Saturday, 31 March 2012

Massachusetts Call for Entry and Residency Opportunities for Emerging Artists

The mission of Mud Flat Studio is to promote and expand the appreciation of and participation in the ceramic arts. In 1998, Mudflat began offering a one-year residency position to clay artists.

Residency dates:

September 1 - August 31

Residency includes:

  • Private 90 sq. foot studio space
  • 24 hour access
  • A monthly stipend of $50, to be applied to clay materials and firing costs.
  • Opportunities to teach in our educational programs and for retail sales at our Open Studio events and at Mudflat Gallery
  • Solo exhibition and reception at Mudflat in August to showcase work created during the residency year

Residency requirements:

  • Artists are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in their studio
  • Artists are required to work 5 hours per week for Mudflat, assisting with technical jobs
  • 2 public presentations during the residency. The first, in September, is a slide show of the artist's work.
  • Applicants should have knowledge of a variety of clay techniques and some kiln firing experience, the ability to work independently, and enthusiasm and willingness to be part of an urban clay community.

Application:

Applications for the 2012-13 residency must be postmarked by April 16, 2012. Selection notification will be made by May 31.

Application form (PDF format)

Mudflat Pottery Studio, Inc.
81 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

Phone: (617)628-0589
FAX: (617)628-2082
email: info@mudflat.org

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Call for Entries Flash Point-An International Juried Wood Fire Exhibition


Purpose
Plinth Gallery, in collaboration with The Boulder Pottery Lab, present, “Flash Point - An International Wood Fire Exhibition”. This juried exhibition is designed to bring together artists who work within this age-old tradition of wood-fired ceramics. The slow, methodical process, the historical link, and the unique finish all celebrate the path of the flame and the illumination of clay in its most elemental state. Flash Point will celebrate the surfaces and forms that are adorned by the dance of fire and showcase the diversity of wood fired ceramics.

Juror
John Balistreri

Deadline to receive submission materials: August 3, 2012

Full details here.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay by Christopher Benfey


Lately it seems pretty rare that I get a chance to sit and enjoy the beauty and escapism of good literature. With a new baby in the house and a four year old on the loose, the days of sunny afternoons huddled with a book or staying up all night to finish just one more chapter are by-gone's. Even further out of reach are the days of getting absorbed in some rich critical and theoretical writing. (I know my brain could once compute that language, but lately it seems more aligned with the language of superheros and motorbike noises). So I was pleasantly intrigued when contacted by TLC Book Tours to do a review of Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay by Christopher Benfey. I thought to myself, "Here I have an excuse to force myself to steal away some moments for reading. It'll be work therefore I can hide away under a cozy blanket with my book and ignore my kids for a bit, guilt free." Alas the reality was far more akin to 3am reading sessions while I rocked a disgruntled child back to sleep, less than idyllic, but a reality I love regardless.

So in the wee hours of the morning I was swept away on a journey of discovery of the lineage of a family, jumping around from place to place - japan, mexico, germany, small town here and there USA. Just as the potters Benfey writes about who seek to carve out the pure vein of coveted clay, Benfey carves out for the reader a family's past and the many influences upon it which create character and perspective. Reading somewhat as a who's who list of famous and noteworthy people that were either part of his family or family friends makes the story at times seem almost like someone at a cocktail party showing off - I mean really your grandmother's cousins played with Walter Benjamin?! But I guess if my family history was equally as rich in history and noteworthy characters, I'd have written a book as well.

So why would this book be of interest to review on a ceramic blog like musing? Well much of the book is a reflection upon the lives of artists and potters. Benfey has a way of speaking about makers and the objects that they create in a manner that any maker can relate to: the knowledge of skill, of tradition, detail, value, intrinsic to a pot. The romanticism of the maker and their relationship to the land. There were moments in the book where I was left with a pang of guilt for my "weakness" of use of purchased clay, rather than dirtying my hands digging and working from scratch in the wilderness, finding my own clay and having it create the unique marks only such clay can inscribe on an object.

I was also compelled by the book to think about my own past and experiences in education, academic and otherwise and to try to view my own past in a new light of how certain circumstances led me down the creative path I'm on today. By taking a step back, could a see a broader picture of influence? How were events and the people/artists I've meet intertwined in my own life and work.

