Thursday, 30 August 2012

Ceramics Exhibition by Rebecca Maeder

C’est avec  virtuosité et subtilité que Rebecca Maeder  transforme l’objet en élément narratif.
Surprenante, elle crée l’intrigue et détourne la perfection pour créer l ’émotion,
elle nous offre ainsi tout le raffinement d'une vaisselle de "F" ables
FROM 13/09/12 UNTIL 06/10/12
OPENING   13/09/12 from 18:00 to 21:00
FINISHING 06/10/12 from 18:00 to 21:00
Open  thu 17:00 to 20:00  frisat 14:00  to 18:00
Les Ateliers galerie de L'Ô  asbl
Rue de L'Eau, 56a _1190 Forest  Belgique   
Tel: +32.495.28.71.74  

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Call for artists: Pottery Expo Australia

The Pottery Expo @ concept was launched in February 2001 by Melbourne studio potter Jane Annois. Pottery Expo aims to promote high quality, innovative ceramics by Australian studio ceramic artists.

Pottery Expo@ Warrandyte
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 Feb 2012
Jane Annois
Pottery Expo @ Federation Square
Sunday 4 Dec 2011
Information for exhibitors  Click here for application information 
Find more info here: 

Upcoming Lee Arts Workshops

REGISTER:  By Phone:  703-228-0560 or 703-228-0558

Fall 2012 Registration Form
INFORMATION:  703-228-0560, or email Steven Muñoz, Director, Lee Arts Center  


Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2012
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Emily Schroeder Willis
Ever think that pinch pots can’t be light or delicate? This workshop will challenge common stereotypes of working with the simple pinch pot. Emily will demonstrate her process of creating vessels through pinching and coiling with porcelain. She will show techniques such as building work upside down, creating basic molds with simple coils and using bisque molds to help aid in flat forms. Additionally, she will discuss how to add volume without adding mass. Through the process of coiling and pinching, she will explore how to build a variety of forms ranging from large jars and platters to small cream and sugar sets. Emily will also share her methods of creating lids and feet as well as a variety of ways to make rims and handles. On the last day she will focus on finishing touches and review some of her glazing techniques.
This workshop will have a balance of demonstrations, discussions and hands-on studio time. Mornings will be spent with Emily showing her techniques and in the afternoon participants will try their hand at creating objects utilizing her methods. Throughout the workshop Emily will show slides of historic and current practices of pinch pots. Please bring a sketchbook to discuss and present ideas. Some clay experience is suggested.
Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2001 Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and the Sage Scholarship from the Archie Bray Foundation. Her work has been exhibited across North America as well as in Europe, Central America and Australia. She has been an artist-in-residence/visiting artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, the Zentrum Fur Keramik in Berlin, Germany and the Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada.
Emily will also be a presenter for the 2012 Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts in Tennessee this September as well as an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch in the fall of 2012. She currently resides in Chicago as a full time studio artist. For more information on her work please visit her website.


Saturday & Sunday, October 20-21, 2012
10:00am – 4:00pm
Fee:  $190.00 non-LAC/ $180 LAC members
Ryan Greenheck
Have any of these thoughts ever crossed your mind as you’ve worked on a handle for your piece? That any handle you make would make would ruin it. You only know of one way to approach making a handle. You feel your handles are the weakest part of your pieces. Or asked these questions: Where should I place the handle? What type of handle does this piece need? Is there a better way to make this handle? If so…then this is the workshop for you!
This hands-on workshop will focus on wheel thrown forms that incorporate a handle. Ryan will demonstrate various wheel throwing and trimming techniques emphasizing the mug form, while lidded jars, pitchers, and teapots will also be presented. Placement of the handle in each piece will be a consideration from the start. Ryan will also share several ways to make handles such as slab, and coiled techniques; with a concentration on several ‘pulled’ handle skills. Every aspect of the handled vessel will be discussed and meticulously investigated.
Ryan J. Greenheck received his Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He also received, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2002. In the summer of 2004, he spent three months in the Peoples Republic of China as the visiting Artist at Shanghai University. He has been in numerous national juried exhibitions since 2000. His work is represented in many galleries throughout the country. Ryan currently is a practicing studio potter, Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, and an instructor at several art centers in the Philadelphia area. For more information visit his website .
Arlington Cultural Affairs  (administrative office)
1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 1500
Arlington, VA. 22201
Phone: 703-228-1850
Fax: 703-228-0805
TTY: 703-228-1855

technical tuesday: Make your own wheel out of scrapyard finds.

I finally figured out what to do with my husband's growing collection of old tires in the shed : )

"Here's a very basic potter's wheel that can be assembled in minutes from a junkyard car wheel assembly. I used a 15" rear wheel assembly from a 2000 Montana. I got lucky with that as the 4-bolt holes on the wheel spindle line up almost perfectly with the 4 holes on a 2" cast iron floor flange. Almost any other wheel will work too, though the holes may or may not line up as conveniently. I also like the ring of holes in the Montana wheel which make it easy to insert a stick to propel the wheel. With a bit of extra engineering you could easily add a friction drive motor.
The first wheel I put together 30 years ago is still in use. Same type of bolts. The cast iron flange I used then was slightly thicker than the new one I bought recently (thinner and made in China). I used the front wheel assembly from an American Motors car as many older vehicles were rear-wheel drive back then. Only 3 of the 4 bolt-holes in the flange lined up, but it still felt sturdy enough to me. I gave the wheel to a friend who uses it as a rotating platform when working on large hand-built pieces. He just puts a piece of plywood on top of the tire for a flat work surface. My first wheel has a welded triangle-shaped stand that is very heavy. The way that stand was built I estimate it would hold 500 lbs. or more. We used to have fun sitting on the tire and spinning around really fast! (becoming self-centered??) "

Monday, 27 August 2012

Exhibition: Engaging form

Date of Exhibition: 1-16 September 2012 
Artists: 45 renowned and early career artists
Place: Montsalvat, The Barn Gallery, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham Vic -
Opening Hours: MontsalvatThe Barn Gallery, open daily 9am - 5pm  
The visual beauty of a ceramic work can evoke intrigue, thought and stillness, add to this the sensual qualities of its tactility, and it is irresistible.
Skepsi Gallery and Montsalvat have come together to present Engaging Form, an exhibition of Exemplary Australian Contemporary Studio Ceramics of outstanding quality and of an aesthetic that is engaging, contemplative and inspiring.
An exhibition catalogue, Engaging Form, has been produced, a commemorative and useful publication for identification of ceramics. This will be available for purchase.

monday morning eye candy: The Courtyard Potter (David Ashby)

Sunday, 26 August 2012

This week @ the International Museum of ceramics in Faenza

August 30, 2012 at Argillà
the International Museum of ceramics in Faenza will be held the following events:

17.30 hours: Conference room presentation view of Finnish potters, ceramic Conference organised by Finnish Pekka Paikkari, to follow the inauguration in classics and an aperitif in the garden

21 hours: in the backyard: Entertainment: visionaries

Georgia O’Keefe with Juan Hamilton’s pots. by Dan Budnik.


Call for entry: 2013 Niche Awards

handbuilt pottery
2012 NICHE Award winner, Ceramics – John Davis

Entries are being accepted now for the 2013 NICHE Awards, a prestigious juried competition recognizing excellence in fine craft design.

Professional and student artists may apply online at The deadline for entries is September 30, 2012.  Contest categories include ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and jewelry arts.  New categories added this year seek original artist-made holiday ornaments and decorations; objects for the kitchen and for dining; and jewelry made from alternative materials.
Judging of entries is based on three main criteria:
  • technical excellence, both in surface design and form
  • a distinct quality of unique, original and creative thought
  • market viability (professional entries only)
2012 NICHE Award winner Basketry – C. Smathers

The entry fees are $40 for professional craft artists and $18 for students; up to three artworks may be entered per person. The judging will take place in October. Finalists will be invited to display their work in a NICHE Awards exhibit at the Buyers Market of American Craft, a national wholesale tradeshow of American-made products, February 16-18, 2013, in Philadelphia. Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Buyers Market on February 17, 2013.

handmade cabinet
2012 NICHE Award winner Furniture (Cabinetry) Austin Heitzman

The NICHE Awards are sponsored by NICHE magazine, the quarterly trade publication for U.S. and Canadian retailers of fine craft and artist-made products. NICHE is published by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing and advocacy firm.
A complete list of last year’s NICHE Awards winners can be found at  Requests for images can be sent to the contest coordinator, Jean Thompson, at or call 800-432-7238, ext. 218. 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

I'm off...heading to the coast and to Forage!

"Forage, a summit and symposium of the best sorts, will convene to address the creative processes and business practices of any and all Creatives out there including Artists & Designers, Crafters, DIYers, Foodies, Bloggers & Photographers! We'll tackle the issues at the front of your mind through presentations, roundtable discussions and keynote speakers."

Ah the BC air is filling my lungs and a quick trip to the beach has cured me of the stresses of the last few weeks of moving and fighting with my internet provider to try to get back online. I'm excited to be a part of Forage, an amazing event this week, and I'll be posting updates (internet providing) so that you guys can all follow along with the fun. There will be  more art stars and creative types taking over Gabriola than you can shake a stick at so stay tuned....

Upcoming - Ruth Duckworth @ Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd

5 September - 4 October

An exhibition of 22 artworks by one of the most important 
20th century ceramic artists, 
now fully illustrated on our website.


Erskine, Hall & Coe Ltd
15 Royal Arcade
28 Old Bond Street
London W1S 4SP

+44 (0) 20 7491 1706

Friday, 24 August 2012

a site 2 see friday: Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans

"The “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans” is a website of information and resources developed to help and support students when they are finishing school."

Thanks to Julia Galloway you can now find out all the dirt on pre graduation, post graduation, studio, kilns, exhibitions, documentation references, shipping work, and interviews. I wish this had been around when i graduated, heck I can still make use of it now!

Thanks Julia Galloway - we love you!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

movie day - Janet DeBoos: An Interview by Jan Howlin

Janet DeBoos: An Interview by Jan Howlin from Australian Ceramics on Vimeo.

Janet DeBoos: An Interview by Jan Howlin

Hear Janet DeBoos talk about her experiences in China. Jan Howlin visited Janet at her home and pottery in the Brindabella Ranges west of Canberra and in this interview excerpt, accompanied by a slideshow, Janet describes how she became the designer of factory-produced ceramics, and how this involvement has radically changed the work she makes. The interview is accompanied by images of Janet's home, studio, office and work taken by photographer Anthony Browell.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Workshop opportunity with Mark Hewitt

Sweetening the Pot
Mark Hewitt -
June 2nd - 15th, 2013

Throwing. Intermediate and advanced

Many secrets will be laid bare as I share as much of my knowledge about throwing, form, decoration, and firing as possible during this, my first ever, two week-long workshop. I'm used to seeing a dramatic improvement in my apprentices' skills when they first begin at my pottery, and I anticipate a similar lively exchange of ideas and techniques with students in the relaxed atmosphere of La Meridiana, leading to significant technical development.

My intention is for participants to dramatically improve their throwing skills, so they can throw more, bigger, better pots - not at the expense of quality, but using technical fluency to enhance individual aesthetic explorations. Through one-on-one discussion of all aspects of making pottery, and hands-on assistance, each student will be guided towards their own artistic and practical goals.

We'll make intimate small items, like mugs, cups, and bowls, seeing them through a variety of decorative treatments to completion. Then we'll tackle complicated pots like teapots and coffee pots, and medium-sized pitchers and jars. Our finale will be to make bigger pots, using a sectional technique to make vases, and a throwing-and-coiling technique to make monumental pots, both abstract and functional.

Needless to say, we'll also spend plenty of time enjoying "la dolce vita," and all that Tuscany has to offer!

Cost: € 2000
The workshop fee includes:

  • tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
  • materials and firings
  • lodging in double room with cooking facilities; single room on request at extra cost of € 250
  • welcome dinner
  • welcome breakfast
  • a freshly prepared Tuscan lunch with wine on the working days
  • a side programme with excursions and gourmet tastings.
Ask for a detailed programme at
International Centre of Ceramics in Tuscany
Loc. Bagnano, 135
50052 Certaldo - Firenze

Tel & Fax: +39 0571 660084

La MeridianaMark Hewitt is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, the son and grandson of Directors of Spode. He apprenticed with Michael Cardew and Todd Piker before moved to North Carolina, USA, in 1983, where he has become well-known for reconfiguring the North Carolina tradition to reflect contemporary culture. His pots are in many museums; he's exhibited widely, and written extensively in the ceramic press. Mark demonstrated at the International Ceramic Festival in Aberystwyth in 2011, and serves as Vice President of the North Carolina Pottery Center.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Perfect Plate @ Lillstreet

New Exhibition Challenges the Notion of Perfection

Join us for the 5th Annual Lillstreet International, a juried exhibition open to artist submissions from across North America. For this year’s theme, juror Sandy Simon searched far and wide for “the perfect plate,” choosing 43 works by 32 artists including: Michael Ashley, Noel Bailey, Mariana Baquero, Amanda Barr, Clinton Berry, Elise Delfield, Nick DeVries, Mike Gesiakowski, Jon Glabus, Mel Griffin, Sangeet Gupta, Todd Hayes, Anna Calluori Holcombe, Tom Jaszczak, Jay Jensen, Jake Johnson, Kristen Kieffer, Lucien Koonce, Justin Lambert, Melissa Lee, Missy McCormick, Megan Mitchell, CJ Niehaus, Bob Pool, Justin Rothshank, Jan Schachter, Aaron Sober, Kyla Strid, Marjorie Wade, Derek Walter, Ai Yamamoto, and Adam Yungbluth.

If you can't make it in to see the show, pick your perfect plate
online and contact the Gallery Director to purchase. We also encourage you to do some creative daydreaming by desiging your own "Perfect-Plate-Inspired" table setting on Pinterest. It's fun and it's easy! 

5:30pm: Juror talk by Sandy Simon
6 - 8pm: Artist reception and awards presentation. 
RSVP on Facebook
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am to 7:30pm; Friday - Saturday, 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood
Chicago, Illinois 60640

been busy lately

My apologies if emails have gone without reply, if posts have been late in coming, or I've dropped the ball lately here on the blog. I have good reason as we are finally moving to our new home this weekend. It's an understatement to say that it's been a hectic few months, but soon all will quiet down again. I thank you for your patience and understanding at times when my life gets in the way : )

If you look really closely you'll see my kiln amongst the mess of my packed up studio. Everything is packed and ready to go, but I just had to get one last firing in. Silly artists, we never sleep!


Call for entry: "Earth"

OLD FORGE -- View, an arts center in the Adirondacks, is seeking entries to “Earth” a juried ceramics exhibition to be displayed in the Henry Kashiwa Eco Gallery from Oct. 6 to Dec. 12.
Entries will be selected for the exhibition and juried by Eric Serritella. The last day to submit an entry is Aug. 25. The winner of Best in Show will be invited to have an exhibition of their work at View.

For complete entry guidelines visit .

The Juror Eric Serritella, is a nationally exhibiting ceramic artist specializing in handcarved trompe l’oeil vessels transformed into birch and weathered logs. Serritella’s one-of-a-kind ceramic sculptures have been awarded and exhibited in galleries and museums from coast to coast and in Asia. His work is included in permanent museum collections, including Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum and The Everson Museum of Art’s world class ceramics collection in Syracuse.

This exhibit is open to all living artists working in ceramics. Work must be original, completed within the past five years and not have been exhibited previously at View.

Artists may submit up to three different works for consideration with an entry fee of $40 ($30 for arts center members). Wall pieces may not exceed 36 inches in any dimension, and may not weigh more than 30 lbs.

To enter the exhibition visit, email for a prospectus, or call View at 315.369.6411 to have a prospectus mailed to you. To learn more about View Programming visit

Call for artists: The Yingge Ceramics Museum Artist in Residence Program

The Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan has begun the 2013 application process for artist-in-resident program; we sincerely hope you or your artist friends can all participate in our 3 month all-expense paid international residency program (including round-trip travel subsides, daily stipend, accommodation, and NTD 30,000 material fee). For the 2013 program, our goal is to select the best artists from all the applicants who have applied for our program. The application deadline is March 31, 2013. Please make sure to send your application in time.

The attachment files include residency details and application files. Please go through the files carefully to understand more about our programs. Artwork images for entering the selection process is recommended 10-15 art work photos. Please pass on this information to anyone who might be interested in our program!

Below is our website, you can also download the application forms from here:

*** links have been updated and should be working now.

Thank you for your cooperation and wish you the best of luck in your future artistic career!

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum Educational Promotion Dept.
No. 200, Wenhua Rd., Yingge Dist., New Taipei City, 23942, Taiwan, ROC

Christa Assad @ The Archie Bray

Artist Talk
Saturday, August 25, 2012 beginning at 7:30 pm
In the Resident Center and free and open to the public.

Archie Bray visiting artist and workshop instructor Christa Assad will present a talk on her work and influences at the Archie Bray Foundation Residence Center at 7:30 on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

Christa AssadChrista Assad, a mid-career artist based in Berkeley, CA, is best known for her ReObjectification series — teapot designs based on objects and buildings from American industry.

A teacher, traveler and full-time ceramist with an MFA from Indiana University, Assad’s work is in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University Museum and the Penn State Fulbright Scholar Collection, among others. Assad is represented by Ferrin Gallery, Harvey Meadows Gallery and Fourth & Clay. She teaches and exhibits internationally, creating both useful and sculptural pieces.
archiebrayfoundation | 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT 59602 | 406/443-3502 |

2012 Ignition Awards

[Ignition. Photo by Deborah Plumb]

Suncoast Clayworkers present the 2012 Ignition Awards for excellence in ceramics, a national competition promoting the passion, creativity, quality and skill involved in creating outstanding works in clay.

Exhibition runs from August 31st to October 6th at the Butter Factory Arts Centre.
Opening reception September 6th @ 6pm

Butter Factory Arts Centre
10 Maple Street,
Cooroy QLD 4565

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The 13th Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair Application Form • Holiday 2012

The Royal Bison is now accepting applications for the 13th Royal Bison Craft and Art Fair - Holiday Edition! Applications can be made from August 15th until midnight, September 30, 2012. At that point, the Bison will consider all factors and come up with a roster for the fair and inform applicants of the results. 
The fair will be held on December 1 & 2, 2012 at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre building at 8426 Gateway Blvd in Edmonton, Canada. We're nicely close to the busy Strathcona Farmers' Market crowd! Hours are 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 12PM to 5PM on Sunday. We expect 2500+ visitors over 2 days! 
There are two table options: 1) HALF TABLE ($45.00 for 4 ft) 2) FULL TABLE ($90.00 for 8ft) *Any additional space needed for racks, etc., must be deducted from the vendor’s table space. Payment is due after you have been accepted. We accept e-transfers, Paypal and/or the archaic personal cheque for table fees. 
Some things to note: 
• Sorry, the Bison cannot accept one-day vendors. 
• If you back out of the fair after you've been accepted, we will still have to charge you for your table, and we may ask you to take a vacation from the next fair. 
With our new setup, backed-out on tables can go to other awesome vendors on a wait list. 
Admittance to the Bison is competitive! 
Please note the Bison only has space for roughly 70 vendors, and we regularly receive nearly double that number of applications. Don't let that discourage you, we do make space for new vendors in every fair! 
If you have any questions, just email us at
Thanks for applying - we can't wait to see what you've got for us this season! Best, Vikki Wiercinski Jeanie Andronyk Royal Bison Boss Ladies

movie day: Ryan Takaba

To Come Home from Mark & Angela Walley on Vimeo.

To Come Home

Inspired by both his family and his home in Hawaii, ceramic artist Ryan Takaba creates work for his Mums and Water series. This documentary was produced in association with Southwest School of Art. Learn more about their BFA program at
Learn more about the artist at

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

artwork is work (in case you didn't know)

via Visual Arts Center of Richmond on facebook

Call for artists: Bowled Over Again

newcastle studio potters

Bowled Over Again - Ceramic Bowl competition and exhibition is on again from 14 - 30 September 2012. It is sponsored by Keane Ceramics, Rustica Restaurant and Newcastle Studio Potters Inc.

If you are interested in participating go to for more information.

Be a part of Lillstreet's inaugural Student & Faculty Art Fair

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 15th
New this year, in conjunction with the 37th Annual Holiday Show & Sale, Lillstreet’s 3rd floor will be transformed into a vibrant marketplace on Friday, Nov. 30th from 5pm - 9pm.

We are excited to offer this new opportunity to our community of creative artists. The fair is open to all current Lillstreet faculty members, monitors, and students who have attended a Lillstreet class in the 2011 or 2012 calendar years, or are enrolled to start a course before the year's end.  Not you? Don't worry! You still have time to enroll in a fall class and participate in open studio to work on your items. Save $10 on 5-week classes and $20 on 10-week classes when you register for fall classes by August 20th.

We are seeking handmade artisan quality items, and will give special consideration to vendors whose products are made at Lillstreet, or made with skills gained from classes taken at Lillstreet. We are looking to represent a diversity of arts and crafts offerings, with a focus on unique gift items and craftsmanship. For more details about the Student & Faculty Art Fair please visit the 
Opportunities Section on Lillstreet Gallery.

If you're ready to apply, you can start your application
HERE.  There is a non-refundable application fee of $15 to apply for the fair, and we expect to have room for 80 artists. Once accepted, you can choose if you'd like a 3ft table space for $30.00 or a full 6ft table for $60.00. Tables will be provided as part of your booth fee.

If you have additional questions  please contact Special Events Manager, Claire Hurwitz at or call 773-769-4226.

technical tuesday: dots

Quick & Easy - Rubbing Alcohol Technique by DuncanCrafts on YouTube

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Collaboration: AFFECT // Agora Collective's Program for Collaborative Practices

AFFECT is a self-organized residency program where the participants share their projects in order to challenge themselves within the inputs of other artists

PURPOSE to challenge artistic projects within a collaborative context PRINCIPLES is a skill-sharing program based on collaborative artistic practices developed by and for young professionals who want to challenge a specific project CONCEPT 7 artists from different backgrounds are placed in the same space to affect each other’s work

Period of 4 weeks Art Space at Agora’s top floor – 120 sq. meter in a industrial building in Neukölln Berlin 7 artists are selected through open call. 4 variety of interventions with 1 facilitator per week. About the interventions: Interventions happen once a week and it is lead by a member of Agora Collective - the processes are never top-down - the idea is to treat the member as co-learners. Throughout the weeks, Agora Collective members provoke smalls interventions to the group related to their domain of research, in order to build bridges, generate inputs and propose working tasks to the participants and their projects.

WEEK 1 // CREATING A GROUP How to create situations that encourage collaboration?

WEEK TWO // RE-MIX How to compose collaborative actions within individual artistic practices?

WEEK THREE // NETWORK What are the key elements that could provoke partnership between people?

WEEK FOUR // OUTCOME How can the group define a consensus of displaying and presenting the process? The outcome (display of the process experienced during the program) is decided by the group during the process: it can be anything - an art show, a public intervention, a creative event, a dinner, a party, etc.

PEOPLE Conceived by Agora Art Collective - A small group of artists and thinkers coming from many disciplines and backgrounds and while it retains a small, core group from project to project Agora Collective is also constantly inviting new members to meet the challenges of a new work the program Affect refers, to the influence, a change has on something else. It is not from today that artists are influenced and inspired by the relationships and encounters experienced throughout their lives. Interferences and interactions between persons can create special circumstances that are crucial for artistic development and certainly affect the way one relates to production.

AFFECT is a program designed by Agora Collective based on collaborative practices – Agora’s artists open their art space for 7 international artists – from all field of arts – who aim to challenge and incorporate new layers to their own projects. The program proposes a skill-sharing format in which Agora Collective intends, as a catalyser, to cause/ propose/create a review of perspective mainly through discussions, exercises, reading sessions, workshops and living collectively.

For Agora Collective the program shows itself as a potential opportunity to formalize daily situations experienced in the space. Agora Collective, acting since June 2011 in Berlin - opens its space and i shares its experience for a new group of artists. key elements of AFFECT . project sharing // skill sharing format // references sessions // reading sessions // self-organized concept = the group sculptures the way the program goes - from the layout of the space until the final outcome. Specifications for the program 4 weeks/program – from 3rd September - 29th September in Berlin, Germany Applications - deadline August 16th Results per email: 18th of August This program is developed for artists of any field who are interested in immersing themselves and their projects into a collaborative situation.

- A short description of the project to be developed in Agora (max. 2500 characters with space) .
- Sample of previous work
– PDF, links, website, cds, dvds, etc.

Deadline for application: 16th August

Applications should be sent at 
fee: 380 euros / month includes - 24/7 studio space - contact/facilitation/workshop with Berlin based artists - final outcome - work exposure - video documentation - Accommodation is facilitated but not provided for the program.


Application deadline
August 16, 2012

Residency starts
September 3, 2012

Residency ends
September 30, 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Ghana: Nka Foundation announces call for submissions to its Fired Ceramic Architecture project

Musgum Clay House

Ghana: Nka Foundation announces a call for entries from designers, architects, artists, and schools to research Fired Ceramic Architecture, as a model for housing for the arts in West Africa

Musgum Clay House
PRLog (Press Release) - Aug 09, 2012 -

WHAT: Project explores the relationship between land art and land architecture to create fired ceramic structures  
Advanced students and graduates of architecture and art
WHERE: Abetenim Arts Village, 20 kilometers from Kumasi in Ashanti Region of Ghana
DATE: 1st to last day of the month from October 2012 – April 2014
DEADLINE: No fixed deadlines (applications are accepted until all spots are filled)
COST: Organizer will provided accommodation. The international participant is responsible for costs of own airfare and proposed project; and food is €5 per day. 

CONTACT: To apply e-mail CV, date you are applying, and sample of your work to For information on our previous projects go

Land Art / Land Architecture is designed to bring together artists and architects from different countires to explores the relationship between land art and land architecture to create fired ceramic structures at Abetenim Arts Village in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Project starts with site-specific tours to immerse the group in the dialectics of observing, analyzing and drawing on the local conditions to generate a contextually sound piece. The group will then work together to complete the design process and create a land art, an earth monument to be built with earth and other materials from the site.

This is an experimental project that explores the relationship between land art and land architecture as basis for constructing green earthworks or fired earth structures. The wall of the structure may therefore be created with red earth and roofed conventionally, or the roof rendered of earth (mud) together with the wall and fired as terra cotta. If the project is to be of terra cotta, a bio-form such as an onion, mushroom or the anthill ought to be hollowed out. Wherein, we will stack firewood and smaller clay pieces. We will then fire the whole unit as in terra cotta. The smaller pieces can be installed as parts of the whole, or as takehome pieces, or for exhibition regionally or internationally to share the results with the wider public. We will use 4 weeks to complete the project. An international participants with only 2 weeks to spare may join or leave at a time in line with other commitments. A ceramic professor at the nearby university will join the group for local advisory. Some indigeneous potters are available to assist with the making and the firing of the pieces to the desired 960° C to reach red heat.

(i)   Cultural Orientation:
Cultural orientation is throughout the period. Through route-specific or site-specific tours of the local resources, house calls and demonstrations of local traditions, the visitor gains awareness and skills necessary for successful adaptation to the community.
(ii)   Focus Project: Your team will propose and build their project with the help of 1 or 2 local artisans. We encourage involve pupils in nearby schools in the process for cross-cultural and environmental education.
(iii)   Community Day: Public celebration of the completed project with the rural community by way of open house exhibition, public performance, etc.
(iv)   Project Dissemination: Post-project activities in or outside the country via real life publications, gallery exhibitions, seminal presentations, etc. The prospects of engaging the global e-community in the project process via QR system of barcodes, a website / blogging and other digital technologies are equally compelling.