movie day: Shodo

A portrait about Dirk Aleksic, a Berlin based ceramicist. He talks about his time as buddhist monk in Japan, the development of his visual aesthetic, and about creating tableware for some of Berlin’s most ambitious restaurants.

technical tuesday: How to Make a Conical Pattern or Template for Slab Forming in Clay

This video quickly shows how I create templates with my students for conical forms. I first create a large “chart” or master drawing of concentric circles in lots of different sizes. Then, I uses some radial lines to subdivide the circles into arches. After the drawing is ready, I take something see through like tracing paper, or acetate, and trace over an arch ending the ends at the radial lines. Once it is cut out, you can see what the conical form looks like. It may take a bit of experimentation to get just the right curve, height, and length… but once you have played around with it, you will find this a great tool to make any of your own templates for a great variety of forms! The material I use is mylar, and I purchase it from Amazon by the foot. I buy the 24″ size, but it comes in various widths. I love it for patterns for my students, as we can wash them when they are dirty, but they are sturdy enough they will hold up for years! Here is a link to what I purchase, although I realize it may be a US link, I don’t know how that works! 😉… Sandi Pierantozzi, the wonderful potter from Philly, (married to equally awesome potter Neil Patterson) has a website where she sells templates commercially- here is her site if you would like to purchase hers premade! I am a public high school ceramics teacher at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. (Mason is currently the largest high school in Ohio!) As a potter, I have been working in clay for over 30 years, and I have been teaching for over 28 years, the past 20 have been specifically teaching high school ceramics. I love what I do! I have my own studio in my home basement, where I work on my personal pottery for my Etsy site;… I started my Youtube channel a few years ago, to make videos to help my students if they are absent and miss a demo, or if they would like to explore more advanced techniques independently. I have been amazed to reach such a wider audience than my own students! For a list of my FAVORITE TOOLS, check out this link to a Googledoc with lots of my favorites on Amazon using my associate links!… Please subscribe to my channel if you would like to receive channel updates, or would like to learn more about clay and studio processes! Please stop by my Etsy shop… to see my personal work! Follow my Facebook Page:…

call for entry: Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2019


The Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (GICB), which celebrates its tenth edition in 2019, is expected to undergo significant changes, especially in regard to its “international competition”.

The upcoming edition of the Biennale will present diverse programs such as the academic symposium and workshop in a comprehensive, multi-tiered format within the framework of the international competition, as opposed to the past in which the biennale hosted programs individually.

The GICB International Competition 2019 – as an exhibition showcasing the present and trends of global ceramics and acting as a gateway for newly emerging artists to acquire a presence in the global art scene – will offer diversified support programs that will help artists expand their worldview.

We’d like to ask for your enthusiastic participation in International Competition 2019!

Major Changes Ahead for Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2019!
 7Major Changes ahead for International competition 2019
– The artists offered individual exhibition space.
– Round-trip shipping fees for the selected artist covered by GICB
– All selected artist invited to GICB
*If you want to know the other changes, please visit our website:
Artists from all parts of the world are welcome to submit works, both artistic and practical, made from clay (ceramics) or made with the theme of clay (ceramics)
No entry fee!!
-Total Cash Prize KRW100,000,000 (≒93,222.00USD) for seven (7) main nominees
-The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of KRW50,000,000(≒46,620.00USD) and will be invited to solo exhibition during the GICB2021.
-Excellence Prize(4)
Ceramics for Use:2 KRW10,000,000(≒9,324.00USD)(includes purchase price)
Ceramics as expression:2 KRW10,000,000(≒9,324.00USD)(includes purchase price)

-Online Exhibition Artist Special Award(2)
Ceramics for Use:1 KRW5,000,000(≒4,662.00USD)(includes purchase price)
Ceramics as expression:1 KRW5,000,000(≒4,662.00USD)(includes purchase price)

How to apply
Period: October 1 (Mon) – 31 (Wed), 2018
Method: Online submissions (

Exhibition Period
August 2- November10, 2019(tentative)

For Further Information

call for entry: Craft Forms 2018

Entry deadline ($45 fee) is Friday, September 14, 2018.
Extended deadline ($65 fee) is Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Submit Your Entry

Thank you for your interest in applying to Craft Forms 2018. The exhibition will run from  December 7, 2018 to January 26, 2019 and will be held at  Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA, 19087, 610-688-3553,

Juror – Perry Allen Price, Executive Director, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas

Wayne Art Center is pleased to welcome Perry Allen Price, Executive Director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas, as the juror for the Craft Forms 2018 exhibition.