When it comes to reading, a book needs to grab me within a chapter or two, or it gets put away to collect dust. Life to me is too short for books that don't speak to you. For me a good book isn't always about great writing either; a good book makes me think, and Benfey's accomplished that. There were times when I felt like I was being taken off on an unrelated tangent which frustrated me, but overall the book was compelling and filled with interesting people and stories. At one point one such tangent breaks from telling us about Black Mountain College, Bauhaus aesthetics, and Anni and Josef Albers, to talk about the meander pattern, Greek Mythology of Homer, and the story of the Labyrinth and Daedalus. I found this section and the idea of the labyrinth or meandering to be a perfect metaphor for the book itself. There is a meandering to Benfey's story telling. But in the end he carves out a path and leads you out of the labyrinth.

If you have an interest in such things as Black Mountain College, Japanese ceramics, Wedgewood and the quest for porcelain in the United States, American potters like Mark Hewitt, or love insight into family histories I would suggest that this book would be of interest. I'd love to hear from others what they think of this book, their likes and dislikes or the questions it posed to them.

In the meantime you can read a few other reviews of the book by checking out the TLC Book Tours website or following the links below:

Travel Spot

Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Twisting the Lens

Avery Pottery and Tileworks

Whynot Pottery

Bookstack

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Call for artists: Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

Maryland
Deadline: May 31, 2012

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, one of the nation’s most prominent and popular juried shows of fine art and crafts, is now accepting applications from artists and craftspeople in all media for its Fall 2012 shows.

Exhibition space is available at every show in all categories, including fiber and fashion, photography, fine art, furniture, ceramics and pottery, blown and leaded glass, jewelry, metal, leather, and functional and decorative wood. Jurying for the Fall 2012 shows begins in January 2012.

Shows for the Fall 2012 season of Sugarloaf Craft Festivals include:
October 5-7, 2012, Timonium, MD (outside Baltimore), Maryland State Fairgrounds
October 12-14, 2012, Gaithersburg, MD (outside Washington, D.C.), Montgomery County Fairgrounds
October 26-28, 2012, Somerset, NJ, Garden State Exhibition Center
November 2-4, 2012, Oaks, PA (outside Philadelphia), Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
November 16-18, 2012, Gaithersburg, MD (outside Washington, D.C.), Montgomery County Fairgrounds
December 7-9, 2012, Chantilly, VA (Northern Virginia), Dulles Expo Center

Now in its 37th year, attendance at Sugarloaf’s 11 shows increased by 6% in the past year, and at some shows by as much as 20%. Artist sales increased by an average of 3% from the previous year, with artists selling over $14.6 million in handmade items to more than 165,000 customers.

In 2011, nine of Sugarloaf’s shows were ranked in the “100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows” nationally by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Craft industry publications regularly rank Sugarloaf Craft Festivals among the top fine arts and crafts festivals in the country. Sugarloaf’s jury-selected artists are represented in the nation’s finest galleries, private collections, and museums.

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals supports its artists with an aggressive marketing and advertising program, the Sugarloaf “Caravan” which transports artists’ products and booths between shows, free VIP tickets for artists to distribute to their best customers, and discounts for artists at hotels convenient to show venues. Artists can receive discounts on booth fees with flexible payment options.

Artists can apply online at www.zapplication.org using the search term “Sugarloaf.” A paper application can be downloaded at www.sugarloafcrafts.com/becomeex.html. For information about Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

NCECA Program Online


For those of you on your way, or those of us stuck at home living vicariously....

You can find the 2012 program online here.

Photography for Potters



In the age of online sales, Facebook, blogs, and self-publication, great photography is one of the most important factors in how your artwork is received. This workshop is for 3D artists who want to learn how to take professional quality photos of their work. The workshop will cover inexpensive lighting solutions, using histograms for exposure, color balance, backgrounds, composition, and getting the most out of your digital camera.

Participants should bring their digital camera, camera manual, usb cord or card reader, notebook, and 5-6 pieces to photograph. The workshop at the Charlie Cummings Studio (Gainesville, FL) runs from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, April 21, with a break for lunch.

The fee is $100 and is fully refundable till April 14th, and 50% refundable April 15th-19th.

Sign up and find out more here.

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Pottery Workshop - Exhibition at NCECA

Eric Kao


See it here online.

Eugene Hon video launch and solo exhibition "and the ship sails on"





Opening Tuesday 27 March 2012

An exhibition of ceramics, jewellery, drawings, artists books and the launch of the above video. The exhibition is in celebration of the Chinese year of the dragon. For more information follow link to Eugene's blog for an essay on his latest work written by Brenden Gray. Just below the title image is an article on his latest work that appeared in Art South Africa titled, The Ceramic Surface; A Virtual Crossover.

