Thursday, 30 July 2015

don't forget to vote! RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award

Ceramics has been reborn in recent years as a contemporary medium, captivating a new generation of artists working in clay today. Discover the work of five up-and-coming artists from across Canada, nominated by a panel of practitioners, collectors and arts educators.

Who’s the breakout art star this year? We want you to be the judge! Vote for your favourite to win the $10,000 grand prize!

Online voting begins June 18, 2015 at 11:00 am and ends August 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

Find our more about the award, the nominees and how to vote here: 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

call for entry: River2River: Midwest Juried Ceramics Exhibition

Juror: Bede Clarke

Entry Deadline: Extended to August 5th!




There will be a $300 prize for Best in Show, as well as two $100 Merit Awards.


Show Dates: Sept 11 - Oct 3

Juror Results: August 14th
Accepted Art Work to be Delivered to Coe College by: August 31st
Hand Delivered Work to The Ceramics Center: August 26th-28th
Conference Reception: Saturday, October 3rd, 6-8PM
Iowa Clay Conference: October 2-4
Pick Up Art Work: October 4th @ Coe College after 2PM

Entry Fee

Artists pay a $30 entry fee for up to three images of three submissions.

Click HERE to Enter

Two opportunities @ STARworks Center

STARworks Clay Studio Program Director
STARworks Center in Star NC is currently seeking a Clay Program Director.  She/he is responsible for the overall creative and artistic direction and management of STARworks’ new (and still developing) Ceramic Artist Residency Programs. 
Masters degree in ceramics or a combination of education and experience
Professional experience in artist residencies, public art programs, or public practice programs
Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills
Self-motivated and ability to work independently and within a team
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
Some travel required
Available weekends and evenings
Other related duties as assigned.
Compensation: This is a full time, exempt salaried position with generous paid time off, holidays and 403(b) contribution plan. STARworks is an equal opportunity employer.
To Apply:  The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by August 21, 2015. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and contact information for at least 3 references to Nancy Gottovi, STARworks, PO Box 159, Star, NC 27356 or

For the the full details visit
STARworks Clay Studio Artist in Residence Program

We are currently accepting applications for residency positions of one to six months duration.  The duration depends on the proposal submitted by the artist and the available studio space. Available dates start in September 2015 and run through May 2016.
The STARworks Residency is for ceramic artists who are at a crucial stage in their career and require an opportunity to experiment, refine and formalize studio practices are encouraged to apply. Residents are encouraged to use their time to push personal, professional, technical and conceptual limits.

Residents will be provided with subsidized housing, studio space and up to 500 pounds of STARworks Ceramics clay bodies each month in exchange for assistance with studio maintenance and helping with events, workshops and occasional teaching responsibilities.

Our facilities allow for large workshop spaces placed side by side, supporting a collaborative and energetic educational environment. The space allows for six or seven generous studios at one time for residents and visiting artists, serving to inspire a creative studio atmosphere and perpetuate an elevated commitment to ceramic craft and art.  

Monday, 27 July 2015

CONCOMITANT @ Schaller Gallery

a phenomenon that naturally accompanies or follows something or someone
the condition of accompanying or coexisting 
Bob Briscoe, Jason Trebs, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Randy Johnston,
Zac Spates, Guillermo Cuellar, Linda Christianson, Wayne Branum,
and Matthew Krousey 

monday morning eye candy: Reed Weir

upcoming workshops with Shannon Garson

Surface Expression
Saturday, August 15th- One Day Workshop
$150 per person (maximum 8 students)
Sign up here

Held at  my studio in beautiful Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, this intimate workshop will explore surface techniques the can be used on a wide variety of ceramic vessels .
  • introduction to the beautiful, translucent porcelain.
  • design
  • pattern
  • surface texture
  • imagery
Each participant will create a porcelain bowl with your own design.
What we are aiming for is a reflection of your own unique personality with all it’s complexity, in your final design! Suitable for all levels of experience.

Vegetarian lunch provided.



Master Class
Finding your Expression
Sunday August 16th- One Day Workshop
$150 per person (maximum 8 students)
Sign up here


Need inspiration to kickstart your practice?
  • Inspiration
  • Techniques
  • Design development
  • Philosophical musing 

A teabowl will serve as the initial inspiration, this small vessel is the conduit to wider ideas ranging from the importance of line, the true weight of volume, how to solve technical design issues in all mediums from textiles to painting, and what to do when you are at a creative dead end.

