Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Years!

All the best to everyone in 2012.
Thanks so much for all your support, kind words and friendship over the last year. It has been a fantastic year for me and I hope the same for you.
Here's to 2012 being filled with creativity, deadlines that don't seem to appear out of nowhere, kilns that fire beautifully every time, work that doesn't explode, shipping companies that don't drop things, glazes that make us happy to be alive, and ample time in the studio for everyone.

All the best and much love,

Friday, 30 December 2011

Eva Zeisel passes away at 105

Above image via:

“Whether we make things or they just happen, whether we grow them or form them, things speak to us. They tell us where we are-waking up in our beds or flying above the clouds in an airplane.” - Eva Zeisel (Image via LA Times)

For more info please visit:
NY times Obituary

Odyssey Ceramic Arts Summer 2012 Workshop Schedule

Registration begins January 9, 2012

LCR72 Linda & Charlie Riggs

Naked Surfaces And Alternative Firing, May 30- June 1

Join us for three exciting days of smoke, fire and fumes! Charlie and Linda will lead sessions in naked & horsehair raku, smoke and saggar firings and iron fuming. Enjoy the process of decorating pots with polished white and red terra sigillata, then firing them in atmospheres where the smoke and chemicals produce the final surface color. Achieve colors ranging from deep reds and oranges to stark black and white.

Intermediate/ Advanced
Wednesday- Friday, 9am-4pm
$325 Tuition ($50 Lab)
Constantinoweb Cynthia Constentino

Interpreting The Figure, June 4- 8

Work from a live model and sculpt your interpretation of the figure. Utilize the figure to explore issues such as gender, social roles, culture and personal experience. Discussion topics will include 3-D design, proportions of the body, methods of developing content and tips for professional development. Cynthia will demonstrate a variety of construction techniques for sculpting including building armatures, cold joining and surface treatments. Come with your ideas and imagination, source images and personal stories. Leave with a wide range of techniques to apply to your own studio practice.

All Levels
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)
Chooweb Fong Choo

Diminutive Teapots, June 11- 15

Master teapot maker, Fong Choo, will be your guide in the exploration of the teapot from large to small and from whimsical to utilitarian with strong emphasis on proportion. Push the boundaries of form, design and color. Discussion topics and demonstrations will include altering thrown forms, creating surface textures and attaching aesthetically pleasing cane and reed handles. Fong will share his unique approach for layering glazes to achieve the jeweled toned surfaces of his signature teapots. If you want to improve your teapot making, you must attend this class.

Intermediate/ Advanced
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)
robersonweb Sang Roberson

Soft & Shiny Slabs, June 18- 22

If you have been close to one of Sang's pots you understand the meaning of 'quiet beauty'. They exude a feeling that is hard to put into words. Join Sang for this class and discover new possibilities for your own work while constructing open and closed forms with soft slabs. Investigate a broad range of surface treatments including terra sigillata, burnishing, slip-trailing, sgrafitto, mishima and sprigging. Learn to pit-fire, polish and seal the pieces to enrich the skins. Bring low-fire bisque ware and practice application techniques. Demonstrations will include wall vessels, closed geometric forms, basketry designs and capturing air as armature.

All Levels
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)
Satakeweb Akira Satake

Imperfect Beauty, June 25- 29

Akira will present his distinctive Kohiki slip technique by brushing white porcelain slip onto a dark clay slab, then stretching to create a unique surface. Experiment with soft and hard slabs, while learning new ways to make teapots, teacups, pitchers, vases and boxes. Gain insight into, the meaning of "wabi-sabi" (finding beauty in imperfection) and the importance of "ma" the space in between. Akira will demonstrate his style of making tea ceremony bowls, water jars, and ikebana vases, all influenced by Japanese pottery from the Momoyama Period (1568-1615).

