movie day: Good Earth The Pots and Passion of Walter Ostrom

Good Earth: The Pots & Passion of Walter Ostrom

Thursday, 8 October 2020 to Sunday, 14 March 2021

Co-curated by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Shannon Parker, and Dr. Julie Hollenbach

Energy. Enthusiasm. Knowledge. Honesty. Inspired. Ardor for material. These are the terms that describe Walter Ostrom and his relationship with clay. They can also be summed up in one word: Passion.

Passion is a simple word and yet the immense complexity of it as a concept is at the core of Ostrom and from it flows the worldwide mosaic of his relationships, his incredible devotion as an educator, his drive for knowledge, and his love for creativity in all aspects of his life, but particularly for pottery.

Walter Ostrom is one of Canada’s foremost ceramic artists. He revolutionized clay from ethical brown earthenware to colourful, bright maiolica and inspired generations of ceramists who follow him to this day. This exhibition investigates Ostrom’s earliest work in stoneware and porcelain, his conceptual projects at NSCAD University, the many ways his love of gardening—and particularly rhododendrons—influenced his work, the huge impact China and its ceramic traditions and ceramists had on his life and practice, and his lifetime commitment to the exploration and reinvigoration of the ancient ceramic tradition of tin-glaze.

Good Earth examines Ostrom’s practice of altering form, surface treatments, and the rich elements of social commentary, geographic references, art history, and political statements he imbues in his work. An inspired instructor for over 40 years, Ostrom’s influence on a selection of his many celebrated students is also reflected in this exhibition.

Ostrom is celebrated internationally with galleries dedicated to the collection and presentation of his work in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. This bilingual touring exhibition is the first major retrospective to chronicle Ostrom’s career and impact on the field of global ceramics.

Ceramic workshop with Shannon Garson

Explore the world of ceramic colour and drawing without using glazes! With a painterly approach, learn to work in an intuitive, expressive way to get layered, sophisticated surfaces, using a mix of underglazes, oxides and glaze stains taking your work to the next level. A teabowl will serve as the initial inspiration, this small vessel is the conduit to wider ideas ranging from the importance of line, the true weight of volume, how to solve technical design issues in all mediums from textiles to painting, and what to do when you are at a creative dead end.

Designed as a creative boost for experienced artists in any field, germinate your ideas and experience intense burst of inspiration.…/mcgreg…/ceramics-shannon-garson

call for entry: The Clay Center of New Orleans Sculpture National 2021

April 9 – May 22, 2021
Juror by Judi Tavill
Entries due November 15, 2020

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks applicants for its annual “Sculpture National” exhibition, a juried group show that explores and celebrates clay as a sculptural fine art medium.

Open to sculptures and sculptural wall-mounted works or installations that are at least 50% ceramic materials, this exhibition will be on display April 9 – May 22, 2021 in the Clay Center’s gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

Entries due November 15, 2020
Apply online via EntryThingy
View prospectus (PDF)

DEADLINE TOMORROW!!!! – Gulf Coast State College Amelia Center Gallery Cup Show

Thirteenth Annual Cup Show: “Form and Function”
Gulf Coast State College Amelia Center Gallery is hosting its annual juried exhibition that explores the idea of the
drinking vessel. The focus of the exhibit is on the function and concept of the drinking vessel, including its relation
to history, politics, craft, technology, utility, and narrative. It is a survey of the wide variety of approaches to
contemporary ceramics through the lens of the most intimate and accessible vessel – the cup.

Mike Cinelli Mike Cinelli is a ceramic artist, father and occasional husband residing in Taylor, Mississippi. His
work has been displayed nationally and internationally in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions, with work
displayed as far away as Skopelos, Greece, where he attended a one month residency at the Skopelos Foundation for
the Arts. He has received various jury awards, including the Studio Potter Merit Award. He was featured in the
August 2016 issue of Ceramics Monthly as a contributor to “From Idea to Finished Form”. Currently, he is
attempting to juggle his studio practice, being a father and husband, and maintaining a rigorous schedule of
complaining on the internet.

$100 Best of Show prize will be awarded by the juror.

The exhibition is open to both functional and sculptural work that addresses the idea of “the cup”. Please submit
only original work that has been completed in the last three (3) years. Amelia Center Gallery reserves the right to
reject any work that is not suitably prepared for exhibition or that differs from the original submission.

Entries and Fees
Please submit your entries online via Smarter Entry at Each artist may submit
up to three (3) images with the following specifications. Images must be saved as JPG, TIF, or PNG files not greater
than 2MB. The longest side should be 1,280 pixels or greater. The files should be titled with the artist’s first and last
name and entry number (example: SteveSmith1.jpg). All in one word, file names cannot have special characters.
Please do not submit any other materials (CV, resume, statement, etc.). All submissions are due October 15.
Description Please select your clay body from the dropdown menu and include a detailed description of firing and
decoration techniques in the Additional Notes window.

Entry Fee There is a non-refundable entry fee of $35 for up to three (3) entries. You may submit additional entries
for an extra fee of $5 per image. All fees are paid online via Smarter Entry

Email notification will begin on October 28

Shipment of Work
All artwork must arrive at the Amelia Center Gallery no later than November 9. All shipping and insurance fees to
the exhibition will be the responsibility of the artist. Please pack cups in a well-secured package (double boxed),
with any special handling/packaging instructions clearly visible. Packaging will be reused for return shipment. The
Amelia Center Gallery will pay for return shipping and insurance of all unsold work. Our mailing address is
Gulf Coast State College, Visual and Performing Arts, Attn: Pavel Amromin, 5230 West U.S. Hwy 98, Panama City,
FL 32401-1041

Amelia Center Gallery will receive commission of 30% on all sales.

Amelia Center Gallery reserves the right to photograph works, and use submitted photo materials of accepted
pieces for the purposes of documentation, education, publicity, promotion and future grant proposals.

Every precaution will be taken in handling the work. The gallery reserves the right not to exhibit work that is
deemed too fragile or not suitably prepared for presentation. The gallery will insure all works for the duration of the
show, and return shipping. Artists will be responsible for insuring work in transit to the galley. Submission of work
to this exhibition shall constitute an agreement to conditions set forth in this prospectus and permission to
reproduce work for the purposes of documentation, education, publicity and promotion.

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