Thursday, 31 January 2013

Job Posting: Studio Art Technician

The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is pleased to announce a search for a Studio Art Technician position beginning the next academic year. Please find the position description attached to this email.

The Department is benefiting from the continuing growth of the Fayetteville, Arkansas campus and from the unprecedented regional growth in the arts. As evidenced by the recent opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, we are building upon a solid foundation for a vibrant creative economy in Northwest Arkansas.

Candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our University are especially encouraged to apply and we look forward to begin the review process on March 15, 2013.

116 Fine Arts Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Don't forget to apply to Red Lodge - deadline tomorrow

The Long-Term Residency (September 1 - July 31) is ideal for committed individuals in transition from post baccalaureate studies to graduate school, as well as those pursuing the development of professional artistic careers. Self-directed ceramic artists searching for the time, space and resources needed to explore new ideas and create new work will enjoy the rural mountainous setting. Accepted residents will be provided with studio space, housing, utilities, and a monthly stipend in exchange for twenty hours of work per week at the Clay Center. Responsibilities will include assisting in the retail operation of the gallery, teaching community clay classes, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the studio and gallery. Residents will be responsible for personal living expenses, as well as all material and firing expenses. The application deadline is February 1st annually.

Jason Burnett – Shift: Clay + Print

Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico
MARCH 27-28, 2013

Students will learn about screen-printing and how to set up shop. Demonstrations will include a Photoshop introduction to alter images and drawings, how to create multiple stencils using silkscreens, and additional surface design decorations such as decals and lusters. Students will discover the process of slip and newsprint transfer application and various decoration demos to create rich layered surfaces. Audiovisual presentations will offer extensive examples of print implementations in contemporary ceramics . At the end of the course students will have all the skills and information needed  to make their own successful transfers.


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

First Friday @ The Clay Studio

Please join us for the opening reception of this month's exhibitions on First Friday, February 1, 2013, 5pm - 9pm 
Reed Smith Gallery
February 1 - February 24, 2013  
Opening reception, First Friday, February 1, 2013, 5pm - 9pm

The Clay Studio partners with One Book, One Philadelphia to present HERstory, an exhibition of women ceramicists whose work is narrative, their work exploring ideas rooted in personal experience and addressing heritage, culture, gender, sexuality, and domesticity. 

Brian Giniewski
Harrison Gallery
February 1 - February 24, 2013  
Opening reception, First Friday, February 1, 2013, 5pm - 9pm

Giniewski's work takes on a variety of forms, can be made from a variety of materials, may be 2-D and/or 3-D, is sculptural yet object based. Created in distinct series, his latest work is created in response to current trends in the fields of design and the decorative arts.

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, February 6, 6pm reception, 6:30pm talk 

Jae Won Lee
Bonovitz Space
February 1 - February 24, 2013  
Opening reception, First Friday, February 1, 2013, 5pm - 9pm 
137-139 North Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

CALL FOR ENTRIES Carbondale Clay Center

Place Setting from Rituals of the Maker, 2012 by juror
Heather Mae Erickson

 "Longing for Repetition"
Exhibition dates: June 7-28, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, June 7th, 6-8pm
Applications due: by the end of the day April 19, 2013
Juried by Heather Mae Erickson

Longing for Repetition is a National Juried and Invitational Exhibition hosted by the Carbondale Clay Center, that explores ceramic work that represents a dialogue between parts, and is strengthened through the use of multiples, sets, or the repetition of form.

This exhibition is open to all types of utilitarian and sculptural ceramics as well as small installations that explore multiples, sets, or repetition. Clay should be the primary medium. One entry selected by our juror will receive a $100 "best in show" award. (Only juried entries are eligible.)

More information and an application form will be posted on our website soon, or contact us by phone at 970-963-2529 or email at

Arrowmont Workshops - Register Now!

Remember - register for one of their workshops before February 8 (they've extended the deadline one week), and receive 10% off of tuition. Pick a class & register now!

"Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The School offers weekend, one- and two-week workshops for the beginner to advanced artist, taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty. Students work and learn in professionally equipped studios on a 14-acre residential campus in Gatlinburg, TN. A series of weekly classes are also offered for residents of the local community. Workshops and classes are offered in ceramics, fiber, metals/jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, warm glass, woodturning, woodworking, mixed media, books and paper. "

Visit their website to download the full catalogue of workshops. There is literally something for everyone.

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
556 Parkway
Gatlinburg TN
ph: 865.436.5860

technical tuesday: Chandra Debuse shows how to make custom texture mats.

