Thursday, 18 December 2014

An Artist Residency Aboard a Cargo Ship

An image from Maayan Strass’s 2011 series ‘Freight’ (image courtesy of the artist)

Fantasizing about an artist residency? It’s unlikely that vision includes a cargo ship. The enormous container carriers supply 90% of everything — from the food you eat to the clothes you buy — but they aren’t exactly, well, dreamboats.

Israeli photographer Maayan Strauss sees potential, though. She is launching Container, an artist residency that will invite 12 creatives to travel along existing shipping routes for a month. “Artists require solitude, beauty, the natural sublime and global travel,” the website explains. “They crave extended stretches of time, free of any interruption, in order to create new work. All of this can be found on a container ship.” While aboard, each will create his or her own body of work, which will be shown later in a group exhibition.

“The program is also a part of my artistic practice,” Strauss told Hyperallergic. “It’s a different type of artistic fulfillment from making photographs or objects — creating something that is not representational, rather a new situation and exchange in the world.”

Find out more here:

Hiking and workshop in Iceland for ceramic artists

This trip is primarly intended for ceramic artists and for people who are intereted in experiencing the unique nature of Iceland and would like to meet Icelandic artists. Participants will have the opportunity to collect material in the natural environment including volcanic lava from recent and older eruptions from black lava beaches, etc.

We offer an 8 day trip and begin our travel in the south of Iceland and will stay in a hut in Þórsmörk for two nights. We will hike to the area between the two Glaciers, where the eruption occurred in 2010 and collect some material by the two craters Magni and Móði.

Liana Agnew & Didem Mert Workshop

Sunday, 14 December 2014

emerging artist: Samantha Bachman

Jennifer Zwilling Appointed Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio

Friends of The Clay Studio,

I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Jennifer Zwilling as our new Curator of Artistic Programs. We conducted a nationwide search over the past two months and our search committee made a unanimous decision to make this offer. 

Jennifer is a respected curator, scholar, and educator with a strong background in the academic and museum fields. Jennifer's deep understanding of the ceramic arts and dedication to the next generation of craft artists make her an excellent fit for us.  Prior to her appointment, she worked with The Philadelphia Museum of Art where she held numerous positions, most recently Project Assistant Curator for American Decorative Arts and Contemporary Craft.  She has curated exhibitions for The Center for Art in Wood, and Inliquid, and has taught Craft History at Tyler School of Art and  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree from Ursinus College and a Master's degree from Temple University.

As the Curator of Artistic Programs, Jennifer will oversee The Clay Studios' exhibitions, Resident and Guest Artist in Residence Program. This position plays a vital role in driving the artistic vision of The Clay Studio.

Thank you for your ongoing support of The Clay Studio

Christopher R. Taylor

For more information on Jennifer Zwilling read the press release on our website.

