Tuesday, 26 April 2016

technical tuesday: Ceramic Guitar Demo - 2 String Pod Chugger CBG

Check out my other pottery videos at www.youtube.com/user/EvolutionStoneware. Click 'subscribe' if you want to know when I post new videos. I'm sorry I can't easily respond to comments left on youtube. I try! You can also direct questions to my Facebook page Evolution Stoneware Pottery or email me through my website www.EvolutionStoneware.com. This is a demo of a ceramic cigar box style guitar (CBG style) that I made out of stoneware clay. The clay guitar body & slide were sculpted, fired to 1945F, engobe coloring was added, and they were fired again to 2232F in 1 of my electric kilns. The guitar body is modeled on one of my organic seed pod type designs. The neck is oak. It's tuned to A, D. This video was made for you by Janis Wilson Hughes, owner of Evolution Stoneware Pottery.

I played this through an outboard piezo preamp box that I built yesterday, into an effects unit, and into my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe tube amp with a power soak unit I built years ago. The tune is an improvisation written by me yesterday.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

monday morning eye candy: Mark Arnold ~ Guest post by Ceramic Artists Now

 Mark Arnold draws inspiration from architecture and abstract expressionism. He infuses these influences into his work in an incredibly simplified manner. Rather than over-complicating the surface and form, he sticks to the basics. Arnold creates utilitarian wares so that each of his pieces has a specific purpose. The color palette is simple and muted, white with one color plus the utilization of the red clay body. Arnold brings out the slightly distressed surfaces, reminiscent of brick, wood, and stone, using a black wash to highlight the “flaws”. His use of architectural forms, color blocking, and subtle texture and line create an experience for the viewer that is guided while remaining quiet enough to allow the viewer to create their own story. 

Arnold used to be a BMX rider that traveled the US. He discovered clay through an injury forcing him to be on crutches for an extended period of time. He began taking community college clay classes and then transferred on to Edinboro University to earn his BFA in ceramics. He is now in his second year of MFA candidacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


 Thanks again to our great Guest writers from Ceramics Artists Now. Make sure to check out their website for more amazing ceramic based artwork.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Ceramic Residency Opportunity: Sonoma Community Center

6 month studio residency in Sonoma California. The next application deadline is May 2.

About the Artist in Residence program at Sonoma Ceramics:

We believe that our connection to the community is strengthened by supplying a venue for talented artists to integrate with, and become members of the Sonoma community. For six months our Artist in Residence provides community members and visitors with a fresh perspective.

One Artist in Residence will be chosen to spend six months living and working at the Sonoma Community Center. During this time, the Artist in Residence is able to concentrate on developing a cohesive body of work. 
While at Sonoma Community Center, the Artist in Residence is given ample employment opportunities to teach classes and workshops to community members of all levels.

Open to all artists living within the US, the opportunity is designed for artists dedicated to developing a body of work with a specific purpose of end goal, culminating in a gallery exhibition at the completion of the residency. 
 Includes stipend, furnished apartment and semi-private studio in exchange for 20 hours of work per week.

AGB Artist Residency in Ceramics Call for Applications

The Art Gallery of Burlington is now accepting applications for the Artist Residency in Ceramics.
  •   September 2016 to September 2017
  •   Working days are to be determined to suit both the Gallery’s needs and the
    successful candidate’s other commitments
  •   Stipend: $200 per week (excluding holidays)
  •   The successful candidate will be expected to work as a studio technician for up to 15
    hours per week, not including studio time used for personal explorations
    Suitable Candidates:
  •   Recent graduate in ceramics from a recognized institution or in his/her graduating
    year in a ceramics program at a recognized institution
  •   Possess an interest in arts and craft, and are able to tackle a few projects at once and
    deliver all on time
  •   Self-motivated and able to work in a communal environment
  •   This is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to build their portfolio with
    diverse projects that support our programs including the possibility of exhibition in
    our RBC Community Gallery
  •   The successful candidate will have access to a fully equipped studio including
    potter’s wheels, electric, gas and raku kilns, etc... Tools, clay and glazes are not
  •   The successful candidate will have the opportunity to teach in our community and
    studio programs
  •   The AGB is open some evenings and weekends
  •   The current Ceramics Resident will be available to discuss the residency and their
    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by May 15, 2016 to:
    Denis Longchamps, Artistic Director & Chief Curator Art Gallery of Burlington
    1333 Lakeshore Road
    Burlington, ON L7S 1A9 

