Opportunity: 2015 NCECA BIENNIAL


TOMORROW – JULY 1, 2014 Midnight Pacific time is the DEADLINE to apply for the 2015 NCECA BIENNIAL 

The final hours are counting down to submit your application for the 2015 NCECA Biennial!

Our esteemed jurors Linda Christianson, Anders Ruhwald and Jo-Ann Conklin are looking forward to seeing your work and putting together a thoughtful and compelling exhibition for Lively Experiments in Providence, Rhode Island.

The NCECA Biennial is a premier international juried ceramics exhibition. Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery will host the 2015 NCECA Biennial in conjunction with Lively Experiments, the 49th Annual NCECA Conference in Providence, Rhode Island (March 25-28, 2015). The exhibition will run January 24 – March 29, 2015.

In an exciting new development, NCECA is pleased to announce that up to $8000 in purchase awards will be made through the exhibition in cooperation with the Ceramic Research Center, ASU Art Museum at Arizona State University. Acquisitions made through these awards will be housed along with a portion of the NCECA collection at the Ceramic Research Center, making the works more accessible to audiences and scholarship in the field.





While you’re thinking about it, if  you’re a student in the states consider the student juried expo: http://nceca.net/nceca-calls-and-exhibitions/2015-national-student-juried-exhibition/

Exhibition: Variations on Symmetry


















Opening on June 15 at the Kootenay Gallery of Art is an exhibition entitled, Variations on Symmetry, by Canadian ceramic artists Eliza Au and Ying-Yeuh Chuang. These large scale installation pieces will at first glance surprise and delight. Upon further examination the viewer will come to understand the intricacies and level of detail that went into creating them.

Ying-Yueh Chuang explores symmetry in relation to repetition and patterning found in the landscape and natural environment. An example of this is the large scale piece entitled ‘+’ placed on the floor in the centre of one of the exhibition spaces, an intricate arrangement of delicate sculptures resembling underwater plants.

Eliza Au, in turn explores symmetry in relation to precision, order and scale found in architecture. As in architecture, materials are selected keeping in mind criteria such as structural strength and flexibility. Au’s two large ceramic mandalas entitled ‘Mediation of Order’ are references to Islamic tile patterns and Gothic tile and ironwork patterns.

This impressive exhibition combines ceramics and mixed media to create works that reflect the artists’ own hybrid culture influenced by their Asian origins as well as the contemporary Western culture in which they live and work.
Variations on Symmetry will be exhibited at the Kootenay Gallery, located on Heritage Way across from the Castlegar Airport from June 15- July 28th with an opening reception on Friday, June 15 at 7:00pm. There is no admission charge and everyone is welcome to come and meet the artists. For more information visit http://www.kootenaygallery.com.

It was voted, it is so.

Annie Young Won,

I missed the boat on voting, for the Gardiner Museum’s Emerging Artist Award . I didn’t cast my vote. Next year, next year. It is still worth checking out the Artists though.

RBC Emerging Artist People's choice awardAnnie Yung

Based in Montreal, Annie Yung comes from a mix of cultures that push her to open herself to the world and to everyone around her. Yung has pursued an interdisciplinary artistic course of development in visual arts, including photography, drawing, painting and sculpture. In 2010, she completed four years of study at the Bonsecours Ceramics Center in Montreal.

Jermey Hatch would have got my vote…..

But Eliza Au has something special going on…

Techno-ology: History

Once upon a time, a royal heiress named Jacqueline threw some small jugs she made out the window of a tower she was trapped in.  Thus began pottery making in Holland…

Yes! Yes! I may be suffering delusions of grandeur but, when I read this I said “Yes yes! That is me!” I am trapped in a tower I want the pottery making to perpetuate! My ceramic projects this season do not have me physically touching clay but rather, just include long days of thought and deliberate mark making.  “The Techno” posts of Tuesdays are usually science or process based tid bits to help fuel the urge for reasearch. What I have neglected to mention, though have alluded to, is an element crucial to the ceramic practice.

I have found in life that one can never really have an original idea, as to live life is to accredit your thoughts and morals to the path you’ve led and those around you.  I have stated before that artists just reinterpret, reconfigure, alter. Take for instance the first ceramic vessels, they pop up all over the world at various times “invented” by various civilizations not in contact with each other. Their origins certainly separate but thier originality debatable. If someone somewhere else is thinking and doing the same as you, void of contact or knowledge to either party, can they really be deemed original thoughts or tasks? I bring this up to cement our thoughts in that of collaboration and influence to lead to the point that ceramic history is the pillar that all modern ceramic craft must stem from ans pay homage to.  A lovely bi-monthly blog, “This Day in Pottery History” gives us vignettes of ceramic history. I have certainly thrown things out of my 110ft fire tower before, on purpose (to try to persuade a bear not to break into my cabin where my dog awaits his arrival barking madly) and by accident (I regret to inform you that cherished retro glass lined thermoses don’t fare so well from such great heights). To think the tradition was started in Holland so long ago just goes to show who connected we can be to the past with out our knowledge.  So, go. So, read! See what brilliant original ideas of yours find their origins in our past. I am always surprised at how others tribulations or successes can aid in ones own vein of work.

Issue: Ordering

Supplies are dwindling in my studio and so I’ve placed an order with Greenbarn Pottery Supplies on the coast. They have a catalog full of great graphics. The catalog is updated regularly for prices, but the pictures don’t necessarily change… I remember being really excited about these safety glasses a couple of years ago, only to find that the keep newer models in stock now. If you are at all interesting in ceramics or feel you want a new way to brush up on some material information, flip through the catalog and quiz your self on each material or just gander and wonder about some of the tools you can order. For clarity sakes I always make a chart of the things I want ordered like the one pictured below. The supplier will than see what is in stock and fax over an invoice before the order is placed.

Even more great is the set up Greebarn has for delivery. I was interested in getting a pallet of clay shipped as heated freight as close to Nelson as possible. That ended up being Castlegar shipping amounted to $150, far less than I had imagined. From Alberta freight for the same order was quoted to me at $700. I don’t think this is widely known. When one thinks clay, one thinks heavy. But the fair folks at Greenbarn have it figured for us rural bumpkins.