Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Job posting - Visiting Assistant Professor of Art - Ceramics (Sabbatical Replacement)

Teach classes ranging from beginning to advanced ceramics as well as foundation classes including Foundations of Visual Literacy.

The primary teaching responsibilities include classes ranging from beginning to advanced ceramics as well as foundation classes including Foundations of Visual Literacy. Eastern Oregon University seeks applicants with a commitment to teaching and evidence of a strong studio practice.

An MFA degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent is required. One year of college teaching experience.

For full details visit the Eastern Oregon University website.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Call for artists: Third Annual: Ceramics Annual of America – September 14 – 16, 2012

Ft. Mason Festival Pavilion – San Francisco, CA

The Ceramics Annual of America is a gallery format exhibition featuring the work of an impressive group of ceramic artists. This is your opportunity to be included in the largest exhibition of ceramic fine art in the United States. Last year’s exhibition attracted over 7,000 collectors, art enthusiasts, educators and students.

Entry Guidelines:

Open to all artists 18 years and older working in clay

1. All works must be one of a kind, non-production work, made primarily of clay.

2. Digital entries submitted for jury must be representative of the artwork that will be shown in the exhibition.

3. Artists will be responsible for installing their own work in a preassigned space, not a booth, which will accommodate 4 – 6 life size pieces or 6 – 8 smaller pieces of artwork. This is a gallery exhibition, not a vendor booth setup. Free standing I-beam and T-shape areas are available for wall displays. Lighting and background walls will be provided by CAA. Artists will provide their own pedestals, painted a specified white color.

4. Artists must be present during the exhibition.

5. Sales will be handled by CAA staff with a 30% commission going to the CAA.

6. If your application is accepted, the fee to participate in the exhibition is $1,000. payable in 2 installments – $500 due June 1 and $500 due August 10.

CAA, managed by the California Ceramics Cooperative, is a not-for-profit organization of regional ceramic artists. All revenue from fees, commissions and sales covers the costs of the exhibition.


Entry submittal deadline: May 15

Acceptance notification: May 25

1st payment due June 1

Final payment due August 10

Delivery of work and installation Thursday, September 13

Opening reception Friday, September 14

Show ends and move out Sunday, September 16

Find more info here,


Contact: Nancy Resler
Telephone: 1.877.459.9CAA

Monday, 27 February 2012

8Th International Film Festival on Clay and Glass

"Since it began, the International Film Festival on Clay and Glass has welcomed on each occasion film directors and producers, ceramic artists, glassmakers, artists, archaeologists, ethnologists, museum curators, gallery owners, architects, teachers, journalists, enlightened amateurs, students etc.

The aim of this biennial event is:

To develop the creation and distribution of films on clay and glass, supporting their makers the world over.

To stimulate international cultural exchanges, deepening technical knowledge of ceramics and glass creation across the world, together with the various forms of artistic expression and the history of civilizations.

To increase the influence of clay and glass, and by implication that of the arts, the prime mission of Ateliers d’Art de France.

The 8th edition of the festival will be held on 30, 31 March and 1 April 2012 in Montpellier.

(Re)discover clay & glass from more than 30 documentary, animated or experimental films on artists, workshops, techniques or traditions : 2 days of film screenings, interspersed with meet ups and exchanges between professionals and amateurs from all over the world... And the opening evening on the 30th of March with a screening of films on major art personalities from of the 20th century who had worked in the field of ceramic at one point in their lives."

For more info please visit their website.
or contact:
Ateliers d’Art de France
6, rue Jadin
75017 Paris | France
tél. +33( 0)1 44 01 08 30
fax. +33 (0)1 44 01 08 35

Monday morning eye candy - Sarah Dunstan

Jenna Turner @ Harris Warke Gallery

Scenes from the Domestic, ceramic works by Red Deer artist, Jenna Turner is now showing in the gallery. Jenna’s work creates a sense of community and belonging. She says, “The objects I create are like souvenirs of my memories, experiences, and hopes. I want them to illicit a sense of nostalgia and strike a chord with the viewer’s own past.” Scenes from the Domestic runs until Saturday, March 24, 2012.

