, her arms shoot upwards and become strong branches which towers over Apollo. Curneen’s interpretation show the porcelain figure is in a state of change, the branches engulf her and they are topped with gold suggesting the delight in her fate.

Mission Gallery

Gloucester Place

Maritime Quarter

Swansea SA1 1TY

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Not sure what's going on in our community lately but here is yet another under threat - please help.

Save the International Ceramics Studio

The International Ceramics Studio is one of Europe's longest running ceramic centers and one of the world's most famous.


During its 35 years it has established itself as a centre of excellence for ceramic art internationally and welcomes artists from all over the world. It has always been at the forefront of ceramics education, supporting and nurturing a younger generation of artists.

It has welcomed both Hungarian and international artists to work there with its popular artist in residence scheme, university study abroad program, mastercourses and symposia. An important international collection has been created by artists who donated their works to found this collection.

The International Ceramics Studio has always needed financial support of government and councils but in recent years it has been increasing its income through the artist residencies, group visits and courses it has been organising.

Due to state re-organization and financial changes, the Council of Bacs-Kiskun have decided to remove both the artistic and financial independence of the studio by amalgamating two financially unsound organizations into the studio. A new director for these three organizations, a former director of one of the financially unstable organizations and also not a ceramist, has already been appointed.

One of the first decisions of the new directorate is sell the works in the collection to raise funds for this new merger. These works are a documentation of the studio’s history and should not be sold off like the family’s silver. These works were donated to the collection by artists from all over the world to make this collection. They were not donated to be sold for profit for the public purse.


The powers that be have absolutely no idea of how much the studio means to the world of ceramics. How important the studio has been to the growth of ceramics in Hungary. How important the studio has been to the education and nurturing of young ceramic artists. Please let your views be known to show them how important the International Ceramics Studio is to the future of ceramics in Hungary and internationally.

PLEASE PROTEST AGAINST THESE DECISIONS . . . . by signing the petition you agree to the following

1. That the International Ceramics Studio should remain an artistically and financially independent organization.

2. That joining these financially unsound organizations to the studio can only be detrimental to the future working of the International Ceramics Studio.

3. That the Contemporary Ceramic Collection of the International Ceramics Studio should not be sold - but remain as an collection of international importance.


  • Please sign this petition.
  • Please also visit the Facebook page and "Like" to spread the word.
  • Please notify as many of your colleagues to this campaign.


Go here to sign the petition

Monday morning eye candy - Magdalene Gluszek

Please check out more of her amazing work on her website.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

30 X 5 Invitational Soda/Salt @ Akar Design

30 artists: 5 pots each.
This year's unique theme is soda and salt fired ceramics.

Artists involved:

Andrew Balmer
Karl Borgeson
Trent Burkett
Patricia Burns
Michael Connelly
Scott Cooper
Charity Davis-Woodard
Josh DeWeese
Susan Dewsnap
Julia Galloway
Josh Glick
Martha Grover
Cathi Jefferson
Matt Kelleher
Diane Kenney
Michael Kline
Brenda Lichman
Matt Long
Linda McFarling
Matthew Metz
Ryan McKerley
Jeff Oestreich
Mark Shapiro
Linda Sikora
Gay Smith
McKenzie Smith
Aaron Sober
Stacey Stanhope and Chris Baumann
Joy Tanner
Kurt Brian Webb

The show will open in the Iowa City gallery at 9:30 AM
and online at 10:00 AM CST

View the show at

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Workshops in 2012 at Pottery West

cups by Amy Kline
Call (702) 685-7573 to register

Amy Kline Throwing, Altering and Carving

February 11-12th Fee: $300.00 or $500.00 with on-site housing. For more information on this hands-on workshop visit Amy Kline

Kristen Kieffer Altered and Ornamented

April 7-8th Fee: $180.00 or $330.00 with on-site housing. This is a demonstration workshop. For more information about Kristen Kieffer’s work visit her website at Kristen Kieffer

Tom Coleman Strictly Functional

April 14-15th. Fee: $350.00 or $500.00 with on-site housing. For more information on this hands-on workshop visit Tom Coleman

Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis Wicked-Hot Workshop

May 6 – 10th Fee: $550.00 and bring up to 8 bisque-ware pieces ready for the raku process. For more information on this hands-on workshop visit Randy Brodnax and Don Ellis

Tom Coleman Sculptural Shinos

June 4-10th Fee: $1000.00 or $1470.00 with on-site housing. This workshop is half full as of 10/30/11. There are 2 more places to stay on-site. For more information on this hands-on workshop visit Tom Coleman

Amy Kline Throwing, Altering and Carving

July 16-20th. Fee: $550.00 or $800.00 with on-site housing. For more information on this hands-on workshop visit Amy Kline

Tom Coleman Strictly Functional

August 1-5th. Fee: $750.00 or $1000.00 with on-site housing. For more information on this hands-on workshop visit Tom Coleman

Lodging On-site housing is available or The Santa Fe Hotel and Casino is close by. Ruth will give you the contact info when you register for a workshop.

Images of Your Work We encourage our participants to bring a CD of your work with you to give to our resident photographer, Kelly McLendon. Kelly prepares a slide show for us to view on the last day of the workshop. Kelly will discuss ways to photograph your work for better results.

Daily Schedule Coffee is available in the main house from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Workshops begin at 9:00 am. A light lunch of salads, fruits and cold-cuts are provided. Some people prefer to go out for a lunch or, to bring their own lunches. We end the day around 4:00 pm. The pottery studio is open 24 hours so you are welcome to continue working. We have a pool and shower room off the inner courtyard. For dinner we have a large kitchen for people to cook and lots of fridge space. Laundry facilities are also available on-site.

Photo Special Our resident photographer, Kelly McLendon, is available to take professional images of your work while you participate in a workshop. Her rates are reasonable and she provides you with a CD of images to take home with you. For more information visit

Find more info here.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Workshop with Forrest Lesch-Middelton

pattern — past to present

Forrest Lesch-Middelton

Using silkscreen and embossment transfers, Petaluma artist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, explores the use of pattern as a vehicle to express historical trends and changes of culture. Form, volume, surface and technology come together in his everyday ceramic objects that elicit a visceral and intellectual response. Forrest is the ceramics program director of the Sonoma Community Center and has taught at various Bay Area colleges including Santa Rosa Jr. College, City College of San Francisco, and Solano College. Pre-registration required.

Class FA2VA • Sat, Nov 12, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
RAC Member $20 • Nonmember $25

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave
Richmond CA

The latest from Craft Australia re: Funding situation and how you can help.


Dear friends and supporters of Craft Australia,

Since we were notified on 12 October that the organisation will not receive any more program funding from the Visual Arts board of the Australia Council beyond the end of December 2011, we have had overwhelming response in support for Craft Australia. We thank you for this amazing show of strength for craft and design practice. Responses have come from our readers and supporters from all over the world.

We are sending you this update to keep you informed of the developments in our campaign to save Craft Australia and how you can continue to help us.


Make your voice heard in support for craft and design.

  • Spread the word, pass this notice on to your friends and networks, get them to do the same.
  • Sign our online petition. The more people that sign, the stronger our argument for the importance of a national craft and design organisation.
  • Write a comment on our blog, tell us how this will impact on you.
  • Write a letter to the Visual Arts Board and tell them what you think, please send us a copy as well so we are all on the same page
  • Write a letter to the Arts Minister, the Hon. Simon Crean MP
  • Write a letter to your local government member

With your help we can show that craft and design matters.

Again, thank you for your ongoing support; we will keep you informed of our progress.

Catrina Vignando

General Manager

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

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

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Edmund de Waal Part 1: on location

A video via the V&A Channel

"We visit the South London studio of an artist who threw his first pot at the age of five and who has emerged as one of Britain's leading ceramicists and the creator of the beautiful V&A installation, Signs and Wonders"

Amazing video of an artist and his work. One thing I couldn't help but notice is how he plays with a piece of clay while talking. Such a small simple act that I think so many of us as makers do when in the studio and conversing. Like the tactile part of our brains is always craving engagement.