All Levels
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)
Suzeweb Suze Lindsay

Going Vertical, July 9- 13

Just when you thought you knew everything about altering soft and leather-hard functional clay forms, along comes Suze with lots more tricks.
Always pushing the boundaries herself, Suze will teach you all she knows about her unique ways of altering and stacking thrown and hand-built parts to create vases, pitchers, covered jars and more. And she will demonstrate the slip trailing technique she uses to achieve her distinctive look. Also expect exercises that will stretch and expand your notions of imagery and surface enhancement. Daily demonstrations, sketchbook exercises, and discussions on contemporary and historical pottery will be springboards for experimentation and play.

$495 ($55 Lab)
Curtweb Curt LaCross

Sculpting The Human Psyche, July 16- 20

The focus of this workshop will be construction techniques, anatomy and conceptual development in order to create psychologically weighed figures. WOW! Sounds heavy. Don't worry, you will have fun and learn a bunch from a great teacher. Using coils, slabs and a variety of armatures you will build a life sized human bust. Considerable attention will be placed on the facial features, skin texture and hands. Curt will implement his gestural approach to sculpting and manipulating texture in order to create the realistic human expressions he achieves in his work.

Beginner/ Intermediate
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)
Burnettweb Jason Burnett

Graphic Clay: Cut, Copy And Paste, July 23- 27

Using two simple materials: slip and newsprint paper, we will introduce layers of information and texture onto our clay surfaces. Through silkscreen printing, cutting, copying and pasting we will dissect, transform, and manipulate our drawings, patterns, and images while creating exciting new exteriors. But there's no stopping us there! We'll use simple digital techniques to make decals and photocopy transfers. Computers NOT required, but one can come in handy! Jason is a very generous teacher who will guide and inspire you to carry your work to new levels you have not imagined.

Intermediate/ Advanced
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)


Susan Filley

Porcelain: Form And Finesse, July 30- August 3

Prepare to be entertained as you learn new ways of working with porcelain. Susan is a master potter whose workshops are packed with practical information, interesting stories and 'tricks' for making good pots with finesse. Acquire new techniques for working in porcelain, beginning with basic forms and moving on to more complex altered shapes. Throwing off the hump, pulled and hand-built handles, cups, bowls and trays. Cut, alter and assemble. Susan will help you improve skills, throw larger, and make interesting forms with personality. She will also lead discussions on glazing and firing.

Intermediate/ Advanced
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
$495 Tuition ($55 Lab)

For more info please visit their website.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES – MUG Shots: National Juried Cup Exhibition 2012

CALL FOR ENTRIES – MUG Shots: National Juried Cup Exhibition 2012
April 6 – May 26
Opening Reception: April 6, 5-8pm

Gail Kendall juries LUX Center for the Arts’ fourth annual National Juried Cup Exhibition. Kendall, a local potter and retired professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ceramics program, has become known for her hand-built earthenware pottery. Her work has been written about in Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and Studio Potter Magazine. She chose a wide range of functional and non-functional ceramic cups from across the country for this exhibition.

Download prospectus

Application deadline: March 1, 2012

Visit their Website for more info.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

25th North Carolina Potters Conference

Celebrating 25 Years of Potters Conference

March 2-4, 2011
Downtown Asheboro, NC

To celebrate our 25th conference we have invited three premier potters to present and demonstrate their talents and techniques. We have also provided them with the unique opportunity to each invite an up and coming potter whom they feel is noteworthy to present and demonstrate as well. Cynthia Bringle invited Ronan Peterson, John Glick invited Martha Grover, and Jack Troy invited Jake Johnson. We hope you will join us to help celebrate the 25th North Carolina Potters Conference.

Pre-Registration is Required!
Registration: $225.00 per person
Includes all meals

Registration is limited to 150 persons

Visit for more information.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Holidays from Musing about Mud.

From my family to yours, happiest of holidays to you, however you chose to celebrate them.
May the season and the new year bless you.
May your corner of the world be filled with peace.
May you be healthy and happy, creative and inspired.
May you find your life filled with family and friends.


