Thursday, 31 May 2012

SCC Announces New Studio Apprenticeship Program

Emerging Artists Encouraged to Apply 

Applications Due Monday, June 18, 2012 

The Society for Contemporary Craft has launched an exciting new 
apprenticeship program for a recent B.A. or M.F.A. graduate who works in a craft medium. The apprentice will work full-time for SCC's education department and enjoy access to our studio facilities. This opportunity is ideal for emerging artists looking to gain professional experience in an educational setting while building their own body of work over the course of one year. The apprentice will receive a monthly stipend of $1,000 plus a $300 housing allowance each month. Responsibilities include: 
  • Acquire real-world experience in the day-to-day operations of an educational studio facility.  
  • Teach introductory studio courses and enhance personal teaching skills.  
  • Be mentored by, and assist nationally and internationally known visiting artist instructors.  
  • Learn about marketing, pricing, merchandising and how to sell work through retail galleries.  
  • Create new work while having free access to SCC's studios and equipment (the apprentice is expected to make work outside of business hours as well as document progress through postings on SCC's blog).  
  • Work 40 hours per week in The Studio, with one half day set aside weekly to work on personal projects during SCC's open hours.   
  • Monitor classes, and maintain studio facilities and equipment.  
  • Work with the public to engage visitors in the creative process through artist demonstrations.  
  • Exhibit new works in SCC's Studio Gallery.  
Click here to download more information and an application for the Studio Apprenticeship Program. Please share the information with artists who may be interested in this opportunity. 
Visiting artist workshop with Matt Nolen, who is based in New York City.

East Carolina University Professor and distinguished artist Robert Ebendorf works one-on-one with a student in The Studio at SCC.

2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 | 412.261.7003 |

Call for Entry: Craft Forms 2012

The 18th international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors.

Juror – Cindi Strauss

Cindi Strauss is Assistant Director, Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She holds a BA with honors in Art History from Hamilton College and an MA in the History of Decorative Arts from the Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons School of Design. Cindi is a member of the board of the American Craft Council and the Advisory Council of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and has served as a grant evaluator for the Pew Charitable Trust and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design.

Entry Deadline September 13th.
Find all the details here.

Wayne Art Center Contacts:

Nancy Campbell, Executive Director
Karen Louise Fay, Director of Special Projects
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

movie day: meet the artist - Magdalene Odundo

Call for entry: Pitcher This II, A Show of Pitchers

Juried Exhibition for Fall of 2012

Entry deadline September 26th

Send three jpegs 300 dpi entries and label them (a_last name, b_lastname, c_lastname)

Email your entry to

Send 35.00 check to:
Skew Gallery
318 S Mt Daniels Dr
Ellensburg WA 98926

Monday, 28 May 2012


 Centre de diffusion en métiers d’art actuels

MATERIA est un centre d’artistes qui a pour mission de diffuser et promouvoir la recherche et la création dans le domaine des métiers d’art actuels, aux plans national et international. MATERIA aspire à développer la connaissance et la reconnaissance des métiers d’art actuels et des créateurs, dans toute leur diversité disciplinaire. Le Centre s’emploie ainsi à mettre en valeur le travail des plus grands créateurs du domaine, ainsi que ceux de la relève, en le présentant dans un contexte professionnel. L’engagement de MATERIA envers le développement des métiers d’art actuels déclenche non seulement le changement des mentalités, mais contribue à la réflexion et à l’articulation d’un discours critique autour de la pratique des mé! ;tiers d’art.

Sous l’autorité du conseil d’administration, la personne recherchée devra assurer la saine gestion des ressources humaines, financières et matérielles du Centre MATERIA, tout en veillant à la réalisation de son mandat et au respect de ses orientations.