Worth a read: Material World by Julie K. Hanus and Joyce Lovelace

"At a time when we know so little about where our stuff comes from, four innovators are demonstrating craft’s potential to reconnect us to our resources."

Read the whole article on The American Craft Council's website.

Festival de Ceramique - Paris


Dans un espace de 1200m², le festival propose de découvrir le travail d'une trentaine de céramistes invités ainsi que diverse formes artistiques en relation avec la terre comme : le cinéma, la peinture, la musique...


Vendredi 30, samedi 31 mars et
dimanche 1er avril 2012
de 10h à 19h
Salle Olympe-de-Gouges
15 rue Merlin - 75011 Paris

www.festivaldeceramique.com

Call for entry: Painters Who Pot / Potters Who Paint

New York
Deadline: May 15, 2012

PORTAGE HILL ART GALLERY
PRESENTS:

Painters Who Pot / Potters Who Paint
August 1st- August 26th, 2012
Opening August 5: 7-9 PM

Open to any artist who works both as a clay artist and painter. Throughout the history of art many painters have discovered the pleasure of working with clay. These have included many eminent artists from the past including Picasso, Vlaminck, Gauguin, Matisse, and Jackson Pollock. This is a contemporary National Juried Show of current artists who work in both of these mediums. Each accepted artist is expected to show both a clay work and a painting.

May 15th: All submissions are due

Applications and Details are available at www.portagehillgallery.com
Portage Hill Art Gallery
6439 South Portage Road
Westfield, NY 14787
716-326-4478

Monday morning eye candy - Frank Schillo




http://www.schillo-keramik.de/index.php

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Call for Artist in Residence: Harcourt House Artist Centre, Edmonton

Submission deadline: May 31, 2012 (Residency to Commence November 1, 2012)

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is currently accepting submissions for our 2012/ 2013 Artist in Residence (AIR). Awarded to artists annually through a peer jury selection process, this program is committed to providing the selected artistwith a year-long, dedicated studio environment at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre to research, develop and exhibit new work. This program allows for the Artist in Residence to engage and interact with the local visual arts community, encouraging shared ideas, expression and discourse.

This one-year residency includes a studio space, access to our art education courses and facilities, teaching opportunities and a $150 monthly art supply stipend. The AIR will be given a solo exhibition in the centre’s Main Gallery at the end of the one-year term to conclude their residency. The AIR will receive CAR/FAC fees for the presentation of this final exhibition.

We invite artists who are Canadian residents to submit a proposal before May 31, 2012. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be selected by the quality of work submitted, their demonstration of commitment to serious practice and how the residency will meet their objectives at this crucial juncture in the development of their practice.

Proposal guidelines are as follows:
- 10-15 digital images of recent work
- C.V. - Artist statement
- Plan of activity for residency
- Demonstration of at least 2 years commitment to studio work outside of a post secondary institution
- 2 letters of reference from professionals in the arts community
**Short listed candidates will be interviewed as a part of the jury’s selection process.

NOTE: Curriculum vitae (C.V.), artist statement, plan of activity and slide list must be submitted in hard copy AND digitally as a writable Word or Open Office document. Files must be Mac compatible.

NO PDFs.

Incomplete proposal packages will NOT be considered

For full information on program and submission details, and a list of past artists in residence, please visit our website, under Residency, at www.harcourthouse.ab.ca, or contact Brittney Roy at 780.426.4180.

Harcourt House Arts Centre
3rdFloor, 10215-112 St
Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7
780.426.4180

general inquiries: harcourthouse@shaw.ca
exhibition/education: harcourtexhibit@shaw.ca
Open M-F, 10 am to 4 pm & Saturdays, 12 to 4 pm

Call to Artists, Calgary: Fine Arts & Craft Show

Event: Caprices Fine Arts & Crafts Show & Sale, Calgary
When: June 2, 2012 Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Where: Inglewood Community Hall 1740 – 24 Ave. S.E. , Calgary, AB

We will be showcasing unique and original works of art by local artisans. Painting, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, photography, fashion, and more.
Table Cost: A 6’x2.5’ table and 2 chairs is $65.00 (apprx. 8’ x 4’ space) . Wall space, approximately 10’ x 8’ is $100.00. non-refundable.
Interested artists please e-mail fineartbynicole@gmail.com.
All work must be family oriented – no pornographic, racist or disturbing images will be allowed. Please include pictures of art you will be presenting and your contact information.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Call for entry - The 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show


2012 Craft Show

The 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a juried exhibition and retail sale, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 8 to 11, 2012, with a preview party on November 7. The jury will accept 195 craft artists.

