Saturday, 27 February 2016

call for Indigenous artists: REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards

The Foundation will begin accepting applications starting March 1st, 2016.
The deadline for submissions is June 1st.
The Awards are intended to recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional or contemporary practices. The awards will be given in six artistic categories including dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.
Applications from artists working in multiple art forms will also be accepted, however, applicants should choose one of the artistic categories listed above in which to apply.
Artists selected to receive an award may use the proceeds of the award at their own discretion.
Award recipients will be selected by a jury of peers. Awards will be given at the sole discretion of The Hnatyshyn Foundation. All decisions are final.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a complete application online, or in hard copy via Canada Post or courier service, no later than the deadline. If sent by post or courier, submissions must be postmarked or time stamped no later than this date. There are no exceptions. We encourage all candidates to submit their applications well in advance to avoid any chance of missing the deadline.


To be eligible to apply, you must
  • Be of Indigenous descent.
    For the purposes of these awards, Indigenous people include First Nations, Inuit and Métis people of Canada.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Define and describe yourself as a practising artist.

Other Requirements

The awards are intended for practising artists as performers and creators. Contemporary and traditional practices are eligible.
Artistic Disciplines
Dance, Music, Theatre
For applicants in dance, music and theatre, the awards are intended for performance. Oral traditions, storytelling, spoken word, pow wow and hip hop are included in these categories. Choreographers, arrangers, composers and directors are not eligible.
The awards in literature are intended for writers in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as playwrights.

Film/Video (Media Arts)
The awards in film and video are intended for creators working in film and video (analog or digital), including animation, who retain creative control of their work. Producers and screenwriters are not eligible.
Visual Art & Fine Craft
The awards in visual art and fine craft include conventional visual art practices (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media). Installation, performance art and conceptual art are also eligible.
In fine craft, contemporary and traditional practices are eligible, including, carving, jewellery making, ceramics, glass work, bead work, fiber, textile and fashion, and include other traditional/culture-based materials such as fish scale, caribou hair tufting, and quillwork.

Submitting Your Application

You can complete and submit your application online starting March 1st. If you are submitting your application in hard copy by Canada Post or courier service, please send all materials in a single package. Do not send originals. Due to the high volume of requests, application support materials cannot be returned. Make sure to retain a copy of any materials you send. Late or incomplete applications and any supplementary materials arriving after the deadline date will not be reviewed.
For more details, please consult our frequently asked questions.
You can download a copy of the application form here for reference purposes.
You can apply online starting March 1st.
Results will be communicated in January of 2017.

emerging artist: Julie Pennington

Monday, 22 February 2016

Craft Culture talk in Calgary

How is placemaking shaped by a tradition of craft? From Medicine Hat's Medalta factory, thriving on the rich resources of clay and natural gas in the 1900s, to bespoke, digital means and mass customization, 'craft' defies narrow definition. And yet the ability to think with one's hands is pervasive in our connection to local culture and our natural environment. What traditional ways of making and construction are important to our city? And what economic possibilities does craft and making afford?


Aaron Nelson / Medalta  | Ian MacGregor/ Museum of Making | Studio Collective |Jennifer Dobbin/ The Dobbin Group | Maddy Purves-Smith/ Custom Woolen mills


Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Start: 6:30 PM


We hope you like surprises. Location details coming soon. (It'll be a good surprise we promise.)

Questions about tickets or location? Email

Find out more here.

monday morning eye candy: RIP Nina Hole

 Just saw sad news this morning of the passing yesturday of Nina Hole. 
What a loss to our community. 
My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Help Simon Levin with his book project.

Simon says...."I am embarking on a humbling project, it is in its nascent stages but I am committed to it. I am following in some giant footsteps and writing a Wood-Fire book. All the stars are aligned and I am ready to go public and let you folks know.

One thing that has changed since Jack Troy wrote his formative book "Wood Fired Stoneware and Porcelain" 21 years ago is the rise of social media. Ideas, technology and imagery is spread so fluidly. There is a lot of choice out there, and I can crowd source knowledge.

So this is my first call for images.
There will be more.

I am looking for drop dead images of kilns and people firing. Train kilns, anagamas, cross drafts, manibigamas, groundhogs, Bourry box etc.

Please email high res 5x7 350 DPI images to:

Please add your name and type of kiln, exterior dimensions, and year it was built. Also any photo credits.

If I use it in the book, waiver requests will be forthcoming."

emerging artist: Julia Walther


Monday, 15 February 2016

monday morning eye candy: Make and Do Ceramics

So forgive me but I'm going to diverge slightly from the usual monday morning eye candy post to introduce a project that's been happily consuming a lot of my time lately. I assure you though that there will still be some lovely eye candy... : )

Make and Do is a project that is the brainchild of Mariko Paterson and myself after too many late night chats about our mutual desire to have a means to find out more about the current state of ceramic art in Canada. More and more often as of late I've been contacted by international galleries, publications, curators and the like, asking for suggestions of Canadian Clay Artists for them to look at. And it led me to the sad realization that as much as I'm a part of the Canadian clay community I also struggle to get a clear sense of what's happening across this expansive land of ours.

This frustration led Mariko and I to channel our youthful can do attitudes and to begin the humble steps towards change. And thus Make and Do was born.

So what exactly is make and do? well....

make and do is a new initiative to promote ceramic design and art from Canadian makers. the group has been brought together under the common goal of working towards greater exposure and knowledge of canadian ceramics internationally. 

We've pulled together 15 ceramic artists from across Canada who not only made amazing work but who already had established strong social media platforms.

Top row: Lesley McInally, April Gates, Russell Hackney, Sarah Pike, Robin Dupont
Middle: Jenna Stanton, Kalika Bowlby, Shane Weaver, Cathy Terepocki, Krystal Speck
Bottom: Marney McDiarmid, Heather Braun-Dahl, Katy Drijber, Mariko Paterson, Carole Epp

The main goal of the Make and Do website is to put a collective voice together so that as makers we can work together to help and support each other and our individual businesses. We'll have an online shop opening on March 1st and will be curating monthly guest artists to join us in the shop every month. The website also hosts a blog that will grow to be a look into the ceramic scene across the country. Artists can get in touch and are encouraged to let us know about exhibitions, workshops and events that are happening across the country.

One of the most inclusive parts of the website and one that makes us quite proud is the Canadian Clay Directory. 

This will be a long term project, but our intent is to pull together as many ceramic artists, organizations, galleries, and resources all in one place. It's hugely ambitious we know, but it's long overdue. Please consider contributing to the directory or supporting it with a donation. All of this work is being done by our make and do crew on a volunteer basis so your support means A LOT!

So if you want to find out more please visit the Make and Do website and have a look around. You can also follow us on instagram or facebook.

We're also encouraging people to start using the hashtag #canadianceramics this is simple thing we can all do to help build a reference source for Canadian Clay.

I hope you'll join us on this new adventure, whether you're from Canada or from afar, this site is for everyone.

And now as promised here's some monday morning eye candy from the make and do crew.
Happy Monday!

 Kalika Bowlby

Katy Drijber

 Marney McDiarmid

Cathy Terepocki

 Lesley McInally

 Shane Weaver

Russell Hackney

Sarah Pike

Jenna Stanton

Krystal Speck

Mariko Paterson

 Heather Braun-Dahl

April Gates

Carole Epp 

Robin Dupont

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Ceram-A-Rama 2016 Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

a benefit for the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard
We’re getting ready for a high-energy party!s
Ceram-A-Rama 2016 will be an unforgettable night of drinks, appetizers, silent and live auctions and music at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard. This year’s event honors Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, on the occasion of his new exhibition of artist portraits at the museum. The festivities also coincide with the 15th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour organized by the CRC Artists Advisory Committee, Feb. 20–21, 2016. While you’re here, experience the full spectrum of ceramics in the Phoenix-metro area with a special VIP package.
Ceram-A-Rama VIP Package includes:
  • Evening tour kickoff event on Feb. 17 with Ceramic Studio Tour artists;
  • Two-day bus tour of the valley led by retired Ceramics Research Center curator Peter Held, Feb. 18–19 – visit collector’s homes, artist studios, local cultural attractions and private receptions (detailed information for the bus tour);
  • Reserved seats for a special lecture with Paul J. Smith;
  • Exclusive dining and shopping opportunities; and
  • VIP admission and seating at the Ceram-A-Rama party at the ASU Art Museum Brickyard, Feb. 20, where we’re hosting live and silent auctions of regionally and nationally renowned artists.

