Monday, 30 July 2012

Distributary | Manitoba Crafts Council | curated by Chris Pancoe | 27 July – 3 September

images courtesy Chris Pancoe | 2012

"From the beginning of time, people from around the world have manipulated clay into functional, decorative and sculptural forms.  Easily accessible and versatile by its very nature, clay has long been a popular medium for sculptural works and was one of the earliest mediums humans used to document the world in which they lived.  For historians and archaeologists, clay works have provided information on how humans once conducted their daily lives, maintained relationships and social order in addition to offering insight on their belief systems.

Distributary, curated by Chris Pancoe, will bring together the sculptural works of seven ceramic artists who live (or have lived) in Manitoba:  Trudy Golley, Carmela Laganse, Grace Nickel, Kelli Rey, Kevin Stafford, Peter Tittenberger, and Lin Xu. Distributary examines how these artists use clay as a medium to document their interactions with nature, everyday objects, and/or popular culture.
The title Distributary was chosen for the aptness of its definition: a river that branches off of and flows away from the mainstream.  Not only is the title appropriate because clay is mostly harvested from riverbanks but also for the way in which each artist chosen for this project has individually branched off of and flowed way from the mainstream, challenging the notions of clay as craft and flowing into contemporary contexts."

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290 McDermot Avenue,
Winnipeg, MB
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Opening this week at Medalta

Medalta 2012 resident artist Annette ten Cate’s solo exhibition – Still Life – will be on display in Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery from August 1 – 23, 2012.

Annette’s work is about human interaction and relationships. Her figurative pieces explore interactions and responses people have when a camera is pointed in their direction.

Also opening is:

Medalta 2012 ceramic artist Astrid Kruse’s solo exhibition – Covert – is on display in Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery from August 1 – 23, 2012.
Astrid’s work is inspired by the landscape, geography and stunning  colours of the Northwest Territories, where she makes her home in Yellowknife.
Astrid has been an artist in residence at Medalta since fall 2011 and has used her time in studio to focus on her work and explore new ideas.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this exhibition and celebrate this new work being displayed at Medalta.
Wednesday, August 1 @ 7:00pm
Medalta Yuill Family Gallery

713 Medalta Ave SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
T1A 3K9
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monday morning eye candy: Joanna Howells

Visit her website for more info.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Residency opportunity - A.I.R. VALLAURIS

The upcoming application submission deadline is:
AUGUST 1, 2012

We are accepting applications for the 2013 program.

We recommend you submit your application as early as possible as your submission date may be taken into consideration for time-slot selection priority.

The applications can be submitted by email.

To receive an application form please email us at :

a site 2 see friday: Tales of a Red Clay Rambler

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: Stories about Clay, Culture and Travel. This podcast features interviews with artists, writers, and musicians. For more information please visit the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog at

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

movie day: Jim Power and the Mosaic Trail by Etsy

For over thirty years, Jim Power a.k.a. Mosaic Man (mosaicmannyc.etsy...) has been transforming the Lower East Side of Manhattan with mosaics, one lamppost at a time.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Job posting: Crafts Technician (Full time, twelve-month position)

Reports to: Chair Crafts Department
Position Summary:
Crafts Technician is responsible for maintaining all Crafts facilities; including Ceramics, Fibers, Glass, Art Furniture, and Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. The Crafts Technician will cooperate with faculty, staff and administration in facility development and planning.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee Materials and equipment purchases;
  • Establish a maintenance schedule for all Crafts capital equipment;
  • Supervise work study students;
  • Monitor charging and firing cycles in the glass studio;
  • Monitor and operate kilns;
  • Monitor computer and temperature controls in glass and ceramic studios;
  • Ability to demonstrate and assist in the safe and proper use of equipment to students;
  • Service the needs of the students regarding the use of the facilities;
  • Perform additional duties as requested by Department Chair;
  • Work with faculty, staff and administration in facility and project planning;
Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students. Organized, self-motivated, and problem solving abilities are required. Undergraduate degree in Crafts or Industrial Arts preferred. Mechanical and fabrication skill desired. Ability to weld and an understanding of mechanical systems is a plus. Must be flexible to work days, evenings, and weekend hours as required.
Submit letter of interest and resume, including three letters of recommendation (employment and education if possible) to:
College for Creative Studies
Office of Human Resources
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034
The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an educational environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Discrimination, including harassment, because of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law is strictly prohibited.