The show serves as the Museum's largest yearly fundraising event and is devoted to bringing wide public attention to the field of craft art. Cumulative 35-year contribution: $9.6+ million. Funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to support exhibitions and education programs and to contribute to conservation and publication projects. At the 2012 show, 18,686 visitors attended.

Contact Information

Email: twcpma@philamuseum.org
Telephone: 215-684-7930

Mailing Address:
PMA Craft Show
P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646

Application Deadlines and Fees

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically by April 1, 2012 is $50, payable online at the time you complete the application.

The non-refundable processing fee for applying electronically between April 2, 2012 and April 12, 2012 is $75, payable online at the time you complete the application.

The deadline for paper applications with slides is a March 16, 2012 postmark. The non-refundable processing fee for a paper application with slides is $90.00 (The additional $40 is for scanning slides and preparing a portfolio.) Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so that slides can be returned to you. Make check payable to PMA Craft Show and mail to PMA Craft Show, PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101.

Download 2012 Application Download Paper Application

Applicants applying electronically and who prefer to pay by check rather than Pay Pal may do so. Make check payable to PMA Craft Show and mail to PMA Craft Show, PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101. Please include application ID number on check.

Each entrant must submit five (5) images for consideration by the jury. Images must be of current work and representative of work entrant plans to exhibit at the show. Do not submit a booth display image. Only one submission per media will be accepted.

Complete Information about this call!

Call for artists: The Morristown CraftMarket, New Jersey

Deadline: April 1, 2012

The Morristown CraftMarket (www.morristowncraftmarket.org), one of the top juried fine crafts shows in the nation and a not-for-profit event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Randolph, NJ, seeks artists to display and sell their work at this year’s show.

Now in its 36th consecutive year, the Morristown CraftMarket will run from Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the National Guard Armory, 430 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

The Morristown CraftMarket features 160 gifted artists from 25 states throughout the country who sell their original works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, wearable fiber, wood, metal, leather and more.

The artist application deadline is April 1, 2012. Artists need to apply on-line at www.zapplication.org For more information, visit the Morristown CraftMarket’s website at www.morristowncraftmarket.org or call 973-442-2840.

“The Morristown CraftMarket is a nationally acclaimed fine crafts show that showcases top juried fine crafts in all contemporary media, and raises thousands of dollars for charities in our community,” said Geoff Price, show director.

Upcoming in Boston...

www.puckergallery.com

Friday, 23 March 2012

Don't delay, sign up today! Ceramic worshops with Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O'Connell

The amazing artists Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O'Connell aka These Gray Days will be hosting some upcoming masters' ceramic workshops that you won't want to miss.

"We are pleased to announce that we are now beginning to hold masters’ workshops at our studio on Granville Island. Our intention is to offer intensive hands-on instruction, focusing on building skill sets with concrete objectives. They are designed to move students through a rapid progression of understanding in the medium. No previous experience is necessary for introductory courses, but students with experience are welcome. For more advanced courses, we ask that students take the introductory courses first or demonstrate their level of experience. The courses will be offered once per week and in four-week segments (although this may vary from one course to another).

Our first courses will begin Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012. Each class will be from 7pm to 10pm once per week on its given day. Space is limited (4 to 5 per class) and classes are filling up fast, so contact us right away to secure your spot.
"



For a full details please visit These Gray Days.
1375 Railspur Alley
Granville Island
Vancouver, BC V6H4G9
CANADA
604-684-5327
red@thesegraydays.com

Gotta love Blurb, so many great self published books.






Click on the image to buy the book.

(be warned spending too much time searching and looking at ceramic books on blurb
might result in a financial crisis in your bank account)

a site to see friday: 2012 NCECA/crafthaus Emerging Artist Report


NCECA/crafthaus scholarship recipient Kala Stein has started to blog her experience at the upcoming NCECA conference! Read it here.

"This blog profiles emerging ceramic artists and their
approaches to establish themselves as successful artists. I will explores notions of success, entrepreneurship, and the validity of ceramics in contemporary culture. "

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Call for entry: Clay EVV *Deadline extended to April 30th

Prospectus:

Clay EVV asks the clay artist to put big ideas into a small format. All work should be 75% clay, sculptural in nature, and no larger than 15” in any direction. Work may be pedestal, wall, or floor mounted.