Julia Galloway Workshop @ Lillstreet in Chicago

For more info visit

2012 Workshops at the Bray

Registration starts on January 11th.

Throwing, Altering, Assembling for Use
and Innovation

Instructor: Walter Keeler
March 16–17

Become a
Master of Plaster

Instructor: Nicholas Bivins
June 1–3

Mash and Mingle: Exploring the Decorative Impulse

Instructors: Matt Metz &
Liz Quackenbush
June 11–22

New Forms to Finish:
Soda Firing

Instructors: Matt Long &
Brad Schwieger
July 9–13

Cut and Construct

Instructor: Christa Assad
August 24–26

The Psychologically Charged Figure

Instructor: Christina West
September 21–23

Pottery as Site:
the Decorated Object

Instructor: Andrea Gill
October 19–20

Registration Information
Walter Keeler
Nicholas Bivins
Matt Metz & Liz Quackenbush
Matt Long & Brad Schwieger
Christa Assad
Christina West
Andrea Gill

For more information contact:
The Archie Bray Foundation
2915 Country Club Ave.
Helena, MT 59602
phone: 406/443-3502

or visit their website.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Upcoming workshops in San Diego - Suze Lindsay and Bruce Dehnert

Please click on images to see them full size for all the details and to print the form.

Contact: The Clay Artists of San Diego for more details.


Hosted by the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain in partnership with Ceramic Review


Friday 24 February - Sunday 26 February 2012


In the Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries at The Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 (adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall)

Opening Hours

Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Ceramic Art London is now in its eighth year and recognised as the leading international fair for contemporary ceramics, with over 75 ceramic artists displaying a varied selection of exciting and challenging work. There is something for everyone, for those already in the know this is an opportunity to explore further and buy directly from the maker, for gallery owners and collectors it’s an opportunity to snap up new talent and for enthusiasts and visitors it’s an opportunity to chill out and simply enjoy the vibes.

All works for sale - with something to suit all budgets so everyone has an opportunity to make that special purchase and pick up one of the latest pieces from over 75 selected ceramic artists. Discover the pleasure of buying direct from the maker and visit our online Exhibitor Gallery for a preview of the work of the exhibitors at CERAMIC ART LONDON 2012 (available in Autumn 2011)
Free Discovery Programme. Each day there will be a diverse Programme of demonstrations, talks and discussions, providing a forum for professional development and giving visitors an insight into the current issues, working practices and techniques involved in the production of ceramic art
Exhibition by RCA Ceramics students showing the future of studio ceramics
Full colour exhibition guide with images of the work and details of all exhibitors, plus introductory essays by leading makers

Tickets will be on sale in advance and can be purchased by phone or by visiting our Tickets page. A three day Ticket will also be available to enable you to enjoy the full Event Programme. Each ticket includes a free Exhibition Guide and Catalogue. Re-entry will be available for single-visit ticket holders to collect purchased works or to attend specific daily sessions of the event programme.

Visit the website here.

Ceramic Installation in honor of December 18th - “International Migrants Day”

Leading up to December 18, designated “International Migrants Day” by the United Nations, Immigrant Movement International is mobilizing artists, immigrants, activists, and interested members of the public across the globe to develop projects related to the issues and experience of migration.

Following Text by Julie Lovelace via Facebook:

Sunday December 18, 2011. Global action "International Migrants Day" Street Art done in response Immigrant Movement International (IM International), an ongoing project initiated by artist Tania Bruguera and co-presented by Creative Time and the Queens Museum of Art, today announced an open call for submissions for actions that will take place on December 18, 2011, designated "International Migrants Day" by the United Nations. The organizers call on artists, immigrants, activists, and interested members of the public to stage an action on December 18, 2011 at 2pm local time in recognition of the concept of transnational migrants as a "global class" united across continents and cultures by common political and social conditions, as well as by the human experience of being a migrant. By engaging participants across the globe in a UN-endorsed project, the organizers hope to promote understanding of the specificity of local migration issues and the political interconnectedness across nations and regions that migration engenders

