Tuesday, 3 March 2015

27th Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art

May 1-May 3, 2015

CCACA, the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, celebrates its 27th year, presented by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts (521 First Street, Davis, CA) The conference takes place May 1-May 3, 2015.  

The annual Ceramics Festival, hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, enters into its 27th year and continues to bring the leading national and international ceramic artists to the Sacramento Valley for a weekend of creative instruction and collaboration. This year's conference will feature captivating lectures and hands-on demonstrations, participants will include Patti Warashina, Irina Zayctevea, John Toki, Clayton Keyes, Chris Antemann, Beverly Mayeri, Shalene Valenzuela, Esther Shimazu and many more. 
Artists and art lovers can interact with top artists in a way not possible at other venues. CCACA will be a weekend of demonstrations, lectures, and art shows.  There is no other event that delivers more inspired knowledge of ceramic sculpture for a better price.  
CCACA runs in conjunction with the annual 30 Ceramic Artists exhibition, from April 15 to May 16, 2015

Special weekend showings will open Friday, May 1st and will run through Sunday, May 3rd include free exhibitions of ceramic work by art students from 40 colleges and universities, as well as exhibitions of ceramic work by well-known local artists at ten other Davis locations. Free shuttle service will be provided to all exhibitions.

For schedule information or to register for the conference, please go to the CCACA website athttp://www.natsoulas.com

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts
521 First Street, Davis, CA 95618

call for artists: 5th Annual Workhouse Clay National 2015

August 1 - Sept 13, 2015 - Lorton, Virginia 

Application Deadline: 
May 6, 2015
Application Fee: $30
The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 5
th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2015. This 5
th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition is an "Open Call" for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks.
Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting the breadth of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the USA.

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media. The juror will make final determinations.


Charlie Cummings Gallery: Distilled Essences III

Opening Reception - Friday, March 6, 6-9pm
We hope you will join us at the gallery for the opening reception for Distilled Essences III. The gallery address is 2040 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609.

Online Opening
The exhibition will open on our website on Saturday, March 7th at noon.

Featuring work by:

JoAnn F Axford, Mark Chuck, Harris Deller, Josh DeWeese, Gerard Justin Ferrari, Bruce Gholson, Samantha Henneke, Autumn Higgins, Walter Hyleck, Barbara Knutson, Dick Lehman, Roberto Lugo, Ted Neal, Debra Oliva, Gillian Parke, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Jeremy Randall, Beau Raymond, Dow Redcorn, Derek Reeverts, Pete Scherzer, Matthew Schiemann, Brad Schwieger, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Leland Shaw,
and Sandra Torres

Join us on our Facebook page for a preview of this exhibition here.

monday morning eye candy/technical tuesday: Alberto Bustos

I'm a bit behind this week so here's a combined eye candy and technical look behind the scenes of
Alberto Bustos's work. Find more on his website.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Don't miss out on some great summer programs @ Arrowmont! Deadlines approaching fast!


Women Working with Clay Symposium @ Hollins University

June 8-11, 2015

This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture. We emphasize the creative process from every level. At the same time, we look at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

Presenters: Linda Christenson, Christa Cordova, Donna Polseno, and Shoko Teruyama
Keynote Speaker: Leila Philip
Director: Donna Polseno

What You’ll Learn

From Inspiration and Ideas to the Actual Making and Finishing
  • Explore the connections of the long history of women as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in cultures all over the world.
  • Examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
  • Work closely with faculty who have extensive experience and training.
Find all the details and register online here: www.hollins.edu/academics/workshops-online-writing-courses/women-working-with-clay-symposium/

Friday, 20 February 2015

Upcoming deadline - Archie Bray residencies

The Bray will be awarding ten $5,000 fellowships along with ten short-term summer scholarships in 2015!
Resident Applications due March 1, 2015.

“Being able to provide this generous financial support to each and every resident artist helps the Bray fulfill its mission and reinforces its commitment to furthering ceramic art.”–Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director

If you have any questions about the Bray’s resident or fellowship opportunities please contact Brad Robinson at 406/443-3502 ext.10 or at brad@archiebray.org.

For technical support with the online application contact support@slideroom.com.

Your completed application must be received on or before
March 1, 2015.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

apprenticeship opportunity: Cook on Clay

The Zakin Apprenticeship

Sponsored by the Allied Arts Foundation, Seattle, Washington
Managed by Maryon Attwood and Robbie Lobell, Cook on Clay LLC

The Zakin Women in Studio Arts, Design, Business, and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program is an exceptional opportunity for a potter to learn the combined skills required for today’s contemporary studio artist, including the business of art, design, and related manufacturing processes.
Apprenticeships are one- to two-year, hands-on learning opportunities.

The Apprentice is provided with studio space, use of studio equipment, and inexpensive living quarters. There are nominal materials and firing fees. Apprenticeships require 25 hours per week of work for Cook on Clay. The Apprentice learns the importance of being part of a team, and is mentored and tutored in studio work, design and manufacturing practices, and managing a small artisan-based business.
Cook on Clay has two educational settings:
  • The studios are located on our 10-acre homestead in Coupeville on Whidbey Island, 30 miles northwest of Seattle, WA. Ceramic classes and studio equipment are located here, along with a 70 cubic foot soda kiln.
  • The production Annex is located a few miles from the studio, and is where manufacturing (hydraulic pressing and finishing), glazing, bisquing, firing, and packaging take place.
Whidbey Island offers a large arts community, small family farms and unsurpassed natural beauty. Hiking, biking, kayaking and beachcombing are readily accessible in this spectacular corner of the country. An array of sales opportunities is available, including cooperative galleries, farmer’s markets, studio tours, and craft fairs.
Apprenticeship Program Outline
Apprenticeship Details



technical tuesday: dealing with packing styrofoam

So first off I have to give credit for this little tip to the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I learned this trick when I worked there years ago.  I personally have a complete hatred for those ridiculous static empowered styrofoam packing peanuts. They get everywhere. My cats try to eat them. The kids try to break them into the smallest particle size possible. They suck, but throwing them out isn't an option. I recycle all of my packing materials for the cost as well as environmental savings. But a quick and easy solution is to put the peanuts in plastic bags (also recycling and giving those bags a second life). Packing these around your art will give it the same support as if they were free floating in the box but without the risk of them getting everywhere. Ridiculously simple solution.

Monday, 16 February 2015

call for artists: Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants

The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program is intended to support the work of Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives.

2015 marks the 25th year of the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. The program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2015 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2015.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials, working or studying with a mentor, purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation, providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, technical support, collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media, education or exhibition opportunities, and travel.
An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Recipients will provide a brief image presentation on their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

The Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, has supported the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program for 25 years.  The Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:
  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.
Find full details here: www.northernclaycenter.org/artist-services/artist-fellowships/jerome-ceramic-artist-project-grants