Friday, 31 May 2013

Call for entry: FUSION Pottery and Glass show 2013

Event: FUSION Pottery + Glass Show 2013
FUSION invites interested glass and clay artists to submit an application.

Ceramic and Glass artists are invited to participate in our 17th annual juried show and sale at the beautiful Artscape Wychwood Barns. Showcasing the best of Ontario’s clay and glass works, FUSION’s Pottery & Glass Show and Sale will be the premiere show for purchasing the best in clay and glass. 

NEW this year, we are pleased to be partnering with Artscape Wychwood Barns and their Nuit Blanche events. As such the show will remain open all night long from Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6, 2013. We hope you can join us.

Deadline Date: July 5, 2013
Details: Download 1 File PDF

a site 2 see and a guest post (and maybe a technical tuesday?) all rolled into one

If you follow Medalta on Facebook, twitter or Instagram (which you should) you'd have seen some pretty cool images lately of the 3D printing they've been doing. I was so intrigued that I bugged Aaron Nelson and Quentin Randall to send me some info and images to share with you guys. Below are some thoughts about the relevancy of the residency process for an artist and the integration of 3D printing technology. 

"The value of art and artists
Artists are experimenters, looking at new ways of using existing technologies or developing new technologies to solve their own technical problems. Artists today are not primarily focused on the final product. For every piece in an art gallery, there are 100 piled in the corners of studios. It is about the process; the experiments which yield new information.
Artist residencies are the creative equivalent to scientific laboratories – ideas come together and are explored to their natural end. Sometimes it’s as a heap in the corner. In other times – exciting times – an idea produces something revolutionary. When that happens, change happens.
Art and Craft 3D printing is at the edge of our understanding and development. By putting it in the hands of artists – people who make careers out of pushing forward – their experiments will leave invaluable and meaningful amounts of new information in their wake.
In Medalta’s artists’ studios, 3D ceramic printing experiments are quietly being conducted by many creative minds. The goal here is not to solve the  problems In fact, more problems are often created. The goal is to push these two newly-convergent technologies (ceramics and 3D printing) to their absolute limit in order to see further into the future. By pushing further than before, artists at Medalta are able to help others see the future. By experimenting and sharing, progress can (and will) happen in positive, unexpected ways.
That is the relevance of an artists’ work. To endlessly experiment, share ideas, build on ideas, combine ideas and move this world forward. Medalta’s artist residency program is devoted to that cause and understands its role in the world. Medalta respects the process of making and understands that process based learning produces new knowledge that expands the definition of ‘possible.’"

Well if you're like me I'm sure you're dying to know more and if you're lucky enough to be in the Alberta area you should make sure to check out their 3D printing demo and exhibition this weekend. 
Historic Clay District logo  
Over 125 years of Ceramic technology in Medicine Hat
Exhibition & Demonstration
Saturday, June 1 
7:00pm - 10:00pm   
Yuill Family Gallery (Medalta)
No Charge
Steve Grimmer

Medalta is pleased to host Ceramic 3D Printing, a company from Omaha, Nebraska, who are using the methodologies associated with contemporary art production in order to conduct research into 3D printing. This company is at the leading edge of printing in ceramics and organic material for the medical industry.

Artists are experimenters, looking at new ways of using existing technologies or developing new technologies to solve their own technical problems. Artists today are not primarily focused on the final product. For every piece in an art gallery, there are 100 piled in the corners of studios. It is about the process, the experiments which yield new information.

Please join us for a short demonstration of the process and to hear our five feature artists discuss their involvement with this cutting edge technology.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Call for entry: Flow: The 2014 NCECA Invitational

Call for submissions now open!  Entry fee for NCECA members only $20 (Non members $35 or BECOME A MEMBER)   Flow: The 2014 NCECA Invitational will be on exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum from February 22 to March 23, 2014 in conjunction with Material World, the 48th Annual NCECA Conference, taking place at the Delta Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 19 – March 22, 2014.

The NCECA Invitational is a themed, curated exhibition that features leading edge, large-scale and often challenging ceramic art. Held in even-numbered years, NCECA’s Exhibitions Director collaborates with the host venue curator to develop an exhibition concept and select a foundational group of artists’ works by invitation. Augmenting this core selection, additional artists may respond to an open call for images of ceramic works that support the theme.  This format brings established reputations and emerging talent to bear on the selected theme and adds vitality and fresh perspectives to ongoing discourse in contemporary art. The exhibition is organized and co-curated by NCECA Exhibitions Director, Linda Ganstrom and Mel Buchanan, Assistant Curator, 20th-century Design at Milwaukee Art Museum.

The 2014 NCECA Invitational explores the significance of flow in a physical, historical and symbolic sense. Water flows. Glaze flows. Clay flows. To flow is to move in a current, like a liquid. Yet you don’t need water to flow. A line can flow. Air flows. Music flows. Electricity flows. Ideas flow.  Artists can flow in a state of focused motivation that brings a deep enjoyment to the process of their activity. Energy flows. Time flows. Life flows. Our present fluidly becomes our past. The museum promotes the flow of culture through the presentation of artworks and ideas of material culture.
With their spectacular view of Lake Michigan, the dramatic windows of the Baumgartner Galleria in the Milwaukee Art Museum allow the flow of water and light to be a constant presence in the art gallery.  Whether in the atmospheric form of mist, rain, ice or snow, water in its various physical states transforms the elegant space, marking the flow of time and seasons. Set in this dramatic chamber of changing light and color, Flow: The 2014 NCECA Invitational seeks an elite group of memorable ceramic works that embody the spirit and physical properties of flow, as well as connect the contemporary space of the Calatrava architecture with the historic collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Linda Ganstrom and Mel Buchanan, Co-Curators

Apply Now

Media & Limitations
All works must be primarily ceramic or unfired clay. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media, although video documentation of projects involving ceramics is encouraged.  The curators will make final determinations.  Large-scale work can be accommodated. Floor works must be firmly stable. Wall-mounted pieces can be accommodated.  Works may be hung from the ceiling in specific places. Work must have been produced within the last five years and not have been shown in previous NCECA sponsored exhibitions, the Milwaukee Art Museum or the greater Milwaukee area.

Entry Guidelines
All entries must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services.  The initial curatorial phase will be accomplished through review and selection of images of works submitted and available for the exhibition. No substitutions will be allowed.  Artists may submit up to ten pieces with two images of each work, not to exceed 20 images.

Members fee is $20
Non-Members fee is $35
NCECA membership runs 12 months from the date of joining or renewal. NCECA Membership fees are not included in any event registration. Membership is a standalone annual fee. To renew or become an NCECA Member go to:  . If you are unsure of your Membership status, please contact
Before beginning submission, applicants must be prepared to provide the following:
o          Biographical statement, up to 100 words.
Each work submitted must include the following image details:
o          Title
o          Catalogue Statement – up to 200 words addressing the theme of “flow” as it relates to this piece.
o          Description – Date of Completion, Photo Credit (if artist, type in ARTIST), Clay body, materials, and decorating/firing methods
o          Sale Status – For Sale or Not For sale
o          Image #s – Image 1, Image 1 detail = piece 1 w/detail
Image 2, Image 2 detail = piece 2 w detail
Etc. for each subsequent piece up to 10 pieces
o          Dimensions (inches) H x W x D
o          Weight (lbs.)
o          Retail Price
o          Insurance Value: Milwaukee Art Museum requires Insurance value to equal Retail Value
o          Estimated return shipping cost
No changes will be allowed once an entry is accepted into the database. Once data is entered in the system, it cannot be altered.  Proofread your data carefully as this information will be used to generate the exhibition budget, catalog, insurance and publicity information. Your submission is considered a formal agreement that the work is available for exhibition, accurately described and priced. 
Detailed information and Online Submittal form: Available March 8, 2013
Online Submittal deadline:  June 5, 2013 (midnight EST)
Acceptance notification: August 1, 2013
Contracts and Statements due: August 15, 2013
Delivery of accepted work: January 2 – January 22, 2014
Installation: February 11 – February 21, 2014
Exhibition dates: February 22 – March 23, 2014
Return of work:  By April 23, 2014
Deadline for submission of shipping reimbursement form: May 1, 2014