Job posting: Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts

Category: Administrative and Professional
Department: Worcester Center for Crafts
Locations: Worcester, MA
Posted: Jun 27, '12
Type: Full-time

About Worcester State University:
Worcester State University is a public institution of higher learning set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to preparing students for personal success, rewarding careers, and effective citizenship in the 21st century. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, and the health professions. The Princeton Review has selected WSU as a “Best Northeastern University” for the 8th consecutive year.
Job Description:
Provide the vision and skills to develop and articulate the programs that fulfill the mission of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Provide leadership for the faculty, staff and students who realize that mission. Advocate the Craft Center to higher education administration and numerous public and private entities. Develop and implement fundraising efforts to support the Center's programs. Coordinate the operation of the academic program with representatives from Worcester State University and the Worcester Consortium, and collaborate on academic recruitment. Oversee and assess development of workshop, exhibition and sales galleries, and overall marketing of Craft Center programs. Oversee planning, budgeting, assessment, and reporting for all Craft Center programs. The Executive Director serves as the Chief operating officer of the Worcester Center for Crafts. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and to the Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Outreach of Worcester State University and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and objectives.
Strategy and Planning
In partnership with board and staff:
1. Develop an implementation plan for the annual operation of the Center
2. Assure that the Center has a long range strategy that furthers its mission
3. Develop a strategy and implementation plan to increase community program attendance, including youth programming
4. Develop a strategy and implementation plan to develop continuing education programs in conjunction with Worcester State University
5. Develop a strategy and implementation plan for facility maintenance and upgrades
6. In partnership with the Office of Institutional Advancement at Worcester State University
7. Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan
8. Meeting with donors: corporate, private business, individual, and foundation
9. Develop the Center’s Capital Campaign and work closely with Board members and Office of Institutional Advancement to clarify financial targets and a plan for reaching them
10. In partnership with the Office of Institutional Advancement at Worcester State University
11. Develop marketing strategies to promote the Center’s community based education programs and gallery shows and activities.
12. Develop marketing strategies to promote Continuing Education programs in Conjunction with Worcester State University.
Outreach and Advocacy
13. Represent the Worcester Center for Crafts in the regional non-profit community
14. Advocate for the Worcester Center for Crafts in the University Community
15. Partnership with WCC studio heads, faculty, and All- studio Committee
16. Plan and implement a schedule of adult classes and workshops
17. Plan and implement a schedule of youth classes and workshops
Fiscal Management
18. In partnership with board and staff:
19. Analyze financial information, make fiscally sound decisions, and ensure that the Center operates within budget guidelines
20. Provide the Board with accurate, concise financial information and present options and recommendation to support sound financial decision making.
21. Work with staff, finance committee, and the Board to make recommendations regarding the annual budget
Board Relationships
22. Recommend ways to improve board effectiveness within the context of the alliance with Worcester State University
23. Serve as a resource to the board and the tri boards of Worcester State University to enhance overall understanding of the mission, program and effectiveness of all Center Activities
24. In partnership with the personnel department at Worcester State University
25. Effectively recruit and manage all personnel, including paid staff, contractors, consultants
26. Ensure accurate job descriptions are developed, that performance evaluations are held least annually, and that Worcester State University Human Resource practices are in place
27. Ensure communication with and services for faculty and students of Worcester State University
28. Encourage staff development and education, and assist staff in applying their specialized knowledge to the operating plan.
29. See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession is in place.
A master's degree in arts administration or a graduate degree in an appropriate visual arts field, and a minimum of two years cumulative professional experience programming and/or managing and/or marketing visual arts programs at established public or private organizations
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Leadership experience in an organization providing visual arts programs
Experience developing and promoting craft programs
Demonstrated expertise in historical and contemporary studio craft movements
Experience managing active studio programs
Experience with public and/or community arts programs
Experience with strategic planning and program development
Experience with current use of technology and web‐enhanced marketing
Fundraising experience
Ability to effectively supervise personnel, resolves personnel issues, and conduct performance evaluations.
Experience with budget planning and management
Additional Information:
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and to the Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Outreach of Worcester State University and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and objectives.
Worcester State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Instructions:
All applicants will apply online through Interview Exchange. Required documents for submission include a cover letter, CV, (3) three letters of reference, signed by hand and dated within six months of the posting date, and an official (non-student-issued) transcript of highest degree. Those documents which cannot be uploaded to one's e-account may be sent to the following email address:, faxed to 508-929-8163 or to the mailing address: Director of Human Resources, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602-2597