    Or by email: denis@agb.life
    A current portfolio will be required if you are selected for an interview.
About the AGB: The Art Gallery of Burlington is a public art gallery and community art centre located in the heart of Burlington, Ontario. We stage as many as 20 regional, national and international exhibitions a year, and are home to the world’s largest collection of Canadian contemporary ceramics and seven art and fine craft guilds. An interactive and creative space, we provide art and craft education programs and public tours for people of all ages. Spanning over 44,000 square feet, our space boasts seven fully equipped studios, three galleries, a one of a kind gift shop, a sculpture courtyard and year-round conservatory. For more information on the AGB visit AGB.life 


emerging artist: JoAnne Searle

Throwing, Spraying and ^6 Electric Firing Workshop with Steven Hill

Throwing, Spraying and ^6 Electric Firing
Workshop with Steven Hill
In this 3-day workshop, you will learn the spraying and layering techniques that gives Steven Hill Pottery its’ unique look. You will work in Steven Hill’s studio, using his glazes and his spray guns and you will receive coaching directly from Steven…

On the first day, Steven will discuss his philosophy on making pottery, while throwing, assembling and applying slip to the forms and techniques that he is well known for. The focus will be on spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements. Steven will demonstrate pitchers, bowls, mugs and yunomis.

Day 2 will be glazing day. In the morning Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with reduction / atmospheric firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be explained and demonstrated. In the afternoon students will glaze their pots. After pots are glazed we will load kilns and fire overnight at ^6 – 8 oxidation.

On day 3 there will be technical lectures on spraying techniques, equipment, firing cycles, and further experimentation. Finally we will end up by unloading the kilns and discussing the results.
August 5 - 7, 2016, 9:30 - 5:00      Cost: $350 ($290 before May 1)
Register Online Now

323 W. Maple Ave
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 254-7552

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Magda Glusek: Making Appearances



The DO GOOD-MJ Wood Memorial Short-Term Residency (anytime between September 1 and May 1) 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. The application deadline is May 1.   


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

movie day: Jugtown & Mark Hewitt Pottery

Nine Potters Anniversary Exhibition @ Erskine Hall and Coe


Nine Potters Anniversary Exhibition

Last day: Saturday 23 April
An extraordinary collection of over 50 artworks,
fully illustrated on our website.
Michael Cardew
Claudi Casanovas
Hans Coper
Elizabeth Fritsch
Ewen Henderson
Bernard Leach
Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie
Elizabeth Raeburn
Lucie Rie 
Further installation shots of the exhibition can be viewed here.

New Exhibition Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
Please note that the gallery is now closed on Mondays

15 Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4SP
+44 (0) 20 7491 1706 / mail@erskinehallcoe.com / www.erskinehallcoe.com

upcoming workshops @ Santa Fe Clay

Thursday, 14 April 2016

call for entry: OPEN TO ART

International Art and Design Ceramics Competition
Competition rules available at the website: www.officinesaffi.com

Created and promoted by Officine Saffi, Open to Art confirms its status as a tool for enhancing and promoting the use of ceramics in contemporary art, design and furnishing. The competition also represents an opportunity for reflecting on the latest developments in visual design and technology.

Open to Art is a competition open to artists of any age, without any limits on subject matter, and with the only requirement that ceramic has to be the principal material used in the work. There are two sections in which artists can take part: Art Ceramics, and Design Ceramics. The complete competition rules can be downloaded from the website www.officinesaffi.com. Applications are accepted up until 30 June 2016.

The Jury
An international jury will assess the works submitted, according to criteria of quality, research, originality and contemporaneity. The jurors are:

  • Laura Borghi, creator and promoter of the prize, Officine Saffi, Milan
  • Aileesh Carew, Project Director of the National Craft Gallery, Ireland
  • Carlotta de Bevilacqua, vice-president of Artemide and President of Danese Milano
  • Paolo Dell’Elce, designer
  • Flaminio Gualdoni, art critic and historian, editor of the magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel Mondo
  • Franco Marrocco, Director of the Brera Fine Arts Academy
  • Shozo Michikawa, artist
  • Museo del Design 1880-1980, Milan
  • Kristina Riska, designer and artist

For the winners, the prize money available is 10,000 euro, shared between two first prizes, one for the Art category and one for the Design category, so that each has a value of 5,000 euro.
As well as the first prizes in the two categories, there are 5 additional prizes, two of which comprise artists' residencies, one in Japan during the International Ceramic Art Festival, Sasama, and one in Finland.
The Museo del Design 1880-1980, Milano will offer to a selected artist the Solo Show Prize, a solo exhibition in the museum spaces. A special Production Prize will be offered by FABLAB Milano. As in the previous edition, Open to Art dedicates particular attention to young artists, by means of an Under 30 Prize with support from the Brera Fine Arts Academy, which will select a work by a young artist to be exhibited at the Academy.

