Regina artist Rory MacDonald wins the 2007 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists

I’ve been meaning to post a blog about this for weeks now, and am finally getting a few minutes here and there, so apologies for the outdated news! I was thrilled to hear that Rory MacDonald won the award this year. It was quite well deserved. When I was a student at the University of Regina, Rory was hired on in my last year of study and had a great impact on my work and approach to ceramics. I don’t think I’ve yet to meet anyone else with as much love and dedication to the medium. Beyond making extremely challenging, introspective and experimental work, Rory is also highly committed to gaining exposure for the medium, within the arts sector and in the public (literally bringing his work to the streets), pushing for greater opportunities for younger emerging artists and bridging geographical distance to collaborate with dispersed communities of makers.

These images represent a new body of work in which Rory built a small portable kiln (very space age – jet pack like!) which can be taken out to the streets and used to fire ceramic “graffiti” on brick walls with glaze. I think it’s both brilliant and hilarious!

Here’s more from the Canadian Clay and Glass website:

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, through support from local patron Winifred Shantz, has named Regina based artist Rory MacDonald winner of this year’s Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramists. MacDonald was awarded a $10,000 prize on Thursday night at a gala event.

The annual award presents $10,000 for innovative professional development to an emerging potter or clay sculptor, allowing the recipient time for travel, to attend international residencies or to conduct research that will enrich experience and fortify career aspirations in the field of contemporary ceramics.

Rory MacDonald is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Regina. He holds an MFA from Alfred University in New York, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Planning to use the award to travel in Canada and Southern France and Northern Italy, MacDonald will create multiple public art interventions and a database and curatorial proposal concentrating on Canadian emerging ceramics. The artist notes that; “the ability to apply this award directly to travel will provide new opportunities to explore the possibilities of mobility in the ceramics process.” The award was presented to MacDonald amongst an audience of visual art and craft professionals and supporters.

The Best Part – Call for entry

The Best Part, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo
Deadline November 1

During an interview, Robert Markle was once asked what part of his art was “Indian”. Markle’s answer was “The Best Part”. This exhibition highlights work in glass and ceramic by First Nations artists, drawing upon Markle’s answer as inspiration. This exhibition is produced in collaboration with ANDPVA (Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts).

Artists are invited to submit examples of work for juried selection.
Submissions can be made electronically to Please include no more than four images (include size, date and medium of each piece). Image size should not exceed 5 megabytes (MB) in total. Please include CV with contact information and artist statement. Hardcopy submissions can be sent to: Virginia Eichhorn, Curator Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery 25 Caroline St N Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

For info visit their website.

For those of us in North America…

Feats of Clay XXI
February 1, 2008 entry deadline
California, Lincoln (April 26–May 25, 2008), open to artists working in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Juried from digital and slides.
Entry fee: $15 for one entry; $25 for two; $30 for three.
For prospectus, send SASE to Lincoln Arts, 580 6th St., Lincoln 95648;; (916) 645-9713

8th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan

February 4, 2008 entry deadline
Japan, Gifu Prefecture (August 1–September 30, 2008), entries accepted from November 1–February 4, 2008.
Juried from digital.
Contact International Ceramics Festival Mino, Executive Committee Office, Ceramics Park Mino, 4-2-5 Higashi-machi, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture 507-0801;;; 0572-25-4111

Best in Show = Trip to China!!!

Big Fish, Small Pot 3: Third International Small Teapot Competition and Show
December 10 entry deadline
California, Mission Viejo (February 25–March 20, 2008), open to small teapots.
Juried from digital and slides.
Fee: $40 for three entries.
Awards: over $5000.
For prospectus, send SASE to Art Gallery, Saddleback College, 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo 92692;;
Click here for website