Craft Symposium _ TOMORROW!

In combination with the exhibition Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics
which runs May 15 – Sept 7, 2008 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, tomorrow they are hosting:

Craft and Design Interface
May 17, 1 – 4 pm at Gardiner Museum
$20 Public/ $16.25 Members/ OCAD students free

Speakers include:
Jorunn Veiteberg
Glen Brown
Ezra Shales
Dov Granchrow
Marek Cekula
Sara Diamond

From the Gardiner Website:

“This groundbreaking exhibition will both startle and delight you with the work of international artists and industrial designers re-imagining the possibilities of ceramics in the 21st century.

See more than 200 objects from eighteen countries, including work by artists Cindy Sherman and Arman, designers Ettore Sottsass and Masahiro Mori, and industrial manufacturers Rosenthal and Nymphenburg.

Curator Marek Cecula emphasizes the new relationship between artists, designers and industry that “has heralded a vitality and fresh orientation to ceramic material.” The exhibition also includes sections devoted to recent advances in ceramic materials and technologies, and to the creative manipulation and re-use of industrial ceramics by studio artists.”

Sounds like an amazing exhibition so hopefully some of you can check it out. For the rest of us there are some podcasts on the Gardiner website.

Amazing graffiti on the streets of Buenos Aires.

You’ll have to forgive the lack of ceramic content in this post, but I wanted to share a video with you of an amazing graffiti animation I ran across. At first it seems like a post production work, but quickly you realize that this guy actually painted each image and photographed them. If I figure it takes forever to make ceramic work with all the firings and everything, I can’t imagine how long this might have taken.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU

Upcoming conference

September 19-20, 2008 | Indianapolis, Indiana

The conference site boasts:
“Debra Fritts will demonstrate a handbuilding technique that combines modeling, pitching, and coiling for small figurative sculptures. Develop your vocabulary and aesthetic of color with Ovidio Giberga. Susan Kemenyffy will share the secrets of how to balance contour and surface. Eva Kwong, will reveal how to incorporate more color through the use of AMACO’s velvets and colored slips. Jeffrey Nichols will demonstrate his unique approach to color and surface. Learn unusual construction techniques with Lana Wilson, using soft slabs of clay to make a teapot and stand.”

Register early for a discount!
For all the info go to their website here.

More ways to spend your summer holidays.

The Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts is offering a number of ceramics courses this summer including Aesthetics of Ceramic Form, Figurative Sculpture, Special Effects Glazes, Architectural Ceramics, and Firing Techniques just to name a few. All are being offered by some of ceramic’s greats like Robin Hopper, Sandra Black, Grace Nickel and Les Manning, among others.

Check out their website for further workshop details and registration information.

The Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific
650 Pearson College Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada V9C 4H7

Phone: (250) 391-2420 – Toll Free in Canada 1-800-667-3122
Fax: (250) 391-2412 – email: