Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Upcoming workshop: Ceramic Boundaries Opened

Mt. Vernon, Illinois
October 23–25, 2015

Here are some of the creative skills that will be covered at this conference:
  • Shift gears to get out of a creative rut
  • Simplify your approach and get to the essence of your work
  • Tap into tradition for what resonates with your passion
  • Get specific about what you need and what you don’t
  • Bring it all together for something that is truly your own

Full details and registration here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

monday morning eye candy: Mickey Walsh and Ayumi Horie

Today's eye candy is a collaboration between two amazing artists: Mickey Walsh and Ayumi Horie.
I was too slow sadly this morning to get my hands on one during Ayumi's online sale. But we can at least enjoy them in pictures.

I love seeing great collaborations come together! Do you have any suggestions of artists who you've seen make great work together?


Friday, 26 June 2015

NAKED CRAFT Symposium Tomorrow!


"Craft is significant to Canadian culture; historically, socially, culturally and economically having the ability to unify and connect diverse cultures, ethnicities and ways of life. Many people define craft differently and consequently the term has a wide range of meanings and values within contemporary society. We all have a connection to craft in some way, through the products we consume, through the cultural traditions passed down from generation to generation or through the items and objects we encounter on a daily basis.  What draws people to contemporary craft is authenticity, originality, creativity and the tangible experience of an object that creates meaning and value beyond its’ physical form.

The Naked Craft Network is an international research project that brings together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish craft.

Naked Craft is designed to be playful in how it engages a public audience; at a time in popular culture when the words “handcrafted” and “artisanal” are the “it” words of marketing houses, attention must be redirected back to craft itself. Craft is a sexy word, and Naked Craft intends to show the viewer just how sexy craft itself can be. Naked Craft examines craft practice through the four main themes: New Positions; Down and Dirty: politics and materials; DIY; and Tooling up: new technologies and economies.

Naked Craft looks to contribute towards a better understanding of continuity and change within the discipline. It is evident that despite the cultural diversity and obstacles that influence craft making in Canada, in Scotland, and around the world, there are many similarities and shared values that influence the craft sector. In Canada we’re putting forth a concerted effort toward public outreach and new ways of presenting craft to audiences as diverse as the communities of craft makers whom we support. With an increase in the awareness of contemporary craft and an understanding of its value, comes the potential of increased sales, consumption, recognition and promotion for both makers and their objects. As such, both the individuals creating craft as well as those consuming it are rewarded with culturally enriching experiences, which support the local economy and encourage a focus on high-quality craft objects that are lasting and well made. 

Naked Craft has spanned almost four years of research in two countries and includes two workshop/residencies, three symposiums, a touring exhibition and a publication. 
The NCN is interested in broadly developing a better understanding of the relationships between the identities that are inherently attributed to geopolitical regions of practice, and the reciprocal role that the material production of craft plays in building, maintaining and disseminating these identities in a global arena of commerce and culture in the future. " - via Naked Craft Website


The Naked Craft Symposium brings together makers, researches, and the general public to discuss the themes explored throughout the Naked Craft project, and to look forward at the future for craft.

 The symposium will take place at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Saturday June 27, 2015.

Member Registration: Symposium & Lunch $75.00 (Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario members)
Regular Registration: Symposium & Lunch $85.00
Student Registration: Symposium & Lunch $45.00

Registration online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/naked-craft-symposium-tickets-16144778467
Registration by phone: Heather at 905-632-7796 ext 307
Information: Denis at 905-632-7796 ext 303

Find the full schedule here

Thursday, 25 June 2015

guest post: The Great Korean Expedition 2015 by Chris Snedden

Back in February when I was in Toronto for a Fusions Workshop I had the great pleasure of meeting Chris Snedden. Great sense of humor and super generous! When I heard about this trip to Korea I quickly asked if we could share some of the experience with the musing readers. Thankfully he agreed! Make sure to take a minute to check out his website and amazing art work. He also gives workshops on his techniques.  - Carole

"On May 26th 13 potters mostly from Ontario, took the thirteen hour flight to South Korea to participate in the Icheon Ceramics Festival and to see the sights. Icheon city is a mecca for clay and literally there are pots everywhere. Scenes like this are common in the city but beyond that there are vase sculptures on top of hotels and restaurants, on lampposts, in signage, rows of planted pots on walls, etc. The entire city celebrates clay as a local industry like I've never seen before.

 Over there we met and worked with the Five Master Potters from THAT video.... you know... the one that has gone viral on YouTube. (just in case you haven't seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T7WOECCCRY ) Our tour organizer Unha Hill from Hamilton, Ontario, did a great job being mother hen and organizing the trip!

The festival over there is amazing!  Not only is it enormous in scale!
Here are some shots of the Masters work in their own showrooms:

One of the masters won a $30,000 prize for this big bowl in a national competition. In order to claim it he had to reproduce the piece under supervison. It took him a month.