A reception will be held on Friday, March 2 from 6 to 8 pm as part of Red Deer’s First Fridays.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Botanical: An International Exhibit Exploring the Theme of Plant Life

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio is seeking works which explore the theme of plant life (using formal or conceptual methods) for an upcoming exhibit, April 20 - May 18, 2012.

These may be in ways that are quite straightforward, or which are abstract, conceptual or in other ways surprising or inventive. Manifest is eager to see just how artists make work of any media or genre (painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, video, and non-traditional art, etc.) using plant life as a source of inspiration and exploration.

Open to all artists. Students and professionals are equally encouraged to enter. Each exhibiting artist will receive one copy of the full-color exhibit catalog. $10 per work submitted.

Deadline: March 7, 2012.
Visit website for more info.
Questions? Contact Jason Franz at or 513-861-3638.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Vessels, Flasks, Bottles & Basins - March 2 - April 22, 2012

  • Brenda Danbrook
  • Martin Tagseth
  • Carmela Laganse
  • Clint Neufeld

Beers.Lambert Annual Group Exhibition - Open Call

Artists working in all disciplines from all parts of the world may apply.

Beers.Lambert is a contemporary art gallery in London UK specializing in emerging, progressive contemporary art. Do you have a unique perspective that deserves a chance at international exposure? Beers.Lambert is looking for progessive, cutting-edge art that continues to define and defy the rules of contemporary art.

This is your opportunity to exhibit your work in a curated group exhibition, July 6 - August 5, 2012, at Beers.Lambert in London, England.

Deadline: March 5, 2012.

There is a processing fee of £10 to submit.
Visit website for more info.
Questions? Contact Tina McQueen at

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Tamed: Recent work by Bethany Krull at Indigo Art

Tamed; Recent work by Bethany Krull will open at Indigo Art on March 2nd with a “First Friday” reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will run through March 31s t.

Krull’s porcelain and mixed media animal sculptures illustrate both mans love of the natural world as well as its tendency to maintain domination over other species. Her current series “Dominance and Affection” speaks specifically to our relationship with the creatures we have made into companions. She states, “In today’s increasingly nature deprived society the most intimate connection with the natural world tends to be with plants and animals that have been drastically altered through the process of domestication. Wild animals have been turned into pets, genetically sculpted into sweeter, cuter, less dangerous versions of themselves. We shower our pets with love at the same time we cage and contain them and it is this affection contradicting complete control that I am interested in illustrating in my work. For no amount of love lavished upon these creatures will erase the fact that the success of the relationship lies in our complete domination over all aspects of their existence.

Krull, a Buffalo native who has recently moved back to the area, studied ceramics at Buffalo State College where she is now teaching as an adjunct instructor in the design department. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to travel the country teaching and working at various community art centers. Her work has been included in many regional, national and international venues including, The Meadows Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Florida, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana as well as The Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her last solo exhibition in Buffalo was held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 2010.

Indigo Art

74 Allen Street

Buffalo NY 14202

Hours: noon-5pm, Tuesday-Friday

noon-3pm, Saturday or by appointment

Phone: 716-984-9572

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


CLICK here for the Juried Art Tile Show Prospectus!

• The Silver City Clay Festival’s Juried Art Tile Show is open to all artists residing in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
• All submitted work must be original, must be executed since January 1, 2011, and must not have been previously submitted for other shows.
• Tiles must not be larger than 12” by 12” and must be prepared for hanging.
• Tiles can be mono- or poly-chromatically glazed, high or low relief, cuenca, cuerda seca, majolica, sgraffito, china painted or a mosaic composite.
• Each tile submitted must be entered into one of the following categories:
A. Animals/Whimsy
B. Abstract
C. Faces/Portraits
D. Historic Native American
E. Touching on the Sacred
• Tiles must be entered for jurying as digital images on CD and all digital images will be viewed anonymously.
• A maximum of three (3) tiles may be entered.
• Accepted tiles that differ greatly from the submitted images will be disqualified.
• Accepted tiles must be available for sale.
• Accepted tiles may not be withdrawn or sold outside the show prior to the end of the show.