Eligibiliy:

  1. CLAY EVV is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in the United States.
  2. Submissions must use 75% clay as the primary medium.
  3. Submissions should be created in the last 3 years.
  4. Clay sculpture should not be too fragile for shipping and/or installation, and should remain on display for the duration of the exhibit (June 8-July 6, 2012).

More information is included on the entry form link below.

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM

via http://artswin.org/clay-evv-entry-details/

WOOD FIRING WORKSHOP WITH DALE HUFFMAN


The Cub Creek Foundation will be hosting a wood firing workshop led by Dale Huffman on May 18th-25th 2012. A workshop fee of $375 covers all meals for the week, glazes and firing fees. Participants should bring work to fire and will have the opportunity to load and participate in the firing of Cub Creek's anagama, wood soda, and wood salt. Camping space available on our 100 acre property in beautiful rural Virginia.

Space is limited to 10 participants.

Please contact jessiman@cubcreek.org and visit our webpage for more information at www.cubcreek.org.

Ceramic Exhibition: The Cup - until April 17th

Curated by Ben Bates.
Fifty-five artists, 250 interpretations.

ARTcetera Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL
February 24—April 17, 2012

A diverse showcase of functional and non-functional cups handcrafted by invited contemporary ceramic artists from around the United States, Canada and the UK.

To view the exhibition online and purchase visit:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/25518844/OnlineCatalogueUSETHIS.pdf

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A Show of Heads II, Curated by Jacob Foran


Featuring new works by: Doug Jeck, Judy Fox, Cristina Cordova, Tip Toland, Arthur Gonzalez, Tom Bartel, Roxanne Jackson, Thaddeus Erdahl, Tanya Batura, and Jacob Foran

A Concurrent Independent Exhibition on the occasion of the 46th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

When: March 26th- March 31, 2012

Reception Friday March 30th 6-9pm

Hours: M, W, Th 9am-5p

Tues, Friday 9am-9p

Sat. 10am-5p


Where: Seattle Design Center

Suite 292

5701 6th Ave S

Seattle, WA 98101

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The human head provides the obvious link between the work of 10 prominent ceramic sculptors featured in "A Show of Heads II” at the Seattle Design Center, in Seattle, WA, March 26th – March 31st, 2012. A more subtle unifying factor is the way in which these artists employ the head in their sculptures: essentially as a departure point for inquiry into thorny issues of human social identity, psychology and, ultimately, mortality. Where beauty arises in the exhibition it is tempered by frank acknowledgment of the liabilities inherent in the human condition. Where humor emerges, it tends to be black. Works by Tom Bartel, Tanya Batura, Roxanne Jackson and Tip Toland invoke the vulnerability of the physical body to aging, disease and arrest of such vital processes as hearing. Arthur Gonzales, Jacob Foran, and Thaddeus Erdahl reflect upon the psychological struggle fundamental to self-inquiry and the attempt to know other human beings. Cristina Cordova and Doug Jeck ponder the pathos of idealism undermined by reality, and Judy Fox insinuates the elusiveness of the inner peace promised by spiritual enlightenment. In this exhibition, curator Jacob Foran has succeeded in summarizing a deeply contemplative, psychologically introspective current in contemporary figural ceramic sculpture.

~ Glen R. Brown

For more information please contact:

Name: Jacob Foran

Phone: 217.520.2852

Email: jacobforan@gmail.com

Website: www.jacobforan.com

Apply now - Medalta Residency Opportunity


Deadline is April 15th.
Find all the details here.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Must have new publication: Humor in Craft


About Humor in Craft...

What happens when professional craft artists are allowed to let loose, when they get to explore their mischievous and irreverent sides? Find out in this groundbreaking book, which, for the very first time, reveals an entirely different side of serious craft. Hundreds of images and essays from all over the world allow you to gain insight into the creative minds of contemporary artists like never before.

A variety of traditional craft media are shown in this book, such as furniture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, and metal, as well as a number of unique, nontraditional techniques. Even a bus shelter in London gets a creative make-over that's sure to make you smile!


The topics range from the playful to the serious, but the message is always most enjoyable. Humor in Craft is a treasure trove for craft aficionados and humor enthusiasts alike.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • 260+ contributing artists
  • 460+ full color images and artist commentary
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (April 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076434059X
With a foreword by Andrew Wagner.

