Thursday, 26 February 2015

Don't miss out on some great summer programs @ Arrowmont! Deadlines approaching fast!

Women Working with Clay Symposium @ Hollins University

June 8-11, 2015

This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture. We emphasize the creative process from every level. At the same time, we look at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

Presenters: Linda Christenson, Christa Cordova, Donna Polseno, and Shoko Teruyama
Keynote Speaker: Leila Philip
Director: Donna Polseno

What You’ll Learn

From Inspiration and Ideas to the Actual Making and Finishing
  • Explore the connections of the long history of women as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in cultures all over the world.
  • Examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
  • Work closely with faculty who have extensive experience and training.
Find all the details and register online here:

Friday, 20 February 2015

Upcoming deadline - Archie Bray residencies

The Bray will be awarding ten $5,000 fellowships along with ten short-term summer scholarships in 2015!
Resident Applications due March 1, 2015.

“Being able to provide this generous financial support to each and every resident artist helps the Bray fulfill its mission and reinforces its commitment to furthering ceramic art.”–Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director

If you have any questions about the Bray’s resident or fellowship opportunities please contact Brad Robinson at 406/443-3502 ext.10 or at

For technical support with the online application contact

Your completed application must be received on or before
March 1, 2015. 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

apprenticeship opportunity: Cook on Clay

The Zakin Apprenticeship

Sponsored by the Allied Arts Foundation, Seattle, Washington
Managed by Maryon Attwood and Robbie Lobell, Cook on Clay LLC

The Zakin Women in Studio Arts, Design, Business, and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program is an exceptional opportunity for a potter to learn the combined skills required for today’s contemporary studio artist, including the business of art, design, and related manufacturing processes.
Apprenticeships are one- to two-year, hands-on learning opportunities.

The Apprentice is provided with studio space, use of studio equipment, and inexpensive living quarters. There are nominal materials and firing fees. Apprenticeships require 25 hours per week of work for Cook on Clay. The Apprentice learns the importance of being part of a team, and is mentored and tutored in studio work, design and manufacturing practices, and managing a small artisan-based business.
Cook on Clay has two educational settings:
  • The studios are located on our 10-acre homestead in Coupeville on Whidbey Island, 30 miles northwest of Seattle, WA. Ceramic classes and studio equipment are located here, along with a 70 cubic foot soda kiln.
  • The production Annex is located a few miles from the studio, and is where manufacturing (hydraulic pressing and finishing), glazing, bisquing, firing, and packaging take place.
Whidbey Island offers a large arts community, small family farms and unsurpassed natural beauty. Hiking, biking, kayaking and beachcombing are readily accessible in this spectacular corner of the country. An array of sales opportunities is available, including cooperative galleries, farmer’s markets, studio tours, and craft fairs.
Apprenticeship Program Outline
Apprenticeship Details


technical tuesday: dealing with packing styrofoam

So first off I have to give credit for this little tip to the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I learned this trick when I worked there years ago.  I personally have a complete hatred for those ridiculous static empowered styrofoam packing peanuts. They get everywhere. My cats try to eat them. The kids try to break them into the smallest particle size possible. They suck, but throwing them out isn't an option. I recycle all of my packing materials for the cost as well as environmental savings. But a quick and easy solution is to put the peanuts in plastic bags (also recycling and giving those bags a second life). Packing these around your art will give it the same support as if they were free floating in the box but without the risk of them getting everywhere. Ridiculously simple solution.

Monday, 16 February 2015

call for artists: Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants

The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program is intended to support the work of Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives.

2015 marks the 25th year of the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. The program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2015 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2015.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials, working or studying with a mentor, purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation, providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, technical support, collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media, education or exhibition opportunities, and travel.
An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Recipients will provide a brief image presentation on their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

The Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, has supported the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program for 25 years.  The Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:
  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.
Find full details here:

Upcoming events @ Northern Clay Center

Call for Entry: NCC Members Exhibition

In the summer of 2015, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members —comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices. We invite you to view the array of talent of our member-artists! 

May 8–June 28
Gallery M
Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 6 pm–8 pm 

Application deadline: Friday February 2015 pm
Application guidelines
  • You must be a member of NCC to apply to this exhibition.
  • The online application deadline is Friday, February 20, by 5 pm.
  • If accepted, work must arrive at NCC no later than April 21.
  • There is no application fee.
  • The member-artist is responsible for all shipping/transportation to and from NCC.
  • All applications must be submitted online.
  • Late, incomplete, and hard copy applications will not be accepted.
  • More information on how to apply is available online on the Northern Clay Center’s
    Exhibitions webpage:

    Interested in becoming a member? Not sure about your membership status? Want to ensure your membership doesn’t lapse? Check out the levels of membership online, beginning at $35/year, or email us at and we’ll assist you. Members receive discounts on classes and workshops and 10% off qualifying purchases in the gallery and online shop.