Below is a description of the work presented in the images (images via facebook) from the website for the International Migrants Day which can be found here.
Unsanctioned public art intervention in Johannesburg (Central Business District), South Africa.
The intervention consists of ceramic sculptures placed in an urban liminal space, under a bridge. The very nature of a bridge permits its symbolic use: it is a structure that joins two otherwise separate pieces of land, yet at the same time enhances their separateness. One can travel across a bridge, but while on it the traveller is neither in one place nor the other, thus a bridge is a quintessentially liminal object. In Johannesburg many displaced, migrant and homeless people live under bridges they survive without electricity and water it is their ‘home’. I will populate the space with objects that reflect my own liminal migrant cultural hybridity in a post-colonial urban society. I use the notion of cultural hybridity as presented in Homi Bhabha’s (1994) theory of hybridity and the third space. Bhabha contends that a new hybrid identity emerges from the mutual intermingling of two cultures; that a "third language" evolves that is neither the one nor the other. With regards to the definition as I have used it here, the third space enables other positions to emerge, positions which are both inclusionary and multifaceted. Finally I will record my own unsanctioned public art intervention which re-purposes the space of the urban environment to engage with the urban dweller in a playful way; highlighting the consequences of the mufti faceted nature of liminal migrant hybridity. I will compile and present photographic documentation of the sculptures in situ and the ephemeral life span of these objects.

Corner of Fox Street and Ferrea, Johannesburg

Tania Bruguera, 2011. Material can be downloaded and shared with others as long as the authorship is credited and there is a link back to the website of the author. This material cannot be altered in any way or used for commercial purpose.
Visit Tania Bruguera's website here.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Call For Artists in Residency Program in Ceramic Creative Center 2012

Artists who are willing to participate in Ceramic Creative Center's 2012 Artist-in-Residency Second-term program are welcome to submit an application. The residency program is hosted by the Clayarch Gimhae Museum and will be carried out in connection with the museum's diverse programs, such as exhibitions, academic events, workshops, education programs, and architectural ceramics projects. The program will foster active exchange among artists at home and abroad. Ceramic Creative Center's Residency is the only one of its kind in Korea to specialize in ceramic art, and is looking forward to the participation of domestic and foreign artists who possess passion for ceramic art.

Application Procedure Deadline : January 16(Mon). 2012, 6pm
to be
• by online
Upload to server : (ID: clayarch / password: 7000)
click! Upload only> Artist In Residency> You may upload application after
creating NEW FOLDER of your name

• by E-mail :

• by post : (Attn: Ceramic Creative Center Residency Program)
Clayarch Gimhae Museum, 275-51, Jillye-ro, Jillye-myeon, Gimhae-si,
Gyeongsangnam-do, 621-883 South Korea

※ Application must arrive by January 16, 2012.
For all the details please visit their website here.
Ceramic Creative Center Seung-Taek Kim
Tel. 055) 340.7006 | Fax. 055) 340.7077 | E-mail

Ruthanne Tudball Workshop

February 29 and March 1, 2012
at David Voorhees Pottery Studio, Zirconia, NC

Noted British potter Ruthanne Tudball will lead a two-day
demonstration workshop covering throwing, altering, and decorating
techniques used for her functional stoneware pottery.

Using a momentum wheel, allowing for a slow forming pace, she
completes altering and slip work on freshly thrown clay. She will
also cover designing pots and slip use intended to be enhanced
by soda vapor and wood firing. She will present slides and discussion
of her work and artistic development.