Finalist's Exhibition
All the finalist works in Open to Art will be presented in a special exhibition that will open in January 2017 at Officine Saffi in Milan. The winners will be announced at the exhibition inauguration.

Officine Saffi, an organization based in Milan, is an experimental hub dedicated to contemporary ceramics. Its audience comprises artists, designers, architects, ceramists and everyone interested in ceramics and art. The project consists of the Art gallery, for exhibitions with works by international artists, the Workshop for courses, also used for artists’ residencies and production by artists and designers, and the Publishing Company that produces art catalogues and the quarterly magazine La Ceramica in Italia e nel mondo (www.laceramicainitalia.com).

Part of Officine Saffi’s mission is the Open to Art International Competition, dedicated to Art Ceramics and Design Ceramics. Through its operations, Officine Saffi represents a point of reference for international ceramics, with a mission to enhancing the significance of ceramics in the areas of art, design and architecture.

Useful information:
Competition: Open to Art, International Art and Design Ceramics Competition
Applications can be submitted from 31 March 2016
Deadline: 30 June 2016
Prize-giving and exhibition inauguration: January 2017
Location: Officine Saffi Ceramic Arts Gallery, Via Aurelio Saffi 7 - Milan.
Tel: +39 02 36 68 56 96
E-mail: concorso@officinesaffi.com
Info: www.officinesaffi.com

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Crystal Morey: Anthropomorphic Sculpture May 14th & 15th at Mountain Maid Workshop

Workshop Description:
10:00 am-5 pm (both days)

From ancient cave paintings to contemporary artwork, humans have used animal imagery to show emotion, express culture and understand the natural world around us.

In this workshop we will build clay figures with animalistic qualities that tell our own personal stories. Workshop demonstrations will include: the anatomical and fluid body, incorporating realistic animal elements, gestural hands, and the human head. All of these components will reveal themselves as useful tools to create an anthropomorphic sculpture, while also telling your own personal narrative.

This workshop is open to all skill levels, bring an open mind and an eagerness to learn and explore.
Clay is included for this workshop.
Tools and additional materials list provided upon registration.

About Crystal: As a visual artist, Crystal Morey takes inspirations from an alternative upbringing where she closely connected with the natural landscape around her. Living in rural Northern California shaped her perspective on nature and how humans interact with land, animals and each other. Now living in an urban environment, Morey aims to show our relationship to the world around us through the fragile medium of porcelain. With this delicate material she creates a heightened sense of urgency and stress, commenting on our human evolutionary path.

Morey received her BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts and her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University. Her work has been included in many publications and online periodicals such as 500 Figures in Clay, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Beautiful Surface, and Beautiful Decay. Morey has been an artists in residence at both Watershed Center for the Ceramic Art and Penland School of Craft. Morey currently lives in Oakland, California where she maintains an active studio practice exhibiting her work in galleries and museums regionally, nationally, and internationally.

To view more of Crystal's work please visit her website at crystalmorey.com

Cancellation Policy: No refunds after April 13, 2016. No exceptions. All requests for refunds must be received in writing before April 13, 2016. (You may have someone else take your spot before April 13, 2016, but we must be notified in writing of all changes). In the case of acts of God, war, disaster or unforeseen circumstances, Mountain Maid Workshops reserves the right to reschedule workshops. Registration fees are non-refundable.

*Important Airfare Liability Waiver: Registered students should not purchase tickets for air fare, etc., until receiving a confirmation email from Mountain Maid Workshops. Registered students will receive an email announcement no later than April 13, 2016 to confirm that the course has met its enrollment requirements.

Release Form: I have read all the above policy information and I agree to assume all risk of personal harm or injury relating to or resulting from my participating in all workshops and activities associated with Mountain Maid Workshops, and to hold Mountain Maid Workshops and its teachers, harmless as to liability for any such harm or injury.

$285 ($55 non refundable registration fee included)
Sign up here: www.mountainmaidworkshops.com/product/crystal-morey-sculpture-workshop