Tuesday, 31 May 2016

technical tuesday: Rhonda Henning's epic page of decoration techniques

Rhonda's put together a great resource of decoration techniques all sorted by the different stages of drying clay and firing.

One to bookmark for sure!

See it all here: http://www.rhodahenning.co.za/classes/pottery-classes/6/decoration/

Monday, 30 May 2016

monday morning eye candy: Renee LoPresti

My ceramic art is an exploration of imagery, color, and pattern on utilitarian forms designed for daily use. The vessels are adorned with decorative surfaces; layered slips and underglazes that are hand painted, slip trailed, and incised. I have an affinity for using imagery that is both accessible and ephemeral in nature; intended so that the user can create their own personal connections with the piece in a similar but distinct way, parallel to what was felt while making the piece. I work with a locally supplied iron-bearing stoneware clay which provides a warm, rust colored backdrop against the colorful graphic surface, and fire to cone 5 in an electric kiln. I graduated from Alfred University in 2009 with a BFA, and am currently a studio potter in residence at Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, TX.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

emerging artist: Adam Lefebvre


7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

R:evolution – tradition – technology
Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 9am-5pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC
Registration starts June 21, 2016

R:evolution – tradition – technology is a one day ceramics symposium which addresses the ways that contemporary ceramic artists interact with new digital technologies; as a tool for making work, as content addressed in their artistic enquiry, and as a tool for connecting with their peers and the market. At the same time we investigate the relevance of traditional methods and their role in contemporary society.

Ten national and international artists have been invited to share their expertise with students and professionals in the ceramic arts. The topics of presentation cover academic and theoretical topics, as well as providing more practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, glaze and firing technology and clay bodies. These topics are addressed through numerous simultaneous presentations of images, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, panel discussions and a topical keynote address. Theoretical presentations involve discussions of literature on the medium, including history, contemporary practice and trends in the ceramic arts.

Katrina Chaytor, Sunshine Cobb, Samantha Dickie, Steven Young Lee, Simon Levin, Aaron Nelson, Ruthanne Tudball, Jason Walker, James Watkins, Gwendolyn Yoppolo
Special Guests: Brendan Tang, Carol Mayer


Friday, 27 May 2016

Artist in Residence at Colorado Mesa University

CMU offers two residency options in Ceramics, Graphic Design/Illustration, Printmaking, Painting/Drawing, or Sculpture area. This is 9-month position with possibility of one-year renewal.
Date of Residency: August 15. 2016 through May 15. 2017.

Application Deadline: Position is open until filled. Priority is given to applications received by Saturday, July 22nd, 2016.

This Artist in Residence program at CMU is a self-directed residency, which is designed to provide an emerging artist with university experience based on studio access, teaching opportunities, and studio management experience, as they make the transition from graduate school to a professional artistic/educational career. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the artistic research time and space to pursue developing new ideas and create a body of work while enhancing the art program at Colorado Mesa University.
Accepted residents will teach 2/2-course load in 2D or 3D design area the candidate is suitably qualified for or 1/1-course load in 3D design, CNC router, and 10 hours Technician. Also the AIR will participate within the area as an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space with students.

Website: http://www.coloradomesa.edu/art/people/artist-in-residence.html

Call for Entries: Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition 2016

All US Northeast-based artists (including students studying in the Northeast or artists from the Northeast) are invited to submit ceramic sculpture (and mixed media which is primarily ceramic) to the Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition between May 1st and July 15th, 2016. Works will be selected by juror and ceramic artist, Anat Shiftan, and an Opening Reception will be held on September 10th, 2016
Application fee: $30 for 4 images. You may submit 4 images of 4 separate works, or you can use your extra spaces for detail images of one work. If you would like to submit more than 4 images you may apply more than once.

 (or shipping) and insuring artworks in transit are the sole responsibility of the artist. Adequate packaging and return postage are required for any shipped works.

Size limitation:
 No longer than 36 inches in any dimension. Work meant to hang on a wall must be ready to hang.

Works should have been made within the last five years.

Sponsored Awards
 will be presented at the Opening Reception on September 10th.
25% sales commission will go to Art Centro for the sale of any work. 