Job posting: Craft Center Assistant Coordinator, Administration

Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Posting: 12292
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled
POSITION: Craft Center Assistant Coordinator, Administration, Erb Memorial Union
General Description of the Position:
The Erb Memorial Union (EMU) is a multifaceted auxiliary that employs 90 staff and more than 300 student staff. The EMU has an operating budget of 11 million dollars, and serves over 15,000 daily users during the academic year. The Craft Center is a comprehensive arts program program of the EMU. The individual in this position supervises one Craft Center classified employee, 40 workshop instructors, and 20 student staff. The Craft Center Assistant Coordinator, Administration serves as an advocate for the program and the value of involvement in life-long learning and pursuit of creative endeavors. The individual in this position serves as a resource to and participating member of the larger EMU staff. Craft Center Assistant Coordinator, Administration works Monday through Friday, 10:00am-6:30pm. The Craft Center is open seven days a week. Officers of Administration are expected to provide support any and all days of the week in the event of a Craft Center accident, or requirements of general operations, professional level representation and special events.
Description of Duties:
Program Core Duties (30%)
Organize and coordinate 300+ workshops per year, including assembly, design and publication of term brochures.
Recruit, evaluate, and assist in hiring instructors.
Teach Craft Center workshops and provide informal instruction.
Develop, maintain, and instruct in Craft Center studio area as appropriate, including purchase and repair of equipment and tools.
Oversee advertising and marketing of program.
Provide safety information/training on hazardous equipment and materials.
Promote and serve as a campus resource to students, student groups, faculty and staff, and campus committees in planning creative events.
Program Development (20%)
Assist in the management of the Craft Center program and facilities.
Provide input as a Craft Center Management Team member with setting long-range goals and program planning.
Serve as a member of the EMU Student Activities staff and assist in EMU programming activities.
Serve on EMU and University committees, task forces, and search committees as appropriate.
Create multicultural experiences for staff, students and volunteers, as well as participants.
Develop and administer tools to measure learning outcomes of participants.
Develop opportunities for students to learn and utilize leadership skills.
Develop learning opportunities for students to apply knowledge from coursework and increase their understanding of subject matter.
Staff Development and Supervision (25%)
Provide full supervisory responsibilities for one Craft Center classified staff.
Supervise set term work schedules, and train 20+ student staff in Craft Center operations, policies, procedures and safety guidelines in studio areas, with primary focus on customer service counter student staff. Train student staff in excellent customer service skills.
Supervise 40 workshop instructors.
Provide continual training for students and staff on safe use of equipment and tools.
Oversee hiring process, administer progressive discipline and work improvement plans. Terminate classified staff, student staff and instructors as appropriate with Coordinator.
Provide professional development opportunities, including multicultural training and/or events for unclassified staff, classified staff, student staff and volunteers.
Develop educational opportunities for Craft Center staff and students with focus on student learning outcomes and evaluate learning outcomes for student staff and volunteers.
Financial Management (15%)
Manage monthly payroll for classified staff, student employees and workshop instructors.
Oversee accounting transactions, invoice systems, and monthly printout reconciliation.
Manage internal invoice system.
Manage procurement card purchase systems and monthly statement reconciliation.
Monitor income and spending for workshop budgets.
Provide Craft Center Coordinator with recommendations regarding the purchase of equipment and tools.
Maximize revenue-producing opportunities within the scope of the Craft Center’s core purpose.
Campus and Community Collaboration (10%)
Promote the Craft Center programs to the University community and the community at large.
Assist EMU staff and students in the development of broadly based, co-curricular programming that complements the academic mission of the University including diversity initiatives.
Represent the Craft Center and the EMU in campus-wide programs such as IntroDUCKtion, Oregon Preview, University Graduation, etc.
Work with campus and the Eugene/Springfield communities on opportunities for potential collaboration.
Develop campus relationships between the Craft Center and academic departments, student groups, and other programs.
Develop relationships between the Craft Center and Eugene/Springfield community organizations to enhance the Craft Center’s programs and the local community experience.
Participate in EMU Strategic Plan initiatives and activities supporting the campus-wide Oregon 20/20 vision.
Experience and Education:
Minimum Qualifications:
2 years full time experience in administration, preferably in an arts related field
Proficiency in one or more art/craft area (one specialty being ceramics, hot glass, woodworking or metal sculpture) including knowledge of equipment/tools for areas of expertise
2 years full time experience in a supervisory capacity, preferably in a union environment
Demonstrated success in organizing a comprehensive programmatic offering.
Commitment to working in a higher education environment
Experience in providing instruction or teaching workshops/classes.
Competence and efficient computer skills for spreadsheets, payroll, word processing, graphics and design software programs
Bachelor’s degree.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse and multicultural populations.
Proven collaborative problem-solving skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational and detail-oriented skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art
Experience in program promotion and marketing.
Experience in art/craft facility management.
Background Check: This position is subject to a criminal background check.
Salary: Starting salary is $39,300 - $ 40,000 plus a competitive benefits package.
Application Procedure:
We strongly encourage applicants to submit materials electronically. Applicants must submit:
Cover letter that addresses their interest in the position
Current resume with employment dates
Name and contact information for three professional references
Responses to the four questions below
Portfolio of 15 images of your wood, ceramics, hot glass or metal sculpture projects, and up to 10 images of other art, craft or marketing projects you have designed and created. Portfolio images may be submitted in jpeg format by email, or mailed on a CD or USB flash drive.
To ensure full consideration, all applications should be received by 5:00 PM­­­­­­­­­­, August 6, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the American Disabilities Act.
Application Questions:
Please identify and describe your strengths in art/craft media, from your areas of expertise to your areas of exploration. Describe your experience with instruction in arts/crafts.
Describe your experience and skills that would enable you to coordinate and organize 80 workshops per term, including assembly, design and publication of brochures. Include in your description organizational skills/techniques you have used to track details, and your experience with design software (i.e. In Design).
Describe your experience with supervision, including hiring, training, evaluating performance and dealing with performance problems. Indicate your skills and experience that would assist you in supervising classified staff, instructors, and students from diverse background and cultures in a creative environment.
Describe your experience in program administration, including process and personnel management, record keeping, payroll, budgeting and reconciling accounts, skill level with computers, software applications and other technologies.
Please describe how your experience meets the minimum qualifications for this position.
Application materials should be sent to:
Shannon Sullivan (, 541-346-6042)
Erb Memorial Union
1228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403 – 1228