Principales responsabilités
o Administration générale du Centre;
o Prévision et suivi budgétaire;
o Demandes de subvention et financement;
o Recrutement et gestion des ressources humaines;
o Représentation institutionnelle;
o Comptabilité

Profil recherché
o Diplôme d’études universitaires de premier cycle dans un domaine relié à l’administration;
o Trois (3) à cinq (5) années d’expérience en gestion de projets culturels et d’une équipe;
o Connaissance du milieu, des acteurs et des produits des métiers d’art, et du milieu culturel en général;
o Connaissance des programmes et sources de financement disponibles;
o Sens développé de l’organisation, de la planification et de la prise de décision;
o Esprit d’analyse et de synthèse;
o Polyvalence, capacité d’adaptation et d’autonomie, rigueur et engagement;
o Leadership et esprit d’équipe;
o Aptitude de représentation et diplomatie;
o Excellente maîtrise du français et bonne connaissance de l’anglais;
o Habiletés d’expression écrite et orale;
o Maîtrise des outils informatiques usuels

Conditions offertes
o Permanent, 21 heures/semaine à 18$/heure

Date limite pour postuler : 5 juin | Entrevues : 8 juin | Entrée en poste : 26 juin

Veuillez faire parvenir votre curriculum vitae, accompagné d’une lettre d’intérêt par courriel à

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Reason number three million and twelve why Mariko Paterson McCrae rocks:

Charity Cups

Give a little, give alot...
Even though we are run off our feet, we at Feedlot Studios like to give when and where we can. Often times this comes in the form of donated art and design services for those who need a little rah-rah-sis-boom bah. Starting today Mariko will be hanging some upcycled cups, mugs and other ceramic oddity from GIRO (The Gabriola Island Recycling Organization). They'll be priced at $5 and only one of those clams will be kept to cover some of the material and firing cost.
What a steal you say? Almost...just place the loot (like the plate says) in the box provided and we'll get the money into some local non-profit pockets. See them gems online here.

80o Valli Place
Gabriola Island, BC

monday morning eye candy: Anna Lambert


Sunday, 27 May 2012

Curator Talk: elegant disorder

elegant disorder

perspectives on porcelain

Elegant Disorder: Perspectives on Porcelain is a group exhibition featuring contemporary artists Paul Mathieu, Sin-Ying Ho, Shelley Miller, Elizabeth Zvonar and Brendan Tang. Presented at Satellite Gallery, this exhibition engages with the history of porcelain—in particular, contemporary expressions of the blue-and-white motifs reminiscent of Chinese Ming Dynasty wares. With more than a dozen works on display touching on pottery, sculpture and photography, this exhibition joins new perspectives to familiar porcelain motifs.

The works in this exhibition make a compelling statement: porcelain is an active and vivid vehicle for our imagination. It has always been a force in global trade and industrialization since early modern times and, while its proliferation is a direct consequence of Western colonialism, it is seldom considered within critical discussions of that history. This ancient material may seem obsolete within today’s technocratic societies, yet it continues to thrive, as it has for thousands of years, in both applied and creative fields.

Elegant Disorder seeks to make visible the tensions between local and global identities embedded within porcelain’s materiality and design. It is from this perspective that each artist in the exhibition subverts expectations of craft and decorative arts as well as gender roles. Each engages with the questions of history, technology, sexuality, colonialism, and labour that have long intersected on porcelain’s elegant surface.

Elegant Disorder: Perspectives on Porcelain is curated by Louis-Alexandre Douesnard-Malo, a candidate in the Master of Arts program in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia. For more information please visit:

This exhibition is made possible with support from the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia.

Please join us for the Curator's Tour of Elegant Disorder with Louis-Alexandre Douesnard-Malo.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2pm
Space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your place: or

Free. Refreshments will be provided. Visit our website for further information:

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

movie day: Lorna Fraser - Ceramics

Ceramicist Lorna Fraser discusses the processes behind her collection for Craft Scotland at Collect 2010. Find out more about Lorna

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Call for artists: FUSION Mentorship Workshops 2012/2013 - OTTAWA

Mentor: Leta Cormier
is proud to announce the launch of the Ottawa Region Mentorship – “the Ten Month Workshop.” These workshops are intended to be significant learning experiences that are transformative for the participating artists. A maximum of ten participants per workshop will be asked to take creative risks. The workshop will begin with a session during which participants will present their work and their goals for the workshop. Each participant will then be asked to set learning goals and objectives for the duration of the workshop. The group will meet over the next ten months to review their progress, participate in group critiques, and revise objectives as necessary. The workshop will culminate in an exhibition.

