Tuesday, 30 April 2013

call for entry: The Potent Object

The Potent Object
Richard Cleaver, Juror

August 17- September 28, 2013
This exhibition showcases the power of small-scale sculptural works. Highlighting artworks no larger than 12 inches, but that possess a much larger presence. Composed mainly of ceramic, with some mixed media additions, these objects prove that something doesn’t have to be huge to be monumental.
Artwork size is limited to 12 inches in any direction.
Use of Mixed media is allowed, but may not comprise more than 50% of the artwork.
Display possibilities include: pedestals, wall, hanging from the ceiling or as an installation.
Postmark Deadline: May 10, 2013

Contact details:
Baltimore Clayworks
5707 Smith Ave.
Phone: 410-578-1919 ext.18

technical tuesday: Hand Building Handles with Bill van Gilder

There are many ways to make handles, here I'll show you a few hand built methods. To purchase the corrugated boards used in my video or any other Bill van Gilder tools and dvds, please visit my webstore http://vangilderpottery.com/vgp_store.... Please comment here if there are other demos you would like to see. I will be able to read the comments and use them to come up with future videos. Thanks for watching and please subscribe to be notified of new vids!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Visions In Clay - National Call for Entries (American)

Deadline: 06/17/13

US Residents. Ceramic works of any thematic and stylistic presentation will be accepted for entry. Clay must be the primary medium. Works may be functional, decorative or sculptural. Assembled works may not exceed 4ft. in any direction, and 50lbs in weight.

Juror: Peter Held, curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Awards: Best of Show – $1,000, 2nd Place – $600, 3rd Place – $350

LH Horton Jr Gallery Exhibition: August 22 - September 19, 2013

On-Line Exhibition: August 2013 - June 2014

On-Line Entry / Fee $30 for first 3 entries and $3 for each additional entry, limited to a total of 6 entries. Alternate view images of 3D entries are unlimited and cost $3 for each image.

Enter on-line: http://www.deltacollege.edu/div/finearts/dept/dca/gallery/call.htm

Claudi Casanovas @ Erskine, Hall & Coe

Erskine, Hall & Coe will be featuring a solo exhibition, Lluna Nova, which displays fifteen new works by acclaimed Catalan artist Claudi Casanovas. This show explores ideas relating to darkness and rebirth, and will be open from the 1st through the 30th of May 2013.

Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm (during exhibitions)

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

 tel +44 (0)20 7491 1706 

monday morning eye candy: Taehoon Kim


Sunday, 28 April 2013

emerging artist: Kathryn Wingard

If I move forward and you move back, what happens to the space in between us? What is lost when something is gained? Often times, while working on a piece, a question is answered in the form of another question.

My forms are inspired by my memories as well as my daily experiences and my emotional reactions to them. For me, creating is a form of play in which I formally investigate thoughts and feelings, memories, desires, and expectations. Whether I’m working in a controlled or a spontaneous method, process is very important. By rearranging different components of each piece and by using traditional as well as unconventional ways of working with a material, I attempt to discover new relationships among the things around us.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Apprenticeship opportunity with Simon Levin


In 2004 we started an apprenticeship program at Mill Creek Pottery with the idea creating a symbiotic experience.  In many ways I designed the program to offer the experience I would have liked to have had when I was trying to find my voice in clay.  The apprentices play a vital role in the success of the pottery allowing for more opportunities to travel, create and learn.

As of 2013 I have had the pleasure to work with 10 apprentices, they are:

Past apprentices have gone on to residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Taos Clay, and Greenwich House Pottery.  Some have attended graduate programs in ceramics, while others have simply continued in the field.  It does not surprise me that the apprentices have remained in ceramics, as a dedication to the field is a requirement of the program.

In exchange for 15 hours a week of labor, I offer facilities, materials, opportunity and guidance.  Chores you might be doing any given week include sanding and shipping pottery, moving or splitting wood, lawn care, inventory, photographing and web store updates, or giving tours and explaining the process.  Apprentices facilitate the making of my work, but do not make my work.