Get your tickets now!

•$500 Two – Day VIP Bus Tour Package per person

Includes: VIP Ceram-A-Rama Ticket
•$650 VIP Ceram-A-Rama table of eight
•$100 VIP Ceram-A-Rama ticket per person

Includes: Ceram-A-Rama Ticket plus

Auction preview

Reserved seating for lecture by Paul J. Smith

VIP reception with Paul J. Smith

Reserved seating at Ceram-A-Rama

Pre-paid parking at the Brickyard
•$35 Ceram-A-Rama ticket per person
•$25 Ceram-A-Rama Early Bird ticket per person (end Feb. 13)


Open bar and complementary appetizers

Live music and dancing

Silent and live auctions

Free parking in Lot 20 near ASU Art Museum (Mill &10th)

To reserve your VIP package today, or to inquire about donation of artwork and volunteer opportunities, contact Mary-Beth Buesgen at

job posting: Limited-Term Appointment Position in Ceramics

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts invites applications for one limited-term appointment position in Ceramics at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, effective August 1, 2016 to May 14, 2017.

Limited-term appointment positions are subject to budgetary approval and departmental or unit need.  Individuals holding limited-term appointments may be reappointed, given continued funding and need, as well as satisfactory job performance.  Together, initial appointments and subsequent reappointments may not exceed 36 months or a span of three consecutive years.

Studio Arts is the largest department in the Faculty of Fine Arts and enjoys a longstanding reputation as one of Canada’s foremost environments for the study and creation of visual art.  BFA programs are offered in Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Studio Art. For more than 30 years, Studio Arts has maintained an MFA program of international stature.  The department emphasizes the importance of studio production, and has an experienced technical staff and a faculty complement of more than 100 full-time and part-time professors, including some of the most celebrated contemporary artists in the country.

During the initial appointment, the successful candidate will normally be expected to teach up to 18 credits at the undergraduate level and up to 21 credits per annum if reappointed. Successful applicants should be prepared to advise and participate in reviews at the graduate level. Responsibilities will also include active involvement in committee and administrative work.

Candidates for this position should possess an MFA degree or equivalent with a preference of two years university teaching experience.  We are seeking a practicing ceramicist who is actively engaged within the field. The ideal candidate should show an unequivocal engagement with the materials of ceramics, demonstrate technical expertise in handbuilding and a strong understanding of the issues surrounding the contemporary practice of ceramics.  Although classes are taught in English, fluency in spoken and written French would be considered an asset.

Submissions should include:
  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and evaluations)
  • a list of courses taught with course descriptions
  • documentation of past and present artwork (20 images)
  •  examples of student work (20 images) sent on DVD, CD, or USB Stick
  • the names and contact information of three referees
All short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree.
Applications with a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be submitted or postmarked on or before March 7, 2016 to:
Mailing address:
Departmental Hiring Committee, Department of Studio Arts, Concordia University
Re: LTA Position in Ceramics
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., VA-250, Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H3G 1M8
Fax:  514-848-2281
Civic address for in-person and courier delivery: 
Visual Arts Building
Sir George Williams Campus
1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., VA-250, Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H3G 2M5
General inquiries regarding this position may be directed, by e-mail, to
To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position for August 1, 2016.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.

residency opportunity @ the Archie Bray Foundation

Applications for residencies are accepted between November and March and are reviewed once a year. To be considered, applications for short-term or year-long residencies must be received at the Bray no later than March 1, 2016. 


All applications for the 2016–2017 Bray artist in residence program year will be accepted online. By following the link at the bottom of this page you will be taken to which will allow you to register and upload your images. 
Residency Options:
  1. Long-term Residency with Fellowship beginning in the fall of 2016 (1–2 years)
    Click here for more information on fellowships.

  2. Summer Residency with Scholarship between June–October of 2016 (2–4 months)

  3. Short-term Residency without Scholarship between October 2016 and June 2017 (1–2 months, limited availability)
When applying please submit the following information:
  1. Preferred residency choices with preferred start and end dates.

  2. Educational history
  3. Résumé

  4. A brief artist's statement.

  5. Letter of intent stating your artistic goals and interests in the Bray's residency program.

  6. Contact information of 3 people who can speak to your qualifications as a potential resident. List the name, affiliation, phone number, and email address. Reference letters will not be accepted.

  7. 20 digital images of your recent work submitted as jpgs with title of the piece, year made, materials and dimensions.

    **For good image quality and a fast upload, your image files must be sized around 1800 x 1800 pixels at 72 dpi (approximately 6" x 6" at 300 dpi). Please do not submit images smaller than this requirement.
Application Fee:
     $35 USD non refundable application fee.

 For questions about submission information please contact
Your completed application must be received on or before March 1, 2016.

emerging artist: Ruth Ju-Shih Li

Thursday, 11 February 2016

FELLOWSHIPS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS via the Vermont Studio Center

Artists Supporting Artists Fellowships
3 fellowships for emerging visual artists, supported by the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, to provide a VSC residency and the unique opportunity of focused mentorship with artist Chuck Webster, who will visit the selected Fellows during their month-long residencies in 2016. Each award also includes a $500 stipend.

Boston University Fellowship
1 two-week fellowship for a Boston University Fine Arts alumni who has graduated within the last 10 years.

Civil Society Institute Fellowship
1 fellowship for a minority artist with demonstrable financial need from an east coast city. The $25 application fee is waived for eligible CSI applicants.  This award also includes a $500 travel stipend.

ELIGIBILITY: This fellowship is open to east coast minority artists. To be considered, be sure to complete the cultural background portion of VSC’s application and include financial documentation (a copy of the first page of your most recent income tax return, a recent W-2, a statement of need, etc.). Preference will be given to those artists with current addresses in the New Haven, Jersey City, and Baltimore areas.

Concordia University Fellowships
2 fellowships open to full- and part-time faculty and graduate and undergraduate students with at least 30 credits in the Department of Studio Arts:
Charles C. Gurd Artist Residency Awards for Concordia University
Concordia University Fine Arts Residency Award
ELIGIBILITY: The following members in the Department of Studio Arts are eligible for the two Fellowships:  students currently enrolled in a course of study leading to a BFA in the Department of Studio Arts who has completed at least 30 credits, graduate students currently enrolled in the MFA program, full- and part-time faculty in the Department of Studio Arts (including tenure track, tenured ETA/LTA). Applicants may be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or international students.

#Giving Tuesday VSC Alumni Fellowship
1 fellowship for a visual artist who has previously attended a VSC residency, made possible by generous support from our alumni and friends.

Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships  
2 fellowships open to Native American visual artists living in the U.S., based on the strength and quality of their work.  This award includes a $500 travel stipend.
ELIGIBILITY: These awards are for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian visual artists. Please identify your tribal affiliation and include a brief artist statement (300 words or less) about your work and your plans for a VSC residency.

Jon Imber Painting Fellowship
1 Fellowship for a painter in honor of VSC friend and Visiting Artist Jon Imber, who lost his battle with ALS in April 2014. The Fellowship will be awarded to a painter whose work embodies the spirit of Jon Imber.

Oregon Artist Fellowships
2 fellowships open to “mid-career” visual artists in Oregon. These fellowships, sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation, each include a $750 stipend.
ELIGIBILITY:  These awards are intended for “mid-career” artists (for lack of a better term) living in Oregon, who have already launched their creative practice as demonstrated by a seven-year history of documentable work in the form of exhibitions, catalogues, etc. and who are age 30 or older. 

Zeta Orionis Fellowship
1 fellowship for a female painter, age 45 or older, living and working in the U.S. Award based on merit.

Hedda Sterne Fellowship
1 fellowship for a female visual artist working in painting, drawing, or collage. This award, sponsored by the Hedda Sterne Foundation, includes a $1,000 stipend.
ELIGIBILITY: This award is intended for female artists who work in a form or medium that Hedda Sterne worked in (painting, drawing, collage).  

The Swan Fellowship
1 fellowship for an interdisciplinary artist who paints and writes.
ELIGIBILITY: This fellowship is open to interdisciplinary artists with proficiency in both painting and creative writing. To be considered for this award as a visual arts applicant, please attach a CV that demonstrates creative writing publications along with your slides/images.

Windgate Craft Artists Fellowships
4 fellowships for visual artists working in traditional craft media (clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood). Each fellowship, sponsored by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, includes a $1,000 stipend.

Find out more on their website: