Tuesday, 2 September 2014

job posting - Retail manager @ the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

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Retail Manager
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
25 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

Date Posted: August 20, 2014
Status: Regular Full-Time
Reports to: Executive Director
Application Deadline: September 15, 2014
Start Date: November 3, 2014

Job Description:
The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is seeking an experienced retail professional to assume full responsibility for the management of all aspects of the Gallery Shop including budgeting and financial controls. The Retail Manager ensures that the daily operation of the Gallery Shop is carried out in an ethical, amiable and professional manner that serves visitors’ needs. This includes sourcing, displaying and promoting quality contemporary work by Canadian glass, ceramic and enamel artists as well as hiring, training and overseeing staff. The Retail Manager is one of five members of senior staff reporting to the Executive Director.

A background that includes retail management experience, knowledge of contemporary Canadian art and craft and hands-on experience in clay and/or glass is desirable. The Retail Manager must be self-motivated and well organized and have demonstrated supervisory skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) are required. The position requires some lifting, bending and carrying stock. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Bilingualism would be an asset.

Additional information:
This position will be posted until the competition closes on September 15. Interviews will be scheduled following that date in the hopes that the successful candidate will be able to start work on or about November 3, 2014. This position offers a salary of $28,000 to $30,000 per annum and a benefits package. Canadians, permanent residents and/or foreign nationals with a valid work permit will be given priority consideration. Please submit a single PDF including a one-page cover letter, résumé and three references to:
  William D. Poole
Executive Director
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

Organization Description:
With an emphasis on supporting the work of Canadian ceramic and glass artists, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery presents exhibitions that challenge ideas and perceptions of the definitions of art, craft and design today. The Gallery’s public programs offer multiple pathways for engagement with contemporary artworks and art-making practices. The Gallery Shop is recognized on its own merits as a fine craft gallery, showing the best of Canadian ceramic and glass work. Housing a collection of historical and contemporary Canadian ceramic, glass and enamel art, the Gallery is proud to conserve and promote an active component of Canada’s rich cultural heritage.

Monday, 1 September 2014

call for entry: Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale

The 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale

 International Competition 2015
The International Competition of GIC Biennale 2015 is highly open competitions for the artist in any genre, style, and idea. We whole-heartedly welcome works by artists that re-interpret traditional values of ceramics in truly unique ways. In previous competition, we had 1,875 artists from 71 countries who submitted 3,362 artworks. This competition will focus on the possibilities for ceramic art to expand from its territory.
The International Competition of GIC Biennale 2015 will be an opportunity to display your imagination and creativity to the fullest; opening the future of ceramics, and presenting diverse issues facing us today that deals with issues including political, social, religious, cultural, and environmental.
The Grand Prize will receive $48,100 (US $) with solo exhibition opportunity for GICB 2017. Additional prizes will be awarded.
For more details on how to apply:
Website https://www.kocef.org/

Trudy Golley exhibition @ the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery


Spoon Me @ Medalta is now live online.

Sean Whalley

After a wonderful opening reception in Medicine Hat last Thursday, Spoon Me, Medalta's international juried exhibition, is now live online and works are available for purchase.

Once again I was honored to be asked to jury this international competition. My experience the previous year and the challenges of jurying the work of so many skilled artisans should have sent me running for the hills. But challenges are fun even if jurying the work of your peers is intimidating.

Kaye Pemberton

As a juror there are so many things to consider. Is the work technically proficient? Is it aesthetically interesting and skilled? Is the work a representation of the artists practice showcasing the strengths and integrity of their artistic vision and voice? And does the work speak to me and my aesthetics as a juror? 

So happy to see so many of the artists in person at the reception
Sometimes when jurying a show I have to be reminded that inclusivity isn't always the goal. I need to stretch and challenge the boundaries of my personal aesthetic leanings, but need to also remember that it is those biases that make organizations chose specific jurors. The overall presentation and cohesiveness of the exhibition also has to be a concern. This results in good work being cut from the show at times. Every piece in the show had specific reasons to be included. And the award winning pieces were the ones that spoke to me as a juror on an even deeper level.

Joey Chiarello

Joey Chiarello's piece which won the top prize of a month long residency at Medalta (thanks to the Medicine Hat College and the Medalta AIR), was a show stopper. Standing out because of the technical skill involved, but also the beauty of the finished sculpture, the refinement and inclusion of the smallest of details, the overall concept of the piece.

