Sunday, 31 January 2016

Hours & Ours opens on Friday

The mentorship was sponsored by the Hamilton and Region Potter's Guild.  
It ran from September 2014 to February 2016. 

Tony Clennell was the mentor.
The mentees are Duncan Aird, Jen Drysdale, Chris de Takacsy, Teresa Dunlop, Barbara Rose, Annemarie Row and Emma Smith

Pitchers - Pre-NCECA workshop

Functional Form / Sculptural Presence 

Pre-NCECA Workshop

Monday and Tuesday, March 14 – 15, 2016
Pitchers . . . an eminently functional form that potters have made through the centuries. In addition to defining its function, the spout and handle animate a pitcher to give it sculptural presence. In this workshop, four prominent potters will demonstrate their unique aesthetic and technical approach to this timeless form.
Join 323CLAY's Steven Hill and his three talented guest artists at this special Pre-NCECA Workshop. This Workshop will include demonstrations, discussions, slides and a question and answer session.

Friday, 29 January 2016

residency opportunity: CRAFT ACT

Artist-in-Residence program 2016


Placement: One residency placement is available to:

  • a Craft ACT member or national craft practitioner/designer-maker and

  • an international craft practitioner/designer-maker
Submissions close 5.00pm Friday 8 April 2016

Applicants notified by Friday 29 April 2016

Location: The residency is undertaken at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The research period will be conducted in Canberra, ACT.
Residency period:  Total residency period of one month per artist (a two week residency in Namadgi National Park and a two week research period in Canberra), as per the dates offered below by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre:

International craft practitioner/designer-maker:

Research period, Canberra:
From Thursday 15 September 2016 to Thursday 29 September 2016                       

Residency, Namadgi National Park: From Friday 30 September 2016 to Friday 14 October 2016

Craft ACT member or national craft practitioner/designer-maker:
Research period, Canberra:
From Friday 30 September 2016 to Friday 14 October 2016        

Residency, Namadgi National Park:
From Monday 17 October 2016 to Monday 31 October 2016

Applications must be received no later than 5.00pm Friday 8 April 2016. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For enquiries, further information or artist contract specifics, please contact Gwenyth Macnamara at gwenyth.macnamara[at] or on 02 6262 9333.

Full guidelines and information can be found here:

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Help support your fellow artists!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Register now! FUSION Conference 2016

June 3 - 5Chestnut Centre, University of Toronto
89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1

FUSION is proud to present five Korean Master Potters from Icheon City, South Korea. Please join us for an inspirational weekend of hands-on workshops and presentations delivered by the Masters.
You may know them from the video that has been circulating on Facebook and YouTube: “5 South Korean Ceramic and Pottery Master Craftsmen, Show Off Their Skills.” Watch it here:  With over 400,000 views, these incredible artisans have become an internet sensation. FUSION is bringing them to Toronto to present a weekend participatory workshop where they will teach their forming and decorating techniques.

This year’s workshops include unique tools from Korea for you to keep. Each participant will also be provided with sample pieces on which to explore the techniques demonstrated.
     For more information about the Korean Masters:                CLICK HERE 

        For accommodation information:                                          CLICK HERE
        Map of area and parking information:                                   CLICK HERE

About FUSION Conferences

Every June, FUSION’s Annual Conference and Annual General Members Meeting are held in various major centres throughout Ontario. Conference attendees get a full slate of exciting events:

  • Presenters who are renowned experts in their fields
  • All inclusive registration fees (including lunch and snacks)
  • Discounted early-bird rates + prize draws = added incentive to reserve your spot early
  • Varied, event-packed Conference schedule
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Reduced rates on accommodation
  • Prizes offered throughout the Conference weekend
  • Suppliers’ presentations with special discounts
  • Dinner and other special events
  • Exhibition and other local art exhibits
  • Silent Auction
  • Annual General Meeting, including Volunteer of the Year Awards
  • Time off to enjoy local events and restaurants

FUSION wishes to thank our sponsors for their generous support

monday morning eye candy: Marion Angelica

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Obiturary: Barry Brickell

 26.10.1935 – 23.1. 2016

 Cone ten and descending... blog has done a lovely memorial post on this amazingly talented artist. 

Please read it here.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Obituary: Chase D. Grover

I would like to thank Didem Mert for putting together today's post. Such beautiful work by a creative soul taken too soon. I'm sad that I can't add a personal anecdote, but I didn't have the honor of meeting Chase. 

My condolences to all the family and friends. 
~ Carole 

"I first began talking to Chase over the holidays. We were creeping each other on Instagram hearting this, commenting on that. Finally I found a post saying he was willing to trade sculptural work for vessels. I was immediately excited. His work was so highly detailed and showed the very fragile and delicate side of the material, clay. We began messaging each other on Instagram trading addresses and any thoughts concerning the piece we wanted in the trade. Chase was a doll and made a piece tailored to be just for me.

Thankfully, since I'm horrible at responding to Instagram private messages, Chase gave me his number and we began texting. We talked about work, school, how excited we were to meet and hang out at NCECA, etc. He was so genuine in his conversations.

Chase texted me saying he was so sorry, he was going to run to the post office to ship his piece to me, but he was rushed to the hospital. We began discussing a bit of his medical history. I was so upset to hear that this humble and caring 25 year old emerging artist in his last year of graduate school was spending the beginning of this last semester on a hospital bed.

Every couple of days I'd check in to see how he was doing. Eventually, Chase said everyone in the hospital thought he'd get out in a couple of days, which was so exciting. Then he wasn't out. Two days before he passed away I was trying to lift his spirits up a little bit, sending him ridiculous photos of my dog, Tipp, with doggie boots on and a photo of the Edinboro winter to show the hilarity of how much snow this town gets. I just wanted him to have a little chuckle and forget about where he was at for a second.

The day after that I texted him in the morning asking how he was doing. I didn't get a response, but didn't think anything of it because I figured he was busy and would respond later. I went into the studio to find out, from fellow grad and friend of Chase's, Sara Catapano, that Chase had passed away.

I didn't really believe it at first. I was so confused and I'm still confused. Why would the world take such a kind soul and in the beginning of his journey? It's a tragedy for our field and for the world. Chase was and would have continued to do great things. I feel cheated that the world took him away before we could meet and become better friends. After his passing I've been reading some of the stories of others meeting Chase in person and experiencing his charismatic energy. I wish I could have had that experience.

Thankfully, Chase will life on in the memories of others and in his work. I'm so so sorry he had to go. My thoughts are with all of those sharing in the loss of Chase."

Didem Mert

"My first NCECA was the Milwaukee conference. I was a gallery assistant with Lillstreet at that time. I remember the first time I saw Chase Grover, he had at least one big ring on each finger. We introduced ourselves and started talking. We talked everyday during that conference, he would come by and we would shoot the shit. Talk about what was rad and...not so rad. Chase and I kept in touch throughout the weeks after, calling, texting, and emailing each other. He came to visit Lillstreet in Chicago soon after the conference and I gave him a tour of the art center.

Months later, I became the Gallery Director. I called Chase and told him the news, he was sooooooooooo excited for me. But the excitement was all mine. I told Chase we are definitely showing his work the first chance we get. Again, we exchanged emails, phone calls, and texts while he updated me about pieces that came out of the kiln...and pieces that really didn't come out of the kiln.

I feel like he and I grew up together, in a sense. He was with me every step of the way, watching me and giving me praise and confidence. I watched his work morph, evolve, and mature into really stunning forms. He was an artist that gave meaning to my job. He told me about his angle of making. To be blunt, he was 'discussing' with the viewer the frailty and fragility of the human condition.

That statement right there is why this loss is so tragic to me. Chase and I had big plans for his work. We were talking about multiple exhibitions. He was even working on an alternative materials and alternative processes exhibition which we talked about A LOT.

I am so lucky to have a single piece of his. When he gave it to me, I just started swearing and yelling at him "You can't give me this!" He was so generous with me and I hope I was to him.

To Chase (or if his artwork is listening): Your work is completely representative of you. It is incredible. You are incredible. You are strong and unique. You are fragile and human. You are colorful and bold, and even a little flashy at times. But most importantly, your work gives me hope. It gives me hope that their are great artists (and people) around us that have the most amazing lives and stories. I wanted to work FOR YOU so bad I can't express it, I'm actually tearing up just thinking about how much I wanted to work with you more. You inspire me to make my work better, look at work in a different way, hold work in a different way, think about making in a brand new way, and to make this gallery one of the best in the business.

I hope people read this and feel what I feel when I look at his work and pictures of him. Clay is forever. Love you brother."

Brian Malnassy


"I first met Chase Grover at NCECA last year in Providence, Rhode Island. He walked up to me at an after hours event with a swagger and handed me his card. He was tall and handsome, with an aura of authenticity about him. Later that night when I looked up his artwork, I could see an incredible talent in his delicate, painstakingly assembled porcelain sculptures.

Over the next few days, Chase and I became fast friends. He a had strong, intense energy beneath his calm demeanor, with a quiet wisdom that permeated his youth. Not only a talented sculptor in ceramics, Chase had a penchant for photography and carried a film-loaded Contax camera with him everywhere. He told me that he had been born with a heart condition, and because of this he was unable to do anything physically demanding. Despite this, he possessed a stubborn strength and strong will to go beyond his limits and experience his life to the fullest.