This is so simple and yet brilliant. 
See the whole tutorial here.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Summer workshop with Garth Johnson

Low-Low Fire, No Fire and Setting the Web on Fire | July 15th – 19th

Expand your palette. For this workshop, we will focus on “low-low fire” ceramic surface decoration like china paint, decals and lusters. We’ll also explore some “no-fire” options like sandblasting, “Lazertran” inkjet decals and mosaics. Students may bring their own finished, glazed ceramic pieces to decorate, or even choose to focus on working on “repurposed” pieces rescued from the thrift store.
We’ll serve up surface with a side of marketing. If you need help with your web presence, social media or Photoshop chops, you’ve come to the right place.


Garth Johnson is a writer, artist and educator who lives and works in Eureka, California. He is an assistant professor of art at College of the Redwoods. Garth has written for magazines like CRAFT, Readymade, FiberArts and Hand/Eye. His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was published by Quarry in November, 2009. He has also contributed to books like Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps and World of Geekcraft. His work has been exhibited internationally, as well as featured in magazines such as The Observer, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Metropolis and The Artist’s Magazine. His blog, is a compendium of “art masquerading as craft, craft masquerading as art and craft extending its middle finger”.
Garth is also a curator, with two recent exhibitions under his belt. His first exhibition, “Renewal Notice” was curated for the 2010 American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, WV. His second exhibition, “Era Messages” was curated from the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. He also served as guest editor for the Summer 2012 “Inside/Out” issue of Studio Potter magazine.

Sierra Nevada College

999 Tahoe Boulevard
Incline Village, NV 89451
P: (775) 831-1314

Ben Carter @ Red Lodge Clay Center

This is a video that Ben let me shot while we were at Arrowmont this January. It's a great overview of his decorative process.

Make sure not to miss his exhibition at Red Lodge Clay Center - LAST DAY TODAY!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Projekt Netvaerk @ Guldagergaard

'The Last Supper" by Julie Green

image via the NY times article

image via the NY times article

The Last Supper – Julie Green

January 8 - February 16, 2013 

The Arts Center
700 SW Madison Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97333
1 (541) 754-1551 
Julie Green’s Website. 
Green’s Interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Geoff Norcross 1/8/2013
images from Reception for The Last Supper

Help support Damien Jones & Fertilitree

I've spent 22 years exploring the possibilities of Clay.  For the first 15 of those I was employed as a manufacturing engineer/industrial designer, but left that career to pursue art, and since 2006 have been a full-time artist.  In that time I've created and installed dozens of monumental sculptures and water features for private clients, as well as several public art pieces.  My work is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Palm Springs.

Project & Goal:
-To place my 15-foot Fertilitree sculpture in front of AMOCA
(American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona, CA.

-Pomona is the Roman Goddess of fertilitee.
-Fertilitree is a project inspired by the goddess Pomona.
-Raise $30,000 to help fund this project.

To Schedule Interviews for Press and Contact Info.

or, Brandon Waloff, media relations and PR 


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Registration now open - 26th Annual North Carolina Potters Conference

Michael Kline @ Akar

AKAR Design Home page
Upcoming Show
Next Show:
Michael Kline

Michael Kline has recently participated in many of AKAR's group exhibitions. This week he has his own show where we see even more of his wood fired, salt glazed work. The flora on Michael's utilitarian pottery is inspired by the mountains of North Carolina. In his own words, "Strong pottery form and patterns that evoke the complexity of this natural environment continue to guide my interests in this current body of work".

Next New Work:
Doug Navarra

New Yorker, Doug Navarra, has participated in our Yunomi Invitational since 2011. This month is the first that we're showcasing a variety of his utilitarian work. Doug's pots are focused on what he considers "a living tradition". He wants his work to have a sense of timlessness as well as a feeling of present time. Doug wants his pots to express themselves through the balance of glaze and form, and not to be overpowered by special effects.

Shows opens this Friday, January 25th, at 9:30 AM in the Iowa City gallery and online at 10:00 AM CST.
View the show at
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A Tile and a Vessel Exhibit: Call for entry

The CLAY 2013 International Juried Exhibition, A Tile & A Vessel, will focus on a unique pairing: a tile and a vessel. The dynamic between these two clay pieces is intriguing. The tile, typically two-dimensional in nature, has the opportunity to express itself even further through the three-dimensionality of the vessel. The vessel, traditionally referring to a container, must exist in unison with the tile. They must relate, play off of each other, and be unified in some element of design.

Deadline for Entry: April 30, 2013
Date of Exhibition: August 2-3-4, 2013
Location of Exhibition: Silver City, New Mexico
Juror: Christy Johnson, Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)

First Place: $1000.00
Second Place: $750.00
Third Place: $500.00
Tile Heritage Prize: $200.00

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Dame Rosalind Savill speaks @ the Gardiner

Dame Rosalind Savill, Former Director of the famed Wallace Collection in London, UK, recently stopped by Toronto's Gardiner Museum to talk about some of her favourite Sèvres porcelain in the Museum's permanent collection.

This video is 1 of 3 in a series.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Mimesis @ the Art Gallery of Swift Current

In Memory of Victor Spinski - via NCECA

The following is copied from the NCECA Newsletter:

It is with immeasurable sadness that we report the passing of Victor Spinski on Monday, January 21, 2013. At the 2013 NCECA Conference in Houston, Victor was to be made an Honorary Member of the Council. This award will now be presented posthumously and an observance in memory of Victor will be planned.

Victor Spinski's work communicated through its mastery of material and keenness of mind. His storytelling and early performances have become part of NCECA's folklore and also represent important threads in the tapestry of contemporary ceramics. Victor held a patent on the Ceramic Photo Emulsion process and distinguished himself as one of the foremost artists working in the vein of trompe l'oeil ceramics. Victor's mastery of the ceramic material enabled him to render objects with so high a level of verisimilitude as to make us question our powers of perception. In this manner he played a pivotal role shaping the course of contemporary clay sculpture in adapting the trompe l'oeil style to the ceramic medium.

The subject of NCECA's Spirit of Ceramics video: Victor Spinski: A True American Master of Fun(k), Victor retired seven years ago from his 38-year tenure as a Professor of Ceramics at the University of Delaware. Victor's acute wit was often animated through the juxtaposition of contradictory elements and fabrication that was so highly skilled as to confound our powers of perception. Hammers and nails made of fragile fired clay would shatter if employed with their intended function are examples of his mischievous approach to his use of ceramics as a material.

Victor's creative achievement is both a tribute to and celebration of the value of an honest day's work. His sculptures sometimes manifested this obsession with labor by endowing the forms of old and used tools with earthy stoicism and otherworldly beauty. Victor practiced his art in the tradition of the trickster, and jester, using humor to reveal the essential and sometimes uncomfortable truths that make us human.

Our hearts go out to his wife, Sally Van Orden and his son, Tristan Spinski in this great moment of loss and to all those that had the opportunity to know him. Victor will be missed by so many. His life was a legacy that will continue to inspire and inform generations to come.
Patsy Cox

technical tuesday: once again John Britt is an incredible source of info!

Deflocculated and Flocculated Glazes

Monday, 21 January 2013

Call to artists: Serve it up & What goes bump in the night

lizard bowl   
Clay Arts Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada is pleased to host "SERVE IT UP" a national juried art exhibition, August 2 -September 2 at the Victor F. Keen Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada. "SERVE IT UP" will feature plates, platters, bowls, casseroles, and other functional tableware.  We are looking for inspired functional and nonfunctional work. 
Our guest juror is a Las Vegas Restaurateur it is always great to see how someone from outside the pottery see the work we create.
There will be a $200 award for best of show.
Entry Requirements and Procedures
An artist may enter up to 3 works, up to 2 images per work.
There is a non-refundable jury fee of $35 for up to 3 enteries,  $10 per additional pieces.  
Payable by credit card or check.

Clay Arts Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada is pleased to host "WHAT GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT" an annual national juried art exhibition, October 4 -October 31 at the Victor F. Keen Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada. "What Goes Bump In The Night" will feature that which captures the art of the sublime, creepy, scary, things that make your skin crawl and captures the pain of personal suffering: there are many things in life that go bump in the night some physical some emotional and some psychological. All work will use clay as the primary medium and capture what we fear in the dark

There will be a $200 award for best of show.
Entry Requirements and Procedures
An artist may enter up to 3 works, up to 2 images per work.
There is a non-refundable jury fee of $35 for up to 3 enteries,  $10 per additional pieces.

Payable by credit card or check

monday morning eye candy: David Katz

 I recently got the chance to snoop around David's studio while I was at Arrowmont and was completely blown away by his work. Today I thought I'd share a little video i shot of him talking about his work, some images from his studio and a few pics from his website of his installations. Please make sure to check out his website for more.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Have your say regarding upcoming programming @ the Gardiner Museum


The following survey contains a list of images, titles and descriptions of exhibitions that may take place at the Gardiner Museum in the next two to three years. Help us meet the needs of our community by telling us what exhibitions interest you.
Above: Kathy Venter with Coup d'Oeil. Photo by David Borrowman.

111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C7

Tel +1 416.586.8080
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The Fine Art of Contemporary Craft

Watson MacRae Gallery
A Sanctuary of Art in The Village Shops
2340 Periwinkle Way, #B3
Sanibel, Florida 33957

Upcoming Worshops @ MISSA

Lana Wilson

With an international faculty of practicing artists, MISSA provides instruction and professional development through specialized courses for professional artists, teachers and serious adult students.

Find the extensive list of amazing clay workshops here.

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada  V9C 4H7