You should be actively involved in an artistic practice, producing work, exhibiting, and should:
• have completed three years of study or the equivalent. Self educated artists with no formal training but plenty of experience are encouraged to apply.
• be willing to make a ten month commitment.
• through discussions with the mentor and others in the group, be prepared to set yourself learning goals and be willing to take risks with your work and accept criticism in a constructive manner.
• meet the criteria established by the mentor described above.
• be a member of FUSION.

Submission Deadline: All applications MUST be received by the FUSION Office by 5 pm, Friday, June 29, 2012.
Find full details here.  

technical tuesday: throwing the wave

Ceramic artist, Marge Margulies, demonstrates the art of throwing one of her favorite pieces, The Wave. See the collection at:

*sorry about the hiccup this morning. the video should be working now. if there's still problems please let me know : )

Monday, 21 May 2012

"Cousins in Clay" - Seagrove, NC - Bulldog Pottery

"Cousins in Clay" - Seagrove, NC - Bulldog Pottery

"The Cousins are Coming"
Hello, Happy and Warm Summer Days Ahead...
This coming weekend on May 26 and 27, Ron Meyers, Judith Duff, and Micheal Kline will join us with their fabulous pottery here at Bulldog Pottery for the 4th annual "Cousins in Clay"
May 26 - Saturday 10:00-5:00
May 27 - Sunday 10:00-4:00
For this year we have made a slight change on where we will display all of the pottery. We are planning to have the Cousins in Clay event at our house instead of tents outside of our shop. There seems to be a chance of showers on the days we would be setting up the tents, and we thought it best to focus on getting one location ready for the event. For those of you who are coming to "Cousins," if you don't need to park close please park up at the garden and walk down via the gravel driveway. That way it will leave the parking spaces closer to the house for those that are less nimble. To get to our house by car just follow the gravel driveway pass the yellow cottage and shop and around the garden to the white house at the end of the gravel driveway .... we will be set-up in the breeze way. -- Look for the flags.
On Saturday starting shortly before noon Bruce's brother in-law, Chronis Pou Vasilou, from Greensboro will be playing his Bouzouki for an afternoon of Greek music.
And there will be a light buffet throughout Saturday for as long as the food lasts.
Michael Kline will present a brush work demonstration on Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:30.
On Sunday there will be a potters potluck at noon. All are welcome. Please join us to celebrate and meet our special guest "cousins" potters, Ron and Judith.
Come on out, it will be comfortable Rain or Shine.
All Our Best,
Bruce, Samantha, Ed, and Gloria (and Maxwell though he may not be available for most of the day, but not by his choice)
P.S. As always check out our pottery blog to see what we are up to at "Around and About with Bulldog Pottery". And for more details about the this special event visit the "Cousins in Clay" website
3306 US Hwy 220 (40 miles south of Greensboro, NC) see map below
336-302-3469 or 910-428-9728
Samantha Henneke - Dung Beetle with Girl in Red Dress
Bruce Gholson - Fossil Fish Pitcher
Ron Meyers - Rabbit Platter
Judith Duff - Wood-fired Basket
Michael Kline - Wood-fired Plate

Carolina Arts May Issue

May issue of the Carolina Arts
The Carolina Arts online newspaper is focused on North and South Carolina Art happenings. There is an article about Cousins in Clay on page 39 and on page 38 Rhonda McCanless' writes a column about what is happening in Seagrove called "In the Grove".
Hot off the Carolina Arts Unleashed press, Tom Starland writes about the Making Plans for the Big Weekend in Seagrove.

