Saturday, 24 January 2015

Adult Pottery @ Medalta

Winter/Spring 2015

Medalta's winter 2015 pottery classes are now open for registration. Have a look at the lineup on their website and register as space is limited for these popular programs.

By phone at 403.529.1070
Email to

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Upcoming deadlines for Arrowmont

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The School offers weekend, one- and two-week workshops for the beginner to advanced artist, taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty. Students work and learn in professionally equipped studios on a 14-acre residential campus in Gatlinburg, TN. A series of weekly classes are also offered for residents of the local community. Workshops and classes are offered in ceramics, fiber, metals/jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, warm glass, woodturning, woodworking, mixed media, books and paper.

Our Artists-in-Residence Program provides a supportive, stimulating work and learning environment for five early-career artists during a year-long residency. Conferences and symposia bring together artists, art educators, collectors and others to work in the studios, engage in dialogue about making art and to discuss issues and trends in the field.

Sandra J. Blain GalleryThe public is welcome year-round to visit the campus and view artwork by local, national and international artists in the School's five galleries, which offer a full schedule of changing exhibitions, attend evening presentations, and visit the Artists-in-Residence studios. The Marian Heard Library and Resource Center includes print and electronic materials for research, and displays work from the School's permanent collection. The Artist Outfitters Store offers tools and supplies for students on campus and artists in the community, as well as offering for sale selected artwork from past Artists-in-Residence.
ArtReach, a collaboration with the Sevier County Schools, provides nearly 1,200 students, grades 4-12, with an in-depth, full day art workshop at Arrowmont each year.

Early registration ends FEB 1st!

for more info and to apply:

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

movie day: Clay & Ink

Clay & Ink from Crafts Council on Vimeo.

Ceramist Heidi Harrington discusses finding inspiration in the movement and stillness in nature. Each of her pieces is individually screen printed - the clay and image stretch during the making process until finally freezing into the forms of plates, bowls and wall pieces.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

technical tuesday: sketches by Galia Bernstein

I'm not much of a sketcher. Not much of a planner, well not on paper at least. My sketches are often just stuck in my head. But I love to see behind the scenes of others thought process and planning for projects. So I loved this one by Galia Bernstein, whose an illustrator as well as a clay artist.

See more of her work on her blog Dancing Kangaroo.

Got some illustrations or sketches of your own projects you'd like to share?  Drop me a line at

Monday, 19 January 2015

call for entry: Ceramic Shots Photo Competition

Our next Ceramic Shots Photo Competition has the theme of knolling.
Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organisation. Click here for examples of knolling.
So, gather together your ceramic creations or collection, align or square all objects on a surface in your studio and take a photo.
Please share this call for entries with your friends and colleagues.
Submit your image to The Journal of Australian Ceramics.
The Prize: publication of your image (full page) in Issue 54/1 of The Journal of Australian Ceramics (JAC) AND books to the value of $200 from our online shop OR membership of The Australian Ceramics Association to the value of $200. The choice will be yours.
Conditions of Entry:
One image per photographer.
A selection of the best images will be featured in Issue 54/1 of The Journal of Australian Ceramics (JAC) to be published on 1 April 2015.
Image format: 300 dpi jpg file, minimum size 1MB, maximum size 4MB. PLEASE DO NOT email tiff files.
Portrait and landscape formats are acceptable, although portrait images (24.5cm X 17cm) suit JAC’s format the best.
All photos must be accompanied by the following information: photographers name, potters name, location and date of image.
Photos must have been taken in the last 12 months.
By entering the competition, you give The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) license to publish the photograph in The JAC (print & digital) and on our website, and TACA’s Facebook page.
Deadline for images: Wed 18 February 2015.
Images can be emailed to: with the subject heading CERAMIC SHOTS: KNOLLING.
Vicki Grima
Editor, The Journal of Australian Ceramics

Beyond the Brickyard 2015 @ The Archie Bray

Carol Snyder

Beyond the Brickyard—Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition
January 16–March 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6–8 pm
Bray North Gallery