At Mill Creek Pottery we have three distinctly different wood fired kilns, and two electrics kilns.  We also have the materials for apprentices to build and fire test kilns.   The studio has a kick wheel and an electric wheel for apprentices to use.  I  prefer to have two apprentices at a time, which allows for more firing possibilities and a small but lively studio community.


I order several clay bodies from Continental Clay, some are my own recipes while others are commercially available. The apprentices usually use my own clay bodies for their work, but I am open to ordering dry materials if an apprentice wants to test new clays.  In many ways I see Mill Creek Pottery as a woodfire research institute, so testing clays and innovations in kiln design interest me.  Of late, I have started to encourage apprentices to publish and I may co-author articles with future apprentices.


In addition to the day in out rhythms often studio potter, I travel and teach workshops, participate in tremendous sales with other potters from around the country. In 2012 apprentices and I traveled to Montana to build a kiln for the Archie Bray foundation, future kiln building opportunities are already in the works.   I sell work at Demarest (The Art School at Old Church) a show curated by Karen Karnes, St. Croix Pottery Tour which is the most amazing and heartening pottery sale in the U.S., and at the ArtStream trailer at NCECA.  The quality and breadth and experience of the other potters at those sales becomes a huge opportunity for networking, critique and conceptual fodder, not to mention the chance to purchase some of the best pottery in the U.S.


I believe art pottery is different than craft pottery in that it has a core concept it explores and communicates.  My goal is for apprentices to develop their own voice in clay, I expect them to define and clarify not only a voice but a message in their work.   This is mostly done by making a lot of work combined with constant critique, suggestions, conversation, and questions.  We do schedule formal critiques after firing but it is the daily process that seems more effective.  I expect apprentices to be prolific.  The second component to the guidance is career based.   An undercurrent of the apprenticeship is to teach methods to promote establish and sustain the life of the full time artist.

I expect apprentices to invest themselves in the success of Mill Creek Pottery, as I am invested in the success of each apprentice.  A sense of ownership and pride of place is an important ingredient to a successful time here.   I look for apprentices who are hard working, thoughtful and open to learning, eager and respectful.  Organizational skills are appreciated.

Please note that I do not provide housing, nor meals.  In the past apprenticeshave rented inexpensive apartments or a room with a local family.  Some have held part time jobs, or used saved money as an educational investment to spend more time in the studio.  We do host an apprentice sale and there are some opportunities to sell work, but it doesn't amount to a lot of money.  People who are interested in an inexpensive studio space to make a lot of work to sell should not apply.

If you are interested in the apprenticeship you should email me and begin the conversation.   I ask for a year commitment with the option to extend.  Because the studio space is shared and because apprentices work closely with my family finding a good fit is vital.   Living in rural Wisconsin and wood firing is not for everyone, nor is my teaching and work style.

To apply please email me simon@simonlevin.com, with a letter of intent, and
5-10 images of your current work

Past Apprentices include:

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

365 Cups, a cup a day


movie day: Jonathan Adler - Keep Other People's Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process

Jonathan Adler: Keep Other People's Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process from 99U on Vimeo.

Jonathan Adler is now synonymous with the irreverent designs -- pottery, housewares, furniture and beyond -- that he sells around the world, but it all started with a college professor who didn't believe in him. After receiving discouraging feedback about his ambitions to be a potter, Adler wandered around New York City doing odd jobs that usually ended with him getting fired.

After some soul-searching, Adler returned to his true love, pottery, and learned the value of ignoring the expectations of others and following your dream. Here, he injects his trademark wit while sharing how he found his underlying message of "irreverent luxury" as his business evolved from pottery to pillows to rooms.
Adler preaches that we should keep other people's opinions out of our creative process and attributes his success to his disdain of focus groups and feedback.

0:51 - "I've done everything ass-backwards in my life."
1:21 - How he got his start. "I always wanted to be a potter"
2:29 - His first job at a talent agency. "I was absolutely unemployable"
4:08 - His start as a potter, and why he wanted to do it differently. "My greatest hope was that I could hawk my wares outside a rainsoaked craft fair"
5:45 - "I wanted to make pots that were groovy and graphic and spoke to my heart"
6:40 - Have a "F*** it" attitude. Follow your heart completely.
8:50 - Don't just make a statement and refine it. Don't be hemmed in by your "brand."
9:47 - Making Pillows (and other well-crafted work).
11:13 - …and then he figured out his brand.
11:55 - Understand the underlining message of what you are trying to communicate throughout all of your work.
13:41 - Why not make rooms?
15:20 - "I loathe other people's opinions and I hate focus groups."
17:20 - The anti-focus group he uses to judge his work.

About Jonathan Adler

Seventeen years ago, a little-known potter named Jonathan Adler was thrilled to receive his first order from Barneys New York. He couldn't have dreamed that today, in 2012, he would lead an international design company offering decorative accessories, tabletop collections, bedding, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, and fabrics, all featuring Jonathan's signature Modernist forms, bold colors and groovy graphics. Jonathan is obsessed with creating beautiful design mixed with impeccable craftsmanship. His motto is "If your heirs won't fight over it, we won't make it."

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

technical tuesday: Ceramic Art Cart

Suppliers of PC SUBSTRATES™, and Keraflex

Keraflex Porcelain is made from ceramic raw materials and an organic binding matrix which burns out when fired. Once fired, Keraflex is pure porcelain - 0.5mm or 1.0mm thick. There is no other clay body that allows such a wide range of possibilities!

Jennifer Lloyd


Monday, 22 April 2013

monday morning eye candy: Dion Kieft

Dion Kieft is from the Netherlands and is currently undertaking an apprenticeship at Niek Hoogland Pottery (http://www.niekhoogland.nl/). This beautiful ceramic work is influenced by nature and decay but also by graffiti and mechanical objects.


Sunday, 21 April 2013

Post Undergraduate Studies(special student)

The ceramics area at Illinois State University is accepting applications from students who have completed undergraduate studies and are interested in continuing their work in ceramics in a non-degree seeking program. Students pursuing post-undergraduate work at ISU will take credits as a “Graduate Student At Large”.  These students are given studio space and will get materials through a minimal lab fee. Access to the ceramics area faculty, and involvement in some components of academic curriculum provide a rough framework for study. 

To apply: send 15-20 Images on disk, resume, artists statement, letter of intention, e-contact information for 2 references, s.a.s.e., to Albion Stafford, campus box 5620, Center of the Visual Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Il 61761. 

For further questions and application procedures pertaining to post-undergraduate work in ceramics please email inquiries to Albion Stafford at ajstaff@ilstu.edu.   

Application deadline- May 15th, 2013 
For information about ISU and the School of Art please visit our web site www.cfa.ilstu.edu/art/ 
or contact the art department office at:  309-438-5621 

Illinois State University 
School of Art 
Campus Box 5620 
Illinois State University, Normal, IL  
     Tyler Lotz                   Albion Stafford 
     Associate Professor  Assistant Professor 
     Ceramics Area           Ceramics Area 

emerging artist: LeeAnn Janissen

My work explores the sympathetic magic that arises through representing the natural world in miniature as a way to capture and control vast and unfathomable forces.  In the series of functional vessels Luna-ware, the works begin with the creation of models of the moon in porcelain. These models are then cut and combined with handles, rims and bases to form domestic vessels. The dark grey, cratered, uneven Luna surface provides a visual and tactile experience that contrasts strongly with the smooth, shiny white surfaces of the rims and handles, and invites an examination of the difference between "natural" and "made".


emerging artist: Geryn Roche

A little about me and my work….I got interested in clay at a very young age.  My mom got me into some clay classes as early as 2nd grade and I’ve been making pots pretty much ever since.  I got my BFA in Ceramics at the University of Iowa and am finishing up my MFA here in Texas.  I work with cone 6 stoneware and porcelain and focus on making soft but structured forms that are wheel thrown and altered.  I have started introducing imagery from my suburban childhood onto the surfaces of my work using hand cut stencils and stamps.  My aim is to create a subtle narrative and loosely constructed spaces in order to bring to mind memories of childhood, suburbia and home.

Friday, 19 April 2013

a site 2 see friday: AKAR yunomi Invitational

AKAR Design Home page
Upcoming Show I Yunomi Invitational 2013 I Opens April 19, 10:00 AM CST
Yunomi Invitational 2011
Upcoming Show: April 19 - May 17
Yunomi Invitational 2013 (Online Only!) 

Yunomi (U-know-me)- A form of tea bowl, usually being taller than it is wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. 
Unlike the formal chawan tea bowl used during the Japanese tea ceremony, the Yunomi tea bowl is made for 
daily (or informal) tea drinking.

Welcome to our yearly tradition...
This exclusively online event is now in its seventh year of delighting potters and clay lovers alike; the Yunomi Invitational 
is one of the our most diverse, colorful, and entertaining shows to date. Invitations were sent out in mid-July of 2012; 
with many immediate responses the list became more clear with each passing day. Finally the roster was complete with 
206 ceramic artists delivering over 1,000 Yunomi. The Invitational includes ceramic artists from legends to emerging artists, 
living in Iowa City to Sweden, using everything from porcelain to terra cotta, and even Yunomi that come with boxes, lids 
and pedestals. From the minimalist to illustrative with flora, fauna and geometric patterns and text, this annual invitational 
gives us an extraordinary glimpse into contemporary artists’ interpretation of a Yunomi. This year's show has over 
2,060 photos of Yunomi alone and as with any AKAR show, accompanying artist biographies, statements and resumes 
are included. While this appears daunting in task, it truly has been a labor of love for all of us here at the gallery.

Contributions to The Studio Potter:
For the fifth consecutive year, participating artists have elected to donate proceeds of their sales to the The Studio 
Potter, a non-profit organization dedicated to all things clay. Yunomi with the The Studio Potter logo have been 
designated as to-be-donated Yunomi sales. We are thrilled to once again support our very good friends at The 
Studio Potter. 

How to View the Work:
This show is viewable online ONLY. So this Friday, April 19th at 10:00 AM Central Time all the Yunomi will be viewable awww.akardesign.com

Thursday, 18 April 2013

keeping busy in the real world and neglecting the blog one.

So I appreciate the blog has been quiet this week. Forgive me as I'm an organizer and vendor for flock and gather and our spring handmade market is this weekend. If you're in the area please stop by and say hi!

Here's a bit of what's been keeping me busy lately.
We'll be back to our regularly scheduled blog very soon....
Thanks for your understanding.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Laurent Dufour @ Les Ateliers galerie de L'Ô asbl

Le geste spontané, au graphisme tantôt percutant tantôt innocent du céramiste Laurent Dufour suscite l’émotion, l’interrogation, la remise en question…

Fasciné, on ne peut que se laisser porter par le graphisme narratif de ses cubes ou plonger dans la candeur des regards de ses personnages.
Très vite, trop vite on lâche prise,…la force physique qu’elle dégage et la virtuosité « récit-graphique» ouvrent une faille émotionnelle à laquelle on ne peut résister.

Laurent Dufour
Du 25/04 au 18/05 aux Ateliers galerie de L'Ô
ouvert le jeudi de 17H00 à 20H00
vendredi et samedi de 14H00 à 18H00 et sur rdv
Les Ateliers galerie de L'Ô  asbl
Rue de L'Eau, 56a _1190 Forest  Belgique  
Tel: +32.495.28.71.74 
Site: http://www.galeriedelo.be

Monday, 15 April 2013

Paid Internships - Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships

The American Museum of Ceramic Art is pleased to offer two paid summer internships sponsored by the Getty Foundation as part of its Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Founded in 2004 and located in the Pomona Arts Colony, AMOCA is the only ceramics museum on the West Coast. AMOCA's mission is to educate by presenting, collecting, and preserving significant ceramic achievements, and by offering hands-on ceramic studio experiences.

Curatorial Internship:  Participation in all aspects of planning and presenting exhibitions.
Education Internship:  Planning and assisting with hands-on activities and with written curriculum.

The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internships will run for ten consecutive weeks and pay a total stipend of $3,500.00 (before tax) distributed twice a month.

  1. According to the Getty guidelines, these internships are “intended for members of groups underrepresented in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, particularly individuals of African American, Asian, Latino-Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.”
  2. Applicants must reside or attend college in Los Angeles County.
  3. Be currently enrolled undergraduates. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2013, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2013 are also eligible to apply; (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.)
  4. Be available for ten consecutive weeks of full-time work (40 hrs/wk) between the dates of June 3rd and August 23rd, 2013.
  5. Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.
Application Deadline: April 28th, 2013
How to Apply:
Please send the following by email to  areyes@amoca.org with the subject line “Getty Internship: [curatorial or educational as applies]”. You may also submit by mail by sending your application to AMOCA, 399 N. Garey Ave, Pomona, CA  91767.
  1. A cover letter describing the academic and/or work experience, skills, and personal attributes that qualify you for the internship
  2. A current resume or CV
  3. A short writing sample (essay, term paper, article, etc.)
  4. Two letters of recommendation

Getty Curatorial Internship Job Description

The curatorial internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, is designed to give an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to organize, install, and present an art exhibition for a professional museum setting.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Under the direction of AMOCA's Associate Curator, the intern will be directly involved in all aspects of mounting, maintaining, and dismantling an exhibition.
    1. Exhibition Record Keeping: Maintaining master calendar, exhibition notebook, marketing materials, publishing, incoming loans, contracts, exhibition related events, and presentations.
    2. Research and Documentation: preparation of artist biographies, images, audio-visual, and writing of interpretive exhibition didactics.
    3. Exhibition Design and Installation: development and floor plan design using up-to-date design programs such as Sketch-up, learn proper AAM art handling methods, art placement, knowledge of exhibition furniture and current installation methods and standards.
    4. As an assignment designed to give the intern a start-to-finish responsibility and a feeling of accomplishment, the intern will take charge of data input, printing and mounting wall text and labels.
  2. Routine tasks will involve hosting the Information Desk, handling sales and invoices for the Museum Store, recording and acknowledging memberships, entering database information, coordinating mailings, and generating routine correspondence.
  3. Understanding museum collection policies will include an orientation on object accession, numbering and tagging items, photography, and condition reports - all information that is entered into the museum's database. Attendance at one board meeting will be arranged so as to understand the museum's infrastructure and strategies. To gain a sense of AMOCA's role in the community, the intern will have an opportunity to visit some of the approximately twenty Pomona Art Colony venues, and others in the surrounding area. Other miscellaneous topics will include familiarization with museum terminology, how to properly present oneself in a museum setting, and how to interface with other institutions for the purpose of networking

Getty Education Internship Job Description

The Education Internship with the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, is designed to provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to develop educational programs and activities to enhance visitor enjoyment and understanding. The intern will assist in developing resources for public schools, colleges and other visitors, making use of wall text, brochures, interactive experiences, lectures, tours, and hands-on workshops. In order to ensure that the educational programs are on par with current educational standards, the intern will be introduced to the California State Department of Education’s Content Standards.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Under the direction of AMOCA's Education Manager, the intern will be directly involved in all aspects of researching, documenting, and preparing age-appropriate educational material.
    1. Participate in the development and assessment of school tour curricula including docent training, outreach workshops, and summer camp.
    2. Undertake the development of art kits that not only elucidate past and current exhibitions, but also enhance current public school learning requirements such as world cultures, arithmetic, reading and writing.  
    3. Contact schools, colleges, teachers, and community groups to promote tours activities, and speaking engagements. Follow-up with mailings and personal contact to schedule visits to the exhibition.
    4. Execute summer workshops for community groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona and more.
    5. Plan educational public events for adults and children through a range of mediums that include lectures, workshops story-telling, hands-on activities, games, quizzes, etc.
    6. Attend conferences and field trips as appropriate.
  2. Understanding museum education policies will include a general orientation on developing a learning and education strategy that meets the aims of our museum. Attendance at one board meeting will be arranged so as to understand the museum's infrastructure and strategies. To gain a sense of AMOCA's role in the community, the intern will have an opportunity to visit some of the approximately twenty Pomona Art Colony venues, and others in the surrounding area. Other miscellaneous topics will include familiarization with museum terminology, how to properly present oneself in a museum setting, and how to interface with similar institutions for the purpose of networking.
  3. Routine tasks will involve hosting the Information Desk, handling sales and invoices for the museum gift shop, recording and acknowledging memberships, entering database information, coordinating mailings, and generating routine correspondence. 