©2012 Bulldog Pottery - Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke [336-302-3469 or 910-428-9728] | 3306 US Hwy 220, Seagrove, NC 27341

monday morning eye candy: Tomoko Amaki Abe

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Yeon Joo Lee @ Red Star Studio

June 1st – July 28th, 2012

Opening Reception - First Friday, June 1st, 2012, 6-9pm

Subtle body language and unconscious gestures form the basis of Lee's work. Inspired by childhood experiences in South Korea, the ideas for her sculptures come from observations of gymnastics and schoolyard games. The physical tension of her figures references the psychological tension of human relationships, and her humor broaches serious emotional content.

Yeon Joo Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea where she earned her BFA in painting from Sung Shin Women’s University. She came to the U.S. to seek a new life in a different environment. The freedom of her new life is a creative force for her ceramic work. For the past 4 years, she has lived in Oakland, California while earning her second BFA degree from California College of the Arts in Ceramics. Currently Lee is an intern with Arthur Gonzalez, Nathan Lynch and John Toki. She will be exhibiting her new work in a solo show at Red Star Studios, on June 1, 2012. Also she will be exhibiting work in Korean international Art Fair (KIAF) on September 22, 2012.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Just around the corner...Fusion 2012 Conference

FUSION Conference 2012

May 25 - 27th, Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

FUSION 2012 TORONTO CONFERENCE has invited two experienced workshop leaders, Deborah Schwartzkopf and Fong Choo, to share their design experience and personal narratives with members.

Don't miss out on this pre-conference workshops as well:

Lettering & Decorating with Slips
with Beth Turnbull Morrish 

Pit Firing with Anne Armstrong

Imagery on Clay with Chris Hierlihy

Glazing and Decorating with Cone 6 Maiolica with Richard Mund

The Fine Line with Andrea Vuletin

It's not too late!
For all the details and to register last minute visit the Fusion website.

a site 2 see friday: Big Fish, Small Pot V: Fifth International Small Teapot Competition

Red Sand Blasted Melon Teapot
Jim Connell
Rock Hill, SC, United States

View the exhibition online here.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

John Ferguson Workshop

Craft Victoria Inc Present
John Ferguson

John is reknown for his tactile black sawdust sagger fired ceramics and his fascination with the thrown self-contained form.
26 and 27 May; 9.30am (for 10am start) to 3.30pm
Morning and Afternoon Tea catered for - please bring you lunch and a mug.
Cost: $70 [non-members]; $60 [members]; $45 [students]
Click here for further information, location map and booking form.

Holmsglen TAFE
Batesford Road.

Altered Ceramics Conference

September 14-16, 2012
San Diego, California
Presented by Potters Council
and hosted by Jackpots Pottery
Register | Schedule of Events | Presenter Information
Deadline to Save $75 ends June 24, 2012

Space is limited!

Register Now!

Presenter: Natalie BlakexPresenter: Israel Davisx Presenter: Marty Fielding
Presenter: Martha Groverx Presenter: Dennis Meinersx Presenter: Amy Sanders

Natalie Blake, Israel Davis, Marty Fielding,
Martha Grover, Dennis Meiners, and Amy Sanders

Discover exciting new techniques
Altering your style in a comparatively small but significant way can bring new energy and excitement to your work. This conference allows you to learn from multiple artists that are both throwers and handbuilders. Each artist will be demonstrating many ways to alter the form and surface that will have you ready to get back to the studio to try out new ideas.

Each of these talented and engaging artists are ready to share their techniques and ideas with you over a two day conference. This conference is open to artists at all levels: from enthusiastic amateur, to the teacher, and for the professional. No matter what level you are, if you’re open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this is the conference for YOU!
Attendees will learn how to…
  • Make undulating tile
  • Carve curved clay
  • Do Sgraffito
  • Print with underglazes
  • Use earthenware, red stoneware, nylon fiber and paper clay to help with attachments and timing
  • To set up a simple screen print lab in the clay studio
  • Throw and alter a bottomless cylinder
  • Utilize darting to alter
  • Make paper templates for a slab built spout
  • Pull a “bone” handle
  • Texture the surface
  • Do crack repair and mending techniques will be shared
  • Make slabs by hand
  • Score, stretch, stamp, sprig the surface

Deadline to Save $75 ends June 24, 2012
Register Now!

