Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019

Sat 17 & Sun 18 August 2019, 10am – 4pm
Unearth your local potter here!

Australian Ceramics Open Studios (ACOS) is an annual nationwide weekend held event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. Hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association, 170 ceramics studios – including many in and around Australia’s capital cities and regional centres – open their doors to offer insight, practical demonstrations and the chance to take home a handmade piece.

upcoming workshop: Clay Pots and Color Spots Workshop-with Mark Errol @ Morean Center for Clay

October 11 & 12, 2019

Clay Pots and Color Spots is an intensive hands-on workshop focusing on the development of forms as well as learning how to produce layers and layers of decorative information. This class will create a tool box of inexpensive, readily available and low-tech methods of surface design meant to draw your audience in and reward them with bountiful color, shape and designs.

Students will need to bring:

Studio tools
X-acto knife
Soft yellow round sponge

Member $170/Non-Member $200

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To register by phone, please call the Morean Center for Clay at 727.821.7162 ext 2311

More info HERE.

call for submissions: Come Up To My Room 2020, the Gladstone’s Annual Alternative Art and Design Event

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR)

Exhibition dates: Jan 16-19, 2020
Submission Deadline: August 23, 2019
Call for Submissions for Come Up To My Room 2020, the Gladstone’s Annual Alternative Art and Design Event is now open!

CUTMR is an annual 3-day alternative art and design exhibition created and produced by the Gladstone Hotel. It’s one of the only places where art and design intersect, with the historic hotel becoming a platform for site-specific, immersive installations. Visitors explore, discover, and engage in conversation with the artists. Different from their 37 permanent artist-designed hotel rooms, CUTMR presents temporary projects that occupy and alter spaces in dramatic, conceptual or experimental ways.

Artists are selected based on their body of work and not on proposals. This invitation allows artists to challenge themselves and try new things in this unconventional setting. The unique model allows for the evolution of ideas, risk-taking, and an element of surprise. Participants use art and design to converse, connect, collaborate, and construct delight in the unexpected.

The curators are looking for installations created for or adapted to the site and space. 2D and 3D art, craft, and design media/projects are very workable. Projects that incorporate video, sound, or light are appropriate for selected spaces.

Over the years many of the winning entries have been by fibre and textile artists:

Cleo Halfpenny’s “Stay a While.” Cleo is an emerging artist with a sculpture/installation-based practice working primarily with textiles as a medium.

Amanda McCavour’s room 2018. McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. She is interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.

Kathleen Wick’s room 202 focuses on her fascination with wool. Her installation used discarded wool blankets to scrutinize wealth and value in society where the need for environment conservation and the economy are pulling us in different directions.

To learn the particulars of submission visit:

Submit your work directly here:

a post about places that change your life (and a request to help out Medalta in their time of need)

This is me circa 2010 during a month long residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat. Little did I know that when the director Aaron Nelson called me and asked me to pull together a group of artists for a month that I would not only have a life changing experience, but that a piece of my heart would forever belong to Medalta Artist in Residence Program. I’m sure many of you out there have had similar experiences at different places around the world, colleagues that become friends, friends that become family; and precious time in a studio with other artists that invigorates and renews your creative practice. Medalta and it’s vibrant community have been so good to me. I’ve had the opportunity to return to Medalta on a number of occasions to visit with other artists, to teach and to jury exhibitions.

So it’s with their future sustainability in my heart and mind that I’m posting today about a fundraiser they are currently doing to upgrade their Soda and Salt Kilns. These kilns are over ten years old and have seen better days in their lifetime of producing beautiful pots for international artists. Here’s me back in 2010 firing the soda kiln during my residency there.


And here is the state of the kilns currently…

Medalta needs to raise $12,000 in the next month in order to rebuild these kilns and have them up and running for new residents and workshop attendees. If you have the ability to do so, I encourage you to donate today and help them out. Who knows you might find yourself there as a resident someday! Or did you know you can rent the kilns as well??? (well you can rent the new ones in the future that is!)

Here’s the link to DONATE to their campaign.

And here is Medalta’s website if you want to learn more about them or get in contact.


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