On the last night of NCECA, I dragged him all around downtown Providence by his arm while he happily snapped photos of me and my friends. He explained that he wanted to photograph everything he saw, ever since he had a serious medical incident which left him unconscious for several days. The only memories he had from the time lost were photos that he had taken. I found his choice of the film medium appropriate because of the delay in its development and the magic of chance, which matched his careful movements and almost mythological demeanor.

Over the year we kept in touch fairly regularly. We talked about our artwork and our lives, and I encouraged Chase to start applying to shows. He applied to several over the year and was accepted to a majority of them, including the NCECA Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri. We were looking forward a reunion this year at the conference, only a few short months away.

I was devastated to hear of Chase's passing. And yet, I am so incredibly proud of my friend. His enormous talent and genuine warm energy was a rare and special combination. I am incredibly grateful for our short year of friendship, but so heartbroken to see the life of a young man just beginning to take flight be cut so short. Despite this, he will continue to inspire me and many of us I'm sure- through his creative endeavors and his zest for life, captured through his photographs and in our memories of him. Through his work, we can be aware of the tenuous connections that hold us all together, and serves as a reminder to appreciate the temporal fragility of life.

Check out insta @chasegrover to see the photographs he shared of his work, as well as the people and the events in his life."

Lauren Shapiro


Chase D. Grover, 25, passed away Tuesday, January 19th, with family by his side, after a lifelong battle with congenital heart disease. 

He was an amazing artist and photographer working towards a Masters of Fine Arts degree. He was very loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Artist bio
"I had my first experience with clay in January 2011 at Eastern Illinois University under Dwain Naragon. Unfortunately, I lacked natural abilities to manipulate clay, but was determined to learn. After a very short time, I, on a whim, decided that that is what I wanted to be, "A Ceramic Artist." I began to work as hard as I could to progress and so far things are looking up. I am currently in my third year of my MFA at Central Washington University with full intentions of pursuing a career in the field."

“Ultimately, I want the viewer to consider the instability within all objects and apply this concept to the elements of their everyday lives, to be aware of the tenuous connections that hold everything together."

To see more of Chase's work please visit:
Insta: @chasegrover

Friday, 22 January 2016

call for artists: 4th International Ceramic Art Symposium “CERAMIC LABORATORY”

August 5-20, 2016, Daugavpils

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre and Daugavpils Clay Art Centre invite artists to participate in the 4th International Ceramic Art Symposium “CERAMIC LABORATORY” organized in the framework of Rothko Centre’s Residence Program.

Within the framework of the "CERAMIC LABORATORY", inspired by Latvian nature, cultural space and personal experiences, participants are invited to create unique works of ceramic art using their selected material and equipment, at the same time adhering to a unifying theme, which is associated with experimenting. Symposium implies a joint development of a kind of laboratory where artists can experiment and share their experiences. Through the selection of participants of the Symposium, the advantage will be given to artists who will hold a master class and / or an open lecture on ceramics or ceramic technology, which will later be published in the following catalogue of the symposium.

Aim of the symposium: To create unique contemporary ceramic artworks, developing an international communication platform in the field of ceramic art.
Place and time of the symposium: Daugavpils, Latvia, August 5-20, 2016
Participants of the symposium: 15 professional artists will take part in the symposium. The selection of participants will be competition-based, taking into consideration the submitted materials (application form, CV, and visual information which satisfies the below mentioned requirements).

Selection committee of the symposium participants:
Māris Čačka – artist, art-director at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre
Maruta Raude – ceramic artist, Latvia
Maxim Delia – ceramic artist, Romania
Pınar Baklan Önal – ceramic artist, Turkey
Maged Zaky Hassan – ceramic artist, Egypt
Dicle Öney – ceramic artist, Turkey
Ismet Yüksel – ceramic artist, Turkey
Weronika Lucińska – ceramic artist, Poland
Alberto Bustos – ceramic artist, Spain

Organizers provide:
  1. Covering of the residence expenses in Daugavpils (catering, accommodation);
  2. Studios;
  3. Basic materials and tools for work;
  4. Publicity opportunities (possibilities to present artists’ creative works; information in mass media; a symposium catalogue);
  5. Recreation, tours around the city and surroundings, visits of art and culture institutions of Daugavpils);
  6. Symposium’s opening exhibition;
  7. Final symposium exhibition.
Artists provide:
  1. Covering of the travel expenses to Daugavpils and back;
  2. Specific materials and tools for work;
  3. Donation of an artwork from the opening exhibition to Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre;
  4. Donation of at least two artworks created during the symposium to Daugavpils Clay Art Centre.
Application procedure:
Applications have to be submitted electronically to e-mail till March 7, 2016

Application includes:
  2. CV;
  3. Presentation materials on artistic activity: portfolio (at least 7 images of artworks created during previous 3 years). Other informative materials in electronic format can be attached (catalogues, postcards etc.)
Assessment procedure:
The symposium organizers will consider applications and send invitations to the 4th International Ceramic Art Symposium till March 15, 2016.
Applications submitted after March 7, 2016 will not be assessed.

Confirmation of participation:
The invited participants confirm their participation within 5 days after receiving the invitation, but no later than March 20, 2016

Contact person:
Valentins Petjko  

via the LA Times: Harrison McIntosh, Southland artist who pushed ceramics' boundaries, dies at 101

"While fellow artists Peter Voulkos and John Mason pushed clay to its limits by making massive walls and muscular abstractions, McIntosh gently nudged the boundaries of traditional studio pottery by elevating functional objects to a rarefied state of art. Over the next 50 years, he produced an internationally revered body of work that exemplifies a classical vein of the postwar crafts movement."

Read the full obituary here.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

New Workshop: Narrative & Controversy

A one-day demo & chat with Carole Epp and Mariko Paterson

Saturday 7 May 2016, 10am – 4pm

Square 1 Studios, 32 Bowden St Alexandria NSW 2015

Shrimp Barbies 2016

Tutors: Carole Epp ( & Mariko Paterson (

Carole Epp and Mariko Paterson were most likely separated at birth but they are now joined again to swim the treacherous, subversive, and even devious waters of ceramics. While they work across the country from each other in separate studios (Saskatoon and Halifax respectively) they telepathically connect every day (well on Facebook Chat) about their work, life and pursuit of motorcycle excellence. Narrative ceramics, illustration and the love of small things (kids, cats, wiener dogs to name a few) draw them together, but so have their approach to ceramics.

 So come join us for a raucous day of story telling à la ceramics. Like Penn and Teller they’ll divulge their handbuilding and throwing secrets with abandon. Like Donny and Marie they’ll belt out their harmonious image transfer and drawing strength compatibilities. Like Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban they’ll strut their ‘red carpet’ glazed surface treatments. But most importantly, like Thelma and Louise they’ll steal your hearts. They double dare you to sign up. And they quadruple dare you to show up.

Location directions: Enter via Harvey Norman car park at the dead-end of McCauley St. Drive in and find a park. Walk along keeping the canal on your left and look for the red square on the outside of the warehouse. That’s the entrance to Square 1 Studios. Come upstairs to Level 1.
Note: This is not a hands-on workshop
Seminar Fee: $125 per person ($115 TACA members)
This fee covers the tutors and morning tea.
Please note: Full payment is required to ensure a place.
Minimum number in the workshop: 8
Maximum number in the workshop: 15
Participants need to bring a notepad and pen, lunch and a mug for coffee and tea.
The workshop fee covers morning tea and afternoon tea.
Please arrive by 9.45am as we will start promptly at 10am.
Payment for the seminar:
  • Cheque (made out to The Australian Ceramics Association) & post to PO Box 677 Alexandria NSW 1435
  • Direct deposit (Account name: The Australian Ceramics Association; BSB 032000; account no. 911118). PLEASE IDENTIFY YOUR DEPOSIT WITH YOUR SURNAME, then please send an email to giving details of your payment.
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard) – phone / mail / fax
  • Go to our online shop and purchase this workshop.
  • Payment is required to ensure a place in the workshop.
  • Payment is refunded in full if TACA cancels the workshop.
  • 90% of your payment is refunded if you cancel up to 2 weeks before the workshop date.
  • PLEASE NOTE: There is no refund if you cancel within 2 weeks of the workshop, unless we can fill your place from a waiting list and then 90% of your payment is refunded.
For further information and all bookings:
The Australian Ceramics Association
PO Box 677 Alexandria NSW 2015
T: 1300 720 124 | F: 02 8072 1804

movie day: Katharina Klug

Fired Moment from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

Monday, 18 January 2016

call for entry: Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist

Ceramics Monthly’s May 2016 issue will feature work by selected emerging clay artists. All ceramic artists, both US and international, who have been actively pursuing a career in ceramics for less than ten years, are eligible to apply.

To be considered, please submit the
following materials:
• Up to five high-resolution (300 ppi) digital images on a CD
• Full-size color print of each image, printed on US Letter or A-4 size paper
• Complete caption information for each image including materials, processes used, firing temperature, dimensions, and date completed
• Contact information (including email address)
• Artist statement and résumé

Mail to:
Ceramics Monthly—Emerging Artist
600 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 210
Westerville, OH 43082

Submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered. Emailed submissions and submissions containing more than five images will not be considered. Please do not submit materials in binders or folders. Submitted materials will not be returned.

Due to the volume of entries, we cannot acknowledge submissions. No phone calls or emails please.

monday morning eye candy: Susan Nemeth