Featuring artwork by
Eliza Hang Yee Au, Posey Bacopoulos, Jess Benjamin, Renee Brown, Tom Budzak, Carolanne Currier, Forrest Sincoff Gard, Seth Green, Nathan A. Haney, Jennifer Hansen Gard, Margaret K. Haydon, Robbie Heidinger, Lauren Kearns, Robert Kolhouse, Justin Lambert, Clay Leonard, Chris Lively, Chaz Martinsen, Tim Ian Mitchell, Matthew Mitros, Nick Moen and Kathryn Adams, Stephanie Osser, Vince Palacios, Becky Pinnick, Lora Rust, Amy Santoferraro, Thomas Schmidt and Jeffrey Stephen Miller, Carol Snyder, Rebekah Strickland, John Utgaard, Carolyn Watkins, Eliza Weber andWilliam Wright.

Archie Bray Website

monday morning eye candy: Jennifer Allen

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Grace Nickel: Arbor Vitae @ The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

January 18 to March 15, 2015
Arbor Vitae is a body of work resulting from an intensive two years of research including artist’s residencies in Jingdezhen, China, exploring fabric formwork at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology, and experimenting with fabrication technologies at AssentWorks in Winnipeg.
Incorporating Rapid Prototyping technologies into her work, Grace Nickel’s large-scale porcelain tree sculptures and installations negotiate the relationships between the natural and the fabricated, rural and urban, the austere and the embellished, growth and decay, and life and death. Her newest work advances her investigations of natural forms pitted against artificial construction and surfaces separated from and reintegrated with forms.

Grace Nickel is a practicing ceramic artist who teaches at the University of Manitoba.

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Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
25 Caroline St. N, Waterloo, Ontario

Opening reception Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Grace Nickel, Host, 2015. Photo by Michael Zajac.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

technical tuesday: mixing plaster

Spotted this on Facebook today via Jeff Campana.

worth a read: Art of Ceramics - E-Book

ISBN 978-84-15829-72-0 
ART OF CERAMICS, is a voyage of discovery through of the world of ceramics today. A material so fragile yet so bold, every piece an extraordinary work of art. On the following pages you will discover different artists, who accentuate their messages through images, transforming ceramics into a visual identity, the objective of which is to inspire the sense of subtlety, humour, the condemnation of aspects of the consumer society…. Amongst those featured are Barnaby Barford, Foekje Fleur and Kate Macdowell, Lenneke Wispelwey, Ende, Jonathan Adler and Piselli Projects, who put their stamp on our everyday objects, introducing art into our most habitual moments. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

residency opportunity: WOOD/SODA/FIRE/BANFF


Ceramics Thematic Residency

Program dates: April 27, 2015 - May 22, 2015
Application deadline: January 28, 2015
Faculty: Robin DuPont - Faculty, Dan Murphy

As technological changes have gradually infiltrated most aspects of modern life, both for benefit and detriment, some things remain robustly human and process-based and fast-tracking is counter-productive. In the world of ceramics, already a very time-centric occupation, wood firing remains a bastion of thoughtful, concentrated, measured activity.  Go too quickly in any part of the journey and the results will underwhelm. Focusing too much on outcome without proper attention to process can lead to disappointment, if not disaster. Deep learning and satisfaction are just two of the results of such engagement - not to mention the comradery, collaborative spirit and decision making which fuel it.
This residency is an opportunity to work alongside other wood and soda fire enthusiasts; to create, share ideas, techniques and inspirations, and in turn, be inspired by the stunning surroundings of the Rocky Mountains which we will take time to discover and explore. We will fire The Banff Centre’s venerable Noborigama kiln - designed and built three decades ago -around which a host of memorable conversations, art work, challenges and celebrations have emerged and occurred.
The residency is best suited to emerging and established artists with wood and/or soda firing experience who want to push their work in new creative directions.
Program structure and benefits:
  • Shared studio with 24-hour access 
  • A community of artists working together 
  • Studio visit with faculty
  • Public lectures by faculty, visiting artists, and guests
  • Technical assistance for wood and salt kiln usage
  • Access to The Banff Centre Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives
  • Plus membership at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre 
  • Artist rates for Banff Centre events

monday morning eye candy: Ann Agee