Fee $295 Workshop limited to 15 participants, includes lunches.
•For more info or to register contact:
David Voorhees, 828 698-8775, or
•Wood firing session to follow workshop. Fire your work in David’s
wood fired soda/salt car kiln (with pizza oven). Fee $100 includes
slips, glazes, kiln space allotment, and pizza!

via clay club

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Upcoming deadlines : Red Lodge Clay Center

In order to suit the needs of a variety of artists and maintain an atmosphere of momentum and diversity, the Red Lodge Clay Center offers two residency options. Year-long residencies run from September 1st through August 15th. Short-term, proposal based residencies ranging from one to eight weeks, are considered from October 1st through July 31st. Please submit separate applications if applying for both residency options.

The year-long residency is ideal for committed individuals in transition from post baccalaureate studies to graduate school, as well as those pursuing the development of professional artistic careers. Self-directed ceramic artists searching for the time, space and resources needed to explore new ideas and create new work will enjoy the rural mountainous setting. Accepted residents will be provided with studio space, housing, utilities, and a monthly stipend in exchange for twenty hours of work per week at the Clay Center. Responsibilities will include assisting in the retail operation of the gallery, teaching community clay classes, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the studio and gallery. Residents will be responsible for personal living expenses, as well as all material and firing expenses. The application deadline is February 1st.

The short-term residency is ideal for the ceramic artist who is working to complete a special project requiring one to eight weeks’ time. Accepted short-term residents are provided with studio space and 24 hour access to the studio. Fully furnished apartments are available for $350.00 per month or a prorated basis congruent with the scheduled residency. Short-term residents will be responsible for personal living expenses, as well as all material and firing expenses. The application deadline is January 1st for residency proposals running March 1st through July 31st. The application deadline is August 1st for residency proposals running October 1st through February 28th.

The Red Lodge Clay Center welcomes applications from ceramic artists who will thrive working as a team, in a community minded atmosphere.

Apply Online

Visit their website for more details.

Call for artists: Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

Closing date: 1 February 2012

Entries for the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (SMFACA) can only be submitted online via our Online Entry Form. With $55,000 in prize money, the SMFACA cements its place as the premier Australian / International acquisitive ceramic art award. Three artists will be shortlisted in each category; Australian, International and Emerging Australian. One recipient artist will be chosen from the shortlisted artists in each category and receive a significant stipend to produce a body of work for exhibition on the understanding that the gallery will select part of the work for its collection. There will be six months between the announcement of award recipients and the delivery of works to the gallery.

Find all the details here.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Campaign to Save the Wedgwood Museum

The following is copied from


The Campaign to Save the Wedgwood Museum received the shocking news that the UNESCO recognised archive of international importance is not held in trust and can be dispersed and sold to meet wholly disproportionate £135m Pension Fund liabilities.

Read the Press release from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) lawyershere. Stoke-upon-Trent MP Hon. Dr Tristram Hunt MP is meeting with Government Ministers on December 20th to discuss the plight of the Museum.

The Battle continues – continued political lobbying is essential: write to your MP to drive home how important this unique collection is to you.

Campaign leader Alison Wedgwood: “We will begin a fund raising campaign in the new year, asking the government for urgent support, and seeking support from the Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and as many generous philanthropists as we can cajole. This collection is not leaving Staffordshire without a fight!”

Write to you MP, Join our Supporters roll to declare your support and to be kept up to date with the Campaign: help to Save Wedgwood for the Nation.

I was shocked to hear of this disgusting decision – I presume under the existing law the courts had little option! I have written to my local MP seeking support and would ask that all who read this article do the same – either to their MP or if outside the UK, Direct to the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron.

Please also Join the supporters group above.

Here is a copy of my letter:

Dear Nicholas Soames,
I run a major website for ceramic art, with an audience of some 25000 per month, with several hundred ceramic artist members. I have watched the unfolding saga surrounding the Wedgwood Museum with consternation and sadness. In essence, as I understand it, because a few museum staff were linked with the company the whole of the assets of the museum can be claimed and sold for the benefit of the old group pension scheme deficit. This ‘loophole’ in the law has been confirmed by the court this week. 
The result is that this archive of International importance, recognised by UNESCO can now be split up and sold off to meet the group pension fund liabilities.

Destruction of this unique collection and archive, which was always intended to be held in trust for perpetuity would be a National DISGRACE.

Both personally and on behalf of we seek your support in finding a way that this unique collection can be saved for the nation and for future generations.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Dee

Founder and Director

Call for artists: Red Gate Residency Opportunity

Closing date: 31 December 2011

Red Gate Residency is an international artists residency program providing artists, curators, writers, and academics with the opportunity to live and create work in China.

Our objective is to provide facilities for artists to easily start their projects and offer a community in which they can participate as much as they like.

As a member of RES ARTIS, the International Association of Residential Arts Centers, we are committed to the promotion of multicultural arts dialogue within an immersion setting.

Red Gate assists all participants to connect with the art scene, meet local Chinese artists and to source art materials. We provide the necessary support and encouragement to help you get the most out of your stay here. We help get you settled, show you around, tell you where to buy the best Peking Duck, which part of the Great Wall not to go to, and where and when the latest openings are. All residents are invited to Red Gate Gallery events, including private dinners after the openings.

Find more details here.

Monday, 19 December 2011

WOODSTOKE - Woodfiring Conference in New Zealand

March 16th to 18th 2012
Whangamata, Coromandel, New Zealand

For the first time in New Zealand a conference is happening dedicated to the art of wood firing. This will be the start of the renaissance for the wood firing fraternity and the best possible introduction for potters and ceramicists that have wanted to have a go with wood firing. The weekend is full of kiln building, kilns firing and an exploration of all things related to the wood fired pot.

International guests will lead the charge into the frantic pace of kiln construction, with participants expected to lend a hand and feel the clay under their fingernails. A variety of kilns, from small salt kilns through to large temporary kiln installations will be erected on site, pots made to fill them and then the fires are lit. A pyromania of heat and flame will ensure the weekend is an impression burnt into the memory of all.

There will be the sort of feasting and company that legends are made of and with camping on-site the partying and all night stoking vigils can last until dawn.

Invited Artists:

Marshall Maude
Don Bendel
Robert Sanderson and Coll Minogue
Maureen Allison
Janet Smith
Duncan Shearer
Louis Kittleson
Darryl Frost
Mike O'Donnell
Chester Nealie
Yuri Wiedenhofer
and Janet Mansfield

For all the details please visit the website here.

Latest update on the Craft Australia situation - please read.

Monday morning eye candy - Josh Stover

Want to let Josh know how awesome his work is? You can contact him @

Friday, 16 December 2011

Residency Opportunity for 2012

EnergyXchange in rural WNC is accepting applications for 2 three-year residencies (March & June, 2012) in their clay studio.

Craft residencies are intended to enable artists who have completed their schooling/training to move into a shared, equipped professional studio space at low cost.

For more information go to: or contact :


EnergyXchange is the world's first art studio to be fueled by methane. County wood waste is used for the wood kiln.

Or check us out on Facebook:

Art Gallery of St. Albert Call for 2013

Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, seeks proposals from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2013 calendar year. The Gallery’s mandate is to provide enriching educational experiences that celebrate visual culture and artistic achievement through research, exhibition and interpretation.

The Gallery strives to provide an exhibition schedule and corresponding public programs that both support educationally challenging art and appeal to its many audiences. Artworks need to provide vision, inspiration and education for residents of St. Albert and surrounding communities. The exhibition selection reflects originality and a diversity of styles and mediums. The Gallery presents artists who exhibit locally, nationally and internationally. Artwork is adjudicated by a panel of visual art professionals who represent a spectrum of expertise in the visual arts. The artists chosen to exhibit receive CARFAC fees.

Deadline for submissions: march 3rd, 2012 at 5pm to download the PDF, click on AGSA CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2013

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Kirkland Arts Center, call for entries: Clay? IV Exhibition

Submissions open to all clay-predicated artwork. Kirkland Arts Center is proud to present the fourth installment of its biennial contemporary ceramics exhibition, Clay? IV.

