Tuesday, 24 June 2014

technical tuesday: Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans

Julia Galloway is amazing for so many reasons.
Here's another one: juliagalloway.com/field-guide/

kickstater: Wood Fired Ceramics Residency in Denmark by Mitch Iburg


teaching opportunity: NSCCD Course Applications due immediately!

Your proposal package should include the following information:
1. DESCRIPTION of the proposed course or workshop as you would like it to appear on the course brochure, fun, exciting and to the point! (MAX 75 words).
- Please include preferred dates, times and duration of the course.
- Maximum number of students in the class.
- Materials list or materials cost for students.
2. COURSE OUTLINE including brief descriptions of what is to be covered in each week’s class.
3. Current C.V. as it relates to your art practice.
4. BIO to appear on the Centre for Craft’s web page(MAX 150 words). Also include a link to your website if you have one.
5. DIGITAL IMAGES one of your most recent works to appear on the Centre for Craft’s web page and the course brochure. Also include images of process and project images.
You can send proposals electronically by email tostudiocoordinator@craft-design.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design
Studio Coordinator
1061 Marginal Road, Suite #140
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alexis Doiron,
Studio Coordinator, at 492-2524.  studiocoorinator@craft-design.ns.ca

upcoming workshop - Dan Finnegan


Monday, 23 June 2014

Victoria Christen @ Schaller Gallery

Victoria Christen 
Intuitive, Patterned, Self Conscious and Flamboyant 

210 State Street - Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085


August 2-31, 2014
249-B W 19TH STREET; HOUSTON, TX 77008

July 3, 2014 Last postmark date for entry forms.
July 12, 2014 Notification of accepted work by email
July 26, 2014 Deadline for receipt of accepted work
August 2, 2014 Opening Reception
September 4-30, 2014 Return of unsold work

Eligibility and Media
This exhibit is open to all artists in the United States working in clay; work must have been completed within the
past 18 months. All submitted entries must represent tableware, either functional or decorative. A maximum of 3
pieces per artist will be reviewed.

Find the full prospectus on their website: 

monday morning eye candy: Ian Thomas

“Utopia: through the gaze of a cereal box”, hand-­‐built earthenware, underglaze, acrylic, wood, bronze, 80in length

“Utopia: through the gaze of a cereal box”, hand-­‐built earthenware, underglaze, acrylic, wood, bronze, 80in length

“Boy’s Club: We asked for Fred”, slipcast porcelain, underglaze, wood, 7in ht.

“Cereal Colonialism: The Patriarch of Mascots” hand-­‐built earthenware, underglaze, wood, 27in ht.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

emerging artist: Randi Obrien

The artist statement addresses my Clay-Animation.
The images of fables are reflections of the potentialities within every one of us. Through contemplating fables, we evoke their powers in our own lives. The narrative intention of a fable is the moral fiber of my work. I cherish the cycles of yearning and atonement, which reveal the radiance of a characters personal discovery. It is within this cycle that an audience can see a characters ability to navigate the struggles beyond a visible plain of existence. To simply exist is, of course, a part of the characters role. Though, I’ve selected clay-animation as a means to manipulate clay as a material, wherein I can indicate a greater life value for my ceramic objects.
In other words, through clay-animation my characters act-out beyond their vitrified existence.
Jarring that frozen sense of existence, I am able to jolt a characters narrative awake and document their existence through short film. Though it’s for a gnat’s-breath of a moment, my characters experience life. They relate and understand the world beyond physical objects. The characters become bearers of messages, beasts of burdens, and ultimately allow us to contemplate the potential within their fable.
Check out a few more videos here:

website: http://www.randiobrien.com

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Ceramics Ireland International Festival 2014

The Ceramics Ireland International Festival 2014
5th – 7th September
Grennan Mill, Thomastown, Kilkenny
 Put the dates in your diary, we are looking forward to hosting the festival again and will be updating information as artists are confirmed
Demonstrators at this years festival
Just confirmed NEIL READ – IRELAND
Shozo Michikawa – Japan, Grainne Watts – Ireland,  Sergei Isupov – Russia/USA, Lisa Hammond – UK

Thursday, 19 June 2014

podcast thursdays: State of the Re:Union - Contested

State of the Reunion- Contested

This weekly podcast uses stories of personal struggle to describe the cultural geography of an American community. I love how SOTRU relies on unique personal experience to explore the universal similarities of American life. In the episode, Contested, Host Al Letson and guest producer John Biewen use sports as a jumping off point to discuss race and class in Durham, North Carolina.

Visit www.stateofthereunion.com to listen to the episode Contested, or find the show on iTunes.

Visit the blog to listen to the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. Discussion about clay, culture, and travel at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com

European Ceramic Context 2014 - Educational Seminar

Educational Seminar

Venue: Royal Danish Academy School of Design Bornholm
Date:  12. Sep. 2014
Time: 9.00 - 17.00
Tickets: €80 regular
 / €50 students. Tickets are sold through Billetlugen.dk 

Investigating Ceramic Education
This is a full day educational seminar, engaging educators and students in discussions and problem solving on current issues and challenges in ceramic education.
IntentionUsing the international and diverse group of educators and students participating in ECC2014 as a starting point, we invite professionals and students engaged in ceramic education to participate in mapping and exchanging knowledge and resources in the field of ceramic education.Participants are asked to bring the current issues, questions or themes, which they are engaged in at the moment and are seeking input for, in order to improve the quality of their ceramic program or learning environment. The seminar will facilitate the collective resources and knowledge of the group, to generate solutions to challenges and questions raised by the participants.
ParticipantsEducators and students 50/50.In order to create a dynamic dialogue and exchange of imput and knowledge, teachers and educators are encouraged to bring a student to the seminar, .
Assignment for participants
Each participant should bring 3 themes / issues / questions, in which you are engaged in your practice as a teacher of ceramics and crafts education.
Students/faculty are encouraged to bring a visual presentation of a project or one of their core concerns from a teaching situation/challenge.
Examples of questions
we need more contacts to international internships / how do we meet students individually in critiques / can we use tutoring to………… / how can we include the experiences of alumni students in the ceramic program / What does the future call for, when it comes to education in ceramics? / If we were allowed to bring only three elements from our present ceramic education into the future; what would they be? / how do we incooperate professional partnerships in teaching projects / Balance between academia and craft skills / .................
  9.00 – 10.00       Introduction short mapping of questions / issues / themes
10.00 – 11.00       Lecture by specialist within learning and creativity11.00 – 12.00       Participatory seminar activities12.00 – 13.00       Lunch while still working in groups / exhibition opening of student projects at KADK13.00 – 15.30       Participatory seminar activities16.00 – 17.00       Summary and conclusion


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

movie day: Virtual Clay @ NCECA

Yeah! NCECA released the video of the first part of our Virtual Clay presentation at NCECA. Check out our introductions on you tube and then head over to The Tales of the Red Clay Rambler for a special podcast of the question and answer portion of our panel.

I hope you enjoy it. It was a blast to work with the amazing creative and professional minds of Adam Field, Ben Carter and Michael Kline. Ben did a great little write up over on his blog so head on over and check it out please. Would love to hear your thoughts on the panel.

residency opportunity: The DO GOOD-MJ Wood Memorial Short-Term Residency

Red Lodge Clay Center | Deadline: September 2, 2014 | Fee (USD): $10.00

The DO GOOD-MJ Wood Memorial Short-Term Residency is an
underwritten residency intended to support ceramic artists who wish to
develop a body of work with a socially-conscious spirit and a strong sense
of community engagement. Through a competitive application process one
candidate per year will be selected to work at the Red Lodge Clay Center
Studios with a full waiver of the residency fee. An additional stipend may
be available for selected projects to assist with travel and/or production
costs during residency.

Dates of residency: Any time between December 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015