Don't delay, be sure to register today!

Learn more about the PresentersView Details

Call for entry: Geelong Regional Artists Exhibition

Are you a regional artist looking for an opportunity to showcase your work?  
The Gordon Gallery is now seeking applications for this annual exhibition.

THE GEELONG REGIONAL ARTISTS EXHIBITION is an annual event on The Gordon Gallery Calendar. Now in its tenth year, this exhibition is designed to celebrate and promote the extraordinary artistic talent of the region. It provides local artists with the opportunity to further develop and professionalise their artistic practise.
  • The Gordon Gallery will accept contemporary works in any medium such as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, performance art or new media.
  • Applicants must either have been born, currently live, or have resided within the boundaries of the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliff, Surf Coast, or Golden Plains Shires for a period of at least six months.
Application form and further information click here
Applications Close: Friday 1 June 2012. 

movie day: Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Interview with Garth Clark and Mark DelVecchio

Cowan's is pleased to offer the Cowan's | Clark | Del Vecchio semi-annual auction on June 1, 2012.

This sale will feature a group of rare, early pieces by Michele Oka Doner as well as a fine selection of works by the late Ralph Bacerra. Additionally, the sale will offer important pieces by Georges Jeanclos, Michael Lucero, David Regan, and Akio Takamori.

More info here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Artist-in-Residence Program at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Deadline for applications is postmark Saturday, May 19, 2012
Eight month residency positions available in Ceramics, Sculpture, 2D media, and Jewelry.
Residency Period: September 1, 2012 – May 1, 2013
Residency Requirements:
At least 20 hours weekly on premise (producing your work)
Be responsible for keeping facilities and equipment clean for others’ use and undertake regular maintenance and organizational tasks necessary for upkeep of communal studio (average of 15-20 hours a week)
Participation in the collective life of the studio
Up to 10 hours annually of community outreach (slide lectures or demonstrations)
Be a monitor for studio hours and assist Master Artist Workshops when needed
Contribute a piece to an annual Armory Art Center Fundraiser
Participate in Armory special events as needed
Residents will receive:
Semi-private studio space
Generous monthly stipend
Paid teaching opportunities
Exhibition opportunities
Free firing privileges and use of studio glazes
For more ifo please contact:
Lauren Clay
Ceramics Department Chair
Armory Art Center
1700 Parker Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
D. 561. 832.1776 x 37
F. 561. 832.0191
signature artwork toth

Saturday, 12 May 2012

this made me smile

via Garth Clark on facebook

This weekend (sorry for the short notice) Saanich West Studio Tour 2012

Meira Mathison

11:00am to 4:00pm

Spend time in the country with Art and Beauty.
This tour focuses largely on ceramics, and many locations are hosting more than one artist.

Look for the yellow studio tour signs. Brochures/maps will be available at each stop.

For more information please contact any participant.

*(Prospect, Elk & Beaver Lake, West of the Pat Bay Highway and around Camosun College/Interurban Campus/Wilkinson/Helmcken to W.Burnside Rd.)
Participating Members:
Please click on the member name to get more information.

2 Meira Mathison
1443 Hastings Street, Victoria, BC
3 Cedar Grove Gallery, Sandra Dolph
1443 Hastings Street, Victoria, BC
4 Heidi Roemer
1717 Woodsend Dr., Victoria, BC
7 Aspen House Productions Ltd., JOY FINLAY
270 Trevlac Place, Victoria, BC
8 Alexander Pottery, Nancy Alexander
270 Trevlac Place, Victoria, BC
12 eartharts, Louise Parsons
270 Trevlac Place, Victoria, BC
13 Lomalinda Clayworks, Pamela Truscott-White
270 Trevlac Place, Victoria, BC
16 Dirty Girl Clayworks, Faro Annie Sullivan
5321 Old West Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC
17 Black Bird Studios, Paige Coull
5321 Old West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC
18 STONE ANGEL, Audrey Van Eerden
5635 Forest Hill Rd, Victoria, BC
Click on Saanich West Studio Tour 2012 - Booklet to print this tour as a PDF file. (Adobe Acrobat reader is required to print this file)
Contact Info:
Contact NameFaro Sullivan

