Sunday, 29 December 2013

A Tribute To Janet Mansfield OAM


DEADLINE: March 1 annually Grant Amount: $20,000
The Canada Council for the Arts Fine Craft: Grants to Artists and Curators program supports studio-based artistic practices and curatorial research in contemporary fine crafts. Grants cover artists' subsistence costs as well as the direct expenses for a period of independent research, creation, production of artworks for public exhibitions or development of prototypes.

You must meet the Canada Council's definition of a professional artist. CONTACT: José Niaison Program Officer, Visual Arts Section, Canada Council for the Arts, 350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8. 1-800-263-5588. prizes/find-grants-and-prizes/grants/fine- craft-grants-to-artists-and-curators

call for entry: Clay? V

DEADLINE: Jan. 17, 2014

Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Wa. is proud to present the fifth installment of its biennial contemporary ceramics exhibition, Clay? V, juried by University of Washington, School of Art Professors Doug Jeck, Jamie Walker, and Akio Takamori. Clay? V explores the versatility of clay as a medium of artistic expression. Showcasing a range of sizes, scales, subject matter, and techniques, the artwork of this exhibition is both a testament to the enduring legacy of clay and future of the field.

All artists must apply using the online application link here: forms/?1579070-swo2VngpWA. There is a $25 entry fee per artist and up to 3 pieces can be submitted for consideration.

Please submit images in .JPG format according to the instructions on the application. All artists working with clay as a primary medium are eligible. Schedule:

Friday, March 21:
Opening Reception, 6 - 8:30 p.m. March 22 - May 17: Exhibition Dates

QUESTIONS: Please contact Anna Braden at or 425- 822-7161 x.102.


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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas from musing

To all of you near and far;
Those I have met in person, those I have not had the pleasure yet;
I wish each and everyone of you the best this holiday season.
However you chose to celebrate my wish is that there is peace in your world, health in your family, love and happiness in your heart.

From my family to you Merry Christmas.

xoxox Carole

Saturday, 21 December 2013

emerging artist: Honora Bacon

Want to be featured as an emerging artist on musing? All you have to do is send me some images, a brief write up if you'd like, and a website if you have it to If you could put emerging artist in the subject header of the email so it doesn't get lost in my spam folder that would be great. Thanks! 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

movie day: Experimental animation meets pottery

Experimental animation meets pottery from Crafts Council on Vimeo.

A film by Jim Le Fevre, Mike Paterson and Roops and Al Johnstone (RAMP ceramics), commissioned by the Crafts Council.
Help us to support other makers like Jim, Roops and Al across the UK.
Give the next generation of makers the change to animate their dreams by donating £10 today!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

technical tuesday: Johnson Tsang

I've seen a fair amount of images of Johnson Tsang's work in the past but I had no idea of the amazing blog that he writes where he generously shares step by step process information for his amazing sculptures. I'm sure you will be as floored as I was when you take a look through his website: I was especially interested in seeing how he gets some of those precarious sculptures in and out of the kiln. Inspiring for sure. From idea to gallery installation he shares it all with us. Prepare to be blow away.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

emerging artist: Sue McLeod

Want to be featured as an emerging artist on musing? All you have to do is send me some images, a brief write up if you'd like, and a website if you have it to If you could put emerging artist in the subject header of the email so it doesn't get lost in my spam folder that would be great. Thanks! 

Friday, 13 December 2013

Summer Employment at Watershed

Summer staff at Watershed are responsible for the day to day operations of the house, studio, and grounds, and are an important resource to resident artists and visitors. Summer staff are expected to work an average of 30 hrs per week, attend weekly staff meetings and be available to assist residents. Summer staff receive free studio space, room and board along with a $2000 stipend.

Kitchen Staff: Prepares, cooks, serves (buffet style) and cleans-up 3 meals daily for 25-30 people; responsible for ordering food/shopping, budgeting & special event preparations.

Studio Staff: Responsible for material inventory; equipment, building and grounds maintenance and repair; have proficiency with propane & electric kiln firing; assist with special event preparations; help resident artists with studio issues.

House Staff: Greets new residents, cleans and maintains common areas daily and supervises resident assistants in house cleaning activities; cleans cabins between sessions.

Office Staff: Assists with administrative work including event planning, data entry, administrative organization and financial tracking. May also assist with housekeeping duties and kitchen prep/cleanup.

Click here to apply for a summer staff position. Applications will be accepted until March 14, 2014. Please note that Watershed will contact references listed. Applicants whose references are not available to talk to Watershed will not be considered. Watershed will conduct interviews with summer staff applicants via phone or in person (if possible). Watershed staff members will be at NCECA and will be available to meet with applicants at that time. Hiring decisions will be made the first week of April, 2014. The summer work season runs from May 20-August 30th, 2014.

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call for entry: The Alice Prize, National Contemporary Art Prize

Open to Australian Ceramic Artists
Dr Michael Brand, Director Art Gallery of NSW

Selection Panel:
Nici Cumpston, Artist and Curator Art Gallery of SA
Therese Ritchie, Artist and Photographer, Darwin NT
Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Victoria

Alice Springs, NT
Entry Deadline: 31 January 2014

The Alice Springs Art Foundation 
PO Box 1854
Alice Springs NT 0871 

call for artists: New York Foundation for the Arts

The 2014 Artists’ Fellowships Application is now open.

In the 2014 cycle, grants will be awarded in the following categories:
Digital/Electronic Arts
Nonfiction Literature
Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts

Click here for the online application.
Applicants must review the Application Guidelines before applying.
This document will also serve as an important guide while submitting your application.
Click here to download the Application Guidelines.

APPLICATION DEADLINES: February 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Crafts/Sculpture Digital/Electronic Arts

Thursday, 12 December 2013

CALL FOR RESIDENCY: Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, USA

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2014

The Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence Program was established in 1991. The program provides early career, self-directed artists time, space and support to experiment and develop a new body of work in a creative supportive community environment of 160 rotating visiting workshop artists/instructors and hundreds of students. For more information see here.

call for entry: Drink!

The Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School is proud to announce a call for entries for DRINK! a national juried cup show open to ceramic cups, goblets, mugs, tea bowls, teacups, and tumblers of all kinds.

DRINK! is the Silpe Gallery’s national juried ceramics show of cups, goblets, mugs, tea bowls, teacups, and tumblers open to all artists working in the continental United States. All work must use 75% of clay as the primary medium.  Juried from digital only.  Fee: $35 for up to three entries. Juror: Doug Peltzman. Click here to apply.

The jury fee is $35 for up to three entries. A maximum of three entries may be submitted per person. All work must use 75% of clay as the primary medium.
Juror: Doug Peltzman
Submissions will be accepted online only from November 22, 2013 through January 31, 2014.  Please visit and search DRINK! to enter, or click this link to be taken directly to our call.
Exhibition dates are March 10 through April 2, 2014.
An opening reception and awards presentation will take place on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Silpe Gallery.
Proceeds from the sale of DRINK! vessels will benefit the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School.

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Saskatoon Potters Guild Presents Michael Flaherty this weekend!!!

Artist talk by Michael Flaherty ( this Saturday, Dec. 14th, 330 Avenue G. South, 1 - 3 p.m., courtesy of Sask Terra and the Saskatoon Potters Guild. Promises to be interesting!!

The Education Committee invites you to a two part workshop with Mike Flaherty which will be held in the SPG student room on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 - 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 from 1 - 4 pm.
Check out and Mike's blogs.

First demo (Sat.): puling and pinching large antler forms, arranging for drying, throwing with a template.
Second demo (Sun.): trimming, assembling the antler, setting up a drying armature, carving and smoothing.

Mike will also show us how he decorates with the underglaze he formulates himself. He will also be bringing terra sigillata.

 Participants will have to opportunity to make and throw with templates. Bring some clay, your favourite throwing tools, plastic cards such as gift and credit cards, tools to form/shape the template, i.e. scissors, small files, punches, etc. 

You will be provided with handouts.

Feel free to bring your camera and/or video camera.

Please for the registration form. 
Mail a cheque made out to The Saskatoon Potters' Guild to:

Education Committee
℅ Teresa Gagne
501 Avenue M North
Saskatoon, SK
S7L 2S7

Saskatoon Potters Guild

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

movie day: Short Film on Harrison McIntosh by Daniel Benning

"Harrison is regarded as one most famous ceramic artists of the Pomona Valley in Southern California and is known internationally. Considered as a real leader of the art in the post Second World War era, his work is recognised for its perfection of proportions and original decorative patterns." - Daniel Benning

Read the article and watch the film here on OEN.

Thanks to musing reader Naomi Duffey for this one! If you have suggestions for any of the musing features: eye candy, emerging artists, technical tuesdays, movie day, or a site to see friday, I'm always up for suggestions. Drop me a line at

Thursday, 5 December 2013

This weekend....

I don't know about you but I'm heading into a busy weekend with two exciting events where you can catch my work. (Sadly I'll only personally be at one!)

If you're local you can check out Winter Wonders Handmade Market.
Flock and Gather is an artist collective I'm a part of and we volunteer our time every year to organize some pretty awesome sales (if i do say so myself). Tons of awesome vendors and not to be missed if you're nearby. You can find all the details at

And a little further south, and hopefully a bit warmer, down at Red Lodge Clay Center the exhibition 21st Century Sketchbook will be opening Friday evening (online on Monday). Also worth checking out in person if you're able.

I love the premise of the show and am super honored to be a part of it. Here's a blurb from their website and a sneak peek of one of my pieces for the show.

"Artist's Reception: Friday, December 6, 2013

Exhibition Posted Online: Monday, December 9, 2013 by 10 AM Mountain Time

21st Century Sketchbook is an exhibition showcasing a contemporary social networking tool-cum-research/inspirational device, a who's watching who in contemporary ceramics. The idea for this exhibit came when we received a google alert after Birdie Boone pinned an image from the Red Lodge Clay Center website to her board.

Birdie Boone pins Peter Beasecker, Andrew Martin, and Joe Pintz; Mariko Paterson pins Michael Corney, Jen Allen, and Carole Epp; Emily Schroeder Willis pins Maren Kloppmann and Sam Chung; Ron Philbeck pins Diana Fayt and Sandy Simon; Grace Sheese pins Kelly King, Brian Jones, and Pattie Chalmers."

So whatever you have planned for the weekend I hope you stay warm and find inspiration in the studio, or have a blast at your holiday sales ( I know so many of us are in the midst of the craft sale season!)

All the best,