Submission Deadline: 07/15/2016
Notification of acceptance: 08/01/2016 
Delivery of Work: 08/30 through 09/07/2016
Exhibit Dates: 09/10 through 10/01/2016
Opening Reception: 09/10/2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Pick up Work: 10/04 through 10/08/2016
Return of Work by Shipping: 10/12/2015

Art Centro is a community art center in Poughkeepsie, New York, featuring gallery space, meeting space, 14 private art studios and a ceramics studio. Art Centro offers ceramics, painting, and drawing classes among many other workshops and events. 

Art Centro
485 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Mel Griffin @ Schaller Gallery

Small Transgressions II


Opening Thursday June 2nd 7pm
(show runs until June 18th)

 Fourteen artists present new works that disturb the boundaries of their individual practices. Through critical reflection and collaborative exchange, unexpected themes and forms have emerged over a ten month mentorship program led by Linda Sormin, and programmed by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association.

Close observations of nature collide with the forms and realities of urban life. Experimentation with raw materials is unearthing memories, reshaping personal metaphors and once-familiar landscapes. Through photography, video, pottery and sculpture, these artists unsettle established ways of thinking and making.

Are small transgressions the slippery slope to bad behavior?
These conversations offer diverse interpretations of play, threat, beauty, gesture, sexuality, parenthood, family, community and environment. In sharing ideas and concerns, examining potential pitfalls and solutions, this group of makes has in many ways sped up their artistic research, yet slowed the impulse to cast judgment. Fearlessly, gently tending to bright wounds of doubt, these artists have created bodies of work that articulate distinct visions in the contemporary context.  
Linda Sormin

The gallery is pleased to be asked to host this exhibition with works from the original exhibit plus they had created new works to compliment using the knowledge they have taken away with them
Please join Jonathon & and I in welcoming Small Transgression II to London

Brian Cooke  Curator


258 Dundas Street London, ON

Northern Clay Center Announces 2016 Emerging Artist Residents

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency, Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships, and Fogelberg Studio Fellowships; Ellie Bryan (Minneapolis, MN), Valerie Ling (Valley Stream, NY), Lily Fein (Syracuse, NY), Gillian Doty (Portland, ME), and Gregory Palombo (Alfred, NY). The new residents will join Northern Clay Center in September. The work produced during these yearlong residencies will be on display in a group exhibition that will take place in January 2018, at Northern Clay Center.

Ellie Bryan, awarded the inaugural Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Residency, will spend her residency exploring soda and wood-firing techniques. Bryan is interested in incorporating ideas of animism, ancestry, and tradition in her work. This residency allows artists a unique flexibility and will give Bryan an opportunity to focus on her development as a ceramicist, rather than produce work with a sales-driven focus. In a recent interview, Bryan shared her interest in animals and their place in her work, “I believe that the animals around us—found either in their natural habitat or in the new habitats we, as humans, have created for ourselves—have stories to tell us. They are messengers and harbingers of the old and new. As spiritual beings, animals have a connection with the earth that we once held, but must now struggle to rekindle. I interpret these beliefs by creating imagery on pots that embody these messages to forge a unity that is so often lost between creature and place.”

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellow, Valerie Ling employs bright colors and absurd imagery to explore her interest in the worry-free imagination of children. Ling expresses hope for her work to, “bridge the world of pure imagination to the reality of adulthood”. She seeks to capture the innocent, limitless possibilities we experience as children and challenges viewers to allow themselves to be free-spirited creators. Her intricate sculptural pieces evoke the purity of childhood joy and expose her observations about how we, “learn to grow fearful of things and [become] self-conscious of our silly ideas and behaviors”. With the resources at NCC, Ling hopes to experiment with larger-scale sculptures, while further challenging the boundaries of absurdity. 

Joining NCC from Syracuse, NY, Lily Fein intends to spend her year as Anonymous Artist Studio Fellow immersed in sculptural vessels that she believes, “speak to intimacy in human relationships and with the hand.” Fein states, “I want to facilitate experiences like these where touch permeates the mundane.” Fein’s work is significantly shaped by the awareness of touch and communicates this with thoughtful texture and decisive forms. With a background in Art and Ceramics History, Fein approaches her ceramic work with a strong academic intent informed also by her writing practice and voracious reading.