Friday, 11 May 2012

a site to see friday: pppots

pppots: a tumbler site of random ceramic eye candy by Ben Fiess.
Enjoy it here
*Warning some NSFW Ghost references. 

And when your done there make sure to head over to Ben' website
for some stunning work and ceramic process.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Want to be on the cover of a magazine?

The Crafts Report Facebook Contest
Written by Dennis Piotrowski   
Give your one-of-a-kind craft the exposure it deserves by having it featured on the cover of our nationally recognized and distributed magazine.  Starting May 1, submit a photo of your best piece of art or one-of-a-kind craft to our Facebook wall for a chance to be featured on the cover of the October 2012 edition of TCR.
Contest Rules - Photo submissions will be accepted between May 1 and May 31, 2012. Contestants are only allowed one submission each.  To be eligible for the contest, your submission to our Facebook Wall must include the following:
  • the verbiage "Entry for The Crafts Report Magazine Cover Contest"
  • artist name
  • title of subject/photo submission
  • photo credit identifying the photographer
TCR staff will be the preliminary screeners to determine which photos will be the "Finalists" and entered into the initial Facebook voting round of the contest.
We will run 4 voting rounds in the contest; the Preliminary Round, Quarter Final Round, Semi-Final Round, and Final Round. Voting for each of the first three rounds will remain open for 24 hours. Voting for the Final Round will remain open for 72 hours (for entire contest timeline and specific deadline and announcement dates, see Summary below). 
For the Preliminary Round, TCR staff will select the 64 Finalists from the pool of photos received in the month of May. We will then post 4 photos together each day for 16 consecutive days starting in June, asking for our Facebook users to vote for 1 of the 4.
Each day's winner from the 4 posted on that given day will move on to the Quarter Final Round. After 16 days, we will be left with 16 Quarter Finalists.
For the Quarter Final Round, we will again post 4 photos together each day for 4 consecutive days, asking our Facebook users to vote on one of the 4.
Each day's winner from the 4 posted on that given day will move on to the Semi-Final Round. After 4 days, we will be left with 4 Semi-Finalists.
For the Semi-Final Round we will post, for two consecutive days a "heads-up" competition, leaving us with two finalists. Those finalists will move on to the Final Round, where they will be posted together for 72 hours, with the final vote winner to win that photo on the cover of the October 2012 Crafts Report magazine.
Preliminary Round (May 1 thru May 31): Contest open to ALL submissions. 
June 8 (Thursday): TCR staff will announce the top 64 entries.
Quarter Final Round (June 10 thru June 24): 16 daily rounds of Facebook voting. Each day, voters have 24 hours to vote for their favorite 1 of 4 daily entries with 1 winner advancing to the quarter finals round per day.
June 25 (Monday): TCR will announce the 16 finalists from the quarter final round as voted by Facebook visitors.
Semi-final Round (June 26 thru June 29): 4 daily rounds of Facebook voting. Voters have 24 hours to vote for their favorite of 1 of 4 daily entrants with 1 winner advancing to the semi-finals per day.
July 2 (Monday): TCR will announce the final 4 entries as voted by Facebook visitors.
Final Round (July 9 -12): Facebook voting for grand prize winner. Voters have 72 hours to vote for their favorite, single entry from the 4 semi-final round winners.
July 13 (Friday): TCR will announce--via Facebook, email, web site post--the grand prize winner who will have their photo entry appear on the cover of the October 2012 Crafts Report magazine. 
Submit your entry today!  Good luck!