Friday, 30 November 2012

a site 2 see friday: Craft Theory Reading List

"About the Craft Theory reading list -
This reading list of craft, craft theory, and related texts is managed by Travis Meinolf and Erik Scollon.  Contributors have been asked to suggest three texts they have found useful to them in their thinking, conception or practice of craft based making.  We’ve asked makers, writers, critics, curators and others related to the contemporary craft field to contribute."

busy workshop around here lately

I'll be at Sundog starting today. Please stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

technical tuesday: Decorating with Linda Arbuckle

I'm trapped in the studio today doing some painting and decorating of my own for my LAST (oh I hope) firing before my holiday sales. So you sit back and relax and watch a pro decorate while I go and stress and hopefully don't make too big of a mess : )

In this video, Linda Arbuckle demonstrates how to make and decorate an ewer. Order your copy of Linda's two-disc instructional pottery DVD set at

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Musing about mud survey

Holiday Open Studio - Bella Joy Pottery

It's time again for the Bella Joy Pottery Holiday Open Studio!
This year for the first time ever Michael Kifer will have his home studio open as well.

Friday Dec 7th night is a mailing list preview night from 6-8pm.
All mailing list members will receive 10% off, even on 50% off items.
Saturday Dec 8th hours are 11-5.
Sunday Dec 9th hours are 12-4.

My address is:
824 (GPS 11944) Doster Road
Plainwell, MI 49080

Michael's address is:
11189 East CD Ave.
Richland, MI 49083

I hope to see you there!
Thank you for supporting handmade,

Jody Greenman-Barber - Open House

"Open House Pottery Show and Sale" which is Friday December 7 (evening) and Saturday December 8 (day)

Buena Vista, Saskatchewan

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Movie Day Guest Post: Louis Boshoff writes about Ruan Hoffmann is a creative consultancy that specializes in curating collaborations between artists, architects and designers in the fashion and interior industries.

The artistic expression of ceramic artist Ruan Hoffmann has steadily gained widespread and international appeal; this by no accident though, since both his imagery and medium is so universally accessible. His fickle remarks and poignant slogans are the equivalent of latter-day t-shirt culture, and whilst his comments on politics are quite colloquial, those works that refer to more generic emotive issues find an easy audience everywhere by imbuing a sense of intimacy. The use of ceramic plates as canvas, those ancient utilitarian everyday objects, further enhance this element of closeness and even though they may be misshaped and imperfect, it only strengthens the metaphor within his work; the imperfections of humanity and himself. As with many artists Ruan expresses his sentiments in a passionate and direct way, but he often relies on the alchemic process of the kiln and glazes to introduce an accidental poignancy to the work; in the shape of a teardrop forming from some spilt glaze or a texture forming from some unintentional combination of oxides. It is these accidents that are a comfortable reminder that the struggle for control and predictability is futile and suggests that we learn to perceive and appreciate the beauty of imperfection. I strongly believe that the success of his oeuvre derives from a very definite humanizing component; stretching across skilled decoratively painted works, poetic text based slogans to ironic and inadvertent self-revelations.

These videos are an introduction to his extensive body of work. Find more of his work here :

If you would like to contribute to musing about mud in the form of a guest post that would be greatly appreciated. All I ask is that your context be ceramic and or craft related. Please send guest posts to

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cathy Terepocki Studio Sale

Well in case you haven't heard the sad news, Saskatoon is losing the ever lovely Cathy Terepocki. So if you want one last chance to see and grab one, or two or three pieces of her amazing work for yourself then you'd better not miss her studio sale. One day only this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. 

Of course you can still find her work on Broadway at the Better Good. But this will be a great opportunity to pick up some new work or old stock and seconds in both dishes and jewllery. 

221 31st Street. W. Saskatoon (back alley studio entrance)  

Full Circle: An exhibition by Joan Bruneau

Ying-Yueh Chuang: In Search of Paradise

Ying-Yueh Chuang, Flower Series #1 (detail). Fabric, porcelain, 302 x 265 x 12 cm. 2011

"As a collector of things, it is the small elements that most people overlook that inspire me most, the pieces that are thrown out or read as undesirable. "

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Ying-Yueh Chuang as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Ying-Yueh Chuang came to Canada in the 1990s, attending and receiving a diploma from Langara College in 1997 and a BFA from Emily Carr Institute in 1999. She received her MFA in Ceramics from NSCAD University, after which she participated as an Artist-in Residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, where she continues to live and work, from 2001 to 2004. Chuang received the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2006 as well as a number of Provincial and Canada Council awards for her work. Her work is included in numerous public collections such as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canada Council Art Bank and the WOCEK Icheon World Ceramic Centre in Korea, and it has been featured in Art in America, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Review and Ceramics Art & Perception. She has participated in exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Hungary, Taiwan, Korea, China and Australia. In May of 2012, her work was shown in a two-person travelling exhibition with Eliza Au, Variations on Symmetry, at the Evergreen Art Gallery in Coquitlam.

Chuang finds inspiration in things as simple as a grocery store, where the myriad forms and textures of vegetables suggest possibilities for exploration. Observing plants, she notices how structures and environments integrate and repeat to make complex wholes, which have the potential to expand exponentially. Much of her work incorporates complex symmetries, which she observes in nature, using hundreds of brightly glazed components assembled on site. Often organized geometrically, her compositions suggest scientific specimens, with figures pinned to a board rather than left living and free. Underlying the candy-coloured surfaces is an examination of order and freedom, both personal and social, which reflects her experience in both the populated, fairly homogenous culture of Taiwan, where rigid expectations govern family and social relations, and the sparsely populated and heterogeneous Canadian environment. Chuang values both, and her installations grow out of mediating the tensions between the two cultures.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm in Room 245, NB, Emily Carr University. We look forward to seeing you there.

Note: For more on Ying-Yueh Chuang, please see her website at .

technical tuesday: Emily Murphy

Image via Emily Murphy

I'm sure you've all been over to Emily Murphy's Pottery Blog. It's fantastic to say the least. How that lovely lady does it all is beyond me. Yesturday she posted a great technical post about photographing your artwork. I know I've sat through a few photography workshops and I still need a re-fresher once in a while. So head on over to the Pottery Blog for:

how-to: make your own set-up for photographing pottery

Thanks Emily!


Sunday, 18 November 2012

a sunday night movie: Rafa Perez

via facebook

Rob Froese @ Mysteria Gallery

New Works
by Holly Fay and Rob Froese (paintings on canvas and paper by Holly Fay; functional ceramics by Rob Froese created in Medicine Hat and Japan)

City Streets
Heather M. Cline (mixed media paintings)

Mysteria Gallery
2706 13th Avenue, Regina SK, 306 522 0080
New website:

Friday, 16 November 2012

a site 2 see friday: Jamie Hayon

Designboom just posted images of a new project by valencia-based designer Jaime Hayon.  It's a limited edition of 40 vases to commemorate the 40th birthday of barcelona design. Super fun and playful see the article here and check out more by Jaime Hayon here.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Call for proposals: NCECA 2014

From March 19 to 22 of 2014 Milwaukee will serve as the host city for the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).  I am pleased to be serving as the on-site liaison for this conference.

The theme of the conference, Material World, will be dedicated to an investigation of the complex ways that materials acquire meaning through the things that we make and those that surround us in our daily lives. Exhibitions and programs will expand on traditional definitions of fine and decorative arts, craft and design in the context of the 21st century.

As a way of reaching out to innovative artists and thinkers I am writing to let you know about the call for proposals for the 2014 NCECA concurrent independent exhibitions. We are looking for dynamic exhibition proposals from artists at various stages in their career that will be housed throughout Milwaukee in conjunction with the conference.  Deadline for submission is January 4.

Selected by a review committee, proposals are considered for their ability to successfully respond to the thematic structure of the conference and in the way that they showcase the field at this particular moment in time.  

Please follow this link for complete information:

I hope that you will consider making a proposal, and would ask that you pass this email along to anyone that you feel would be interested in the project.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Paul Sacaridiz
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
Art Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

2014 on-site conference liaison
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Angela Walford Open Studio

Ann Van Hoey exhibition opens tomorrow