We had a chance to work with the masters and try out their techniques, and boy! I thought I knew something about clay but I quickly discovered how much I don't know! They were very kind of course and we all left feeling enriched by their lessons. 
There is not enough space here to describe all that we saw and did over the two weeks we were hosted by the five masters, but suffice it to say that it was an experience of a lifetime. Not only did we see the most amazing clay work, not only did we experience South Korean culture and cuisine, we also made some fine friends. In two years, when the International Biennial of Ceramics is on again. I am sure Unha will be organizing another trip! Thank you Carole Epp for allowing me to share some of what happened on this international cultural exchange. " - Chris Snedden

Chris Snedden
 Read more about Chris and his work here: clayguy4u.wordpress.com

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

job posting: Gallery and Exhibitions Manager @ The Archie Bray

Summary of Position:
The Gallery and Exhibitions Manager provides leadership for the gallery and exhibitions program by working to meet its financial goals and encouraging growth; overseeing the management of the Bray’s Sales Gallery, Historic Pottery Gallery, Warehouse Gallery and Online Gallery; organizing seven on-site and three off-site exhibitions including NCECA; managing the inventory and sales for the Mother’s Day Pots and Plants Sale and the Holiday Sale; and manages the annual Bray Benefit Auction. In addition, this position oversees the cataloguing, storage and display of the Bray’s permanent collection. The Gallery and Exhibitions Manager oversees staff and volunteers and reports to the Director of Operations.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, résumé/cv and 3 references to Brad Robinson by July 20, 2015. Position open until filled. (click here to get email address)
Click here to download a full description of the Gallery and Exhibitions Manager position.

technical tuesday: Electric Kiln - A guide to Clays, Glazes and Electric Kilns

Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic have come out with another must-have resource for the studio. Electric Kiln: A guide to Clays, Glazes, and Electric Kilns (fourth edition) is a throughout and visually stunning book for emerging through to advanced artists working in electric firing. Learn how to push boundaries and over come challenges in the studio with this new publication.  It's also filled with tons of eye candy from many of today's best contemporary makers.

Grab yourself a copy online, or better yet support your local supplier or bookstore.

call for entry: Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition 2015

All Northeast-based artists (including students studying in the Northeast or from the Northeast) are invited to submit ceramic sculpture (and mixed media which is primarily ceramic) to the Northeast Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition between June 15th and September 15th, 2015. Works will be selected by juror and ceramic artist, Tim Rowan, and an Opening Reception will be held on November 7th, 2015.

Application fee: $35 for 3 images. You may submit 3 images of 3 separate works, or you can use your extra spaces for detail images of one work. If you would like to submit more than 3 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.

Sponsored Awards
will be presented at the Opening Reception on November 7th.
A 25% sales commission will go to Art Centro for the sale of any work. 

Submission Deadline: 09/15/2015
Notification of acceptance: 10/07/2015
Delivery of Work: 11/02 through 11/04 2015
Exhibit Dates: 11/07 through 12/05/2015
Opening Reception: 11/7/2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Pick up Work: 12/07 through 12/12/2015
Return of Work by Shipping: 12/12/2015

Art Centro is a community art center in Poughkeepsie, New York, featuring gallery space, classroom/meeting space, 11 private art studios and a ceramics studio. Art Centro offers ceramics, painting, and drawing classes among many other workshops and events.

Contact us through our website or call 845-454-4525 for any questions.

Apply online here.

Portrait and master classes with Marc Leuthold and Martin McWilliam (July 30.-31.2015)

The Ceramic Fair is not only a showcase of the best in the ceramic community but also provides the opportunity to rap on the knuckles with the best in the field as they create their pieces of work. Every year the Werkschule invites two outstanding ceramic artists to host a one-day “Ceramic Portrait”-Workshop. During this workshop the artists reveal and demonstrate how and why  they go about creating their art. Collegues from the international scene get involved in this extraordinary event the day before the fair. Thus, it is of no surprise that, within the creative setting of the Werkschule, - this workshop is a lot of fun  – proven by the keen interest of participants and artists.      

Find all the details here

Monday, 22 June 2015

monday morning eye candy: Shane Weaver

The work below titled "Mushroom Kingdom" is installed at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto where Shane is in the middle of a long term residency. It's up until the end of September so check it out if your in the area. This piece was funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
"Mushroom Kingdom" slipcast earthenware, 384 hand painted tiles glaze fired to cone 04, 12'x8', 2015


Friday, 19 June 2015

australia update....

Well i guess i can't delay the sad news anymore, even though i'd like to believe this isn't actually happening....

I'm deeply disappointed and sorry to announce that I've had to cancel my workshops in Australia at the Canberra Potters' Society and Slow Clay. Sadly I will also be missing the Stepping Up: 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale 2015 coming up in a few weeks.