 Designed as creative boost for experienced artists in any field, germinate your ideas with a day in Maleny and an intense burst of inspiration.

Vegetarian lunch and a lot of artist's talk provided!

Exponate Zeitgenossische Keramik 2015

"Exhibition by local graduates 
(Christoph Hasenberg)
This year's graduates from the Fach-schule für Keramik (Ceramics Technical College) in Höhr-Grenzhausen are presenting the results of their courses in their graduation exhibition, Exponate 2015 ("Exhibits 2015").
The students' work is defined by a focus on the various ceramic core themes. The graduates' approach is individually creative and technically autonomous. The exhibits on shwo at this exhibition lead the visitor into an intensive dialogue with the whole breadth of the creative potential of contemporary ceramics.
Whereas Grit Uhlemann and Ursula Madré have dedicated their very different works to the field of surface treatment, Julia Saffer has developed new possibilities forthe making processes involved in ceramic sculpture. Ulla Litzinger and Julia Brümmer interpret their ideas in the field of vessel making in entirely different ways. Nathalie Pampuch has devoted herself to the special opportunities of production in series for various kinds of functional ware. "

The exhibition Exponate 2015 opens on 17 July 2015 at the
Keramikmuseum Westerwald in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.
The exhibits subsequently go on show at the  Kammerhofmuseum in
Gmunden am Traunsee, Austria, from 28 August 2015

Saturday, 25 July 2015

job posting: St. Olaf College - Art History (Ceramic focus)

St. Olaf College invites applications for a position in ceramics in the Department of Art and Art History. The department is looking for a dynamic, innovative artist and educator who can help shape the future of the studio art program. A full-time teaching load includes three courses in ceramics and three courses in a secondary area of expertise other than sculpture, such as drawing, painting, photography, or new media. Less traditional modes of art practice, including socially or civically engaged art, are also of interest to the department. In addition to teaching, responsibilities include overseeing a complete ceramics studio, ongoing professional/creative work, advising of students, service on department and college committees, and curriculum development. 

Application review begins September 15, 2015. 

Applicants must submit application materials online at A complete application includes:
1. Letter of Application
2. Statement of Teaching Philosophy                  
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Sample syllabi
5. Work sample (select one of the following to upload as the "Work Sample" document type)
  1. provide a URL or web links for personal work samples and student work samples that include titles, media, dimensions, and dates, or
  2. provide a PDF file of your work sample, not exceeding 20 labeled images of personal work and 20 images of student work, and/or a 5-minute video that showcases your work sample (if you are uploading both a PDF and a video, please upload the PDF as the "Work Sample" document type and the video as the "Video URL" document type)
After initial rounds of screening, candidates will be required to provide the names and email addresses of three references.

Full details here:

Artist In Residence - Midwestern State University - Ceramics Department

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2015 through August 15, 2016 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. Priority is given to applications received by Saturday, August 1, 2015.

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based 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, please go to:

Midwestern will provide:
• All materials and firing
• A 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 (access to the workout facility, reserved parking ($50), library access, etc.)
• A small-furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU with utilities paid including Wi-Fi (details to be discussed during the interview process).
• A minimum stipend of $6000 per year
• The possibility of teaching one Ceramics for Non-Majors course per semester as an adjunct professor, at $2,500 per course (if the course enrolls 10 students)
• The possibility of a solo exhibition (details 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, and facilitating the making of bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event . . . The studio made over 1,000 bowls and raised $86,000 in 2015)
• Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester
• Will teach one ceramics for non-majors class per semester if the course makes enrollment of 10 students (It has made enrollment for the fall semester of 2015)
• Will attend opening receptions and special events
• Will be responsible for all non-ceramic related expenses aside from accommodation
• Will help set up and work the Mother’s Day Ceramic Sale
• Will help fire the wood kiln once per semester
• 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
• Large Brent slab roller
• Two extruders
• Three pugmills
• Soldner mixer
• Separate well equipped glaze room
• Spray booth
• Materials and clay mixing/storage room
• 18 electric wheels
• One wheelchair accessible wheel
• Ball mill

5,000 square foot covered kiln yard with the following:
• Two 40 cubic foot computer-controlled 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 updraft test kiln

Access, by permission, to the following studios:
• Painting
• Sculpture
• Metals
• Printmaking
• 24 station Adobe Suite equipped Mac lab with large format printers

Requirements: An MFA in ceramics is required as there is a probability/possibility for teaching a university level core course. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit.

For initial consideration, please e-mail, Dropbox, or make the following available by website/blog by August 1, 2015. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. (Please do not email images):
• Letter of interest with a paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU (email)
• CV (email)
• Artist's statement (email)
• 20 jpegs of recent work (Dropbox or website/blog – website preferred)
• If available, 10 jpegs of student work (Dropbox or website/blog- website preferred)
• Contact information (email and phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one reference a former professor (email)

Steve Hilton, Associate Professor

Midwestern State University
Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
(940) 613.7041
(Application deadline: August 1 or until position is filled)

Thursday, 23 July 2015




Exhibition dates: April 9 - September 4, 2016
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2016

An exhibition to showcase the best in contemporary dinnerware as it relates to the theme Cake, whether that be in the form of a functional pedestal cake stand or sculpture referencing cake, created by artists in all media, from the United States and Canada.

Juried by Heather Anne Leavitt

For entry information visit our website

The Dinnerware Museum
Ann Arbor, MI

Image: cake stand by Kristen Kieffer 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

movie day: A Good Life, Too: Alonzo Clemons

A Good Life, Too: Alonzo Clemons from The Good Line on Vimeo.

You can learn more about Alonzo Clemons' work at
When he was a toddler, Alonzo Clemons suffered a brain injury. It forever changed the way he learns and communicates but also the way he interprets the world around him. Very early it became clear to Alonzo that he had to sculpt. He was institutionalized for ten years in a state hospital which wasn't a pleasant experience, but he continued to find ways to make delicate figures with his hands. When they wouldn't give him clay, he would scrape warm tar from the parking lot.
Despite his limitations Alonzo continues to sculpt outside of Boulder, Colorado.
The film was produced in partnership with What I Thought I Saw, a photo-story traveling exhibit and book that tells stories of people we may have otherwise over-looked.
Director of Photography: Travis Pitcher
Directed by Joseph LeBaron
Additional shooters, Johua Brandt and Micah Dahl Anderson
Sound Capture by Micah Dahl Anderson
Song licensed from Kishi Bashi, "I Am The AntiChrist"
Thank you to for production assistance
To see a new great story every week visit

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Live streamed panel discussion online this sunday!

Join Adam Field (@adamfieldpottery), Michael Kline (@klineola), Paul Blais (@pdblais), Joseph Travis (@redfoxpottery), and myself - Carole Epp (@musingaboutmud) for an international live-streamed panel discussion on social media in the clay world.

This Sunday, July 19th, 5pm EST. 

There are a few tiny hoops to jump through to view and join the conversation; go to for info. This event is free and open to the public. Tell a friend and we hope to see you there!!!

Please send us your questions before hand as well to


Panel Discussion and Dinner in the Gallery

1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams


1315 MASS MoCA Way
Collecting ceramics from George Ohr to Ai Weiwei — join specialists Suzanne Perrault, David Rago, and Daniel Farrell for a panel discussion moderated by Leslie Ferrin about provenance, connoisseurship, and values in ceramics, pottery, and porcelain from 1900 to the present.
Guests will have a chance to view the exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, before the panel discussion and afterwards during a wine and cheese reception in the gallery.

6:30 pm | DISH+DINE

1315 MASS MoCA Way
$75. Space is limited. Registration deadline is July 14.
Enjoy this dinner event in the gallery with collectors, artists, and the panelists. Gramercy Bistro, MASS MoCA’s in-house bistro, will serve modern fare made from locally-sourced food. Ceramic artist Michael McCarthy will provide the handmade dinnerware.

Grace Nickel’s Devastatus Rememorari gifted to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Opens this Saturday!

Photo by Steve Farmer

The new acquisition will be shown at the AGNS from July 18, 2015 to December 6, 2015.
Curated by Sandra Alfoldy.

More info:

Play, Precarity and Survival @ aceartinc

 Jul 30 - Aug 22

Opening reception July 30, 2015 7pm
aceartinc, 290 McDermot Avenue
Exhibition continues July 31-August 22, 2015
Curated by Sigrid Dahle, featuring work by Marcel Dzama, Seema Goel, Rachael Kroeker, Jeannie Mah, Monica Mercedes Martinez, and Brendan Tang. This group exhibition includes artists who consciously use ceramic history, material properties and studio and/or commercial production processes to playfully and incisively explore, resist and/or perform unmoored contemporary identities. How are ever-evolving, cross-generational im/migrant experiences, colonial narratives and hybridized identities – what we customarily call ‘globalization’ – enacted in and through the vibrant discourse that is 21st century ceramics? What is it about this medium that renders it so amenable to supporting these timely and compelling investigations? Explore these questions and more when Play, Precarity and Survival opens this July.