    Due to the high number of NCC members, this exhibition opportunity will be juried. Members may submit up to three pieces that were executed during the past two years, with a maximum of one piece being selected. All submitted work must be available
    at the time of the exhibition. Work that is not the same as the piece accepted will be disqualified. We would prefer to include pieces that have not been previously exhibited at the Clay Center. Due to space constraints, and a desire to include as many members as space allows, we must limit the size of any individual piece to 36” x 36” x 36”.


monday morning eye candy: Sophie Moran

Friday, 13 February 2015

Castles of the New World by Jenna Turner

Byrdie's Gallery, 2422 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA (
Open now until March 6th, 2015

Whether it is an old wooden grain elevator standing guard over the prairies or a towering gold mining dredge nestled in a northern creek bed, these 20th century structures maintain a certain power and grace despite their abandonment and dilapidation. Focusing primarily on form and material, Castles of the New World explores the architecture of these stacked and precarious buildings, while recognizing the high level of craftsmanship and artistry that continues to survive.

Installation view from front of gallery. Front right: Dredge #10 (Expanse), 2015, Ceramics, steel, wood.
Prairie Giant, 2015, Ceramics, steel, wood. 

To view more images please visit


Find out more and support if you can here.
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

movie day: Ceramic Displacement

A potter, Thom Chambers, throws pots in a Volkswagen van while driving around Laguna Beach, donating the wet clay pots to the environment. Shot with super 8 film by Fred Stodder in 1979. Music by The Mike Mays Quartet. Fred Stodder's ceramic art can be viewed at

You can blame Brendan Tang for finding this one : )

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

technical tuesday: carved drawings

More and more frequently lately i've been getting emails and instagram messages asking about how I achieve the thin drawing lines on my functional dishes. Hopefully without risking any and all future workshop invites I'm going to share the secret today. I draw the images in pencil on bone dry clay, cover that in wax and then use cheap dollar store sewing needles to carve the drawing through the wax in into the clay surface. I then use a black underglaze to fill in the lines.

When I posted this on instagram the lovely Grace DePledge mentioned she used sewing needles as well (albeit the other end) and suggested finding a mechanical pencil that would hold the needles to save my fingers. Brilliant! Thanks Grace!

Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise @ the Gardiner

The Gardiner Museum presents the Smithsonian exhibition Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise opening February 5 and running through May 18, 2015, in the George R. Gardiner Exhibition Gallery. 

The show tells the inspirational story of a group of women in the Deep South who achieved economic independence through making and selling pottery, and by establishing Newcomb Pottery, one of the most iconic arts and crafts brands of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Set against a backdrop of social change and women’s rights, the Smithsonian exhibition features the largest, most comprehensive collection of Newcomb Pottery to tour North America in three decades, with more than 125 objects of the iconic pottery on display, along with lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewellery, bookbinding and historical artifiacts.

“The exhibition brings together a variety of objects created during the lifespan of the Newcomb enterprise,” says Sally Main, curator of the exhibition. “The finest examples of the pottery art form will be displayed alongside pieces that will come as a revelation to many – not only a rich variety of crafts but also photos and artifacts that breathe life into the Newcomb legacy.” 

“We are thrilled to be presenting this exhibition by one of the world’s leading cultural institutions,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “Not only is this a show of beautiful objects, but it has an extraordinary behind-the-scenes story with an added layer about women’s rights and social change in post-Civil War New Orleans. These themes and Southern backdrop make these women’s stories more powerful – they were arts and crafts pioneers who paved the way for entrepreneurial women of today.”

Newcomb Pottery was established in 1895 as an educational experiment of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University’s former women’s college. The quasi-commercial venture offered an opportunity for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Gulf South, the pieces offer insight into the extraordinary women who made a lasting impression on American art and industry.

Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery of Tulane University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Upcoming @ The Clay Studio

Sara Ransford: "Fractured Perspectives" @ Harvey / Meadows Gallery

Thursday, February 5th, 5 to 8pm
Gallery Talk with the Artists: 6pm

Exhibition Dates: February 5th to March 9th

Harvey / Meadows Gallery
517 East Hopkins
Aspen, Colorado 81611 

Art + Teach: How Tech is Distrupting the Art World

 Object is teaming up with General Assembly later this month for an event looking at the myriad ways new and emerging technology is disrupting the art world.
Join us on Thursday 19 Feb at 6pm for a discussion on how tech is intersecting with art – disrupting marketplaces, redefining access, and reshaping the future of art and art businesses.
Speakers on the night include Lukasz Karluk, interaction designer responsible for projects like Flume's Infinity Prism, and Ivan Vysotskiy, Product Delivery Manager at print-on-demand marketplace Redbubble – with more to be announced soon.
The event is free, and you’re invited to join us afterwards to connect with fellow artists, designers, creatives, and innovators over drinks.
Spaces are limited and tickets are going fast, so click here to reserve your seat.
General Assembly hosts events and classes in design, marketing and entrepreneurial business with campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and around the world.

Find out more here.

GCSC Ceramics Symposium - Figurative Clay

We are excited to announce the first annual GCSC Ceramics Symposium. The symposium will be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida from March 6-8, 2015. This year's focus will be on the figure in clay. There will be three days of presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions. Presenting artists are Pavel Amromin, Liz Bryant, Tammy Marinuzzi, Beau Raymond, Derek Reeverts, and Meghan Sullivan. Panama City is located on the Gulf of Mexico in beautiful Northwest Florida and is a great place to visit in early March.

Visit to learn more about this event and how to register.