Gerit Grimm - Wheel Thrown Figurative Sculpture - Demonstration Workshop & Lecture

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 10am - 4pm $85 ($65 for AMOCA members)

Gerit Grimm Bio

Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 1995, she finished her apprenticeship, learning the traditional German trade as a potter at the “Altbürgeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Bürgel, Germany and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen, Germany. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001 studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany. In 2002, she was awarded with the German DAAD Government Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in 2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. She has taught at CSULB, Pitzer College, Doane College and MSU Bozeman and has worked at major residencies like Mc Coll Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program and Archie Bray Foundation. In 2009 NET Television created “Fantasia in Clay” a Nebraska Story about artist Gerit Grimm. Grimm now lives and works in Los Angeles, California. www.geritgrimm.com


More Info

The central idea for my newest artwork is to transgress the boundaries of folk art and fine art by means of the following method: appropriate historically significant folk art and theatrical genres—such as the characters from the commedia dell’arte; and interpret them through visual idioms of contemporary sculpture. My work appropriates historical narrative subjects deriving from fables, myths and interprets them in forms that have visual and conceptual affinities with contemporary fine art—affinities that allow me to further explore and question the boundaries between pop art, kitsch and high art. This new direction of my work would be a hybrid between ceramics and these traditions within contemporary sculpture. By risking technical failure in the process of creating the forms, I am able to attain a complexity, dynamism, and litheness of form. The technical risks are a corollary to another type of risk—one that reinterprets a folk figurine tradition and pushes it to its limits. My reinterpretation of this tradition combines both narrative and form—synthesizing pots with fairytales in a way that tests the boundaries of each. The result is often an uncanny union—one that evokes all manner of stories about dolls, puppets and statues coming to life. It is a union at once wonderful, elegant and fanciful but also at times uncomfortable and awkward.

To illustrate the manner in which I work, I will describe my recent exhibitions in New York City and Los Angeles, in which I reinterpreted folk traditions as well as a series of autobiographical recollections of my childhood in the German Democratic Republic. In Gerit Grimm: Beyond the Figurine, Contemporary Inspirations from the Museum's Collection at the Long Beach Museum of Art, each piece formed one part in a whole scene—an imaginary European market square, set in the Baroque era, as if the sculptures were magically conveyed from the Old World into the New. This series of artworks was inspired by the history of Baroque art and ceramics, especially Staffordshire figurines and French ceramics from the 17th and 18th centuries. The increase in scale highlight the sculptural forms of my ceramic figures. To date, I have been quite successful in building life-size and larger-than-life ceramic with some exceptions. I use reduction kiln-firing techniques to produce a highly austere (a subtle metallic sheen or bronze- looking) surface, which leads to the stone-like appearance of my work. This surface reinforces its sculptural qualities and conveys an appearance of moments frozen in stone and in time.


10am - Introduction, Lecture & Discussion
11am - Demonstration
12pm - Lunch Break
1pm - Demonstration
4pm - Wrap up & closing remarks

List of materials and tools to bring:

  1. Since this is a demonstration workshop, you'll not really need anything. If you want to take notes, bring supplies for that. If you want to take photos, bring supplies for that. We will have chairs/benches and standing room, however because of the popularity of these workshops, you might be more comfortable if you bring your own 'camp chair' to sit in.

DEADLINE TODAY: Artist in Residence @ Midwestern State University

Artist In Residence (one year minimum)
Midwestern State University
Ceramics Department

Dates of Residency: September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 (the beginning date is flexible from now until September 1)
Application deadline: April 15 or until position is filled

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, go to:

Midwestern will provide:
• All materials and firing
• Small office with internet access and storage space
• Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area
• 24-hour/7 days per week access
• Most university privileges as given to full time faculty (free access to workout facility, reserved parking, library access, etc.)
• A small furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU (details to be discussed during the interview process)
• A minimum stipend of $6000 (to be discussed during the interview process)
The Resident Artist:
• Will be responsible for 10 hours per week of studio management and maintenance (including but not limited to the following: loading and unloading kilns, clay inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze and firing kilns, Wichita Falls empty bowls)
• Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester
• Will attend opening receptions and special events
• Will be responsible for all non-ceramic related expenses aside from accommodation
• Will give one public lecture on her/his work
• Will donate one piece for the permanent collection of MSU
Equipment available to Resident:
• Three large electric kilns
• Two smaller electric kilns
• Large Brent slab roller
• Two extruders
• Three pugmills
• Soldner mixer
• Separate well equipped glaze room
• Two station spray booth
• Materials and clay mixing/storage room
• 18 electric wheels
• One wheelchair accessible wheel
• A 5,000 square foot covered kiln yard furnished with the following:
• Two 40 cubic foot Geil car kilns
• A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln
• Two older updraft kilns
• A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln
• A 3 cubic foot cone 10 test kiln

Requirements and application:
A BFA in ceramics is required, an MFA is preferred. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit.

For initial consideration, please e-mail or make the following available by website/blog by April 15 (we will continue to accept applications until position is filled):
• Letter of interest with a paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU
• Resume or CV
• Artist's statement
• 15-20 jpegs of recent work
• If available, 10 jpegs of student work
• Contact information (email and phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one a former professor
Steve Hilton
Midwestern State University
Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts
3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX  76308
(940) 613.7041

monday morning eye candy: Naoki Nomura

Sunday, 14 April 2013

International Ceramics Festival

  International Ceramics



28th-30th June 2013

The International Ceramics Festival is a fantastic event which attracts about 1000 people who attend a jam-packed programme of lectures, practical demonstrations, special exhibitions, spectacular firings and trade stalls, over the weekend.  Since it began in 1987 it has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event, offering teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world.

Guest Artists for 2013 include:
Beth Cavener Stichter (USA), Richard Notkin (USA), Doug Fitch (UK), Sung Jae Choi (Korea), Rafael Perez (Spain), Takeshi Yasuda (China), Virginia Scotchie (USA), Monika Patuszynska (Poland), Jitka Palmer (UK), Peter Lange (New Zealand), Duncan Shearer (New Zealand),  Jeremy Steward (UK), Mick Morgan (UK), Steve Dixon (UK) and Conor Wilson (UK).
Weekend Tickets £130 (concessions available) and day tickets from £70.

Visit our website for more details about the festival

The International Ceramics Festival is organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and North and South Wales Potters Associations.

Our mailing address is:
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, Wales (UK)
SY23 3DE

Company Details:
International Potters Camp
Company Number: 02391336
Registered address: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion SY23 3DE
Country of Registration: UK

Call for entry: River to River

The Ceramic Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to host the second bi-annual Iowa Clay Conference. In conjunction with the conference - this show - “River to River” will highlight the richness and diversity of ceramic art within Iowa and across the Midwest. Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older living in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, North Dakota and South Dakota. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, and must have been completed within the last 2 years.
Clary Illian, Matt Rude, Dolores Fortuna
There will be a $300 prize for Best in Show, as well as three $100 Merit Awards.
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.
Applications must be received by July 21, 2013.
Important Dates
Exhibit Dates: September 5th to September 22nd 
Entry Deadline: July 21st
Juror Results: August 9th
Accepted Art Work to be Delivered to CSPS by: August 23rd
Hand Delivered Work to The Ceramics Center: August 27th-30th
Award Notification via E-Mail:  will be notified by September 21st    
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th
Conference Reception and Awards Presentation: Friday, September 20th 
Iowa Clay Conference: September 20-22
Pick Up Art Work: September 22nd @ CSPS 
For more information: http://www.theceramicscenter.org/ICC_juriedshow.htm

The Ceramics Center
329 10th Ave SE suite 117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401