Job posting: DIRECTOR – Appalachian Center for Craft

Institution: Tennessee Tech University
Location: Cookeville, TN
Admin - Arts and Museum Administration
Posted: 05/25/2012
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
TTU will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. All new employees will be required to complete an employer's verification form, I-9, no later than three (3) days from date of hire.
DIRECTOR - Appalachian Center for Craft
Index 210338, Position 138060
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: A master's degree in arts administration, or a graduate degree in an appropriate visual arts field, and a minimum of two years cumulative professional experience programming and/or managing and/or marketing visual arts programs at established public or private organizations; or a relevant undergraduate degree and three or more years cumulative professional experience programming and/or managing and/or marketing visual arts programs at established public or private organizations. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Preferred: Leadership experience in an organization providing visual arts programs. Experience developing and promoting craft programs. Demonstrated expertise in historical and contemporary studio craft movements. Experience managing active studio programs. Experience with public and/or community arts programs. Experience with strategic planning and program development. Experience with current use of technology and web-enhanced marketing. Fundraising experience. Ability to effectively supervise personnel, resolve personnel issues, and conduct performance evaluations. Experience with budget planning and management.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Provide the vision and skills to develop and articulate the programs that fulfill the mission of the Appalachian Center for Craft. Provide leadership for the faculty, staff and students who realize that mission. Advocate the Craft Center to higher education administration and numerous public and private entities. Develop and implement fundraising efforts to support the Center's programs. Coordinate the operation of the academic program with the Chair of Art, and collaborate on academic recruitment. Oversee and assess development of workshop, exhibition and sales galleries, and overall marketing of Craft Center programs. Oversee planning, budgeting, assessment, and reporting for all Craft Center programs.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Commensurate with education and experience; Administrative pay grade 48. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen (13) University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k and educational benefits.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants will be required to apply online at and electronically upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of transcripts (Official transcripts required upon hire), a statement (limit 1000 words - upload under Other Document) indicating how the candidate would envision the future direction of Craft Center programs and initial steps that might be taken to raise the Center's profile, and email addresses for a minimum of three professional references at time of application. References will be contacted via email to provide a reference letter. Submission of materials is the applicant's responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered.
Candidates may submit up to three items by mail representing relevant professional accomplishments, such as published materials about programs managed, reports of organizations supervised, catalogs of exhibitions organized, CDs or DVDs with images (10 or less) or video (limit 5 minutes) representing artistic productions to which the candidates involvement is relevant to this position. Submit to:
Director Search
Appalachian Center for Craft
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5106
Cookeville TN 38505
All submitted materials become the property of TTU and will not be returned. Direct questions to 931/372-3051 or email
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: Screening of applications begins August 17, 2012; open until filled.
Application Information
Contact: Tennessee Tech University
Online App. Form:

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Sortir de son assiette

Ceramique quotidiennes et surfaces inusitees
Une presentation de la Maison des metiers d'art de Quebec en collaboration avec l'Institut Canadien de Quebec.

Jacinthe Baribeau | Pierre Bilodeau | Maude Blais | Myriam Bouchard | Catherine Gagné | Terrance F Lazarrof | Patrick Le Blond | France Malo | Iffet Orbay | Christine Ouellette | Janine Parent | Johanne Piché | Marie-Andrée Roberge | Linda Swanson | Loriane Thibodeau | Commissaire : Annie-Cécile Tremblay. 

Lieu :  Bibliothèque Neufchâtel
4060, rue Blain
G2B 5C3

Ville : Québec
Arrondissement : La Haute-Saint-Charles
Téléphone : 418.641.6794
Liens :

Steeped in Teapots

An article by Joyce Lovelace on the American Craft Council website. 

Read it here.

Friday, 20 July 2012

a site to see friday: Print Pattern Project

Last night I attended the opening of Cathy Terepocki's exhibition Thank-you! Come again. at Luna & Hill here in Saskatoon. As always seeing Cathy's work was inspiring. She has such a defined and unique style and aesthetic that I love. And she is truly the hardest working artist I know. Three kids and still time to be an art star!

Well it reminded me that another amazing Canadian ceramic artist had emailed a while back with a great link to a blog post someone wrote about one of Cathy's workshops. So I thought I'd share as today's site to see.


Also check out more about Cathy here.
Oh and make sure to also check out

Thursday, 19 July 2012

I can hardly wait to get my copy of this!

"The human figure has been represented in clay throughout history and continues to evolve today. Artists are working with the figure in new ways, playing with materials and forms, and making use of new technologies to produce challenging and unconventional work, from the intact whole figure to the fragmented, hybrid and abstract. Divided by broad themes, each chapter features a variety of different expressive works from a range of international ceramic artists. This book explores the role of figurative ceramics through history and in contemporary contexts, and also reveals the methods of six key contemporary artists, using how-to images to illustrate their techniques. "

Find out more and order your copy here.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

technical tuesday: book ~ The Ceramics Design Course

The Ceramics Design Course

By Anthony Quinn


  • Principles, practice and techniques: here is the ultimate coursebook on designing ceramics with confidence. Focusing on design themes and principles of balance and form, it also includes instruction in studio techniques for rendering ideas a reality. Whether the reader's aim is to create utilitarian, hard-wearing pots or decorative pieces of fine art, this unique book provides the inspiration and the skills to design ceramics with flair.

    Find it here.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Antoinette Badenhorst Ceramic Workshop

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Antoinette Badenhorst will be on campus to give a ceramic workshop. Badenhorst, a native of South Africa, currently living in Chicago, is best known for her beautiful translucent porcelain pieces. Her career as a ceramic artist started in 1981 and she has won numerous awards and been featured in a number of publications.
Everyone is welcome to stop by or spend the day watching Antoinette demonstrate how she creates her ceramic pieces.

Monday, July 23, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.

Room 1101, Des Plaines
Des Plaines Campus
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Help fund the Canadian Ceramic Decal Printer

