Thursday, 4 February 2016

mixa-pedia opens tonight @ the gallery of bc ceramics

apprenticeship opportunity with Marcelina Salazar


... a bit about me: 

I came to ceramics as a second career. Having basically just graduated from a bachelor degree that I had no interest in pursuing any further, I was very hesitant to enroll in an academic ceramics program. So I looked for training in practice, and was disappointed to find so little in this regard in Canada.

So, I did go to school. First Fleming College, and then Sheridan. But I also had the fortune of working for other potters (Thomas Aitken, Gleason Brook Pottery). Without dismissing my ceramic college experience, I think I learned just as much (if not more) by working at a real pottery studio. 

Now that my studio has been in operation for a few years, it is time for me to think about growing a little , but also about giving back. I am hoping that this apprenticeship experience will offer what I was looking for when I was first getting started: an opportunity to see the real workings of a functioning studio, that would provide a safe and nourishing environment in which to continue learning. 


In exchange for 32 hours a week of labour (May/August), I offer facilities, materials, room & board, and a stipend. 

The apprentice does not do any throwing for me. The idea behind the 32 hour week, is that there is enough time left to make their own work, and hone their making skills (whatever they may be) while focusing on developing and clarifying their own voice.

I work in porcelain and fire a bourry box wood kiln regularly. This means that a large portion of the studio tasks centre around wood prep and kiln maintenance, and of course firing. Other studio tasks would include preparing work for glaze firing (bisque firing, glazing, wadding), mixing glazes, clay preparation, gallery up-keep, basic book keeping, inventory tracking, social media management, etc.

The successful applicant will be responsible, hardworking, fired up and hungry to learn (with me) about wood firing, and running a small studio. They should also be able and willing to do physically demanding work, and (learn how to) use power tools.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

upcoming deadline: The Saint John's Pottery Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program

The Saint John's Pottery Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program is a studio residency for artists to experience a community-centered approach to ceramic art using local clay and natural materials. Eligible individuals include emerging visual artists of any discipline (ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, painting, etc.) from Minnesota or New York City.
Founded in 1979 by Artist-in-Residence Richard Bresnahan, The Saint John's Pottery demonstrates a commitment to the integration of art and life, the preservation of the environment, and the celebration of diverse cultures. The studio is located at Saint John's University in central Minnesota.
The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging artists for 50 years. Created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, the foundation supports the creation of new works by emerging artists. The term emerging artist refers to artistic development, professional accomplishment, and recognition. The program supports artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:
  • Who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • Whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • Who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • Who have evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • Who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.
Two award recipients are selected each year via jury to participate in residencies at The Saint John's Pottery during the month of June. Participants are provided studio space, clay, access to technical assistance, an award of $3,600, and room and board. Works are later fired in the Johanna Kiln, the largest wood-firing kiln in North America.

Application Deadline: February 12th, 2016

To apply, provide a CD with the following files in .pdf, .jpg, .doc, or .docx format: 10 images; an image list document; an artist resume with exhibition history; and a 1-page statement of rationale describing why the residency will benefit the applicant. Label each image file with only a number (01.jpg, 02.jpg) and note the number, title, year, medium and dimensions of each work in the image list.
Please mail applications to: The Saint John's Pottery Emerging Artist Program, 2810 Saint John's Road, Box 6377, Collegeville MN 56321. Applications must be received by Feb. 12th, 2016. Award recipients will be notified in March for each June residency. Submissions will not be returned.

Although age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist, artists currently in BFA or MFA programs should finish all academic commitments before applying. For questions about The Saint John's Pottery Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program, contact Steven Lemke, Program Manager, or call (320) 363-2930.

movie day: Ceramics by Jane Jermyn at Mill Cove

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

technical tuesday: Keramik Gartenlicht

Think Big 2 - Starts on Thursday - Register NOW

Join Molly Hatch and Ben Carter for THINK BIG 2: Mastering the Marketplace, a six week interview series designed to propel your ceramic career to the next level! Featuring interviews with successful artists, gallerists and editors.

This six-week series covers a wide range of topics from wholesale vs. retail sales, gallery do's and don'ts, publishing articles to increase your audience, and generating sales from social media. In today's art market, artists have to be more than just makers. We are makers, marketers, sales people, web designers, and so much more. We designed the course to help you build the skills you need to expand your creative business, learn tricks of the trade, and think beyond the traditional methods of reaching your market. Sign up today and take the next step towards a successful business.

Sign up before February 4th and receive the early bird discount of $99. After February 4th the course is just $149. Click here to sign up now - Buy Now

How does the E-course work?

Each week we will send you a link to a video interview with a new guest around a themed topic. The go-at-your-own pace of  the series allows you to listen to the interviews when ever you have the time. We encourage participants to discuss the videos each week with a prompted discussion group online, where you can connect with other members of the series and have a community discussion about the topics that come up for you each week. Molly and I will be watching the group discussions and joining in. In addition to the video interviews and discussions each week, we will include downloadable bonus material in the form of a series of worksheets. The worksheets are for you to keep and work through at your own pace. By the end of the six weeks, you will have new inspiration for expanding your creative business and a clear direction for moving forward--on to BIG THINGS!

Justin Rothshank on generating sales through social media
Naomi Cleary  on do's and don'ts for dealing with galleries
Jessica Knapp on working with the press
Keith Kreeger on working with restaurants as clients
Nicole Aquillano on selling wholesale vs. retail
Lindsay Osteritter on Objective Clay and the online cooperative gallery

About the participants

Justin Rothshank- Studio artist based in Goshen, IN. For more information visit

Naomi Cleary- Studio artist and gallery manager (The Clay Studio) based in Philadelphia, PA. For more information visit

Jessica Knapp- Studio artist and editor of Ceramics Monthly in Columbus, OH. For more information visit

Keith Kreeger- Studio artist based in Austin, TX. For more information visit

Nicole Aquillano- Studio artist based in Boston, MA. For more information visit

Lindsay Osteritter- For more information visit

Sign up before February 4th and receive the early bird discount of $99. After February 4th the course is just $149. Buy Now

About the hosts:

To find out more about your hosts for THINK BIG 2 please visit our websites.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Hours & Ours opens on Friday

The mentorship was sponsored by the Hamilton and Region Potter's Guild.  
It ran from September 2014 to February 2016. 

Tony Clennell was the mentor.
The mentees are Duncan Aird, Jen Drysdale, Chris de Takacsy, Teresa Dunlop, Barbara Rose, Annemarie Row and Emma Smith

Pitchers - Pre-NCECA workshop

Functional Form / Sculptural Presence 

Pre-NCECA Workshop

Monday and Tuesday, March 14 – 15, 2016
Pitchers . . . an eminently functional form that potters have made through the centuries. In addition to defining its function, the spout and handle animate a pitcher to give it sculptural presence. In this workshop, four prominent potters will demonstrate their unique aesthetic and technical approach to this timeless form.
Join 323CLAY's Steven Hill and his three talented guest artists at this special Pre-NCECA Workshop. This Workshop will include demonstrations, discussions, slides and a question and answer session.

Friday, 29 January 2016

residency opportunity: CRAFT ACT

Artist-in-Residence program 2016


Placement: One residency placement is available to:

  • a Craft ACT member or national craft practitioner/designer-maker and

  • an international craft practitioner/designer-maker
Submissions close 5.00pm Friday 8 April 2016

Applicants notified by Friday 29 April 2016

Location: The residency is undertaken at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The research period will be conducted in Canberra, ACT.
Residency period:  Total residency period of one month per artist (a two week residency in Namadgi National Park and a two week research period in Canberra), as per the dates offered below by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre:

International craft practitioner/designer-maker:

Research period, Canberra:
From Thursday 15 September 2016 to Thursday 29 September 2016                       

Residency, Namadgi National Park: From Friday 30 September 2016 to Friday 14 October 2016

Craft ACT member or national craft practitioner/designer-maker:
Research period, Canberra:
From Friday 30 September 2016 to Friday 14 October 2016        

Residency, Namadgi National Park:
From Monday 17 October 2016 to Monday 31 October 2016

Applications must be received no later than 5.00pm Friday 8 April 2016. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For enquiries, further information or artist contract specifics, please contact Gwenyth Macnamara at gwenyth.macnamara[at] or on 02 6262 9333.

Full guidelines and information can be found here:

sip SHOP is live at noon central time

Help support your fellow artists!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Register now! FUSION Conference 2016

June 3 - 5Chestnut Centre, University of Toronto
89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1

FUSION is proud to present five Korean Master Potters from Icheon City, South Korea. Please join us for an inspirational weekend of hands-on workshops and presentations delivered by the Masters.
You may know them from the video that has been circulating on Facebook and YouTube: “5 South Korean Ceramic and Pottery Master Craftsmen, Show Off Their Skills.” Watch it here:  With over 400,000 views, these incredible artisans have become an internet sensation. FUSION is bringing them to Toronto to present a weekend participatory workshop where they will teach their forming and decorating techniques.

This year’s workshops include unique tools from Korea for you to keep. Each participant will also be provided with sample pieces on which to explore the techniques demonstrated.
     For more information about the Korean Masters:                CLICK HERE 

        For accommodation information:                                          CLICK HERE
        Map of area and parking information:                                   CLICK HERE

About FUSION Conferences

Every June, FUSION’s Annual Conference and Annual General Members Meeting are held in various major centres throughout Ontario. Conference attendees get a full slate of exciting events:

  • Presenters who are renowned experts in their fields
  • All inclusive registration fees (including lunch and snacks)
  • Discounted early-bird rates + prize draws = added incentive to reserve your spot early
  • Varied, event-packed Conference schedule
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Reduced rates on accommodation
  • Prizes offered throughout the Conference weekend
  • Suppliers’ presentations with special discounts
  • Dinner and other special events
  • Exhibition and other local art exhibits
  • Silent Auction
  • Annual General Meeting, including Volunteer of the Year Awards
  • Time off to enjoy local events and restaurants

FUSION wishes to thank our sponsors for their generous support