Mail CD, Entry Fee
Payment, and Entry Form no later than march 30, 2012 to:
Silver City Clay Festival
c/o Syzygy Tileworks
106 N. Bullard Street
Silver City, NM 88061

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

adriano design: ceramic stackstoves

all images courtesy of stackstove

'stack stoves' reinterpret the ancient tradition of ceramic stoves through new contemporary shapes, as well as fitting within the latest housing requirements, with low environmental impact. the ceramic stove line offers wood burning and pellet burning fireplaces. the fireplace and the recycler of the 'stackstove' can reach great yields and significant smoke emission parameters.

developed by adriano design and produced by la castellamonte, the hand-made ceramic ranges preserve and updates the industrial know-how and ancient traditions of this field.

For more images and info visit designboom here.

Place Des Arts Exhibition Opportunity 2013


Place des Arts offers gallery and gift shop display space where local emerging artists and art groups may exhibit and sell their works. Artists living in British Columbia who are not represented by a professional gallery are considered local, emerging artists. Place des Arts welcomes submissions in 2D and 3D media and techniques including fibre arts, sculpture, painting, photography, prints and drawings; we are not able to accommodate multimedia work at this time.

Submission deadline (2013 Program): March 2, 2012
A proposal package can be downloaded here:
Proposals must be received by email, mail or in-person at Place des Arts by 9 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 2, 2012 and sent to the attention of: Michelle Chan, Exhibitions and Ceramic and Fibre Arts Program Coordinator, Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam, BC. V3K 1G2

Call for entry - Up the Garden Path (Potters Guild of British Columbia)


A juried group show open to all PGBC members, to be hosted by the Gallery of BC Ceramics. The exhibition will showcase vessels and sculptures specifically for use in the garden. We are looking for planters, sculptures, rocks, bird baths, bird houses, bird feeders, lanterns, fountains, frogs, snails - anything that can be used in a garden setting. All work must be for sale.

Application forms will be posted on the guild website at in early February.

Applications must be received by March 1, and physical work must be delivered to the gallery between March 15 and 25. Jurying of pieces for the exhibition will take place on March 28. Please let the Gallery know by the end of February 2012 if you wish to take part in this exhibition.

Notices of intention to participate can be e-mailed to galleryofbcceramics@bcpotters. com

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Lovely design - tiffin lunch kit by Lorea Sinclaire

"Taking inspiration from Japanese bento boxes and indian tiffins, the bowls morph shape from a sturdy square bottom to a circular top. The form factor allows the bowls to fit together perfectly and intuitively. the components bind together securely with the use of a natural cloth elastic strap, held in place between the bottom bowls' feet."

"Lorea Sinclaire
industrial designer living in Vancouver, Canada. Currently the media coordinator at molo design

Lorea Sinclaire strives to reinterpret everyday rituals and make them more delightful or intelligent. Her process is informed by digital form-making techniques, material exploration, and a passion for making simple, beautiful objects."

Find out more here.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Walter Keeler Ceramics Workshop March 7 and 8, 2012, 10AM - 4PM
Ceramics Studio, FAV 121
Chase Fine Arts Center, Utah State University
More info here.

Ceramics Workshop presented by Walter Keeler.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Ujj Zsuzsa @ Árkádia Galéria

Árkádia Galéria
Cím: 1052 Budapest, Piarista köz
Telefon: 06-1-235-0661

Ujj Zsuzsa
keramikus iparművész

T: +36/20 385 3084

Valentine’s DAZE – a small bowl invitational @ Trax Gallery

This exhibition runs from February 11 – March 12, 2012
Work available here on Wednesday the 15th at noon.
(above image is the work of Rae Dunn)

1812 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: 510-540-TRAX (8729)
Fax: 510-540-0430
Hours: 12-5:30 Wed-Sun

Opening this thursday - Mariko McCrae @ the Craft Council of BC

The Life and Times of Abigail Tackle
as told by Mariko McCrae

Craft Council of BC Gallery
1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Opening: February 16th 6-8pm
Opened 10:30 - 5:30 daily February 16 - March 29th

The Life and times of Abigail Tackle chronicles the artistic dreams and aspirations of a fictitious elderly woman from the Prairies. Gabriola Island ceramist Mariko McCrae merges Abigail's dreams of one day visiting the oceans wide with her handbuilt ceramic efforts that are often anchored to historical examples. The result is a booty of work lifted from the annals of Christie's and Sotheby's auction catalogues that are made to walk the plank of contemporary subversions. Curated by Penny Parry.

Ship Sinkers- Ice Bucket

Read the whole story here. It's well worth the time, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Lecture series brings artist Gwendolyn Yoppolo to campus Feb. 15

gwendolynyopollo_t.jpgStudio artist Gwendolyn Yoppolo will present a workshop and lecture Feb. 15 at Appalachian State University. Her campus visit is part of the Department of Art’s Spring Lecture Series.

The lecture series is sponsored by Bob Meier and Doe Ridge Pottery, the Department of Art and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

Yoppolo will conduct a workshop and demonstration from 1-5 p.m. in the clay studio in Wey Hall. A reception for the artist will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall lobby of the Turchin Center. Yoppolo’s lecture will follow at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall.

All events are free and open to the public.

Yoppolo is a studio artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts. She also has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, a studio technician at Alfred University and an assistant professor at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.

Yoppolo creates kitchen and tablewares from clay – intimate objects designed to be held or touched to the lips. “The forms I make engage the threshold of subjectivity by offering a conduit for nourishment into the body or between bodies,” according to Yoppolo’s artist statement. “The experience is more than visceral, as the body’s pursuit of sensual experience is tied into the process of making existence meaningful on all levels. How we choose to feed ourselves and others is connected not only to our sensations of hunger and gratification, but also to our deeper perceptions of ourselves, and of the larger stories we live by.”

Yoppolo received an MFA from Penn State University in 2006. While at Penn State she received two fellowship awards for her research using the scanning electron microscope. She continues to work with this instrument to photograph the tiny landscapes of beach rubble, sugar cereals, plant seeds and insect parts.


Saturday, 11 February 2012

Rory MacDonald: Public Craft

Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:30 - 8 pm

Rory MacDonald discusses the importance of ceramics within the realm of public activism. Examples of Rory's public interventions are his street tags of traditional blue and white Willow pattern made during his residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alta. In another project called Curb Work, he drew attention to the deterioration of curbsides and sidewalks in downtown Regina. Repairing the fissures with exquisitely decorated ceramic patches, his strategic activism highlighted the deterioration but improved the urban streetscape. His discussion on Public Craft will look at these projects as well his most recent works.

Ceramicist Rory MacDonald is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the 2007 winner of the Winifred Shantz Award for emerging ceramics in Canada. Central to his current research is the exploration of the concept of public craft. His lecture will give an overview of both old and new works.


111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C7

Tel +1 416.586.8080
Fax +1 416.586.8085

Friday, 10 February 2012

Call for entry - 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2012

Workhouse Arts Center

2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2012


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The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce a call for entries for its 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2012. This 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition is an "Open Call" for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The focus of this year's exhibit is to highlight the tremendous variety and depth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks currently being created throughout the U.S.A.

Juror- Peter Held

Peter Held received his bachelor's degree in studio art with an emphasis on ceramics from the State University of New York, Brockport. Upon graduation, he moved to Helena, Montana to become a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. He later completed a master's degree in museum administration at Oregon State University and interned at the Portland Art Museum in the Asian Art Department.

Held returned to Helena in 1994 to serve as executive director and curator of the Holter Museum of Art, where he helped successfully lead a $2.3 million capital and endowment campaign.

Since 2003, Held has been curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He also serves as a trustee for the American Craft Council and is chair of its development committee.

Held has curated more than 75 exhibitions since 1989, including seven traveling ceramic shows: Ashen Beauty: Woodfired Ceramics; David Shaner: A Potter's Work, 1963-1993; Sisters of the Earth: Native American Ceramics; A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence; Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey; Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser and Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the ASU Art Museum Collection.

Entry Guidelines

Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.
All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media. The juror will make final determinations. Work must fit through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Installations shall be installed by artist. Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section. Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

Apply Online Now!
Click here .

Selections will be conducted from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed. Artists may submit up to 3 entries with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed 6 images. Please proof your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information.

Entry Fee

All U.S. artists- $30

(Fee is non-refundable - payable thru PayPal when applying) for up to 3 entries (2 images per entry max.).

Apply Online Now! click here


Best of Show- $350

1st place-$250- Sponsored by Standard Ceramics, Inc.

2nd Place-$150

Honorable Mentions


Detailed information and Registration form: Available online December 7, 2011
Entry Submittal deadline: May 2, 2012
Acceptance notification: after June 1, 2012
Acceptance Contracts due: by July 1, 2012
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by July 20, 2012

Delivery of accepted work-being delivered: July 23, 2012 10am-5pm only!
Installation: July 23-24, 2012
Exhibition Dates: July 25 - August 26, 2012
Opening Reception: July 28, 2012 from 6pm-9pm

Return of Shipped Artwork: Starting August 27, 2012

Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: August 27, 2012 10am-4pm only!

Workhouse Arts Center

Lorton Arts Foundation

W-16 Gallery Building
9601 Ox Road
Lorton Virginia 22079

Image Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Year completed
  • Type of clay and firing method
  • Size (inches) H x W x D
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Insurance Value/ Retail Price
  • A brief artist statement of no more than 200 words describing your work

* Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images.

* The resolution of images should be 150DPI minimum; 300DPI maximum.

* Images need to be smaller than 15MB.

For more details please visit their website.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

FACETURE Vases by Phil Cuttance

These aren't clay, but still an amazing process.
Many thanks to Vipoo Srivilasa for sharing this.

FACETURE from Phil Cuttance on Vimeo.

The FACETURE series consists of handmade faceted vessels, light-shades and table. Each object is produced individually by casting a water-based resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually manipulated to create the each object's form before each casting, making every piece utterly unique.

The FACETURE process

First the mould of the object is hand-made by scoring and cutting a sheet of 0.5mm plastic sheet. This sheet is then folded, cut and taped into the overall shape of the product that is to be cast. The mould's final shape, and strength, is dictated by which triangular facets I pop in and out. I do this each time I ready the mould for the next object, meaning that no two castings are the same. I then mix a water-based casting resin that is cast in the mould where it sets solid.

The resin is poured into the hollow mould and rolled around to coat and encase the sides, controlled by me on the casting jig on the machine. The material soon sets creating a hollow solid object. Then another, different coloured measure of resin is poured into the same mould, and swirled around inside, over the first. When it has set, the mould is removed to reveal the solid set cast piece. The casting appears with sharp accurate lines and a digital quality to its aesthetic, a visual 'surprise' considering the ‘lo-fi’, hand-made process from which it came. The mould is then cleaned and ready for re-use.

Each vase is handmade, unique, and numbered on the base.

Available in two sizes;

tall - 45 x 12 cm approx.

small - 34 x 8 cm approx

Standard colours - Charcoal, blue, yellow, pink, white. Custom colours available.

email to for pricing and to order.

Images by Petr Krejci & Phil Cuttance

The FACETURE project was created with the support of Creative New Zealand.

Artist in Residence Program: RED DEER COLLEGE

Artist In Residence Program Red Deer College has expanded its Visual Arts facility in the newly opened Center for Visual Art in the Four Centers Building and now has three purpose built Artist-in-Residence Studios.

The studios are designed to attract artists to Red Deer and to give an opportunity for emerging and professional artists alike to engage in research in an inspiring environment with equipment that they would not otherwise have access to. The ambition of the program is to promote meaningful interaction between the students, the resident artists and the community at large. The AIR studios are available during two 15 week periods; September to December and January to April coinciding with the academic year.

The new studios are designed to offer interested artists an opportunity to chart some new territory by stepping outside of their usual studio routine. Through the interaction with students and staff in the Visual Art Department and beyond the resident artist can take advantage of the opportunity to research and produce new work that contributes to their discipline. Collaborations across media and with the RDC’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, where there is access to rapid prototyping, water-jet cutting, and CNC milling offer up possibilities that will prove to be fruitful and position RDC to be a destination for innovative art research.

How to Apply

Who is Eligible? We are interested in hosting both emerging and established artists of all disciplines, practices, and nationalities. Artists applying should have a current and active practice and have completed their basic training and able to work in a self-directed manner.

Artist-in-Residence Coordinator: Trudy Golley Contact Info: Office: 403-342-3453 email:

What is provided:• dedicated studio space approx. 250 sq ft• residency for 1 to 3 months?• Access to fully equipped studios:?Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking.?• 24 hour access?• Library and Internet privileges?• Materials budget up to $200.00?• Exhibition opportunity at the conclusion of residency?• Public lecture opportunity?• Letter of support to pursue individual funding?• Assistance with finding accommodation

To submit an application: We are currently accepting Digital Applications only – please ensure all images are readable on a Mac or PC and are in a suitable format (1024 x 768) – doc, jpg or pdf preferred.

Send by e-mail to the address above Please send the following:1) 10 images of work and an image list 2) One letter of interest outlining both your artistic history and how you would use your time as an artist in residence (including preferred dates and length of residence) 3) A current CV (3 pages max.) Deadlines- October 1 for the January – April period- March 1 for the September – December period

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection

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Mar 4, 2012 - Jun 3, 2012

Beck Building, Ground Floor
5601 Main Street

New York-based scholars and gallerists Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio have been leaders in the ceramics field for three decades, assembling one of the most important private collections of contemporary ceramics in the world. In 2007, the MFAH acquired the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection of some 475 artworks, as well as the accompanying library and artist archive.

Shifting Paradigms presents nearly 160 objects—ceramics and works on paper—from this richly diverse collection, which includes major international figures such as Kenjiro Kawai, Jean-Pierre Laroque, Adrian Saxe, Peter Voulkos, and Beatrice Wood, many of whom are represented in depth, as well as examples by Anthony Caro, Lucio Fontana, Claes Oldenburg, and Grayson Perry.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, copublished by the MFAH and Yale University Press.

Shartle Symposium “Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics”

Saturday March 3rd, 1pm-5pm

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection.

Welcome and Opening Remarks | Cindi Strauss, MFAH assistant director, programming; curator, modern and contemporary decorative arts and design; organizing curator of the exhibition

Sealed Capsule | Garth Clark, scholar, gallerist, and collector
Is the 20th-century ceramics movement over? In the 21st century, is ceramics a fully accepted fine-arts material but no longer an autonomous discipline? If so, is this a good thing? Garth Clark examines a turning point in this millennia-old medium.

On Conscripting Mugs and Other Ceramics into Life’s Battles for Independence | Ezra Shales, associate professor of art history, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
In the field of ceramics, a distinction is often made between “functional” objects and “art” objects—a binary opposition that is both reductive and misleading. Ezra Shales critiques the validity of the term “functional” and investigates how drinking vessels remain key tools in the assertion of one’s identity.


The Well-Wrought Urn | Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor, contemporary art and critical studies, School of Art, University of Houston
This talk reconsiders Garth Clark’s groundbreaking exhibition American Ceramics, 1876 to the Present against the backdrop of mid-20th-century formalism, in particular Cleanth Brooks’s The Well-Wrought Urn (1947), Herbert Read’s criticism on modern sculpture, and the Syracuse Annuals exhibition series.

From Postmodernism to Postindustrialism | Jorunn Veiteberg, professor of curatorial studies and craft theory, Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway
A re-evaluation of the decorative and a reuse of historical forms were central to ceramics in the 1980s, the key decade of Postmodernism. But what has happened since? Are contemporary ceramics still Postmodern, or have new paradigmatic shifts taken place?

Panel Discussion | Mark Del Vecchio joins the speakers. Moderated by Cindi Strauss.

Reception | The audience is invited to a wine reception with the speakers in the lobby of the Beck Building, and to view the exhibition.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Adam Field @ ACAD in Calgary

Ceramics Visiting Artist Workshop | ADAM FIELD

February 13 to 16

Adam Field, Covered Jar, incised porcelain with various glazes, soda-fired

The ACAD Ceramics Program is pleased to present a workshop February 13th to 16th with Adam Field from Durango, Colorado. Field will share what he has learned over his 13 year studio career. Lectures and discussions will cover his Korean pottery apprenticeship, technical production methods, aesthetic considerations and the business side of a pottery practice. All are welcome to attend the public lecture and workshop demonstrations.

Visiting Artist Talk | Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre

Wednesday, February 15 @ 2 p.m.

Born and raised in Colorado, Adam Field earned his BA in Art from Fort Lewis College. For two years he immersed himself in the culturally rich art scene of the San Francisco Bay area, where he began his full time studio practice. From there, Adam relocated to Maui, where he established a thriving studio business. Adam spent most of 2008 in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Il Mahn. Adam has recently established his studio in Durango, Colorado. His works are included in private collections internationally. Regarding his ceramic studio work, Adam states:

I am fascinated with antique artifacts, the way they can speak of mastery of lost peoples, places, and cultures. This inspires me to create works that both radiate history and capture my own place and time. I work toward a clean aesthetic that celebrates the masterful simplicity of antique Far Eastern pottery, while retaining the modest utility of colonial American wares. The surface of my pottery is meticulously carved with intricate designs that borrow from nature and incorporate the human touch. Much of the carving on my work is informed by the pattern languages found in indigenous fiber art, suchas Hawaiian tapa, Incan cordage and Zulu basketry.

Adam Field, Cup, incised porcelain with various glazes, soda-fired.

via ACAD

Monday, 6 February 2012

2012 workshops at Touchstone Center for Crafts

April 26-30 Reinventing Kitsch: Creating Art with Molds

Shoji Satake / All Levels / $375 / Extended Weekend Workshop /

May 11-13 Exploring Decal Usage in Sculptural and Functional Ceramics

Dan Kuhn / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop /

May 17–21 Thrown, Darted and Decorated

Jennifer Allen / All Levels / $375 / Extended Weekend Workshop /

May 25-27 Primal Pottery in a Modern World

Becky Keck / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop /

June 4-6 Expand your Palette: Mid-range Glazes for the Electric Kiln

Yoko Sekino-Bove’ / All Levels / $250 / Two Day Workshop /

June 11-15 Wheel-Thrown Pottery Intensive

Joe Sendek / Beginner-Intermediate / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /

June 18-22 Transitioning from Functional to Sculptural Ceramics

Ian Thomas / Intermediate – Advanced / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /

July 9-13 Ceramic Decals in an Atmospheric Kiln

Justin Rothshank /Intermediate – Advanced / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /

July 23- July 27 and/or July 30 – August 3 Clay Adornment: Object & Identity

Sharif Bey /All Levels / $900 or $495 / Two-Week Workshop or One-Week Workshop /

June 25-29 Finding Creativity in Your Pottery Forms

Jerry Wagner / Intermediate – Advanced / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /

August 6-10 Wheel-Thrown Pottery

Valda Cox / $495 / All Levels / Weeklong Workshop /

August 13-17 Hand-Building and Surface Decoration

Danna Rzecznik / $495 / All Levels / Weeklong Workshop /

August 20-24 Tiles and Mosaics

Karen Howell / $495 / All Levels / Weeklong Workshop /

August 27-31 Maximizing Naborigama: Creating Work that Gets the Most from Wood Firing Processes

Dan Kuhn / Beginner - Intermediate / $495 / Weeklong Workshop /

September 21-23 Gas Kiln Construction

Dale Huffman /All Levels / $200 / Weekend Workshop /

September 28-30 Exploring Raku

Joe Sendek / All Levels / $250 / Weekend Workshop /

Find more info and register here.

Touchstone Center for Crafts ▪ 1049 Wharton Furnace Rd ▪ Farmington, PA 15437 USA 724.329.1370 ▪ 800.721.0177 ▪ 724.329.1371 (fax)

The Lowdown: Tales from the Margin @ the Red Lodge Clay Centre.

Curatorial Statement:
The Low Down: Tales From The Margin is an exhibit of contemporary ceramics, which are bothhonest 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 whom consistentlygenerate objects that toy with definitions and tease visual, historical and/or technical boundaries. The second factor in our selection process was intent to extol the achievements of artists generating their main body of work within low temperature ranges.

Max Lehman, Carole Epp, Alex Kraft, Nick Ramey, Julie Guyot, Jason Bige Burnett and Melissa Mytty have created a spirited and vibrant collection of objects, the best of which will pull the viewer in to the tales they spin. Formal compositions pair sparse grounds with overwhelmed figures and the viewer is left to decide if the decadence is for the better or not. Some of the more obvious narratives still leave ample room for audience interpretation; and, like a visual mad-lib, we can fill in the blanks. There are elaborate dialogues between material pairings made in fantastical, imaginary worlds alongside very evident social commentary with an extremely clear point of view. This is an exhibition for a modern world with visual “sound bites” for those in search of over stimulation, however if one chooses to go deeper the conversation thread is there to pick up and carry. Perhaps this what can happen when a graphic novel impacts the oft-insular world of clay?

The exhibit is a targeted snapshot of a specific area of inquiry in the field of ceramics. A peripheral group generating more and more buzz and not just from the hum of an electric kiln. The Low Down: Tales from the Margin is a celebration of the creative exploitation possible with electric coils and eutectic compositions.

View the whole show online here.
PO Box 1527 Red Lodge, MT 59068 Ph. 406.446.3993

Monday morning eye candy - Emily Rowley

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Job posting - Research Assistant

Stephen Benwell, Three Fauns, Niagara Galleries

Renowned ceramic artist Stephen Benwell is on the lookout for a Research Assistant to assist him with an archive project. Duties include developing a comprehensive bibliography and image library ready for website use. If you are interested please email Stephen directly and include a short cover letter and resume. This is a paid position ($15 per hour for two days per week, for 3 months – tbc) but the skills you will learn working alongside a master will be invaluable.

via The Craft Blog

Read more about Stephen Benwell’s work and career here

Friday, 3 February 2012

Upcoming workshop: “Smoke, Fire and Fumes”

Riggs Raku Pot

April 28th & 29th, 2012
9am to 5pm daily
Registration Fee: $235.00
Class Limit: 15 Participants
Soup and Bread Lunch Provided

Two ways to register...
Mail-In Registration Information [PDF]
Online Registration with PayPal ™

Pre-workshop Instructions [PDF]

This two-day, hands-on workshop with Linda and Charlie Riggs will focus on ferric chloride fuming, 2 types of naked raku and horsehair firing. A special emphasis is on the use of pots polished with white terra sigillata.

Students’ pots will be fired in or placed into atmospheres where the smoke and/or chemicals produce the final surface color. These colors range from the deep reds and oranges of saggar and ferric chloride firings to the stark black and white designs of naked raku.

Riggs Saggar Pot

Charles Riggs
Charles has a Fine Arts Degree in Pottery. He has been featured in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, and Studio Potter as well as in the books, “Alternative Firing Methods” by Watkins/ Wandless and “Raku, The Practical Approach”, and “Mastering Raku” by Steven Branfman. Charlie has exhibited extensively in the US, and as far away as Canada and Norway. He also teaches workshops throughout the US and Canada in a variety of subjects including, Raku Methods, Saggar-firing, Pit-Firing, Raku Kiln Building, and Throwing Techniques.

Riggs Raku Pot

Linda Riggs
Linda has Masters in Anthropology. She collaborates with Charlie to create some of the unique surfaces on their pottery including saggar-firing, naked raku, and carvings and slip designs. Linda has written a number of articles on pottery for Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times. She is also featured in magazine articles on saggar firing, and in the books by Watkins/Wandless and Steven Branfman. She co-teaches workshops with her husband Charlie.

More info here.

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