Perry Price is the Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Previously, Price was director of education at the American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he developed, managed and implemented all aspects of local and national outreach and programming for nearly four years. He offers HCCC a wealth of experience in arts administration, including project and fiscal management, fundraising, scholarship programs and exhibitions, as well as a passion for developing and fostering national relationships in the world of contemporary craft.

During his tenure at ACC, Price grew the organization’s awards program, establishing the Emerging Voices Award and expanding the School to Market initiative to all ACC shows. He also redefined the council’s speaker series, symposia, and conference platforms and wrote a number of articles for American Craft magazine. Prior to his position at ACC, Price worked in several museums and cultural institutions, including The Baltimore Museum of Art, Fenimore Art Museum, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, and Fuller Craft Museum, where he was curator of exhibitions and collections. He holds a MA in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program: State University of New York at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association and a BA in history of art from The Johns Hopkins University.

Price will judge the work based on its technique, design, concept, originality and craftsmanship. It is important to submit professional high quality images as detailed in the image upload directions.


  1. Open to all professional artists working in clay, fiber, quilt, glass, metal, jewelry, wood, 3D printing, and/or mixed media fine craft.
  2. Work submitted must be innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other artists or work created in a workshop with the aid of an instructor is not acceptable.
  3. Works submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2016. If the work was accepted into a previous Craft Forms exhibitions, this work CANNOT be re-submitted for this or future Craft Forms.
  4. Collaborative work is accepted. Please include all artists’ names on the on-line application.
  5. Please contact Wayne Art Center if the artist has an excessively large and/or complex installation. Additional expense will be incurred by the artist if artwork requires carpentry, special surface treatment to gallery walls or a custom built pedestal/armature or specific installation request.
  6. No accepted work may be picked up before the closing of the exhibition.
  7. Artwork must be available for sale during the length of the exhibition..
  8. If artwork is sold during the jurying acceptance process, the Wayne Art Center will retain 40% of the retail price.
  9. Do not apply to Craft Forms with same submitted work of art if artist is applying to another show simultaneously.
  10. Work damaged in shipping or hand delivery may not be presented based on extent of deterioration.  Artist will be contacted immediately by Wayne Art Center if damage is recorded.
  11. Withdrawal of accepted work by the artist prior to the exhibition will result in exclusion from exhibiting at Wayne Art Center for the following year (2019).
  12. Crates or extra-large boxes must arrive on a straight truck (24’ trucks are the max capacity for the Wayne Art Center property). No tractor trailers are permitted on the property. Artist or Gallery delivery instructions must state that the shipment must be delivered into the building premises (no exterior deliveries can be accepted). Crates or extra-large boxes cannot exceed 300 lbs. and must be moveable with a hand-dolly. No fork lifts or loading docks are available to receive or to return ship crates and extra-large boxes. All delivery boxes and crates CANNOT exceed 55” width x 75” height x 55” length. If shipping container is larger than these measurements, artwork delivery will be refused.
  13. All artwork submitted online to Craft Forms must be available for the entire duration of the jurying process and show. If the piece is accepted to both Craft Forms and a simultaneously running show, the piece must only be exhibited in Craft Forms. Please double check submission dates of all shows in order not to have overlapping dates.
  14. Wayne Art Center reserves the right to reject entries that do not meet the requirements. Shipped work that differs from work accepted from digital submission will be disqualified. All accepted work must have proper identification.


Our efforts to cultivate organizations that acknowledge artists in various disciplines are ongoing. We are very pleased to announce $8,000+ in prize awards this year.  Craft Forms 2018 Juror, Perry Allen Price, will select the award winners on December 7, 2018.

Once an artist is accepted into Craft Forms, future group and/or solo exhibition opportunities may become available at Wayne Art Center.

An abbreviated catalog of artwork will document the juried exhibition and two copies will be supplied to accepted artists.

Full details here:

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