Apply Now

Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Milwaukee Art Museum and insuring it while in transit.  Works may be shipped or hand-delivered to the museum. The artist must contact the Milwaukee Art Museum registrar’s office in advance of shipment, informing them of the method of shipment and date of shipment. The Museum cannot accept anything over the weekend.  Works should be shipped in reusable containers with photographic documentation for re-packing.
NCECA has a limited budget for reimbursement of RETURN shipping only. Reimbursement amounts payable to individual artists will be determined based on estimated return shipping costs submitted at the time of entry. The reimbursable amount will be calculated on an individual basis and stated in the exhibiting artist’s contract.
Accepted work will be shipped to:
Registrar’s Office c/o
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 North Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI  53202
Insurance and Sales
The Milwaukee Art Museum will insure all work upon its arrival and until departure under its fine arts policy for the amounts specified by the insurance value listed and up to the limits of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s current insurance policy.  Certain restrictions apply.
The Milwaukee Art Museum will not conduct sales.  Work may be offered for sale through the NCECA Office. A 30% commission on sales will be retained by NCECA.  Return shipping reimbursement is available to artists only.  In the event a work is sold, it is the responsibility of the artist to arrange and pay for shipping to the buyer.
Photography and Permissions
Images of entries may be retained for the NCECA archives. Images of works included in the exhibition may be reproduced in print materials and posted on NCECA’s website, blog and social media. NCECA also reserves the right to use images, biographical materials and artist statements in reports and share them with the media. Images of works in the exhibition may also be shared by NCECA within an image library as part of
Various other educational and promotional materials may be created by the Milwaukee Art Museum or NCECA. Works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the Internet in connection with the exhibition and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Participating artists must agree to allow NCECA and gallery visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes.
NCECA will produce a color catalogue documenting the exhibition experience through artists’ bios and statements; color images of artwork, and pertinent essays. The catalogue will be available for pre-purchase and for purchase at the conference. Two complementary copies of the color catalogue will be provided to each artist whose work is included in the exhibition.
A reception during the NCECA conference will celebrate the exhibition.

Your time is almost up - deadline is today!!!!

PRIZE UPDATE! One lucky artist will win one month in Medalta’s June 2014 residency!
PRIZE UPDATE! Student entries are eligible for Ceramic: Technical and Ceramic: Art & Perception digital subscriptions!

Several of the selected artists will be featured on the Musing About Mud blog.

Get your application in today - don't delay!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

movie day: Warren Mackenzie at work

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is calling for submissions to the 2013 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and RBC Award for Glass.

These prestigious national awards allow practicing early career ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers. Award winners receive $10,000 and a second prize of $1,000 is also granted.

The Selection Committee is comprised of highly respected contemporary glass and ceramic artists (both sculptural and functional) and other arts professionals. Winners will be announced and the awards presented at a gala event on November 9, 2013.

To be eligible for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics or the RBC Award for Glass, artists must be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status. They must have developed skills through training and/or practice in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions) and be recognized by other artists working in the same artistic tradition. Successful candidates have a history of professional public presentations and publications, seek payment for their work, and actively
practice their art. All applicants have maintained an independent professional practice for at least two to a maximum of ten years prior to their application.

To download the complete guidelines for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics or the RBC Award for Glass, visit In order to be considered, applications for either award must be received electronically or postmarked by Friday, September 20, 2013.

Past recipients of both awards truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic and glass artists in Canada. Eliza Au of Richmond, British Columbia was the winner of the 2012 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics. Benjamin Kikkert of Toronto, Ontario was the winner of the 2012 RBC Award for Glass.

For additional information, please contact Christian Bernard Singer, Curator at 519.746.1882 ext. 230 or email

Presentation of these awards is made possible through ongoing partnerships between the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and both the Estate of Winifred Shantz and RBC Foundation.

About Winifred Shantz: Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she knew the importance of learning the business side of being an artist.

About RBC: RBC recognizes the role the arts play in vibrant communities and strong economies, and that enabling the next generation of artists to succeed is essential to continued vitality. From visual arts and music, to performing arts, writing and filmmaking, investing in emerging artists is a long-standing priority at RBC.

With an emphasis on supporting the work of Canadian ceramic and glass artists, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery presents exhibitions that challenge ideas and perceptions of the defi nitions of art, craft and design today. The Gallery’s public programs offer multiple pathways for engagement with contemporary artworks and art-making practices. The Gallery Shop is recognized on its own merits as a fine craft gallery, showing the best of Canadian ceramic and glass work. Housing a collection of historical and contemporary Canadian ceramic, glass and enamel art, the Gallery is proud to
conserve and promote an active component of Canada’s rich cultural heritage.

The Gallery is located at 25 Caroline Street North in Waterloo, Ontario. It is open Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.
Admission is always free.

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery • 25 Caroline Street North • Waterloo ON N2L 2Y5 • 519.746.1882

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


The Gardiner Museum, Kathy Venter - LIFE opens May 30, running until September 15, 2013.

Featuring this celebrated ceramic artist, internationally recognized for her life-size figurative sculptures, the exhibit introduces dialogues with time, femininity, and community, capturing the continuity of the human condition.

The exhibition presents a large installation of Venter's sculptures which she produced in series, including One, Revision, Ostraca, Immersion, Coup d'Oeil and the never seen before Metanarrative. Most of her figures are presented full scale - standing, sitting, reclining or suspended by cables in space - while others are limited to heads and torsos. Each work is direct and engaging; life-size and nude. They are a measure of our humanity. Their strong presence derives from the artist's intimate engagement with her models - most of which are women - who posed over long hours in her studio.

"We are extremely excited to present Kathy Venter - LIFE at The Gardiner Museum this summer," says Rachel Gotlieb, Interim Executive Director & Chief Curator, Gardiner Museum. "Kathy Venter chooses the terracotta as a primary medium to explore the history of representation of the female figure.  This dramatic installation stimulates discussion about sculptural praxis in contemporary art."

Venter describes each work as "a slow construction" by which she "applied the clay, piece upon piece, within a silent dialogue between the model and myself, comfortable with my medium and tradition, accepting of their constraints." The forms are built from the feet up using the traditional coiling and pinching techniques, without the use of life cast molds or internal armatures. The sculptures' surface treatment is inspired by the Tanagra figures of the Mycenaean period, encrusted and worn from centuries of burial.
The exhibition is curated by Montreal author and critic John K. Grande.

What's On Throughout the Exhibit?

Patron Circle: May 28, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Exclusively for Patron Members, artist Kathy Venter and guest curator John K. Grande will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres by à la Carte Kitchen.

Member's Preview: May 29, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Members, bring all of your friends and be among the first to experience Kathy Venter - Life for this special preview. The gallery is reserved between 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. for members who have purchased tickets to the Members' Lunch, which includes a private tour. Following the tour, artist Kathy Venter will be available in the gallery from 1:30 p.m. Cost: Free for members

Members' Lunch & Tour with Artist & Curator: May 29, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by à la Carte Kitchen, followed by a tour of the exhibition with artist Kathy Venter and guest curator John K. Grande. Cost: $30 - Members only

Not a member? You can take advantage of the Gardiner Museum's May Membership Promotion by clicking here.

Lecture: Kathy Venter and the 'Flesh of the World': June 6, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Dr. Elizabeth Legge, Associate Professor of Art, University of Toronto, explores how Venter creates figures who seem at once ancient and fully in the present, both a comfortable presence and an enigmatic interruption of our experience of the world. Sponsored by Dr. Lorna Marsden. Cost: $15 general admission, $10 for members

Lecture: Hands On: The Figurative Tradition in Terracotta Sculpture: June 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Dr. Betsy Bennett Purvis, Lecturer in Renaissance Art History, University of Toronto, will examine a variety of figurative terracotta sculptures from the Renaissance to the present, with a special emphasis on life-likeness and the materiality of terracotta itself. Cost: $15 general admission, $10 for members

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Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C7

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Monday, 27 May 2013

monday morning eye candy: Roberta Massuch

These images are from her MFA thesis show from earlier in April

Artist statement
I am intrigued by the way shifting light in a room affects how one perceives objects in the home;
reflections and shadows cause relationships to appear between two (or more) surfaces and the
spaces in between. My intent is to illustrate and bring permanence to these fleeting moments, while
sharing with the viewer the experience of witnessing an entrancing phenomenon: light affecting
familiar spaces and objects in the home.

The forms and surfaces I create arise out of these observations. Empty and often overlooked areas
between functional and decorative objects are transformed into architectural ceramic forms and
arranged into still lifes; juxtaposing each form with adjacent, brightly colored surfaces that coat each
plane with a film of reflected light. Drawings become a record of the light and shadows that force the
eye to shift constantly, causing static objects to appear to wiggle. It is this constant movement, this lack of clarity, and this distortion, which drives my studio explorations and reveals how I perceive and create relationships between the objects in the lived space.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

2013 Windgate Fellowships Exhibition @ the Archie Bray

Join us in celebration of our second-year fellowship artists Jeff Campana, Alanna DeRocchi, Sean O’Connell and Jonathan Read. The Windgate Fellows will finish their residency at the Bray this fall.

Opening Reception this Thursday, May 30, 6–8 pm

Can't make it in person? View the exhibition at our Online Sales Gallery beginning Thursday, May 30.

The Windgate Fellowships were established in 2012 thanks to a generous two-year grant given to the Bray by the Windgate Charitable Foundation in support of artist fellowships, scholarships and studio costs. Each fellowship awards $5,000 to a long-term resident artist, with additional funds provided to cover the Bray’s studio costs for each resident.

archiebrayfoundation | 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT 59602 | 406/443-3502 |

emerging artist: Jamie Bates

Jamie received her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Kansas in Spring of 2012. She received her BFA in Studio Art with and emphasis in Ceramics in 2008 at the University of Central Missouri. Her most recent work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in the midst of illness and loss in relation to her family’s history with cancer.

Jamie has shown work both locally and nationally including, shows at First Street Gallery in New York; the Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, MT; and at the National Student Juried Exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in Seattle, WA; in conjunction with the 2012 National Council on the Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference.

The focus and significance of my work lies in the state of the human condition, the delicacy and fragility of the human construct in an emotional and physical sense. My experience is that of being part of an extended family that has endured a history of cancer and high mortality rate. As I have become more aware of my family’s history with illness through the examination of my memories, I have also become wary of the future and empathetic of the past. I often find myself attributing to others, my own unwanted thoughts and emotions in relation to cancer. This projection of my anxieties onto others acts as cancer does in metastasis, spreading from one location to another. My work is an examination and reflection of the memories, emotions, and anxieties caused by my family’s history with cancer with an emphasis on the relationship between human biology and human emotion.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

emerging artist: Denise Joyal

Artist’s Statement

Swirling gases surround the molten forms, moving through and around them, seeking escape. The tumbling trapped gases enter forcefully, slowing to ignite and escape the oxygen deprived atmosphere. Fire and air combine to birth new formations of stone from ancient eroded particles. Open forms with clean lines are indicative of my work. Stoneware and Porcelain, once great rock formations now decomposed, are reborn into complex forms with clean lines and atmospheric glazing.

Negative space is considered in conjunction with positive to form both functional and sculptural vessels. Lao Tsu says, "Shape clay into a vessel. It is the space inside that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room. It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore profit comes from what is there. Usefulness from what is not there." The truth lies within our selves, within our art, inside our bodily vessels. We look inside to discover our true nature. When we bring forth our emptiness and make it useful, we share our souls in the everyday. My artistic goal is to bring the viewer to find meaning in presence and absence, creating an appreciation of both the form that is there and the space that remains open.

Biographical Statement
Denise Joyal teaches Ceramics at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. Her work focuses on functional stoneware and porcelain forms, as well as decorative and relief-pressed ceramic tile. A passion for atmospheric firing allows for subtle variations that continue to be a source of inspiration. Ms. Joyal currently fires her work in a propane-fired soda kiln.

Ms. Joyal graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. She received her Master’s Certificate in Ceramic Art from Hood College in 2010 where she is currently an MFA candidate and anticipates graduating in 2013.

Kiln Joy Ceramics

Friday, 24 May 2013

Fueled by Wood @ Trax Gallery

Top L to R: Judith Duff, Jack Troy, John Dix, Nick Schwartz
Bottom L to R: Judith Duff, Nick Schwartz

Through June 14, 2013
Click HERE to view works from the show
TRAX GALLERY  1812 5th Street, Berkeley, CA  94710
Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 5:30

International Call to Artists: 50 residencies in Vienna, 2014, apply by May 31!

50 Residencies in Vienna 2014

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture 
Deadline: 31 May, 2013
Application fee: none
In co-operation with Kultur Kontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture makes available 50 residencies in Vienna for the year 2014.
This call is open to artists, writers, composers, curators and art educators whose place of residence is outside of Austria.
The residencies are available for the following disciplines:
- Visual arts
- Art photography
- Video and media art
- Design
- Composition
- Literature and literary translation
- Contemporary dance and choreography
In addition, art educators and curators are also invited to apply.
What can be expected from the residency?
- Accommodation subject to availability, eitherin an apartment atthe Schloss Laudon Parkdependance (14th district) or a roomin a flatin Vienna’s 3
rd or 9 th district
- Use of a community studio in Vienna’s 2 nd district and in Schloss Laudon, and/or use of outdoor premises within the Schloss Laudon site
- Contribution to cost of living expenses of € 800 permonth; in case of absence exceeding 7 days, a pro-rata share of cost-of-living expenses will be paid.
-  One-time contribution to artsupplies of up to € 300 upon submission ofreceipts; not applicable to the areas of dance and choreography, curators, art education, writers and literary translators
Read more

a site to see friday: Marcelina Salazar and her Bourry-Box Blog



Marcelina not only creates beautiful pottery but she also is documenting her process in kiln building to share with others interested in building.

From her website:
"Marcelina grew up in Colombia and moved to Canada in 1999 to go to university. In school, she developed a keen interest in food issues. At the same time, her passion for clay was taking shape. Pottery seemed to bring her interest in food and food issues to the table.

So, after finishing a degree in science at Trent University, she decided to pursue pottery more seriously. In 2007 she completed a Ceramic Certificate at The Haliburton School of the Arts, and then she studied some more ceramics at Sheridan College.

Now she works as a full-time studio potter in her timber frame studio, on her farm in rural Ontario.
She also tries to spend free time with her husband, organic farmer Jason Hayes, and her beautiful dog, Kanuk."

Bourry-Box Blog @

"I have recently finished building a bourry-box kiln in rural Central Ontario. This is an account of that process, hoping to reciprocate some of the help and encouragement I've received from the ceramics community all along."

"Cousins in Clay" at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina

"Cousins in Clay" at Bulldog Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina
Contemporary Pottery Show and Sale
June 1-2, 2013

Meet the Potters
David MacDonald
Jack Troy
Bruce Gholson
Samantha Henneke
Michael Kline

June 1 - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
music by Chronis Pou Vasilou during the day
at 3:00pm demo by Michael Kline and Bruce Gholson

June 2 - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Potters Potluck at noon - All are welcome
music by Will McCanless 
at 1:30pm Jack Troy presents selections of his poetry 

Seagrove, NC 27341
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt.
5 miles south of Seagrove traffic light - Look for the Blue Watertower 

David MacDonald
David MacDonald is an emeritus professor from Syracuse University and lives in Syracuse, New York.  MacDonald received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2011.
"For more than four decades, David MacDonald has masterfully created richly patterned utilitarian objects from clay that have come to symbolize tremendous integrity and endurance. Despite the national recognition MacDonald has earned for his superb work, he remains committed to, and most content when he is producing, functional works of art in beautiful forms that will be touched, held, and most importantly used by people who will admire and appreciate their inherent beauty."

— Everson Museum of Art, 2011

Jack Troy is an emeritus professor from Juniata College and lives in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Troy received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2012.
He began teaching young artists in 1967 at Juniata College, has taught over 185 workshops, written 2 books about clay, a book of original poems titled "Calling the Planet Home", published over 60 articles and book reviews, all while producing a constant stream of pottery at his Pennsylvania studio.  Jack Troy gives homage to our state of North Carolina in his Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain book (1995), “If North America has a pottery state it must be North Carolina”.

Michael Kline 
Michael Kline, a studio potter from Bakersville, in the mountains of North Carolina. He creates inspired traditional forms that are graced with his elegant floral brushwork giving a botanical theme to his wood-fired pottery jugs and jar forms.  Sometimes his pots are covered with a honey amber color glaze that is as appetizing as maple syrup.  His work has been published in many books and magazines and he has written several articles for the Studio Potter, and writes regularly for his blog Sawdust and Dirt.
Michael Kline will be presenting a demonstration along with Bruce Gholson on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Samantha Henneke, the host of "Cousins in Clay"in Seagrove, lives and operates Bulldog Pottery along with her husband Bruce in Seagrove, North Carolina.  She wants her functional work to be both beautiful and comfortable to use. She likes to decorate her pottery with a simple swirl and at other times the form becomes a canvas for a dotted effect which can show how tight patterning can affect ones vision, creating an op-art effect of movement and vibration. She is fascinated with macro photography and exploring her garden in the summer time while collecting images of insects in their environments.  She utilizes this activity to capture stories among the foliage, to create colorful insect compositions on her porcelain canvases, forming a snapshot in time and imagination.

Bruce Gholson, the host of "Cousins in Clay" in Seagrove, NC, lives and operates Bulldog Pottery along with his wife Samantha in Seagrove, North Carolina.  He has been fascinated with fossils, fish, reptiles and insects since childhood. Recent interests have included fossilization in amber, Chinese scholar stones, and arrowheads from the region.  Researching the chemistry of other arts such as fabric dyes, analog photography, and pyrotechnics provides him with inspiration in the form of comparative formula based cabalistic ceramic mediation.  These interests blend into an esoteric mix that is hopefully evident in the overall feeling and imagery found in his work. Success is of course a matter of perception and opinion, but for Bruce having the goal aids in facilitating an aspect his journey- "Making pots in my own voice".

Bulldog Pottery
Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke
3306 US Hwy 220 Alt North
Seagrove, NC 27341
B's cell  336-302-3469
S's cell  336-302-4452

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

movie day: Matt Wedel

Matt Wedel: Athens (2013) from L.A. Louver on Vimeo.

Matt Wedel & Christopher Miles in conversation at L.A. Louver (2013) from L.A. Louver on Vimeo.
Recorded 13 April 2013 at L.A. Louver in Venice, CA. Matt Wedel and Christopher Miles discuss Wedel's work and current exhibition "Sheep's Head", on view 11 April - 11 May 2013.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

job posting: Studio Manager @ Medalta

Temporary Position (1 year Maternity Leave)
This is a leadership position responsible for facilitating the operation of the  Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics. This position is a parental leave position and will end in July of 2014.
The Studio Manager is responsible for the day to day running of Medalta’s contemporary ceramics studio. This includes facilitating cleaning and maintenance of the studio, inventory management, and all logistics associated with our international residency program.
Successful candidates will have a BFA or equivalent and experience in a similar environment.
The studio manager will be provided with a fully equipped studio.
Apply by 4:00pm May 28th, 2013
Attention: Aaron Nelson, Artistic Director, Friends of Medalta Society
713 Medalta Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3K9
Or email to
Only candidates granted an interview will be contacted.
Thank you for your interest!

technical tuesday: Epsom Salts

Here's a link to a write up of why and how you should work with Epsom Salts in your glazes.

Monday, 20 May 2013

my apologies there were a few delay hiccups on the blog this weekend. i was out of town and away from stable wifi so the posts didn't go live as planned.

thanks for understanding : )

monday morning eye candy: Junko Kitamura

Sunday, 19 May 2013

emerging artist: Lili Paradise Khanmalek

These images are from a recent project revolving around race and sexuality. I find clay to be a very physical, sexual, and sensual material; an appropriate material through which to talk about the human body. As a young Iranian student at Emily Carr, most of my work is about race, this project focuses on the sexual and physical experiences of race. There was a short sound clip accompanying this piece which was a recording of me telling a story about being confronted by a stranger about my American citizenship and ability to speak two languages. I tied this story in with poetry about the body and sexuality.