Friday, 2 October 2015

Scratching the Surface Opens October 2 @ Red Lodge Clay Center

Opening Reception October 2, 2015, 5-7 PM Exhibition

Exhibition Posted Online: October 5, 2015, by 10 AM Mountain Time

Curator’s Statement

Originally the Ceramic Surface Forum grew out of a personal need for community and to allow time and space to engage and connect artists at various stages in their career. However, the forum itself, named after the late Matthias Oesterman's book "The Ceramic Surface", promoted discussion among artists to discuss personal approach to surfaces with the same inventiveness that is applied to research whether it is narrative, form or function and to reflect upon what we do and why we do it. Individuals invited represent a wide array of paths in the ceramic field, and are people who invest so much to the field beyond making. They may also be at transitional moments and casting a larger communal net that can create significant support to strengthen relationships within our field.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts provides the perfect setting and location. As a craft school, it's structured to embrace community. The studios are close to one another promoting dialogue, exchange of ideas, and encourage personal risks and exploration. The studios are educational studios: large and equipped for many artists working in various styles. Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, participants get the serenity of the Smoky Mountains to escape the rush of everyday routine and to take time away from their daily routines. Being in a tourist destination bestows a wide array of entertainment and spontaneity outside of the studio creating memories and experiences. A week provides time to re-ignite and spark inspiration, work through an idea that's been in a sketchbook for months or time to research a new one. It also allows the affordability of time for those away from work and family.

The Ceramic Surface Forum started in 2012 with eighteen clay artists working in Arrowmont's clay studio and living together in the quaint quarters of Stuart Cottage. Now five years later, the essence of the Ceramic Surface Forum grew into something larger and spread across all disciplines. It's now what Arrowmont calls The Pentaculum, a focus on Arrowmont's five primary studios; clay, wood, textiles, metals, and two-dimensional media. For the first time in the history of the Pentaculum, a writing component has been added.

The ceramic artwork that has been selected for the Scratching the Surface Exhibition is a portrayal of the exchange that happens at The Ceramic Surface Forum/Arrowmont Pentaculum. Artworks are rooted in and influenced by their time at Arrowmont. Whether it's the development of a new form, color and glaze palette, technique, and the diversity of artwork made, shows the energy and end result of what can happen during these short bursts of time together.

To find out more about the Arrowmont Pentaculum, please visit the website at

- Jason Bige Burnett

Thursday, 1 October 2015

GrowlerFest 2015 East + West - Upcoming events



GrowlerFest 2015 East + West is a project that will showcase the ties between the local food movement, craft beer, and ceramic art.

Project Art (Cummington, MA) is partnering with artist Bradley Klem (Phoenix, AZ),The Eutectic Gallery (Portland, OR) and Portland Growler Company (Portland, OR) to bring GrowlerFest 2015 East + West to the East and West Coasts for the first time.

Project coordinators Alexandra Jelleberg and Bradley Klem’s aim is to create a narrative about the link between the craft brewery movement and the vitality of handmade pottery:
Through the intersection of collaboration and individual aesthetic, we hope to spark investment in handmade objects among a group of people who share a common interest. The enjoyment of food and drink can be greatly enriched by the experience of using the beautiful work artists so thoughtfully produce.
GrowlerFest 2015 East + West intends to connect artists working in disparate ways and faraway places to both each other and the craft beer movement by offering the surface of a growler as a way to collaborate with one another, and an exhibition with functional and decorative components to draw parallels and comparisons in form, style, design and philosophy between local and global ceramic artists.

15 ceramic artists have collaborated on limited editions of ceramic growlers that will be on exhibit at Project Art October 3–December 2. Also on display will be vessels by local studio potters. Participating potters include Ben Eberle, Robbie Heidinger, Tiffany Hilton, Jeffrey Lipton, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Robbie Heidinger, Steve Theberge, Elenor Wilson. By appointment, contact Project Art at 701.471.9782 or click here to inquire.

