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Updated: 2018-03-02T08:50:53.422-08:00


technical tuesday: SIMON LEACH POTTERY - Peeling and fluting the trinket boxes


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job posting: Studio Manager @ Lawrence Arts Center


The Lawrence Arts Center is seeking a Studio Manager. Located 35 minutes out of Kansas City, in the college town of Lawrence KS, the Lawrence Arts Center is a hub of arts and culture in the region. The Studio Manager at the Arts Center is responsible for keeping all studios in top working order and for ensuring that teachers, staff and students have the supplies, equipment and facilities needed for a superior educational experience. The Studio Manager acts as the chief procurement officer for the education programs at the Lawrence Arts Center, is the primary liaison between education programs and facilities, and provides programmatic support to the arts education programs. The Studio Manager is a core member of the Education Team who works closely with faculty, and in partnership with the Director of Youth Education, Director of Adult Education and Residencies, Director of Early Education, Print Studio Fellow, and reports to the Chief Program Officer. Position is full time, flexible schedule. Salary is commensurate with experience, and offers an excellent benefits package that includes health insurance, vacation, sabbatical opportunities, retirement and employee assistance plan. Starting date for position is June 2017.

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • A graduate degree in visual art
  • Advanced experience in ceramics, especially firing gas and electric kilns
  • Established experience running visual art studios
  • Firsthand experience with artist in residency programs
  • Wide range of knowledge in a variety of visual art mediums, studios and procedures
To apply, send resume, cover letter and references to:
Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Chief Program Officer:

Medalta + Make and Do Pub Night in Portland


Medalta + Make and Do are hosting a Canadian pub night at NCECA Portland! Thursday, March 23rd, 9pm till late at Rogue distillery and public house in the Historic Pearl District. We can't wait to see you there! .. & to all of our Medalta alumni and international pals... well you're welcome to be honorary Canadians for the night too! (image) 🍻
Click this link to find a handy map to get you to all of the exhibition openings and the pub! Clickable locations with all of the exhibition info and location hours. For all you Canadians with no data available we'll have analogue printed maps at the Medalta booth.

call for entry: 2017 Art Kudos Juried Competition


Deadline to submit: June 30, 2017 is currently accepting entries for the 13th annual Art Kudos International Juried Competition at Open to all artists ages 18 and older working in the following media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, installations, ceramics, fiber, wood, glass, and mixed media. Media not accepted: video/film, wearable art.
A total of $4,500 will be awarded as follows: Best of Show – $1,200; Second Place – $1,000; Third Place – $750; Founder’s Award of Distinction – $500; (3) Merit Awards – $250 each; (3) Honorable Mentions – $100 each.
Awards Judge: Mike Calway-Fagen is an artist, writer, and curator based in Athens, GA where he is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Georgia.

$35 entry fee. Guidelines & entry form:

a good read: KATHY RENWALD: The path to pottery


Canadian Potter Emma Smith and her husband Jesse Black set up shop and home in Jerseyville. Read how they are making their dreams of being a potter and a carpenter come to fruition.
Full article here.

movie day: Two professors sculpt each other in less than ten minutes.


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Sculpture Demonstration by
Prof; Sarath Chandrajeewa (Dean Faculty of visual arts, university of visual and performing art ,Sri Lanka)
Prof. Cao Chang Yu (Cental Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China)

Ceramics in Minnesota Workshop


Join us May 12-16 for Ceramics in Minnesota!

View the schedule!

Full Details Here.

technical tuesday: Masterclass with Sarah Scampton | Ceramic Review


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must read: Studio Potter - Successful Women Do Have Children


This is a conversation between Kari Radasch, Elizabeth “Beth” Robinson, and me, Leanne McClurg Cambric, who documented it. We all are working artists and moms of young kids, who graduated from high-profile masters programs in the early 2000s and have had a running fifteen-year dialogue about our struggles to balance our personal and professional lives. Even finding time for a conversation like this one was a challenge, as we live in three different time zones.

Read more here and make sure to subscribe to Studio Potter while you're at it! 

emerging artist: Jackie Head


"My current work is concerned with patterns made popular by 20th century wallpaper design. Although I mainly work in slip cast tiles, I see pottery as a way to invite those elements back into the domestic setting. Through the subtlety of daily use, I hope these designs will invoke nostalgia of past homes and heartfelt spaces for the user. " ~ Jackie Head

Open call: fully-funded residencies in New York City


International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)1040 Metropolitan AveBrooklyn, New York 11211USA iscp-nyc.orgFacebook / Instagram / Twitter The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) announces three open calls for artist residencies in New York City in 2017–18, funded by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and SAHA Association. In addition, Norwegian and Finnish sponsors are currently accepting applications for ISCP residencies. Each residency includes 24-hour access to a private 300 sq. ft. studio space in Brooklyn, studio visits from visiting critics and an appointed advisor; field trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in artist talks and Open Studios. In addition, residents have the opportunity to work with a studio assistant, develop projects in the public realm with the support of ISCP staff, and are invited to take part in ISCP’s exhibition program. Residents become part of a growing network of international artists and curators who are ISCP alumni. ISCP Pollock-Krasner ResidencyISCP is currently accepting applications from visual artists including painters, sculptors, and artists who create installations, or work on paper, including printmakers, who are eligible to work in the United States, for a fully-funded five-month residency, from September 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, plus living and materials stipends (approximately 2,300 USD per month). The selection committee will review applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant’s past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency. Studio visits/interviews with finalists will be held by the selection committee. Application deadline: April 15, 2017Download the application here and submit to indicating “Pollock-Krasner Residency” in the subject line. National Endowment for the Arts ResidencyISCP announces an open call for a fully-funded four-month residency, from September 1 to December 31, 2017, plus stipend (500 USD per month) for an artist whose work focuses on documentary practices. The selected resident will be expected to research, develop and produce at least one project on one or more of the following issues: fact and fiction, the representation of the real, and ethics and the documentary. This work will be included in an ISCP exhibition in October 2017. Applications will be accepted from visual artists in all disciplines who are based and eligible to work in the United States. The selection committee will review applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact of the residency on the applicant, the applicant’s past accomplishments, and preparedness to undertake the residency. Studio visits/interviews with finalists will be held by the selection committee. Application deadline: April 15, 2017Download the application here and submit to indicating “NEA Residency” in the subject line. SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from TurkeyArtists from Turkey are invited to apply for a fully-funded three-month residency supported by SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey. The residency will take place between September 1 to November 30, 2017 and includes a stipend of up to 7,000 USD for accommodation and living expenses in New York City, and related travel costs. The selection committee will review applications based on quality, originality and artistic merit. Other consideration factors are: the potential impact [...]

call for artists: College Collective


Artwork by Niick Weddell

Open to all ceramicists in BFA or MFA programs, or alumni within 2 years of graduation, College Collective showcases the best in college ceramics, book arts, and photography. The ceramic work is juried by Ben Carter, of the Red Clay Rambler podcast.

Entry Deadline: April 7, 2017

Submit online at

Artist Talks: Trudy Golley and Paul Leathers @ Medalta


Thursday March 9th, 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for Artist Talks in the Shed at Medalta in the Historic Clay District. Trudy Golley and Paul Leathers, current artists-in-residence will be speaking on their recent works and research. This is Golley’s third residency at Medalta, and her mother actually worked at Medalta in the 1940s.

The Shed is Medalta's annual placemaking exhibition. Learn more here:

About the Artists:
Trudy Golley
Born in Revelstoke, Golley studied at ACAD and received her BFA from the University of Calgary with a major in Ceramics and a minor in Art History. She went on to receive her MFA from the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. The recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and grants, Trudy’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally. She has taught at various institutions and in 2002, was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. The Ceramics instructor in the School of Creative Arts at Red Deer College, she has lived and worked in Red Deer, AB since 2000.

Paul Leathers
Born in Winnipeg, Leathers graduated from Sheridan College’s School of Crafts & Design, and received his BFA from NSCAD with a major in Jewellery and a minor in Art History. He went on to receive his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Calgary. The recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and grants, Paul’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally. He has taught at various institutions, served on Boards of Directors, and in 2006, was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He is currently a full-time artist who has lived and worked in Red Deer, AB since 2000.

Trudy Ellen Golley BFA MFA RCA
Paul Wm. Leathers BFA MFA RCA
Alluvium: designer/makers
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technical tuesday: Carving with Care - How to Carve Exquisite Patterns on a Mug | ADAM FIELD


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job opportunity: Santa Fe Clay


Santa Fe Clay is announcing an immediate employment opportunity. We are currently seeking an experienced STUDIO MANAGER. This is an opportunity for a smart, energetic, resourceful, positive person to join our dynamic, creative team in this fast-paced business environment. Santa Fe Clay is the premier Ceramic Art Center of the Southwest. The center occupies a 11,000 square foot warehouse in the historic Railyard District in downtown Santa Fe, which includes a complete retail ceramic supply business, an elegant 1100 square foot gallery, and a fully equipped studio. Our year-round classes and workshops provide an inspirational and creative environment for students ranging from children to adults, from beginners to professionals, and we are home to 15 private studio renters. Our Summer Workshop Program has gained a reputation for bringing quality programming and the best nationally recognized potters and clay artists to the Santa Fe area. With monthly exhibits in the gallery of the nation’s finest ceramic artwork, Santa Fe Clay is one of the only complete ceramic facilities under one roof in the US.TO APPLY: Please send a letter of intent and resume to Please include contact information for three references. Applicants should also include 8-10 digital images of your ceramic artwork. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Preferred education: MFA in ceramicsProfessional managerial experience of ceramics studio No walk-ins please. SANTA FE CLAYJob Description JOB TITLE: STUDIO MANAGERJob Status: Full time, salaried positionSupervisor: DirectorPreferred Education: MFA in ceramicsPreferred Experience: Professional managerial experience, ideally in a ceramics studio SKILL REQUIREMENTS: Technical knowledge of all aspects of ceramic processes, techniques, and equipmentStrong knowledge of the ceramics field on a national levelStrong computer skillsStrong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skillsStrong organizational skills, attentiveness to detailLight construction/handyman skills, ability to lift 50 lbs.Ability to operate as member of a high-functioning teamJOB DUTIES: STUDIO OVERSIGHT Facilitate all studio programs, classes and workshopsMaintain a clean, safe, healthy and orderly studio environmentMaintain, repair and build, as necessary, all studio equipmentSupervise mixing, testing and formulation of studio shop glazesMaintain glaze lab and all materials and tools for classes and workshopsSchedule all firings, gas and electricOrganize and order materials for classes, weekend and summer workshopsMANAGERIAL TASKS Provide oversight and facilitate for class instructors and workshop guest artistsProvide oversight and facilitate for studio renters and studentsSupervise and direct studio monitors, interns and workshop assistantsManage private studios and monthly renters, keeping rents current and studios fullPROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Develop recommendations for long-term strategic planning for studio programmingDesign, develop and implement educational and workshop programsCreate, develop and facilitate special studio eventsCOMMUNICATION Maintain detailed written documentation of all studio activitiesWork in an independent and self-directed manner with frequent and regular communication with supervisorGALLERY Assist with curating gallery exhibits and gallery installationWork in conjunction with retail, gallery and warehouse staffOther duties as determined by DirectorOpportunities for teaching and exhibiting based on professional experiencewww[...]

NCECA Student Critique Room - Sign up NOW!


 The NCECA Student Critique Room gives students at all levels an opportunity to discuss images of their work, gain a new perspective, and prepare for graduate school, job applications, gallery representation and more.Student Critiques will be held Thursday March 23, & Friday March 24, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room in room C124 (Level 1) of the Portland Conference Center. The sign-up form is now live and can be found HERE. Sign-up is on a first come/first served basis, so we encourage you to sign up now! This year we are also introducing drop-in slots, which will be available on a first come, first served basis each day.Please come to the conference with your images already prepared and saved to a flash drive.  All critiques will be of digital images; please do not bring actual artwork. Laptops will be provided, but NCECA does not provide Internet access in the Student Critique Room. Only current student members are eligible to sign up for a critique. you have any questions about the Student Critique Room, please contact:[...]

emerging artist: Amanda Bury


"As a maker I rely on the central role of utilitarian objects as vehicles for nourishment. This role entwines the object in a complex relationship between human and nature. Eating is the most profound enactment of our connection to nature, and what we eat determines how the whole planet is used. I use utilitarian ceramic objects as a conduit to speak further about connections and relationships between human beings and the rest of the natural world. This complex intricate network creates intersections between culture, ethics, commerce, history, ritual, community and environment and provides a vast pool from which to be inspired for a lifetime.Current work focuses on the idea of nature and thereby food as sacred. Formal elements and surface treatments often reference nature or sacred geometry, which has its roots in the study of nature and the mathematical principles which govern it. There is direct reference to architectural and decorative elements of sacred spaces such as mosques, churches or temples. All of these references seek to create the same reverence for nature and food as one would have within a sacred space. If we honored and revered nature as sacred, acts of growing, preparing and consuming food would thus be ritual. The very nature wood firing embodies and reaffirms the ideas of nature, environment, history, ritual and community held within the work. The process incorporates experimentation, skillfulness, knowledge and an intimacy over time. I use wood firing as a way to create natural, organic surfaces. The atmospheric effects often blur and obscure intended surface work which mimics the distance and obscurity found in the connections we have with our nourishment today." - Amanda[...]

Deliberate Designs Ceramic Workshop


Join us on April 21-23, 2017 at the Morean Center for Clay.
420 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.
Presentations from Brice Dyer, Melissa Mencini, Jeremy Randall, and Lindsay Scypta.  Exploring a wide range of forming and surface treatments, our presenters will incorporate design elements in the early construction stage, as well as at the leather hard stage and beyond. And as always, questions are encouraged thorughout the presentations. While each artist has their own distinct style, the techniques demonstrated can be adapted for your personal aesthetic and help take your ceramic expertise to the next level! View the schedule!
Special thanks to our sponsors: Amaco-Brent, Mayco, Shimpo & Highwater Clays of Florida!
Are you a student? Apply for a scholarship to attend this workshop! Due by March 17. Download application (PDF) or (Word). Questions? Email Adriane Cesa.

Full details here.

upcoming course: Ceramics ~ Alternative Strategies


Date & Time:Jul 10 - 21, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm Fee:$750 + $100 materials Instructor:Walter Ostrom, CM and Jordan McDonald In this intensive two-week workshop, students will be pushed to advance their technical and conceptual understanding of pottery. The course will revolve around projects designed to explore alternative strategies and approaches. Slide lectures and discussions will present unconventional perspectives and insights from ceramics history encompassing contemporary practice. Demonstrations will include bizarre throwing and hand-building techniques, slips and glazes. This course is an opportunity for one-on-one interaction relative to your work and personal development. To provide some respite from the drudging and toiling in the studio, there will be short field trips in the area to view ceramic studios and collections. High octane glaze testing and surface exploration are also a part of this course. Prior clay experience is required.Materials:Students should bring the following:Your ceramic tool kitApron & towelNotebookAbout Walter Ostrom, CM and Jordan McDonald:Walter Ostrom, CMEmeritus Professor Ceramics NSCADWalter Ostrom, C.M. was recently appointed Professor Emeritus of Ceramics at NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In1997, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province, People’s Republic of China. An outstanding educator, he is committed to Craft practice and theory.Walter is regarded internationally and in Canada as a technical and academic expert in low-fire maiolica, an ancient ceramic technique that he has personally tailored through innovations and decorative methods to reflect the geography of the places where he has lived, whether Nova Scotia or the Far East. His body of work has developed across many aspects of ceramics in the span of a nearly 50-year career, from experiments in high conceptualism in the 1970s to a contemporary focus on the exploration of the vast history, hybridization and social foundation of ceramics.He has extensively exhibited and lectured internationally. His work has appeared in numerous books and periodicals. His work has been collected by many public collections, including the Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.On February 5th, 2007, he was invested into the Order of Canada. In November 2008 he was given the Portia White Award in recognition of his leading contribution to the arts in Nova Scotia. In 2014 he was appointed a Regis Master at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.Jordan McDonaldJordan McDonald is currently a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jordan grew up in the suburbs of Toronto where he first studied ceramics at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2009. He then attended the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where he received his MFA in 2011.Among other awards and recognition, in 2014 Jordan was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist Award, and received the Recommendation Prize at the Taiwan Ceramic Biennial in 2016. His work can be found in noteworthy private and public collections, includi[...]

movie day: Fire Clay Flour


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