call for artists: Tulsa Artist Fellowship

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship will cultivate Tulsa’s art scene by both supporting local artists and attracting national artists. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted stipend, free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma to US Resident artists. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. The Fellows are expected to integrate into the local arts community such as studio and collection visits. These and other activities will introduce the artists to the many treasures at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and beyond. The artists will live and work in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, participating in the local arts community. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term with the option to renew for a second year. In the first class, the fellowship will focus on Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Arts.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted awards between $15,000 and $40,000 for artists in all stages of their career. In addition, the TAF will provide free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma. All non-resident fellows will be required to live in the provided housing.
Types of Fellows & Awards
TAF will award between 5 and 15 fellowships in Year One. The fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national artists at different stages in their career. There will be reserved fellowship spots for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. Awards will differ based on stage of career of the artist. The fellowship will include free housing and work space. Local Tulsa artists in the mid-career category are not guaranteed free housing.
The Fellowships will be of two basic types:
  •  Early Career Artists:  Award of a $15,000 unrestricted stipend with free private housing and work-space in Year One.  Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $7500 plus free housing and work-space.  If the Fellow wants to stay in Tulsa, the housing and work-space can be retained for a 3rd year for $500/month total.
  •  Mid Career Artists:  Award of a $25,000 unrestricted stipend with free private housing and work-space in Year One.  Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $15,000 plus free housing and work-space.  If the Fellow wants to stay in Tulsa, the housing and work-space can be retained for a 3rd year for $500/month total.
Release Call for Entries: December 1, 2014
Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
Selections Announced: April 3, 2015
Move into apartments, Fellowship begins: October 1, 2015
  1. Early Career
    1. At least 21 years of age
    2. Artist is less than 5 years from graduation from an arts program OR  has at least 5 years of studio practice
    3. Resume shows some experience with exhibitions
    4. Graduate thesis work should not be included in the application
  2. Mid-Career
    1. Strong exhibition history
    2. At least 10 years of studio practice
    3. Working as a “professional” artist
  3. Alaskan Native, Native American, Native Hawaiian
    1. Definition follows guidelines of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act
    2. Enrolled members of federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, or Alaskan Native Village
    3. Enrolled members of state-recognized Native Community or Political Entity
    4. Designated artisans with a document from their Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, or Alaskan Native Village recognizing their heritage and status as an artisan representing their community
  4. Local
    1. Artists who have lived in the Tulsa Metropolitan area for more than 12 months. The Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Tulsa, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Creek, Rogers, Osage, and Wagoner counties. Proof of residency will be required and may be submitted in the form of a lease, utility bill, paycheck or other such document.
  5. National
    1. Artists residing outside of the Tulsa Metropolitan. The Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Tulsa, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Creek, Rogers, Osage, and Wagoner counties. Proof of residency will be required and may be submitted in the form of a lease, utility bill, paycheck or other such document.
The Panel
The Artist Selection Panel will be comprised artists, curators, reviewers and experts in the given focus of each year’s fellowship.  There will be 7 panelists and they will likely serve for only one year. The panelists will review the applications remotely before meeting in Tulsa to make the final selections. Artwork submitted for review by the Panel must be original work completed outside of any education requirement.  Work must be public or gallery oriented visual art and may not be a work in progress. The names of the Panel members will be released to the public in the near future.

Friday, 12 December 2014

follow fridays: Michelle Summers

Work opportunities @ Society for Contemporary Craft

It's that time of year again! SCC is looking for the best and brightest emerging artists and arts leaders to join our team. We are committed to nurturing the next generation of arts management professionals and makers, and we're gearing up to welcome our 2015 Cheteyan Scholar and Studio Apprentice. Follow the links below to apply!  


Businesswoman and previous President of the SCC Board, Judy Cheteyan, has been an invaluable asset to the arts community in Pittsburgh. Both Judy and her husband Michael believe that the arts and education make for a stronger community; therefore, affordable exposure to both is crucial for citizens. The Judy Cheteyan Scholarship Fund is an annual paid summer internship offered through Contemporary Craft that provides a college or graduate student with the opportunity to gain professional experience within an internationally known contemporary craft organization. The scholarship will be used to pay a $3,000 stipend to the student during the internship. 

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2015



The Society for Contemporary Craft is offering a yearlong studio apprenticeship to an emerging artist seeking to develop professional studio management skills by working with one of the nation's only nonprofits focusing exclusively on creation, exhibition, and education across all contemporary craft media. The apprentice scholarship offers a monthly stipend and an additional $300 per month housing allowance. This opportunity will provide a young artist with tools to be successful through mentoring from SCC staff and visiting artists, professional development, and networking opportunities. 

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2015

Society for Contemporary Craft

2100 Smallman Street - in the Strip District!
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

What's happening @ Northern Clay Center

Cups of Plenty Invitational

Join us at the first annual Cups of Plenty Invitational with the support of Kristi Wall at the wonderful Land of Plenty Gallery. On display will be a selection cups from some of the most influential ceramic artists in the field today. We are so excited to be bring a fresh group of artist to our very own Akron, Ohio. So, bring yourself to the show, see some phenomenal high quality art and purchase a cup before they're gone. Believe me they will sell fast!!! Stick around for a weather permitting after hours event hosted by Kristi with a bonfire and great people. Feel free to bring your own refreshments! For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of experiencing the Land of Plenty Gallery it is well worth the trip and we hope you can make it.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

call for entry: Ceramic Art York 2015

Application deadline: February 2, 2015
Ceramic Art York, presented by the Craft Potters Association and York Museums Trust, is an exciting new showcase of contemporary ceramic art, with exhibitors drawn from the UK, Europe and worldwide. This new event is taking place to mark the opening of the new Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery.

Ceramicists interested in exhibiting at Ceramic Art York 2015 are now invited to apply for selection for this prestigious event.