Juried by University of Washington, School of Art Professors Doug Jeck, Jamie Walker, and Akio Takamori, Clay? IV explores the multifariousness of clay as a medium of expression. Showcasing a range of sizes, scales, subject matter, and techniques, the artwork of this exhibition is both a testament to the enduring legacy of clay and to the future of the field.

No submission fee!

Kirkland Arts Center provides insurance for all artwork while exhibited at the KAC Gallery, but does not cover shipping costs or shipping insurance. Artwork must be distributed to KAC by the artist or through a mail carrier such as FedEx or DHL. All shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Deadline for Entries: Sunday, January 8th, 2012
Website link to entry:

Calendar: Acceptance emails sent to artists: Last week of January/First week of February 2012
Exhibition Dates: March 26 – May 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 2012
Installation Dates: March 24 – March 25, 2012
Deinstallation Dates: May 20 – May 21, 2012
Kirkland Arts Center is located in Kirkland, Washington.

Posted this morning on Facebook....

by Steven Branfman

Friends,,,,,Robin Hopper is facing some serious medical issues and needs the very best karma sent his way. For those of you who are not plugged into the clay world, Robin is a world renowned potter and teacher. He's on Facebook but doesn't seem to check it very often. Here is his email Muster up your most positive energy and send it to him in an email.

Visit Robin's website here.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Volumetric Image Transfer with Forrest Lesch-Middelton by Adam Field

To see more of Forrest's great work take a look at his website:
And make sure to visit Adam G Field's website too (he's the talent behind the video and many, many amazing pots):

The work of Christina Bryer

From her website:

"Christina Bryer has been working as an artist and designer since 1980. Her background is in jewellery design, then in 1998, she studied ceramics in London.

When she encountered Penrose’s aperiodic tiling, she began incorporating the principles into her porcelain plates. Her work is therefore based on the highest forms of geometry, yet the same patterns are found in unicellular organisms, and a cross-section of a strand of DNA, and has been called the geometry of life. Aperiodicity also describes a slice through 5th dimensional hyper-space - the geometry of the cosmos."

View more incredible work on her website here.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Sad news: The passing of Malcolm Davis.

I received an email this morning regarding the passing of Malcolm Davis. I don't have many details but wanted to pass along the news for those of you that were close to him or inspired by him and his work. As more details surface I will update.

From the email:
"Malcolm Davis died in the morning of 12/11. He had hip replacement surgery last Thursday, recovered over the weekend...and evidently collasped in PT Mon morning and died instantly."

His wife has requested no calls for a few days.

The following is from the AKAR website:

"I first touched clay at age 40 and knew immediately that I had been a potter all along. I love to make pots! For me, the joy and the challenge comes from making things that will become an intimate part of the daily lives of others - pots that will be held, eaten from, poured from, sipped from and perhaps even licked from. For me the making of pots is a way to celebrate the mundane rituals of daily life and to make them holy."

Malcolm Davis has been a full-time studio potter since 1984 when he left his previous life as campus minister. He took his first ceramics class in 1974 and since 1985 has maintained his mountaintop studio in Upshur County, WV. He is internationally recognized for his work with shino-type glazes, specifically for the creation of a unique ultra Carbontrap shino-type formula with a high concentration of soluble soda ash, which encourages the trapping of carbon in the early stages of the firing.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including four grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was a finalist in the 1995 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/NEA Visual Artists Fellowships. Other awards include the Purchase Award at the Ceramics Monthly International Competition (1999), First Place in the 1996 Strictly Functional Pottery Show, Feats of Clay XIII and XIV Merit Awards, Orton Purchase Awards in 1994 and 1996, Crosscurrents All Media Award at the Stifel Fine Arts in Wheeling (1990. 1996), WV Juried Exhibition Merit Award in 1996, and Awards for Clay Cup VII and Clay Cup IV.