Gillan Doty’s existing affiliation with atmospheric firing practices will be further explored during his year in residence as Fogelberg Studio Fellow. Doty’s work offers an array of colors that call attention to his bold geometric and ovoid forms. Interested in concepts of weight, visual mass, simplicity, and fluidity of line, Doty creates both handbuilt and wheel-thrown functional pieces. He states, “These pots are cut, shaved, slapped, scratched and molded into a finished form.” His variety in process is reflected in his diverse yet intensely cohesive work. Currently based in Portland, Maine, Doty is looking forward to experiencing the rich history of studio ceramics in the Midwest. 

Fogelberg Studio Fellow, Gregory Palombo will join Northern Clay Center from Alfred, New York, where he is currently finishing a BFA program at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Song Dynasty Qingbai-ware inspires his material choices and both the Bauhaus movement and architect Adolf Loos have influenced his focus on functionality. Palombo’s volumetric forms often appear to be swelling; imitating flower buds or balloons. During his residency, Palombo is looking forward to making use of NCC’s extensive ceramics library and said of his research process, “I look at history and if I find something appealing I try integrate it into my work, most of the time this integration is slow and full of failures so it takes some time and studio research to flush things out in a satisfactory way.” 

Northern Clay Center provides resources and a space for ceramicists to further their practice. Northern Clay Center is looking forward to welcoming these five artists into this diverse and rich community of makers. 


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

technical tuesday: Ukrainian pottery decoration style

call for entry: University of North Florida International Ceramics Exhibition

McKenzie Smith
Description of Show: 
The UNF Cermics Guild is pleased to host The UNF International Ceramics Exhibition. This show will highlight ceramic excellence, according to juror McKenzie Smith. Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, and must have been completed within the last 3 years.

Purchase Award
Best of Show
Honorable Mentions

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Midnight Pacific Time

Exhibition Dates:  September 1, 2016 - October 14, 2016  

Email Notification Begins: July 27th, 2016

Accepted Works Due: August 19th, 2016

McKenzie Smith is a potter working in Florida. McKenzie worked as a Core Student at the Penland School of Crafts. He received his BFA from the University of South Florida and his MFA from the University of Florida. Residencies include the Archie Bray Foundation, Banff Center For The Arts, Baltimore Clayworks, and the University of Miami. Smith has exhibited widely and taught numerous workshops.

UNF Gallery of Art
Founders Hall 
Building 2 • Room 1001
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Thursday, 19 May 2016

call for artists: “Crawling – The Amusing Skin” Faenza 2016

The Cultural Association Passepartout Faenza announces the first edition of the “Ceramic&Colours Award”, a ceramic competition with the aim of promoting and enhancing the research in the field of vitreous ceramic coatings for the finishing of ceramic objects.

For 2016 edition the “Crawling” effect has been selected:

•I° place – “Ceramic&Colours Award” 2016 winner –
Gift voucher to be spent at Ceramic & Colours, value of 2500 €
•“Franco Santi” Award
Gift voucher to be spent at Ceramic & Colours, value of 1000 €
•nr. 3 Special Mentions
Gift voucher for the participation to one of the courses organized by the Cultural Association Passepartout Faenza
Download the Regulations (pdf)
Download the Application Form (pdf)
Download the Summary Regulations (pdf)
E-mail: info@corsi-passepartout.it
phone: + 39 0546 46936

call for entry: 2017 NCECA Annual Exhibition: The Evocative Garden

THEME: The Evocative Garden

DEADLINE: Wednesday, JUNE 15, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain time)
The Evocative Garden FULL prospectus(pdf)
If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact kate@nceca.net

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

March 4- April 1, 2017
JUROR/ CURATOR: Gail M. Brown, curator will select works for the exhibition in coordination with NCECA Exhibitions Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson.

In 2017 NCECA launches a new annual exhibition platform that will replace the Biennial and Invitational, which have been produced in alternating years since 2010. The refreshed NCECA Annual exhibition format is being developed in response to feedback from members. The new model seeks to blend impactful attributes of each of the previous models while also cultivating opportunity for curatorial practice in regard to ceramic art.

NCECA’s aspiration is to evolve the exhibition model in a manner that will enable exceptional work to be represented in a way that celebrates concerns of materiality and conceptual rigor. One outcome that NCECA will remain committed to will be that comparatively under-exposed artists will have an opportunity to present their work with that of established and important emerging creators in the field.
The NCECA Annual will enable the vision of a single curator to frame an organizing concept and to support the exhibition’s foundational ideas through the inclusion of works by up to five invited artists making important contributions to the field. The remainder of the exhibition will be selected through an open submission, blind review and selection process. The single curator model will provide an annually recurring opportunity for a particular point of view on the field to emerge as the result of a unique, informed, and thoughtful vision.

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is pleased to announce that in 2017, esteemed curator of contemporary craft Gail M. Brown will launch this new series with The Evocative Garden, an international juried and invitational exhibition exploring natural and cultivated worlds. Invited artists include Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim Dickey, Linda Sormin and Dirk Staschke.

A breadth of implied and articulated dramas will be staged as a personally defined natural landscape or more formalized garden scenario. In works of ceramic sculpture, installation, object and vessel format, each participant will offer a new or recent work- some potent objects-as-metaphors, with sub-text and, others as choreographed scenes with figuration or the figure/s implied in a verdant location, in vocabularies from nuanced realism to personal symbolism. Each will be designed to reference an array of issues- nature’s fragility and sustainability, the wild and the tame, life’s appetites and dilemmas, conflict and resolution, the everlasting and the temporal- social and historic events, of the natural world and the human condition. Artists remind us that nature and the articulated garden, as context, stimulation and tactile allure, is a seductive, universal, ever present enticement.
~Gail M. Brown, Curator

Portland identifies itself as The City of Roses. It abounds with lush public and private gardens and the climate to nurture them. For The Evocative Garden, the curator seeks submissions that visually define a garden allusion, as subject, context or setting, according to their own narrative and ceramic vocabulary.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Rob Froese @ Mata Gallery

 ROB FROESEUnidentified Objects
May 18 - June 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21, 2-4pm

Rob Froese makes clay objects of visual and tactile interest, for use and contemplation, using a variety of clays and kiln firing methods.
A focus of his utilitarian work has been to explore light and dark contrasting layers in clay body, slip, and glaze, working with an immediacy and responding to the flow of actions and decisions that take place during the many stages of production. His process of making sculptural objects shares that aspect of 'chance meeting choice.'
In this exhibition clay objects are presented that evoke nature, time and contemplation; carrying the feeling of a found object from the natural environment.

Rob Froese is a contemporary ceramic artist working in Canada and Japan. He earned a B.A at the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 and a B.F.A Ceramics at the University of Regina in 1994.
His work is included in the Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection, the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, and private collections in Japan, Canada and U.S.A.

106 - 2300 Broad St. (& 15th Ave.) • Regina • Canada • 306.522.0080www.matagallery.ca
Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm • evenings by appointment

movie day: Artist Talk with Les Manning: Common/Opposites

Artist Talk with Les Manning: Common/Opposites from Seymour Art Gallery on Vimeo.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Mould Making @ Medalta with CLINT NEUFELD

Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12, 2016
$700(CAD) + 5% GST
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2016
Enrollment limited to 12 participants
Register Now

Instructor: Clint Neufeld
Clint Neufeld will guide you through all aspects of mold making and slip casting in this 5-day workshop. Participants will have the unique opportunity to join Clint in creating a multi-piece mold of a piece of machinery from Medalta’s boneyard.
Fee includes:
  • 24 hour Medalta studio access
  • Full access to the entire Historic Clay District site
  • All support materials
Artist responsible for:
  • Accommodations: Units are reserved at Medicine Hat College Student Housing; call 403.529.3820 to book.
For more information, contact noriko@medalta.org

Cancellation/Refund Policy
A full refund (less a $25 admin fee) is available if you cancel by the registration deadline. If Medalta cancels, or if you need to cancel due to medical reasons, you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel after the registration deadline, you will be refunded 50% of the course fee. For cancellations less than two weeks from the start date of the course, we will be unable to issue any refund.


monday morning eye candy: Malcolm Mobutu Smith