Above image:
Brendan Lee Tang
Untitled (Ming 2) 2012
Inkjet Print (limited edition)
29.06cm x 17.78cm (11.44” x 7”) 

This exhibition was made possible through generous funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Arts Branch, Province of Manitoba.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

technical tuesday: Ceramic Recipes online

Meet the newest member of the Ceramic Arts Daily family! is the place for all of your recipes, whether you have your own or have yet to discover them. You’ll get access to an always-expanding collection of recipes (currently more than 530) that have been tested by professional artists. Save them for later testing, rate them, review them, and imagine all the possibilities they represent. You can even upload and share your own recipes with the community.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

call for entry: Clunes Ceramic Award 2015

The winner of the 2013 Clunes Ceramic Award
Autumn Frost II, 2013Dean Smith

The Clunes Ceramic Award is an initiative of Creative Clunes Inc. and is in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.

The winning artist's work will attract the total prize money of $10,000
This is an acquisitive prize.  In 2015, the work will be acquired by the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
The winning work of art will be acquired in alternate years, by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum for their Permanent Collections.
A People's Choice Award to the value of $2,000 will be awarded and announced close to the conclusion of the exhibition.

Recognition Awards will be presented at the discretion of the judging panel and announced at the exhibition opening.

The Clunes Ceramic Award is a biennial event and was first held in 2009. The success of the first, and following, Award has ensured that The Clunes Ceramic Award will continue to develop as a respected and highly prized Regional Arts Event in the Australian state of Victoria.


movie day: CRAFTED

The documentary CRAFTED was created to explore the mindset of today’s artisan and determine how artisanship has evolved along with—or, at times, in spite of—new technologies that allow instantaneous sharing of knowledge and sourcing of ingredients. Brave creators are breaking from the norm and returning to their roots to master age-old art forms that are more relevant than ever in today’s world. To learn more, including a behind-the-scenes look, visit

Learn about our artisans:

Bloodroot Blades:

Donabe Japanese Earthenware:

Bar Tartine Restaurant:

residency opportunity: Fieldwork @ Eyelevel gallery

Eyelevel Gallery invites proposals from visiting artists, for our new residency program, Fieldwork, to take place from August to November 2015. 

Deadline: 7 August 2015
Fieldwork is a platform for artists to conduct and present research as it relates to their practice in a setting outside of an exhibitionary complex. The nature of this residency allows for a variety of publics to engage with all parts of the artistic process and lays the groundwork for the artist/s to engage with individuals outside of their discipline. There is much opportunity for collaboration with other institutions, particularly drawing on a non-art audience through partnerships. Artistic results from the residencies may come in the form of performances, screenings, workshops, roundtables, texts, and more. Our intention is to support the artist in presenting their work as a process, rather than a final product.
Though this is research driven, artists are encouraged to give a presentation during the course of their residency. This may take any shape or form the resident deems most suited to their research, in consultation with Eyelevel Gallery. Please suggest presentation strategies in your proposal—traditional artist’s talk, workshop, podcast, walking tour, community roundtable, blog or zine, etc.
1-2 artists will be selected for residencies between 4 and 8 weeks duration. Start date is as early as the beginning of August and end date as late as the end of November. Eyelevel will provide administrative support in the form of budget management, and publicity. Workspace may be arranged depending on the project. This project hinges on the artist’s research taking place outside of a traditional artist-run centre gallery context.
Artist will receive | artist recevra:
  • Artist's fee | frais d'artist $3000
  • Presentation fee| frais de présentation $281
  • Material assistance up to | assistance
    érielle j'usqu'à $500
  • Travel up to $800, to be negotiated Voyage jusqu'à $800, à négocier
  • Accommodations to be negotiated | logements à négocier
 Full details here.

Friday, 3 July 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 29th annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. 

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard & Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Drawing hundreds of applications from across the United States each year, approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by our 2016 Juror, Elizabeth Kozlowski. As the curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kozlowki has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be presented.

NEW! Online submissions and prospectus available at
SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
2016 EXHIBITION | February 5 – April 1, 2016 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas. 

Inquires may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 382-2787 or