He has exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the Smithsonian Craft Show and the American Craft Council Craft Shows. He has been an artist-in-residence at Artpark in Lewiston, NY; Baltimore Clayworks; Greenwich House Pottery (NYC); The Clay Studio in Philadelphia; Red Star Studios in Kansas City; Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis; Waubonsee Community College in Illinois and the Lee Arts Center in Virginia.

Malcolm’s work is included in collections at the American Crafts Museum; The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY; the Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Mobach Collection, Utrecht, Holland; Orton Permanent Collection; Arthur and Lillian Weiss Collection; Bailey Ceramics Collection; Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, NJ; Highwater Clay Permanent Collection, Asheville, NH; American Art Clay Collection, Indianapolis, IN and the Twentieth Century Collection, Sarah Lawrence College in NY.

He has been featured in over 15 books and publications, he has published articles in American Shino by Lester Richter and Stayin’ Alive by Robin Hopper; and curated an issue of The Studio Potter Magazine on carbon trapping. The December, 2003 issue of The Studio Potter Magazine featured an extensive interview: “Malcolm Davis, Shino Warrior.” His work with carbontrap shinos was recently featured in Ceramica (Spain) and Ceramic Review (England).

Malcolm has taught and lectured widely throughout the United States and Canada, and has conducted Masters’ classes at Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley Craft Center, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and others. Recent exhibitions include AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa; Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine; Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC; Santa Fe Clay and “Our Cups Runneth Over” at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.

Malcolm recently curated a national exhibition of work with shino-type glazes, “Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005,” featured at the 2005 NCECA Conference in Baltimore. In 2007 he juried the 15th annual Strictly Functional Pottery National and was one of three presenters at the 20th annual NC Potters’ Conference in Seagrove. He also taught a two-week carbontrap shino workshop at La Meridiana in Tuscany in 2007 and 2008.

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Thank you to Ruby Serben for sharing the news.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Studio 550 Art Center Call for entry:

Made for Each Other
A show of functional vessels in pairs & sets
February 4 - February 29, 2012

Juried by Adero Kai Willard
Juror's Biography: An MFA graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Willard's pottery contains a depth of layers and colors, reminiscent of fabric swatches, tapestries, and nature. She has been a visiting artist at many arts institutions, the most recent being the Chautauqua Institute in NY. After finishing a Salad Days winter residency at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, where she created over 500 plates for Watershed's annual summer fundraiser, Willard has gone on to exhibit at Crafts Boston in 2010-11, the Smithsonian Craft Show in DC, and the Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, MA.

December 15, 2011: Application deadline (must ARRIVE by 5pm this day)
December 22, 2011: Notification begins via email
January 16 - 25, 2012: Work arrives at gallery
February 4, 2012 - 6-8 PM: Opening Reception
February 29, 2012: Exhibition closes

• Open to residents of the 50 United States and DC.
• Submitted work produced within the last two years.
• Work must be made primarily of clay and size may not exceed 30 inches in any dimension or 15 pounds in weight.
• Artists are invited to submit work that creates, challenges, redefines, or emphasizes the relationship between functional vessel forms in pairs or in sets.
• Applicants may enter 3-5 pairs or sets
• All exhibited work MUST BE FOR SALE.
• Retail price must be under $500/pair or set.
• Specific piece(s) accepted MUST be available for entire exhibition. We will exhibit NO substitute pieces.
• Work will be disqualified if it is not the same piece that was accepted or if it displays poor craftsmanship.
• Work must arrive in time for the opening.
• $30 for three entries, non-refundable check or money order made payable to Studio 550. Please don't send cash.
• Applicants may submit up to two more entries for $10 each (i.e. 5 entries for $50, 4 entries for $40)
A 35% commission will be collected on all sales.

Visit the website to Download the application form.

Studio 550
P.O. Box 3638
Manchester, NH 03105-3638
For additional information or questions, contact: Monica Leap
Gallery Director

Monday morning eye candy - Kina Crow

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