Ceramic Decals a-Go-Go
A Feedlot Studios & Black Bird Studios Fundraising Campaign
Feedlot Studios of Gabriola Island and Black Bird Studios of Victoria are joining super ceramic forces to launch a personalized decal making service to Canadian Ceramists as well as our international friends too!
Given the sophisticatedness of the technology it is an expensive venture so we are launching 3 part fundraising campaign through The link to our campaign that contains much more info can be found Here!
Any donation will be gladly accepted, but if you are feeling the ceramic decal love you can check out these Perks below.
We thank you so much for reading a little more about us and our want to expand our ceramic horizons.
Mariko & Paige
Incentives to Funders!
The gift of giving is great, but what about some ground level incentives. While any amount will so be greatly appreciated, here are a few reasons/perks to dig a little deeper.
  • Level 1- $100: A pair of one of a kind, limited edition mugs made by Feedlot Studios and/ or Black Bird Studios and 20% off printing for one year.*
  • Level 2- $250: 2 cups, 2 bowls + 20%  off printing for one year.*
  • Level 3- $500: 1 large serving dish +20% off printing for one year.*
  • Level 4-$1000: 1 Teapot or sculpture + 20% off printing.*
*Please note the following:
  • Given the volume of donations we are handling we ask for just a little patience while we produce, produce, produce!
  • Also, Shipping and handling of Perk Wares out of Continental North America must be made by the donor. 
  • 20% off printing from the time we get the printer up and going and a maximum of of 10 sheets will be honored.
Isn't she a beauty?
She would come to us via Ceramic Digital Technologies
Feedlot Studios
Black Bird Studios

monday morning eye candy: Nicole Gugliotti

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Combustion and Creativity - Salt Soda and Wood

Ceramics by Opeongo and Wilno area potters 
Tim Storey, Dan Hill , and Eva Gallagher  


Opens July 20th, 7-9 pm at South of 60 Arts Centre in Barry's Bay, Ontario and runs until August 26th. 

Probably unique outside of an educational setting in Ontario, their salt, soda and wood fired kilns are within a half hour drive of each other and this is a chance to compare the three different types of firing and how they affect the clay and creativity of the potter.

Friday, 13 July 2012

a site 2 see friday: Recycled China

From the website:"Recycled China is a design team consisting of artists Thomas Schmidt and Jeff Miller. During the factory production of ceramic products, there is on average a 4% loss rate; items which in one way or another are imperfect and therefore do not reach the market. Once fired, ceramic materials are no longer usable and simply end up in landfills around the world.  As an alternative to using mined materials, Recycled China is about reusing ceramic waste and other industrial waste into the form of architectural tile, functional design works, and sculptural objects. "

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Don't miss out: Upcoming Red Lodge Clay Center Residency Opportunity.

Red Lodge Clay Center

Don't forget! 

We now have one application window for Short-Term Residency Proposals.  Apply at Slideroom by July 17, 2012 for residencies between September 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.  Project proposals may be as short as two weeks and as long as three months.  Please share the message with your students and colleagues who may not know about Red Lodge Clay Center Residency opportunities yet.

Complete your application today!
Red Lodge Clay Center
Red Lodge, Montana 59068
406-446-3993                                           Like us on Facebook

Print seminar 2012

The Guldagergaard Seminar on Printed Ceramics

Ceramics and Print, Art and Politics, Surrealism and Fashion, Design and Production...
In the twenty years since the first edition of Paul Scott's handbook Ceramics and Print appeared, printed surfaces have become commonplace in contemporary practice. To co-incide with the imminent publication of a completely new edition of the book, Guldagergaard is proud to host a seminar involving leading figures in the field.

The seminar takes place at ICRC Guldagergaard October 26th-27th 2012 and will be chaired by Professor Paul Scott (KHIO, Norway), artist and author.
2 days seminar fee is DKK 2850 (including lunch and coffee both days)    
2 days seminar fee for members DKK 2550 (including lunch and coffee both days)                     
2 days student price is DKK 950 (including lunch and coffee both days)
1 day seminar fee is DKK 1650 (including lunch and coffee)

Invited speakers include:

Professor Stephen Dixon (UK) is a Research Centre Leader, Crafts at MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) and is well known for his investigations into ceramic print processes  as well as his political works.

Charlotte Hodes (UK) is Reader in Fine Art at the London School of Fashion. She has worked in a variety different media, including paper, textiles and ceramics. She made a significant body of work with the Spode Factory before its closure and is working with Paul Scott on new research proposals for the Spode Archive.

John Kindness (IRL) is an Irish visual artist who works in a variety of media. In 1999 he completed a huge commission "The Big Fish" for Donegall Quay in Belfast. Clad in lithographically printed porcelain tiles the artwork has become a well known and loved feature of Belfast's redevelopment and renewal.

Megumi Naitoh (USA) is an emerging American artist working with serigraphy. Her subject matter is sourced from cyberspace, collaged with personal imagery. Her artwork plays with surface, media, technology and our perceptions of them.

Paul Scott (UK) is Professor 2 at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) in Norway. He is well known for his pioneering research into the graphic development of ceramic surfaces, his characteristic artwork in blue and white, his writing and his teaching.

Richard Shaw (USA) is based in Berkeley California. He is best known for his pioneering, surreal, trump l'oeil sculptural forms. He has been a significant figure in American ceramics for over forty years and has been hugely influential in the development of ceramic arts on an international level.

Ane-Katrine von Bülow (DK) is one of Denmark's leading ceramic artists. She has long worked with form and the graphic surface, mixing digital mapping with low-tech paper transfer print processes.

Matthew Raw (UK) has been a regular resident artist at Guldageraard over the past 5 years. His impressed ceramic artworks are variously political and commemorative in nature. In 2011 he completed a commission for Elvaerket in Dahish town Holbaek. Matthew will be working at Guldagergaard over the summer of 2012 and will be presenting some of his works at the seminar.

And also make sure to add Paul Scott's new book to your Christmas wishlist. Ceramics and Print - a completely new edition will be published in December 2012.

movie day: Handmade Portraits: 99 Feelings

Handmade Portraits: 99 Feelings from Etsy on Vimeo.

How do you visualize the human experience — courage, happiness, hope? Ceramicist Mitsy Sleurs ( started with a Matryoshka doll and 99 emotions.
Read the Etsy blog post:
Music by Jim Smith (


Monday, 9 July 2012


October 19-21, 2012
Lexington, Kentucky

Presented by Potters Council and hosted by Kentucky Mudworks



PRESENTERS: Linda Arbuckle, Lisa Clague, Ron Meyers, Karen Newgard, Kevin Snipes and Kurt Weiser

Tell a story in clay
Each of these talented artists tells us a personal story in clay. Each presenter treats the surface in a unique manner, and will share their surface techniques with YOU over the two-day conference. Explore the possibilities with surfaces by combining new techniques to what you already know. Come and find out how to tell your narrative in clay.

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…
• Decorate utilizing the Majolica process
• Visually organize the surface for the viewer
• Use line, color, proportion and other design devices to give personality and resonance to a piece
• Use handbuilding method combining metal and low fire sculpture clay together.
• Incorporate other materials into sculpture such as dipping wire in casting slip, fabrics, stuffed animals, etc.
• Utilize nontraditional surface techniques on wet clay, bisque and post fired work.
• Use low fire oxides, glaze, and encaustic wax for finishing.
• Make multiple forms on the wheel and altering them as well.
• Do surface techniques using commercial underglazes, sgrafitto techniques, and multiple glazing methods.
• Carve, sprig, use sgraffitio, and mishima surface techniques.
• Use wax resist techniques on a green-ware multi-sided, slab constructed, and vessel-like porcelain object.
• Use china painting
• Mold making and casting techniques

monday morning eye candy: Rina Menardi


Thursday, 5 July 2012

Call for submissions: HANDS AS TOOLS

JAC’s new PHOTOGRAPHIC competition for Issue 51/3, Nov 2012, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
pinch, press, pull, pug, print ... show how hands can be used as tools.

The Prize: publication of your image (full page) in Issue 51/3 of The Journal of Australian Ceramics (JAC), books to the value of $200 from our online shop or 2 years membership of The Australian Ceramics Association. The choice will be yours.

Conditions of Entry:
One entry per person.
A selection of the best images will be featured in The JAC, Issue 51/3, to be published on 20 November 2012.
Image format: 300 dpi jpg file, minimum size 1MB, maximum size 4MB. DO NOT email tiff files.
Portrait and landscape formats are acceptable, although portrait images (24.5cm X 17cm suit JAC's format best).
All photos must be accompanied by the following information: photographers name, location and date of image.
Photos must have been taken in 2012.
There should be no digital manipulation of the image.
By entering the competition, you give The Australian Ceramics Association license to publish your photograph in The JAC (paper and digital) and on our website (via Flickr),

Deadline for images: Friday 14 September 2012

Images can be emailed to: with the subject heading "HANDS AS TOOLS", or mailed on a disc to HANDS AS TOOLS, PO Box 274 Waverley NSW 2024.


Vicki Grima
Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics
E.O., The Australian Ceramics Association
P.O. Box 274 Waverley NSW 2024
T: 1300 720 124
F: 61 (0)2 9369 3742
Issue 51/2 out 16 July 2012

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Coming up next at AKAR...

Next Show:
Image and Form
A contemporary bombardment of imagery brought on by relentless advertising and unyielding production of photographs have left many of us forgetting that often these images are more than a visual representation; instead possess shape, take form, and live in our third dimension. There's a depth to be considered.

Nine potters now give us the chance to investigate what it means to consider image and form. Primarily through decal transfers these artists represent not only the visual but rather the visual in conjunction with the tangible. How do they come together? Where do they meet? And what's it mean to bring an over saturated world of images into the intimate processes of handmade ceramic? All questions to be considered when viewing Image and Form, from July 6th-20th.

Artists participating: Dan Anderson, Israel Davis, Andrew Gilliatt, Julie Guyot, Erik Haagensen, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Justin Rothshank, Jane Shellenbarger, and Rimas VisGirda.

Next New Work:
Mitchell Spain
"...inventiveness can come out of necessity to solve or fix a problem. It's the small details of ingenuity, the creativeness and resourcefulness used, that I try to capture in my work." Working with porcelain, Spain offers us some truly original and exceptionally outstanding ceramics this month. Upon first examination, these pots don't look or feel like pottery at all, but rather an old oil container or beer can dug up from any Midwest farming homestead. This is truly amazing stuff, and while Spain is only fresh out of an undergraduate degree, this young man is showing skill and potential well beyond his years.

AKAR. 257 E. Iowa Avenue. Iowa City. IA 52240. T: 3193511227. WWW.AKARDESIGN.COM  

movie day: Throwing a tall pitcher ceramic

See crystalline pottery at and "Josh Pehrson Ceramics" Facebook fan page

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tons of stuff happening at The Clay Studio this summer!

The Ninth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition  
The Ninth Annual Marge Brown Kalodner
Graduate Student Exhibition

Harrison and Reed Smith Galleries & the Bonovitz Space

July 6 - August 12, 2012 
Opening reception, First Friday, July 6th, 5pm - 9pm
Chris Vicini
Guest Artist in Resident Lecture: Chris Vicini

Please join us, Thursday, July 26th, for a reception and lecture from our new Guest Artist In Residence, Chris Vicini. Reception starts at 6pm with lecture to follow at 6:30pm. Free and open to the general public, light refreshments will be served.

More information about Chris and to register for the lecture

Jimmy Clark 12-SU-WK39 Artist Workshop with Jimmy Clark
with Jimmy Clark
All skill levels
$250, $225 for members
Sat Jul 21, 10am - 5pm
Sun Jul 22, 10am - 5pm
Sat Aug 4, 10am - 12pm
Sun Aug 5, 11am - 12pm
click HERE to register

This four day workshop is designed to dispel the notion that pinching is merely a beginner's technique. Students will explore numerous variations on the method including creating large forms, working intuitively, exploring asymmetrical forms, incorporating found objects, burnishing and applying terra sigilatta. The pieces will then be smoke fired at Cheltenham Art Center. Smoke firing is a process in which bisqued pots are buried in sawdust and smoldered overnight in a kiln. This results in random and unpredictable smoke patterns on the pots' surfaces. *The workshop takes place on the 21st and 22nd at The Clay Studio, and on the 4th and 5th at Cheltenham Art Center. Please call Sara Gallo, School Coordinator at 215-925-3453 x23 for more details.

Heeseung Lee 12-LAWS-06 Surface Decoration Through Layering: Oxide Transfers, Decals, Relief, and Lusters
with Heeseung Lee
All skill levels
$50, $45 for members
Sun Jul 15, 10am - 1pm
click HERE to register 

Heeseung will provide an overview of layering techniques, materials, and firing processes in this workshop, along with information about how to use lusters as a layering element. Students will enjoy hands-on demonstrations of photocopy oxide transfers on leather hard clay, decal application on glazed objects, and relief decorating on masked greenware. Some basic tiles will be provided by The Clay Studio for the leather hard and greenware hands-on portion of the workshop. If students would like to experiment with applying decals, the Studio asks that you bring your own gloss-glazed pieces to use.
Looking for a space to work?
Apply for the Associate Program!

 Looking for a studio that can provide you access to ceramic equipment? Look no further! The Clay Studio's Associate Program provides access to equipment and a community of like minded artists!

More information on The Clay Studio's Associate Program
hand build
If you are interested in becoming an Associate or have more questions, please contact Director of Education and Operations Jennifer Martin via email at or call 215-925-3453 x16.

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