Ceramic Art York offers ceramicists a unique opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in a prestigious central York location and provides exhibitors with an invaluable opportunity to reach new audiences and to network with established collectors and gallery owners.

Ceramic Art York will represent the best in contemporary studio ceramics, with the selected work exhibited in a specially commissioned exhibition pavilion in the beautiful surroundings of York Museum Gardens.

Ceramic Art York is a major selling fair and exhibition targeted at an enthusiastic and art-loving public. A daily programme of talks, discussions, demonstrations and films – by well-known figures in the ceramics world – is included to attract a wide spectrum of collectors, ceramics enthusiasts and to establish new audiences.

Contact details:
Craft Potters Association of Great Britain
63 Great Russel St.
Phone: 020 3137 0750

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

call for entry: Dirty South Mug Competition

Application deadline: December 17, 2014

Open to: all artist working in clay residing in the United States. Work no larger than 10x10x10.

Give us your best mug! To celebrate River Oaks’ 30 year anniversary, the arts center is looking for a few good mugs to include in its’ 1st Annual Mug Call to Artists/Competition. We are looking for ceramic mugs that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with ceramics. Up to 125 artists will be chosen for this inspiring Southern event, because we all need a good mug for our tea and coffee and if not, we always need a good conversation piece!

Please complete and email images to CaFe with credit card information no later than December 17, 2014 at 5pm.
Call Link:
Exhibit Dates: April 7th ~ May 23, 2015
Exhibit Reception: April 24, 2015 5-8 p.m.

The 2015 Dirty South Mug Competition is a national, juried exhibition. Up to 125 artists will be chosen to display traditional or non-traditional ceramic mugs at River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana.

• Entry Fee: $25 per artist, up to three entries (credit cards preferable/checks mailed to ROSAC) • Work may not be larger than 10” x 10” x 10”. • Open to all artists working in the medium of clay, residing in the United States.

• Functional & Non-functional, traditional and non-traditional pieces accepted

• All work must be for sale. No single work may exceed $500 in value. Artists will pay a 30% commission to the Gallery on all sales.

• Artist responsible for shipping/insurance cost to the Gallery. All work must include a Return LABEL for return shipment. Return postage will be absorbed by ROSAC . Weight Limit 15 lbs. River Oaks is not responsible for any damage during shipment.

• Digital entry only, JPEG format, 300 dpi and no more than 2100 pixels at the longest dimension. All files must be labeled with artist’s first initial and last name followed by entry number (ie, e.smith01).

• River Oaks will be utilizing the™, also known as CaFÉ™, an online application and adjudication system for exhibits and more. Go to to complete your application form - the direct address is

• River Oaks Square Arts Center reserves the right to photograph exhibited work and use these or the artists digital images for reproduction in both printed and electronic materials for publicity.

• Entry free must be paid at the time of application submission

Tom Coleman is considered to be one of the greatest potters in America. His relevance to the field of ceramics can be confirmed by the many artists whom his work has inspired. A graduate of the Northwest College of Art and a resident of Nevada since 1987, Tom continues to grow as an artist and shares his discoveries and enthusiasm through numerous workshops, years of university teaching experience and as a NCECA presenter. For over fifty years, Tom Coleman has been developing his craft as a hand-built potter working with both porcelain and stoneware, each equally refined and well-balanced. His work and lectures have gained him numerous awards and notoriety in the field of ceramics. Tom Coleman’s work is featured in a number of different galleries and has been included in numerous exhibits throughout the United States. He has written much on the subject of ceramics and has himself been the subject of much published review.

Tom Coleman Workshop -
Working with Porcelain
Tom will be demonstrating his techniques for throwing porcelain, both functional, thrown and altered pieces. There will also be an on going discussion on glazing, firing and alternative decorative processes.
April 22 and 23
10:00 to 4:00
$40 per person/per day
Class size limited

Contact details:
River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second St.
Phone: 318-473-2670

call for entry: Currents IMPACT

Application deadline: January 9, 2015

Show Date: March 9 - March 27
Open to: all ceramic artists. CURRENTS: IMPACT is a national juried exhibition of contemporary ceramics artworks that explore social, conceptual, and physical notions of the word impact.

Contact details:
School of Art and Art History, University of Florida
101B Fine Arts Bldg. C, PO Box 115801
Phone: 708-228-1492