Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Another year gone already? Well for me that one went particularly quick. We started off 2012 with a lovely new addition to our family. From there things get a bit blurry (lack of sleep and all), but i do know that the year was filled with lots of wonderous things. New developments in my functional work, an award nomination, and of course some fun stuff around this here blog.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your support in the past. Every year the readership of this blog grows and it continues thanks to those of you that support the community through the sharing of your work, exhibitions, events and opportunities. Thank you to all of the artists who let me share their beautiful work. It has been incredibly inspiring.

In November I asked you all to fill out a survey for me about your thoughts on musing and what it offered, how it could be improved and how it could grow to better serve the community. I am intending on writing a full post sharing with you all the results of this survey in detail so that you can understand my motivations and the changes that I hope to make over the next year. My ambitious self thought that i'd have a bunch of the changes set and ready to go for the beginning of the New Year, but hmmm errr, well I took a break over the holidays instead : ) But seriously these will be changes that will take a while to implement and some of these changes will require some participation on the part of you the reader. Don't worry, it'll be great I promise.

And speaking of great I want to introduce something I'm really excited about. A sparkly new addition to the blog.... the  musing about mud gallery

I've been struggling to find the best format to host a gallery site and for now I'll be using tumbler to see if this is a platform that can work. My intention with this gallery site is that it will be comprised of reader submitted images. There may be times that i will toss in some of my own work or something i've run across i just have to share. But I would love to see the readership of this blog use this platform as a means to showcase their own work, to build community, exposure, education and interest in the ceramic arts.

I've already had a few wonderful artists submit images to get the site started. Please stop by for a visit, come back often for new eye candy and most importantly please get involved! Submit images, comment on others work, encourage others to participate. This will be a non juried site. I hope to see posts from students, emerging artists, part-timers, long time professionals, artists, educators, gallery owners, everyone - so long as its some how clay related. The more we all put into it the better it can be.

Okay that's enough from me for now. More to come very soon.
Till then have a wonderful New Year. May it be filled with love, happiness, health, creativity and peace.

From my family to you, all the best.


monday morning eye candy: Kazunori Hamana


Saturday, 29 December 2012

Call for artists: Penland Summer Studio Assistantships--2013

Studio assistants are students who assist instructors and fellow students and are responsible for maintaining the school’s standards for studio operation. Assistants receive housing and meals, and pay only the $50 nonrefundable processing fee. Assistants are selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to 25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and the day after their session, and must make travel arrangements which will allow them to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply. Many instructors select their own assistants; check the list below to determine availability of positions before applying.

To apply, check the studio assistant box on the application form, and include a letter explaining your experience in the field and your interest in the class, along with a résume, two letters of recommendation, five printed images of your work (maximum size 8-1/2 x 11, no slides or CDs), and the $50 processing fee. Applications must be received no later than February 15, and must include letters of reference. Applicants will be notified by April 1.

International students note: because the U.S. government considers our studio assistant program to be work for hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive studio assistantships unless they have a work permit.

Many instructors select their own assistants. The following spring classes have available assistantships:
Drawing & Painting: Tony Griffin - Portrait Drawing
Letterpress: Bryan Baker - Alternative Type-High Materials & Elaborate Lock-Ups
Specials: Kyoung Ae Cho - Conversation with Nature
Photography: Ellen Eisenman & Clarissa Sligh - Photography, Community, and the Social Self
Textiles: Krishna Amin-Patel: Weaving: Creative Explorations
Specials: John Garrett - Baskets: Materials & Metaphor
Specials: Sharona Muir - Crafting Memory, Dreaming History: Writing from Experience
Wood: Annie Evelyn & Chloris Lowe - LOCO-Motion
Drawing & Painting: Jill Eberle - Drawing Bodies
Glass: Masahiro Asaka - Construction and Subtraction
Photography: Stan Strembicki - Still Life as Narrative
Textiles: Jason Pollen: Upside Down, Inside Out, and Backwards
Metals: Arthur Hash - One-Two Punch
Clay: George Bowes - Every Day, Ideas
Clay: David & Tracy Gamble - Low-Fire Adventure
Textiles: Donna Sharrett - Needlework Connections
Drawing & Painting: Roger Allen Nelson - Fresco Painting
Metals: Amir Friedman - Kinetic Adornments
Clay: Kenneth Baskin - Slab Construction Strategies
Flameworking: Marc VandenBerg - Sculpting at the Flame
Clay: Andy Shaw - Tableware: The Design Objective
Lower Metals: Fred Fenster & Hiroko Yamada - Pewtersmithing
Iron: Jeffrey Funk - Forging Agrarian Tools
Wood: David Caldwell - Woodcarving for Architecture and Furniture
Textiles: Libby O'Bryan - Sew Biz

Monday, 17 December 2012

25th Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art

April 26th – April 28th, 2013
“This is the kind educational, intellectual event one expects from museums or universities, but which public institutions seem less and less able to provide.” – ARTWEEK
CCACA brings the ultimate ceramic sculpture event to Davis, CA from April 26 – April 28th, 2013. In an intimate setting, you can interact with top artists in a way not possible at other venues. UC Davis, home to the late sculptor Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for ceramic art. Enjoy delightful downtown Davis and be inspired by nationally recognized ceramic art talents.
Demonstrations, lectures, shows—no other event delivers more inspired knowledge of ceramic sculpture for a better price. Meet face-to-face with distinguished ceramic sculptors you might only read about; see and hear from the artists what makes them top in their field.

45 Major Shows

Local gallery exhibitions and over 40 college shows bring the best work of the year within easy reach.
  • John Natsoulas Gallery’s 23rd annual 30 Ceramic Sculptors
  • The Artery’s California Clay Competition
  • The Davis Art Center
  • The Pence Gallery
  • Ceramics from UC Davis’s permanent collection, featuring Robert Arneson’s masterpiece, The Palace at 9 a.m.
These shows run concurrent with CCACA 2013. See all this and over 40 amazing student shows within a short walk. This is a chance to surround yourself with the top ceramic art of today and the ideas of the artists of tomorrow.
The following are the schools who participated in 2012: Academy of Art University, American River College, Cabrillo College, California College of the Arts, CSU Chico, CSU Fullerton, Chabot College, College of Marin, College of the Redwoods, Cosumnes River College, Cypress College, Davis High School, Delta College, Diablo Valley College, Emerson Junior High School, Humboldt State College, Los Medanos, Foothill College, Fresno State, Fresno City College, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino Junior College, Merritt College, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Reedley College, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sierra College, Sierra Nevada College, Skyline College, Solano College, Sonoma State University, Southern Oregon University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, West Valley College.

Find out more here

monday morning eye candy: Dandee Pattee

Friday, 14 December 2012

a site 2 see friday: Studio Break

"Studio Break is a  blog/podcast featuring interviews with artists from their studio.  Blogs updates will include images of artists work along with an interview/conversation which explores the challenges of keeping a studio practice, what they may be working on, and what we can look forward to seeing from them in the future."

A recent podcast showcased ceramic artist Megan Mitchell.

Check it out here

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Call for entry: 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2

Lark Crafts seeks images to publish in a new collection of figures in clay, to be juried by Nan Smith. While artwork may be abstract to some degree, each piece must be based on and recognizable as the human form. Artists may submit images for up to two original works with three details of each piece. Note that as a book of new work, no artwork created before 2004 will be considered, and priority will be given to pieces created within the last five years. There is no entry fee. We can accept only high-quality digital images. Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book, a complimentary copy, and discounts on the purchase of additional books. Artists retain copyright of their work.

All submissions must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services. Note that there is no fee for using Juried Art Services. The entry page can be found at the following link:
Entries must be submitted by February 8, 2013.

Call for entry: 24th Annual Teapot Show

Application deadline: February 16, 2013
Entry Fee: 30 for two entries
Location: Illinois, Chicago

Show Date: April 7–May 19, 2013
Open to: open to functional teapots
Classification: international exhibitions
Slide / Digital: digital
Contact details:
A. Houberbocken, Inc.
PO Box 196
Phone: 414-481-6265

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Harumi Nakashima @ Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Hong Kong

Harumi Nakashima @ Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien Hong Kong

g/f 208-­218, Hollywood road
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
t. + 852 25 47 00 00
Opening 22 november 2012
Exhibition runs 23 november to 5 january 2012

movie day: Belgian Town Erects Christmas Tree Made of Porcelain Kitchenware


20 artists under 40, 20 artists over 40 years of age currently working in ceramics
May 25 - July 14, 2013
 show overview
Call for Entries | Due February 1, 2013
Ferrin Gallery is seeking 20 artists over and 20 artists under the age of 40 for Ceramic Top 40 | 2013. This exhibition will present the "IT" artists currently working in conceptual utilitarian and sculptural ceramics. The show seeks to identify those working on the cutting edge of current processes, ideas and presentation concepts by both the up-and-coming generation of artists and established artists who are breaking new ground. One artist from the group exhibition will be awarded a solo show during 2014.
Applications are due February 1, 2013.
  • Applications must be RECEIVED no later than February 1, 2013.
  • Notification will be emailed by March 1, 2013.
  • Artwork is due to Ferrin Gallery May 1, 2013.
  • Exhibition Dates: May 25 - July 14, 2013.
  • Applications must be submitted to: Ferrin Gallery
    Attn: Ceramic Top 40 | 2013
    437 North Street
    Pittsfield, MA 01201
  • Open to all Artists Domestic and International.
  • Conceptual Utilitarian and Sculptural Ceramic works are eligible.
  • Work must be made primarily of ceramic material.

  • Artists will be expected to exhibit the actual works submitted or create new works similar to those presented in the images.
  • All exhibited work must be for sale.
  • Ferrin Gallery receives a 50% commission on all sold work.
  • Artist pays shipping to the gallery, suitably packaged with reusable materials for return by common carrier. Alternate arrangements for delivery or return will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Consignment term: May 1 - December 31, 2013.
  • Accepted artists will be asked to provide a self-portrait, digital image (same size as above).
Application Must Include
  • Completed Application Form
    • Print and fill out by hand or
    • Fill out form on computer, then print.
  • Resume - 2 pages only
  • Disc with 5 Images - 300 dpi (Image file names must include your last name, your first name, and image number. Ex. DoeJ01, DoeJ02)
  • Image List (Title, Size, Materials, Price)
  • Statement describing the 5 works or proposed works - 100 words or less
Questions? Contact Leslie Ferrin at

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

water cups fountain by ariane prin

"based in london and paris, designer ariane prin has developed a machine to produce dripped porcelain cups. as four large porcelain vessels slowly shed a recipe based of clay over 16 plaster molds rotating underneath, they create unique random patterns on the cups. influenced by the spontaneous gathering of citizens around numerous city fountains and joyful interaction with water, the collection attempts to create the machines which achieve the objects. the clay recipe elaborated for the vessels needs only one firing, reducing by half the consumption of power usually used in ceramic production."

via Designboom see the whole article here

technical tuesday: Make your own clay-sculpting loop tools

 via Instructables

Monday, 10 December 2012

Exhibition Opening: Beginning to End

Gallery Opening
Friday, December 14, 5 - 7pm

Beginning to End 

Christine Golden, Aisha Harrison, Clayton KeyesBeginning to End 
545 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Upcoming workshops at the Saskatoon potters guild (i'm so excited!)

Jack Sures
Workshop on throwing, decorating and glazing from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 30th and 31st.
Jack Sures will present a free public talk and presentation at the Albert Community Centre's loft on Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Sures trained as a painter and printmaker, honed his ceramics skills initially in London, England at Chelsea Pottery and studied the works of ceramic artists in the museums and galleries of Europe and the Middle East. In 1962, he returned to Canada and set up his own pottery studio in Winnipeg, eventually moving to Regina, where he continues to live and work today.

Over the past fifty years, Jack Sures has contributed significantly to the advancement of ceramic art in Canada, including his implementation of the printmaking and ceramics programs at the University of Regina in 1965, where from 1969 to 1971 he served as chairman for the Department of Visual Arts.

Michael Kline
On Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th 2013, Michael will give a workshop focusing on decorating on bisque, social networking, etc...
On October 4th, 2013 he will give a talk and presentation open to the public at no charge.
"Despite the many tangents that lead me this way and that in the course of making pottery, the ideas, desires and excitement of clay remain very close to those at the very beginning of my career. To be sure, the outcome of experience and effort, trial and error has evolved through the years. But the process still begins with the simple, ecstatic response to a ball of soft clay. The successful pot elicits a similar response in the context of the home.

The mountains of North Carolina provide plenty of inspiration with their wildly exuberant flora, geological variety and the pottery history that sprang from these geological circumstances. Strong pottery form and patterns that evoke the complexity of this natural environment continue to guide my interests in this current body of work. By some combination of optimism and risk, my collaboration with the natural properties of clay and wood fire continues to lead me through this potter's life, at times exasperating and at others, exhilarating."

monday morning eye candy: Maura Biava

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Talking Through the Vessel: A Studio Masterclass with Chris Gustin

February 1, 2013 - February 3, 2013

Friday night private reception February 1, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, February 2 – 3, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The entire weekend with complimentary catalogue is $125 Members $175 Nonmembers

Join ceramicist Chris Gustin in the studio for an unforgettable experience inside the mind of a master. Watch Gustin throw and build pots as he talks through his process. What is it that makes a pot good or gives it a lasting visual presence? Through his words, ponder elements of design. Hear the concerns (functional versus sculptural, metaphor and meaning) and decisions of this extraordinary maker as he creates each vessel. Gustin will use both the potter’s wheel and coil building techniques. Consider, line, proportion, geometry, ratio, scale, volume. Ask questions about the roles they play as each work of art unfolds before your eyes.

The weekend begins on the Friday night before the masterclass with a private gallery talk given by the artist, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Then attend two full days of the masterclass including a lecture/luncheon about the “Architecture of the Vessel” on Saturday. Also receive a complimentary copy of Gustin’s new catalogue ($40 value) for his first retrospective exhibition “Chris Gustin: Masterworks in Clay.”

You may also attend these individual events:
$35 Private Friday evening Gallery Talk by Chris Gustin, wine and hors d’oeuvres
$40 Saturday Lecture/ Luncheon about the “Architecture of the Vessel”

Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Friday, 7 December 2012

NSCAD Ceramics Winter Show and Sale

Opens this Tuesday 5:30PM at the NSCAD Port Campus, third floor, 1107 Marginal Rd., Halifax.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Call for entry: International Chawan Expo Taiwan 2013

Application deadline: December 14, 2012
Entry Fee: $130.00 USD
Location: Taiwan, Kaohsiung City
Show Date: October 5–20, 2013
Open to: open to ceramic tea bowls (chawans)
Classification: international exhibitions
Slide / Digital: digtial
Contact details:
International Chawan Expo Project
Am Rimsche 8

Kenji Uranishi - Sanctuary

“One day ceramics exhibition”

Ils vous ont séduits, émus, convaincus, intrigués, interpellés,… mais peut être n’avez-vous pas osé…
C’est pourquoi les artistes de la galerie de L’Ô vous offrent ce 22/12 une journée d’exposition.

De nouvelles réalisations l'espace d'une journée unique, l’opportunité de faire ou de vous faire plaisir autrement…
Les Ateliers galerie de L’ô vous convient en collaboration avec Caroline Andrin, An van den Abbeele, Pascale de Visscher, Rebecca Maeder, Marit kathriner, Sophie Ronse, Marie Chantelot, Masamy Yamamoto, Elisabetta Gendre, Tjok Dessauvage, Dorothée loriquet, Virginie Besengez, Nathalie Doyen, Laetitia Lefevre,… à notre
“One day ceramics exhibition” 22/12/12 de 11H00 à 18H00
 Les Ateliers galerie de L'Ô  asbl
Rue de L'Eau, 56a _1190 Forest  Belgique  
Tel: +32.495.28.71.74 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Full Circle: Joan Bruneau


Artist Statement

My pots function as decorative objects activated through use. Containment, delivery or presentation of food or flowers completes their aesthetic potential. Sensual forms and sumptuous surfaces inspire interaction with the viewer. 

The confluence of function, symbolism, technique and composition drive the evolution of new forms, patterns and glazes. My pottery forms and surfaces take cues from various cultures and periods in ceramics history, natural phenomena and ornament. Shape and surface compositions may evoke a season, landscape, architectural detail, or flower. The variables of form and surface possibilities offer the potential to layer meanings and influences.

Using Lantz earthenware native to Nova Scotia, my wheel thrown and constructed pottery is decorated with slip, sgraffito, under glazes and polychrome food safe glazes. The forms are wheel thrown and assembled using “Cut and Paste” technique characterized by gestural throwing lines, dynamic volumes and structural seams. The surfaces are treated with brushed white slip, sgraffito, under glazes and polychrome food-safe glazes.

Various glaze palettes employed in Full Circle are intended to enhance different foods, from fresh spring and summer salads to hearty, savoury dishes. The flower bricks are also intended to compliment flowers and foliage available through the seasons but also presentation of seasonal foods and flowers, corresponding to a specific shape, glaze palette and function. The Four Season Flower Brick Set, celebrates the natural beauty and diversity of Eastern Canadian seasons while alluding to the four seasons, a universal theme associated with the cycles of life, death and regeneration.The Dutch developed the flower brick form in the 17thc to display highly prized tulips. In this case, individual flower bricks containing seasonal flowers and/or indigenous foliage may be displayed separately or unified in a circular configuration as a set.

The exhibition will also investigate the disruption of natural cycles by human intervention through a series of pieces addressing the globalization of food sources.

This venue offers the potential to attract a broader public audience associated with the farmer’s market who may not associate ceramics or fine craft with broader issues such as the 100 mile diet vs. globalization of food sources. The exhibition in this venue presents the opportunity to bolster the relevance of fine craft and contemporary ceramics within a broader social context.


Joan Bruneau has been a full time studio potter in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Regular Part-Time Faculty in the Ceramics Department at NSCAD University since 1995. She earned her BFA from NSCAD in 1988, and MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1993.

Joan was Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University, Vancouver 1998-2001 and has taught in the Distance Ceramics Diploma Programs at Red Deer College, the Australia National University and Glasgow School of Art .

She teaches workshops and lectures across Canada and the US. Her work is exhibited throughout North America and is in public collections including the AGNS, Canada, Sykes Gallery, USA and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China.

Joan was the 2009 recipient of the Established Artist Recognition Award from the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership and the 2005 recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award which funded her residency at La Meridiana Ceramics Residency in Italy in 2005.

View more of the exhibition on facebook
Or read more here:

Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Road, Suite 140, Halifax, NS B3H 4P6
(902) 492-2522
Hours: Tue - Fri 9-5 | Sat & Sun 11-4 | closed Mon & holidays

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Call for entry: Energy of the Future, 2013 NCECA Conference Concurrent Independent Exhibition

Application deadline: December 7, 2012
Entry Fee: 10 for two entries; $5 for one entry
Location: Texas, Houston
Show Date: March 18–24, 2013
Open to: open to current and former community college students in the US and Canada, with work comprised of at least 50% clay completed between August 20, 2010 and December 7, 2012.

Contact details:
Aims Art in Action Club, Aims Community College
Ed Beaty Hall, Rm. 109
Phone: 970-339-6435

Call for entry: "Talks by Artist", Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2013

Entries are now open for the Forum "Talks by Artist", Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2013. We welcome international and domestic artists to become the main subject of interest. Our aim is to allow artists to take this opportunity to introduce his or her art world as a way of communicating with the general public. Through this newly introduced event GICB is progressing further with different approaches moving away from past opening channels. This is a chance for you the artist to become the center of attraction!
General Information
  • Eligibility : Artists working in the field, currently creating and exhibiting artworks
  • Deadline : 3 December (Mon) 2012, 09:00 ~ 15 February (Fri) 2013, 18:00 Application open for 75 days
  • Method of Application : Strictly limited to online application
Conditions for Application
  • 1. No restrictions on age, nationality
  • 2. Accepting artists working either in clay or clay combined with other materials
About the event
  • Event Title : Talks by Artists
  • Date and Time : Every Saturday during the GICB period, 14:00 ~ 16:30 (2 to 3 Talks per session)
    * Schedule is likely to change, further notice will be announced
  • Place : Icheon Toyasium, Seminar Hall
  • Lecture : Talks by participating artists with questions and answers
  • Lecture Contents : 
  • ① Description on artwork and making method
    ② About the artist and the artwork
    ③ Facts on ceramics
Submission of Information
  • 1. Applicant's Resume/CV ( download form)
  • 2. A brief summary of lecture and contents (1 page A4 size, HWP or MS-WORD file format)
    * Korean and English, official languages for lectures
Schedule for Selecting Artists
  • Screening Dates : 18 February(Mon) ~ 27 February(Wed) 2013 Online jury
  • Announcement : 28 February(Thu) 2013 from 12:00 Hours (noon, local time) Final announcement will be presented on our webpage and the selected artists will be notified through e-mail
For further information:
GICB 2013 Seoul Office
MH 1113, 72-1, Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-791 Republic of Korea
Tel: (+82) 02 3143 6903 Fax: (+82) 02 3143 6904
Webpage: Email:

A Slow Clay Guest Artist Workshop: Penny Byrne

For more info visit or contact

technical tuesday: Thickened Slip, Trailing Slip, Joining Slip

A fantastic post by John Britt on Clay Club Blog