Ellen Kleckner was the winner of the Student Prize. Ellen will receive a digital subscription to Ceramics Art & Perception and Ceramics Technical courtesy of the publications. This piece was purchased for Medalta's Permanent Collection with funds generously donated by Medicine Hat College.

Ellen Kleckner
Ellen Kleckner
Purchase prizes went to Vanessa Holle, Adriana Christianson, and Anne Mossman. These works will now be a permanent part of the Medalta Collection thanks to the support of the Medicine Hat College.

Vanessa Holle
Anne Mossman
Adriana Christianson

 Huge thanks to everyone that came out, to Medalta for asking me to jury again, to Jenna Stanton for installing this difficult exhibition into the cohesive aesthetic exhibition that showcased each artist's work beautifully, and all the rest of the staff behind the scenes that helped pull this together.

Check out the whole exhibition on Pinterest with links to buy the exhibited works.

Follow me on Instagram or Medalta on Instagram to see more behind the scenes of the exhibition.

monday morning eye candy: Cj Jilek


Saturday, 30 August 2014

emerging artist: Mac McCusker


 If you can, make sure to check out Mac's work in person - Closing exhibition on September 5th!

And see more incredible work here: www.macmccuskerceramics.com

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Artist-in-Residence/Post Graduate in Ceramics

The artist-in-residence will work to discover new ceramic technology and cutting-edge knowledge in the field of ceramics in conjunction with the faculty and students of the WVU ceramics program.
School of Art and Design-College of Creative Arts
Position Announcement

Position Description: The School of Art and Design with the College of Creative Arts (CCA) at West Virginia University (WVU) seeks applications for an artist-in-residence/post graduate appointment in ceramic research with WVU’s Ceramic Technology Research Program. The position is a full-time (1.0 F.T.E), temporary, benefits eligible, non-tenure track, faculty appointment beginning October 16, 2014 and ending May 15, 2015. The position is renewable for up to three years contingent upon the candidate’s successful annual review and the availability of continued funding.
This self-directed, artist-in-residence appointment is intended to provide an emerging ceramic artist with an opportunity to produce a significant body of work that advances the field of ceramics at WVU. The artist-in-residence will work to discover new ceramic technology and cutting-edge knowledge in the field of ceramics in conjunction with the faculty and students of the WVU ceramics program.
The candidate will have full access to all WVU ceramic facilities, materials, studio space and equipment, assist with the WVU Ceramics 3-D/Production Studio, participate with the School as a collaborator and mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in the School’s BFA and MFA programs, and teach one course per year. During the term of appointment, the candidate is expected to present one public lecture on the findings of his/her research/creative work in ceramics.
Required Qualifications:
• MFA in Ceramics completed by October 15, 2014
• Experience with 3-D prototype software and equipment.
• Knowledge of production studio methods is desirable, but not required
• Successful applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle in order to commute between WVU ceramic’s studios
Salary and Benefits: $18,044 for the initial 7 month appointment (October 16, through May 15, 2015) and if renewed, thereafter $23,200 annually. The position is benefits eligible. Semi-private studio space, most ceramic materials, all firings, and access to a 3-D ceramic printer will be provided for the candidate’s use.
Deadline: Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Application: For a complete application, interested candidates should submit the following application materials via email with all files saved as JPGs or PDFs:
• letter of application
• current curriculum vitae
• one-page artist’s statement
• names and full contact information (address, phone and email) of three (3) current references
• 15 to 20 images of the candidate’s recent creative work
• applications should be emailed to:
Shoji Satake, Associate Professor/Ceramics Area Coordinator
Email: Shoji.Satake@mail.wvu.edu
• questions about the position should be directed to the same email address

The School of Art and Design (artanddesign.wvu.edu) is a dynamic program with a growing reputation whose mission is to contribute to the greater good of art, education and culture. Approximately 250 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students are currently enrolled, and the graduate program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The School has 17 full-time and 14 part-time faculty and is the only institution in the state that offers professionally-accredited (NASAD) programs including a BFA and MFA in Studio Art, a BA and MA in Art History, and a MA in Art Education. Teacher Certification is also offered.
The College of Creative Arts (ccarts.wvu.edu) is one of 15 colleges within the university, includes the Schools of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Art & Design, and offers the state’s premiere training in the visual and performing arts. Each of these units has a national profile of excellence and all programs are nationally accredited (NAST, NASM, and NASAD).

The College of Creative Arts is housed in WVU’s Creative Arts Center and has more than 70 full-time faculty and 20 professional staff whose mission is to educate succeeding generations of artists, teachers, and scholars through an experiential student-centered approach to learning. The College advocates the Arts as a medium through which the diversity of human experience is understood and valued. Exemplifying excellence and innovation in performance, exhibition, scholarship, and creative research, the College offers artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and the regional community.

West Virginia University (wvu.edu) is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive and is the state’s only comprehensive doctoral-granting, land grant institution. WVU has a current enrollment of with approximately 28,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students enrolled in more than 184 graduate and undergraduate programs. The university community is committed to student-centered priorities, academic excellence, research, creative activity and service to the state.

The city of Morgantown has 55,000 residents and has been ranked as the #1 Small City in America,” the “Best Small City in the East,” and the “3rd Best Small Town” in the nation. Boasting a strong economy and an unemployment rate well below the national average, the area also offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.

West Virginia University has created a dual career program to help faculty partners or spouses find employment in and around the university (dualcareer.hr.wvu.edu).
West Virginia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

This announcement is available in alternative format (e.g., large print, Braille, audio tape, disk) by contacting the School of Art and Design by phone at 304-293-2140 or by mail at Room 419-A, Creative Arts Center, Box 6111, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6111.

RBC Emerging Artist People's Choice Award

The Gardiner Museum presents the 4th Annual RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award from September 2 to October 14, 2014. Supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the $10,000 award – voted by the public at the exhibition and online – honours a Canadian artist (or permanent resident) who has been out of school and practicing professionally with clay as part of his/her artist practice for seven years or less. A national panel of artists, curators and arts educators nominated the five exceptional artists.

Online voting begins Wednesday, September 3 at 12 noon and ends Sunday, October 12 at 11:59 pm.
You can also vote at the exhibition from September 2 to October 12.

Find all the details here....

brian eno...

movie day: Ruth Duckworth Memorial Video

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

CREATIVE SASKATCHEWAN Investment Grant Outreach Tour

Creative Saskatchewan is hosting an 'Investment Grant Outreach Tour' in advance of our fall intake for program funding. This tour is open to all creative producers from our supported creative industries and is designed as an opportunity to learn more about Creative Saskatchewan, our funding programs, and tips for completing your funding application to us.

In an effort to reach as many Saskatchewan creative producers as possible, we are hosting 8 outreach sessions from August 25 through September 5 in a variety of locations throughout the province. Learn about investment opportunities for commercial creative industry projects and endeavours that can help you introduce your product to global markets.

Creative Saskatchewan is a new agency dedicated to the growth and commercial viability of Saskatchewan's creative industries. A series of workshops throughout the province will provide information about our investment programs and tips on compiling and submitting your application.

Creative Saskatchewan manages 9 investment programs; each program is designed to support the success of its applicants. 

Creativesask.ca   |   1-800-561-9933
 @creativesask   |    facebook.com

last call for submissions: The DO-GOOD Residency

Red Lodge Clay Center | Deadline: September 2, 2014 | Fee (USD): $10.00

The DO GOOD-MJ Wood Memorial Short-Term Residency 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.
Dates of residency: Any time between December 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015
Apply through Slide Room

questions? contact: residencies@redlodgeclaycenter.com

technical tuesday: Les Blakebrough - New Work

LES BLAKEBROUGH NEW WORK 2014 from Paul Raffety on Vimeo.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Spoon Me @ Medalta this week!

Spoon Me @ Medalta will go live online on September 1st @ www.medalta.org/spoonme

The grand prize winner of a month long Medalta residency will be announced at the opening reception @ Medalta on August 28th from 7-9pm.  Let us know if you can make it! Make sure to check out juror Carole Epp's Musing About Mud blog for exhibition highlights and extended coverage on several selected spoon show artists in the coming months.

We have a Spoon Me event page on Facebook too, it's where we'll be sharing sneak-a-peek spoon shots before the show goes live on the 1st.

If you'd like to check it out and share it's at

Spoon Me's online guests will be directed from the www.medalta.org/spoonme page to view the show on Medalta's new Pinterest page. ***Note this will be live online as of September 1st.*** Spoons can be viewed and re-pined by other Pinterest users. The link on the photo remains with the image and will take viewers directly to the spoons purchase page which happens to be on our brand new Medalta online shop that we are also launching with the spoon show.  Our shop will feature contemporary ceramics from our exhibitions, starting with Spoon Me, as well as reproductions of historical Medalta pottery made in our Museums production studio.

At Medalta we are passionate about ceramics, from our clay industry past to the contemporary ceramics community. Through this exhibition, in the gallery and online, our goal is creating more space and opportunity for contemporary craft artists to engage with a growing audience...and our audience is eagerly awaiting this exhibition!