Essays:
Gail M. Brown: "You must be kidding...",
Garth Johnson: "Funk's Not Dead",
Kathryn A. Lichti-Harriman: "Taking the Piss: Mistakes and Irony in Scottish Craft Groups",
Marjorie Simon: "Wandering Thoughts: What's so funny?"

Fun for all!

Purchase this book from the author directly. Request a dedication along with the author's signature during checkout! $50 plus s/h plus taxes (USA and Canada only.)

Find our more about the book and the author, and purchase your copy here.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Dallas Pottery Invitational 2012 Online

Brenda Lichman

This year hosts five new artists: Sam Chung, Bryan Hopkins, Andrew Martin, Forrest Lesch-Middelton and Jerilyn Virden. Also featured is our current core group of artists: Amy Halko, Gary Hatcher, Brenda Lichman, Lisa Orr, Daphne Roehr Hatcher and Louise Rosenfield.

The Gallery

Addison Visitors Center

5100 Belt Line Road

Addison, TX 75254

For more information
please call 214.649.9004

http://www.pinemills.com/dallaspottery/index.html

a site to see friday: Biennale de la Céramique D'Andenne (Belgique)


www.biennaledelaceramique.be/en

From the site:

"The Biennale de la Céramique is a cultural event in Andenne taking place on Sunday and Whit Monday of each even year. The event, was created in 1988 and acquired over time a national and an international recognition.

The event wants to revitalize the industrial ceramic history of the city and builds bridges between people and contemporary artists. During the event, and it’s extensions, all the city lives to the rhythm and colors of the ceramic : exhibition of contemporary ceramics in many places, international market of potters & ceramists, artist residency program, lectures, artists demonstrations, master classes, visits of schools, activities for children… all this find it’s proper place in the program.

Concentrated around three events and a dozen places in the city, the event organized since 2006 by the Cultural Centre, has strengthened its aspect as a link between the creation and access to art including actions related to ceramics, in conjunction with the Biennale, taking place throughout the year : ceramics courses for children and adults, themed exhibitions, master classes and lectures for professionals are now also on the agenda, reinforcing the Biennale event and giving the city a true character of Ceramics City.

The exhibition of contemporary ceramics shows the current trends in contemporary ceramics; the international market of potters and ceramists located on the Chapitre Square, at the foot of Ste Begge’s church, is a real moment for the visibility of the richness and originality of the ceramics of common utility; while the exhibition about the traditional and ethnic ceramics is a focus on the intercultural aspects generated by the practices of ceramics.

To ensure and preserve the high artistic level of the works presented and also the novelty, a selection committee choose the participants. So nearly 50 ceramists are selected for the contemporary contemporary exhibition, with a European country often in the spotlight, and nearly 80 participants to the market. The Selection Committee is a guarantee of the variety and diversity of creation considering contemporary aspects, aesthetic, technical and originality of works.

The event is also intended as a show place for students of Academies and Art schools of the country, offering to them a special exhibition space, allowing students to present their ceramic creations.

There is no doubt that the Biennale de la Céramique is a reference for the professionals and an attraction for ceramics lovers from many countries."

Job posting - Alfred University

Research Associate – Technician Digital Fabrication Center

The School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University seeks to fill a Research Associate/Technician position for the Digital Fabrication Center. This is a three-year temporary position. The successful candidate will: develop and manage the Digital Resource Center on campus; provide access to digital fabrication technology to students and faculty, artists and engineers in the NYSCC and the campus community; work closely and collaboratively with faculty and staff to equip, maintain, support and oversee fabrication facilities and associated research efforts in the School of Art and Design and the Inamori School of Engineering.

This is a technical specialist position that provides technical and creative support for the existing Digital Fabrication Center shared by the School of Art and Design and the Inamori School of Engineering. The Center serves students and faculty within course work and research in the use of 3D fabrication for a variety of uses. The technical specialist will provide support and leadership in the use of 3D technology for undergraduate and graduate programs and faculty within the two schools of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Qualifications
MFA preferred or BFA with related experience in the field. Expertise is required in 3D digital fabrication technologies, Rapid Prototyping, laser cutting and CNC Machining, and 3D Scanning. Successful candidates should have proficiency in 3D modeling software and a working knowledge of materials and applications for all ceramic art applications and experience in making ceramic art. Practicing artists working in digital fabrication are preferred.

Alfred University
The School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member of NASAD, with 34 full-time faculty serving approximately 500 students. The School is unique among institutions of higher education with an open curriculum allowing a robust and diverse experience in art history and studio art. Students and faculty alike thrive in an intensive and supportive learning environment. School of Art and Design students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community of 2,300 students. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.

Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Process:
Send resume, cover letter, and references to:
John Gill, Chair Ceramics Division, School of Art & Design, 2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802
Review of candidates will continue until position is filled.
For more information contact Research Associate/Technician Digital Fabrication Search Chair, John Gill at johngill@alfred.edu.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Upcoming in my little world....

The other day with giddy butterflies I packed up a few pieces to ship to the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. I'm super excited and honored to be a part of their upcoming figurative exhibition, opening in April.


Figure/Figurine

April 6 through April 29, 2012

Harrison Gallery
Opening Reception, First Friday, April 6, 5-9pm

For many contemporary artists working in clay sculpting representations of the human figure, associations with and references to the figurine are natural. Figurines, diminutive tabletop sculptures, representing man and or beast have lived in almost every home globally, regardless of place, culture or time. Early clay examples date back some 30000 years. Throughout time these figures have represented many things. From fertility icons to religious symbols, common man to Kings, from singular figures to ornate and complex compositions, these intimate sculptures commemorate(d) everyday and heroic acts, modern day folk and pop cultural figures, and historically significant events.

Artists participating in Figure/Figurine include Christyl Boger, Jeremy Brooks, Anna Noel, Kensuke Yamada, Carole Epp, Beth Lo, Mathew Groves and Mara Superior. Each of these makers uses the history of the figurine to create works that live comfortably in our contemporary world.

Visit the Clay Studio website for more details.

And also upcoming in April is my next sale. I work with a collective in Saskatoon organizing fun craft events, coffee nights, DIY nights, and market sales. Our next one will be on April 13th and 14th. Make sure to check out the flock and gather blog in the next few weeks for artisan profiles and event details.


Residency opportunity - John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Apply for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s world-renowned Arts/Industry residency program!

Deadline: April 1st, 2012


Up to sixteen exceptional artists from around the world are chosen each year for two- to six-month residencies that give them access to the pottery or iron/brass foundry and enamel shop in Kohler Co.’s Kohler, Wisconsin, plant. The program provides 24/7 access to industrial studios, an excellent staff that will guide you through the process, time to explore new ideas and techniques, free housing, round-trip transportation, professional photography services, materials, use of industrial equipment, and a modest stipend. Join those who have experienced one of the most unusual residencies in the world! Arts/Industry residencies in 2013 have a deadline of April 1, 2012.


Please visit the Residency page on the Arts Center’s website, for more information and a link to our online application!
www.jmkac.org

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Tulipieres: The Tulip Vase Revisited curated by Carol Gouthro



March 24, 2012 - June 10, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2-5pm Opening reception

Lois Harbaugh Say “Tulip”, 2011 photo by Richard Nicol

Lois Harbaugh Say “Tulip”, 2011 photo by Richard Nicol (detail)

Kathleen Skeels Death Cage Tulipiere

Kathleen Skeels Death Cage Tulipiere (detail)

Margaret Ford, Basket and Hat, 2012 photo by Rob Vinnedge

Patti Warashina, Vaso da Fiori, 2012 photo by Rob Vinnedge

Mark Stromm Tulipiere

In 1637 Tulip Mania reached its peak in the Netherlands with tulip bulbs trading for astronomical prices. It was there in the 17th century in the Delft Potteries of the Netherlands that the tulip vase was born. Originally a 17th century Delft stacking form with multiple openings for displaying tulips. The Skagit Valley to the north of Seattle rivals Holland in its tulip growing fame and it is there at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner that ceramic artists will revisit this unique vessel form. Tulipiers or Tulip Vases , as a form, present a unique challenge and creative opportunity for ceramists. Carol Gouthro, guest curator and ceramist , invited 32 northwest ceramic artists to create Tulipiers in their own style.

Museum of Northwest Art

121 South First Street
La Conner, WA 98257

http://www.facebook.com/events/248783081870149/

Encore: New work by Alex Matisse.


March 15 – April 13
Crimson Laurel Gallery

We thought our most successful successful solo show of 2011 deserved an encore. This show features Alex's favorite pots from his last two firings. Alex Matisse lives and creates his work in the Mountains of Marshall NC. He apprenticed in the workshops of North Carolina potters Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt.