I'm okay, but due to illness I'm no longer able to travel overseas until I undergo surgery. Basically since ending up in the ER last friday I no longer have any medical insurance to cover my trip. Pre-existing condition now, blah blah blah...And with the potential of needing emergency surgery while out of country I just can't risk the financial bankruptcy that such a situation would cause. I also can't put my health in jeopardy. My family and our health is priority. 

I'm heartbroken to not be returning to Australia. It's been too long and I miss my friends and the ceramics community over there terribly. I had been looking forward to meeting up with many new friends as well, and the opportunity to present at the Australian Triennale, and the two workshops alongside Benjamin Carter were going to be such wonderful professional learning experiences for me.

I'm grateful to everyone that supported this trip and helped to organize things over the last year. To all the participants who had signed up for the workshops I'm deeply sorry to not be able to be there. Ben Carter will be going ahead with the workshops solo and to be honest he's so talented and generous, with insight into so many of the amazing artists that play a part of our community, that I would have likely just gotten in the way. Now you have the wonderful opportunity to hear and work with Ben without me interrupting with my crazy cat lady stories : )

And well the slight silver lining on all of this? I stupidly didn't get cancellation insurance for my flight, so once all of this health silliness gets sorted I'll still have a ticket back to Australia waiting for me.

Everything for a reason right?


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Workshop with Marney McDiarmid @ St. Lawrence College in Ontario

Soft Slabs & Surface Decoration ARTS180

During this 4 day course you will explore a plethora of surface decoration techniques while learning to build bowls and vases with soft slabs. Techniques include using stencils, making plaster texture tiles, designing stamps and stencils, using shellac and wax resist,and decorating with underglazes.
Instructor: M. McDiarmid
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu July 13 - July 16,
9:00AM-4:00PM, $281.24

Tags On Cups, Function at the Fringe- July 1-8, 2015

Ceramic tradition meets street art ¾ Graffiti meets pottery

“Tags on Cups”, is the brainchild of Francis Pratt, Bernadette Pratt and Carol Ann Apilado. The trio (painter, potter, and designer), collaborate to curate a first-of-a-kind show, featuring over 40 graffiti artist from the Toronto area.

Over a period of 3 month, small groups of artists met around the kitchen table with a simple mandate: to carve, sgrafitto or paint on thrown porcelain cups. In working with a new medium they faced the unique challenge of being limited to one colour, and being forced into an intimate space for their designs.

Over one hundred cups appear in this extraordinary collection. Some pieces have the urgency of graffiti bombing, using the “wildstyle” of interwoven letters or line drawings that convey a sense of immediacy. Some are explorations in clay with intricate relief imagery. Still others represent loose painterly renditions of portraiture that recall 19th century Delft ceramics. Another set of pieces renders the more immediate nature of street art.

This is a unique opportunity to see an incredible range of tags from many of your favorite graffiti artists on a functional ceramic format. On display for one week only at the Black Cat Art Space, 2186 Dundas St. West, Toronto.

Integrated Arts Exhibition – Free admission

Date: Opening Reception on July 2, 2015|Exhibition runs July 1-8
Time: Opening Reception 6-9 pm| The Gallery is open for visitors 12-7pm.
Place: The Black Cat Art Space, 2186 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Following Artists will be present through their artwork:

About The Black Cat Art Space
A new and small storefront gallery near Dundas and Roncesvalles, started by photographer Andrew Williamson Toronto, Canada. The Black Cat Art Space has hosted over 65 different exhibitions and holds artwork form more than 23 artists. An open space for new expressions, The Black Cat asks for new exhibition ideas from local artists and the general public.
For more information on The Black Cat Gallery please contact:

Media Contacts:
Bernadette Pratt,  Curator, 519-266-9641, mbernadettepratt@gmail.com
Carol Ann Apilado, Curator, 647 284 2404,  carol.ann.apilado@gmail.com

call for entries: Craft NSW 2015 Emerging Artist Craft Award

The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW invites emerging craftspeople in any craft discipline to submit entries for the Craft NSW 2015 Emerging Artist Craft Award.
Emerging craftspeople working in any area of craft may submit up to two entries for consideration within a competitive selection process. Only one entry will be included in the Award Exhibition. Entry is free.
For the purpose of this Award, an emerging artist is defined as someone who has practised their craft for 5 years or less.
The Award is limited to NSW residents only.
There will be 4 awards:
Major Award: $2000 and an invitation to exhibit work at Craft NSW for six months.
Minor Award: $1000 and an invitation to exhibit work at Craft NSW for six months.
Two Encouragement Awards: $500 each.
Important dates in 2015
June 30 – closing date for submission of entries
Aug 3 – announcement of short-listed artists
Sept 10 – delivery of work for exhibition
Sept 22 – exhibition opening and Award announcement
Entry forms and further information, including terms and conditions, are available from: www.artsandcraftsnsw.com.au/award
Craft NSW, 104 George St, The Rocks, Sydney
T: 02 9241 5825
E: gallery@artsandcraftsnsw.com.au
Open 7 days, 9.30am to 5.30pm