Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Fall Fund Drive

“Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, the leaves are falling here in the U.S. so it’s time for our Fall fund drive. Our goal for the month of November is to raise $12,000 to support our production costs. Throughout the year I receive emails from fans who talk about how this podcast helps them connect with other artists around the world. One recent listener said, “I appreciate all the voices you give a platform to, especially amazing women like Naomi Clement.” Giving voice to the many generations of ceramics artists that are working today is my mission and I need your help to accomplish it. You can get involved by making a donation through the Pay Pal donation portal above or by making a monthly pledge at patreon.com/redclayrambler.” – Ben Carter

On a personal note I want to encourage you to consider supporting Ben and all his work. As someone who understands the hours that are put into projects like this, I know it comes with sacrifices. Image above is from a visit Ben had in Saskatchewan in 2015 with artists Paula Cooley, Ken Wilkinson and Judy Tryon. I’ve had the honor of being interviewed by Ben a few times and sitting on the side lines while he has meet with and engaged with our community. Over the years of listening to Ben’s podcast I have found that his interviews inspire creativity and innovation, and also strengthen his listeners’ engagement with over-arching issues within our field, including the complex issues around making in contemporary culture, diversity in our field or sustainability. From the personal to the political and everything in between, his interviews draw out conversations that we all should be contemplating in our studio practices. Through the longevity of this podcast, he has created an oral history of contemporary clay that is unparalleled elsewhere. Tales of a Red Clay Rambler will be a resource for numerous future generations of makers, collectors, researchers and ceramic enthusiasts.  – Carole


job posting: Ceramics Centre Coordinator

AX Ceramics Centre Coordinator AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, is seeking a Ceramics Centre Coordinator to help launch our ceramics centre, coordinate ceramics classes for the public,maintain inventory and studio equipment, fire kilns, and help us launch and coordinate our AX Evolution [Emerging Artist]program.This is a contract position for 30 hours/week, paid for,in part,through the provincial Youth Employment Fund, so candidates must be between the ages of 18-29 to qualify; we can help you navigate the enrolment process. As the successful applicant, you will have your own office and studio in a new, fully equipped ceramics centre. You will benefit from working with experienced ceramists and will be essential in helping to launch our Evolution [Emerging Artist] ceramics program. You will have access to kilns and a wheel as well as other professional equipment. Because the position is only 30 hours per week, you’ll have time to pursue other professional goals while earning a reliable income. Along with other artists and administrators, you will help organize AX’s ceramics arts programming, with opportunities to earn additional income as an instructor.


•Work with other ceramists, volunteers, and AX staff to help create and launch the AX Ceramics Program•Organize and coordinate AX’s ceramics programming and workshops, with opportunities to earn additional income as an instructor

•Determine and contact appropriate mentors for the Emerging Artist program,and schedule meetings in collaboration with the Ceramics Committee; track and report on program milestones

•Coordinate a biannual emerging artist ceramics exhibition

•Other duties as determined by the AX Executive and Artistic Director and the ceramics committee. Ideally, you are enrolled in or are a recent graduate of a ceramics program.

There will be some on-the-job training.


•Excellent interpersonal skills.

•Strong team player and also able to work independently.

•Excellent communication skills,including written and verbal.

•Excellent time management and problem-solving skills.

Join Our Team – Please apply with a cover letter and resume by November 29, 2019. You may email your application to execdirector@axartscentre.ca.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in this position; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Hours of work: 30hours per week. Some weekends and evenings may be required. About AX Officially opened in June 2017 following extensive renovations, AX has quickly become a vibrant regional hub for arts and culture to the more than 500,000 people living within a 100 km radius. AX is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building in the centre of Sussex, NB, and has been identified as a key component in the town’s efforts to boost regional economic development. Receiving between 1,600 –2,000 visitors per month, the AX centre includes:

•The only environmentally controlled exhibition space in the region;

•Independently rented artist studios;

•A multifunctional workshop facility used by AX and available to rent for meetings;

•AX Ceramics Centre, a fully equipped ceramics facility with a large workroom;

•A multitude of ongoing educational programs, workshops, rotating exhibitions, musical and literary events, and art-making incubators hosted for children, youth and adults through the year;

•An onsite, licensed restaurant and outdoor patio called Knocks Café;

•A volunteer base of more than 50 artists and residents engaged in running its programs and gallery space.

For more information about AX and its programs, please visit www.axartscentre.ca.

residency opportunity: Brekka

Residency at Brekka

 GilsfjordurArts offers an artist residency in the remote former farm house “Brekka” for Icelandic and international artists from various disciplines to engage with the landscape and connect with communities in the Westfjords.

We provide visiting artists with a dedicated space and time to create in an environment of open inquiry and free from prescribed outcomes.  We encourage communal interactions in nearby communities through artists talks; projections etc between locals and visiting artists as can be arranged at the venues available.

The very remoteness and rare silence of our location offers incredible insight and energy in to the artists.

This residency is based around its great fjord and mountain location. It is all about remoteness, the fjord, sounds of natures, and being in landscape away from distraction with time to contemplate or make work. Artists will live and work on their own at the Brekka, without any staff present. You will be about 10km from the nearest rural outpost. Planning your supplies is important. This residency is not for everyone, self sufficiency and planning is essential. The residencies are timed to the rural bus schedule from Reykjavik (bus 57 and 59) about 3 1/4 hours.

2020 residency applications.

The fees for residency at Brekka runs from 700 to 900 euros per each 25 day residency depending on room choice. The shared studio fills the top floor of the farm house, bedrooms , kitchen, sitting room and bathroom, boot room, storage rooms, and laundry are on the ground floor. Artists are responsible for transport to the residency and their own food.

There is a 25 euro fee for applications please click the link and follow the instructions, all details included on 2020 application form on the Home page.

Apply HERE.

More info HERE.

residency opportunity: The Crows Nest (Australia)

Creative Spaces in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Council is excited to launch The Crows Nest Artist in Residence. Perched atop the Maroochy Sailing Club, the Crows Nest is a small space with views out across Maroochy River towards Mt Coolum. Situated on beautiful Chambers Island, accessed via a footbridge, this new creative studio could be yours, free for up to three months.

The space would suit writers, digital and fine artists and creatives with a lighter footprint. It can accommodate one person looking for inspiration and solitude or a collective of two looking to collaborate in paradise.

To apply, email creativespaces@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au with the following:

  •  A brief description of your practice
  •  Links to examples of your work

And answer:

  • Where do you currently practice?
  • What is your connection to the Sunshine Coast?
  • Why would you like access to The Crows Nest and what ideas would you like to explore here?
  • How long (up to three months) would you intend to base yourself here?
  • Do you have preferred timing?

EOI open year-round. Successful applicants will be notified.

A steering committee will convene quarterly to select residents.

In exchange for this space, you may be asked to contribute to a public outcome such as workshops, open studio, exhibition or interview.

Find more info HERE.

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