Join us for a celebration with craft beer tastings, local food, and ceramic art on Saturday, October 10, 5–7. Early bird tickets are $15, $20 at the door.

Sunday, October 11, 10–12, join us for a potluck brunch
and slideshow presentation by artist Bradley Klem.

GrowlerFest 2015 Artists

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Friday, 25 September 2015

residency opportunity: Sculpture Space NYC

We are inviting artists from the United States and abroad to submit proposals for fellowship : "Studio Space & Exhibition" to be presented in early 2016. Artists selected for the Fellowship will work at SSNYC studio facility and will have one week exhibition in our SSNYC-Projects gallery. The level of production support for the exhibition will depend on the scope of work produced  and available funding.
The SSNYC-Studio Space & Exhibition Fellowship is a three-month residency in Queens/New York, from January 11, 2016 to March 11, 2016. This program is designed to promote and instill ceramic techniques within the artists practice. Applicants are not required to have extensive ceramic experience, although we encourage the artists to integrate ceramics as part of their project.
Artist will have a free workspace in the spacious studio. The culmination of a resident’s projects will be an exhibition and presentation at SSNYC. 
Applications for the 2016 Studio Space & Exhibition Fellowship will be accepted until October 10, 2015 and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of Fellowship availability by October 17, 2015.
Sculpture Space
47-21 35th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Cup XI The Intimate Object

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residency opportunity: Brockway Center for Arts and Technology’s Resident Artist Program

***The deadline for the January start would be due by November 15th

We have one opening to start on January 5th, 2016, then another in fall of 2016. 
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology’s Resident Artist Program is for developing and established professional ceramic artists. Residencies last a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. BCAT provides shared housing and 24-hour studio access to artists in exchange for 25 hours of work each week assisting BCAT's Youth and Arts programs. Work will include teaching and mentoring high-school students, as well as studio maintenance.

Resident Artists are also given a solo exhibition in BCAT’s gallery.
Artist must have completed their MFA and or equivalent life experience to apply.
There is NO FEE to apply to BCAT’s Resident Artist Program.
You can apply to BCAT’s Resident Artist Program at any time.
BCAT will accept 2-4 Resident Artists each year (Duration: minimum of 6 months’
maximum of 1 year).

Housing: shared 2-bedroom apartment located in the same building as the center that includes all utilities, laundry, free wi-fi, and access to the building’s gym.

The ceramic studio is well equipped- fully stocked glaze lab, 14 Brent CXC potter's wheels, 1 16 cu. ft electric kiln, 40 cu. ft downdraft car kiln, 1 test kiln, slab roller, pug mill, spray booth, clay extruder, clay mixer, large working tables, and a shared private working/storage space for residents.

Resident artists are given full access to all materials and equipment as well as private storage space within the studio. The resident artists responsible for their own food and personal expenses. Resident artist will be given exhibition opportunities during their residency. Paid teaching opportunities may also be available for resident artists. All of this is available in exchange of 25 hours each week assisting with teaching of the Youth & Arts programming and general studio maintenance. An average work week breakdown of the 25 hours: 17 teaching (12 hours with the after-school program, 5 hours working in a nearby high school on a special project, and 8 hours to studio tech/maintenance.

Accepted Resident Artists must obtain ALL THREE of the following clearances at least 30 days prior to starting his/her residency at BCAT.

Child Abuse Clearance Act 151
Criminal Background check by PA State Police Act 34
FBI Fingerprint Clearance Act 114

Applications will only be accepted digitally.
Please submit your complete application to:

To apply please include the following information:

 Why would you like to be a resident artist at BCAT? (Please include your preferred start and end dates for your residency)

 What personal artistic goals would you like to explore while at BCAT?

 As a potential mentor of youth what additional information would you like us to know about you? (mentoring, experience, hobbies, skills, interests, talents)

 Resume

 Artist’s statement

 15 images of recent work

 Contact information of 3 professional references

If you have any questions, contact the Teaching Artist at,