"The pots in this collection are from the 3rd and 4th firings of my kiln. Each firing has been distinct and varied and each has had success and failures. These are a few of those success, a harmonious marriage of form and glaze and flame.

My favorite pots are those made on the good days. It is a joy when the clay, pinched between knuckle and middle finger, seems to rise off the wheel toward the sky with its own momentum and volition. The pitchers in this show were made on such a day: their weight and mass distributed perfectly.

On the bad days, when the clay is short and dry and the eye wants more than the hand can match, the hardest part is not in the mechanics but in the mind. When everything seems to elude me, staying calm and collected is the most difficult part of all. Those days come and go like the March rains we will soon see and, I'm learning, are followed by the sun." - Alex Matisse, March 2012

Crimson Laurel Gallery
23 Crimson Laurel Way
Bakersville, NC 28705

Video Wednesday - Ryota Aoki




www.ryotaaoki.com

Call for Submissions: Okotoks Art Gallery | at the Station

The deadline for submission of exhibition proposals is May 15, 2012. As per standard art gallery practice, the Gallery’s exhibition schedule is programmed a full year in advance. This enables the gallery to fulfill provincial and federal government funding requirements and provide adequate planning time to mount significant exhibitions that are supported through educational programs and public relations.
Selection of exhibits for 2013 will be finalized by August 31, 2012. A selection committee reviews the submissions and final selection occurs through studio visits and correspondence with artists and curators in whom the gallery has an interest.

For more information please e-mail culture@okotoks.ca
Okotoks Art Gallery (OAG)

Station Cultural Centre
53 North Railway Street
Okotoks AB
Ph: 403.938.3204
Fx: 403.938.8963
http://www.okotoks.ca/artgallery.aspx

Call for entry: CLAY NATIONAL VIII 2012

“Sculptural Ceramics” A National Juried and Invitational Exhibition
JURIED BY Tyler Lotz and Erin Furminsky at The Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colorado

This exhibition is open to all types of sculptural ceramics as well as small installations. Clay should be the primary medium. Artwork under $2000 preferred. All work must have been
completed within the last two years.

Exhibition dates: June 1st– July 2nd 2012
Public Reception: First Friday, June 1st 2012 6-8 pm
Application must be received by: Friday, April 27th
Notification of acceptance by email: Monday, May 7th
Accepted work delivered to CCC Gallery by: May 28th
2012

Click here to download prospectus for more information

CCC-CARBONDALE CLAY : Clay National VIII
135 Main Street
Carbondale CO 81623

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

V&A Ceramics Residency - Studio Ceramics: Established Makers

The V&A is inviting applications from UK-based studio ceramicists who wish to develop their practice in designing and making ceramics through working with the V&A’s collections and through public engagement activities.

The Residency will be based in a purpose-built studio in the Ceramics galleries, at the V&A in London. This is part of an exciting new programme of residencies specifically situated in the Ceramics galleries. This Residency will take place over a six-month period from October 2012 –March 2013 in London.

£ 8400 (Bursary)


Deadline for applications – Midnight, 12 April 2012

Interview date – Friday 4th May, V&A, South Kensington, London

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Monday, 12 March 2012

“Thank you! Come again” by Cathy Terepocki @ Elsie Scherle Art Gallery




There is something adventurous and exciting when you have the freedom to explore an abandoned site with memorabilia left behind, a depiction of a life once lived. This exhibition was inspired by a visit to a remote and abandoned hamlet of Bents, Saskatchewan. Artist Cathy Terepocki became fascinated by the buildings in their various states of decay as well as the artifacts left behind as a testament to a bygone rural era. Even more so, she was surprised by how many artifacts had been left knowing that in other parts of the country they would be vandalized and pilfered.


Terepocki’s desire to maintain this historical site and the belongings left behind led her to create free souvenirs for the town in the hopes that by placing the pieces out there that visitors would take a cup and leave the other objects untouched. Terepocki draws parallels between the history of ceramics, the factory made ceramic object, and the desire to preserve memory, time and experience.

Art reception and talk: Friday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm



LML Cultural Centre is located at 133 Donovel Cres
(Beside South Shore Elementary School) Regina Beach
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 10:30 am ~ 4:30 pm,
Sunday 12:30 pm ~ 4:30 pm and Thursday 5:30-8:30
For more information, call the LML Cultural Centre at 729-4484