And here's part two:

Monday, 7 November 2011

Hamada exhibition

A Pottery Lineage

Edwards Art Gallery
Holderness School
1879 Chapel Lane, Plymouth, N.H.

On Exhibit November 3 - December 10, 2011

Open: Mon. - Fri. 9am-5pm Sat 9am - 12p,
Closed November 21-28

In association with Pucker gallery
171 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Monday morning eye candy - Inga Svendsen

Read an article by Sumi Skellam about Inga's work here.
Visit her blog here.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The "Lowdown" on what's been happening in and around the musing neighborhood lately.

I guess holiday season is just bound to be a busy time for artisans, no getting around it. There is a part of me that likes the pressure of deadlines looming and late nights frantically working in the studio. I feel like I'm buzzing at a different level of productivity, one that somehow makes me feel more alive while at the same time burning me right out!

So in my madness I signed up for 3 holiday sales, one of which I'm also helping to organize. Not too bad, well if it weren't for the fact that I'm 7 month pregnant : ) It's all good though. I reckon I'll get the sympathy vote at the sales when I can barely stand to pack peoples purchases.

So here's some details of where you can find me in the next month or so:

November 25th-27th - Artisans Fine Craft Market

December 3rd to 5th - Sundog Arts Fair
You can find my booth over by the stage - good lord help us all this might be what pushes me over the edge! : )

December 9th & 10th - Winter Wonders Handmade Market

Okay so that's it for markets, but while I'm on this self promotion rank I really want to tell you about a show I'm in that's opening right away. I'm super honored and well still kinda in disbelief to be honest to have been invited to exhibit as part of "The LowDown: Tales from the Margin" exhibition.

Here's some info directly from the Kipp Gallery Website:

The Low Down:Tales from the Margin - This is a traveling exhibition showcasing the work of seven contemporary ceramists. The exhibition is curated by Kipp Gallery Director, Kyle Houser in collaboration with Gallery Coordinator, Jill Foote-Hutton from the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. Each artist selected for this exhibition is exemplar of contemporary ceramics, which is both honest and current, reflecting narratives that are personal and shared, abstract and implied. The concept began with a volley of ideas and artists, until a group emerged who consistently generate objects that toy with definitions and tease visual, historical and/or technical boundaries. Another key factor in the selection process was an intent to extol the achievements of artists generating their main body of work within low temperature ranges. In joining a fluid notion of narrative, the parameter of temperature and a lineup of artists with diverse audience appeal and experience we hope to illuminate the provocative activity along a specific periphery of the field. The Low Down: Tales from the Margin is a celebration of the creative exploitation possible with electric coils and eutectic compositions. Exhibiting artists: Jason Burnett, Carole Epp, Julie Goyot, Alex Kraft, Max Lehman, Mellissa Mytty, Nick Ramey. The exhibition will originate here at IUP in the Fall of 2011 and travel to Red Lodge Clay Center in the Spring of 2012. - - - - - -

Crazy eh? I'm so excited to be exhibiting alongside these amazing artists. I only wish I could see the show in person. I reckon it'll be great so if you can make it to one of the locations to check it out please do.

You can read more about the show, plus get a sneak peak of some of the work on Kyle Houser's blog homefry sketchbook.

I'll be posting some images of my works in the show here on the blog once the show opens. In the meantime I'll share with you a piece that didn't quite make it. (thank you customs and you're incredible inability to repack artwork! Maybe homeland security was a little worried about her chainsaw...)

Oh and one last thing - I know lots of self promoting today, my apologies! - but I just wanted to mention in case you haven't noticed that I've set up a musing about mud facebook page which you can visit to get even more ceramic related content and eye candy for inspiration. I'm still trying to post as much info as I can here on the blog, but the reality is that there is so much relevant content out there that I can't find the time to post it all. Having the facebook page helps to quickly link to websites of interest and amazing photo albums of clay objects and sometimes interesting dialogues on facebook. Please stop by for a visit and "like" the page.

Thanks for your time, that's enough self promotion for one day, enjoy the rest of your weekend!