Call for entry – Art of Fine Craft 2009

July 1, 2009 entry deadline

Exhibition dates: October 1–November 8
Fee: $30 for three entries.
Jurors: Jason Briggs, Victoria Goro-Rapoport, Lulu Smith, Jess Starkel and Sonya Clark. Contact Regina O’Rear,
Nebraska Wesleyan University and Lux Center for the Arts,
5000 Saint Paul Ave.,
Lincoln, NE 68502W
P: (402) 465-2529

Daven Hee Workshop

So I realize I’ve been fairly quiet on the blog lately. I’ve been busy with making work for a big show, enjoying my garden, spending time in the sun with my family and having a blast hosting a visit from Hawaiian born ceramic artist Daven Hee. I first met Daven when we were both grad students at the Australian National University. When he mentioned he was going to visit the mainland I knew I had to get him out for a workshop. Last night he had us laughing like mad at his artist talk and today’s workshop was filled with amazing insight into his process and some lovely, lovely pots. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s demos. Here’s a brief look at today’s highlights, more later…

My Top 10 List (how does Letterman do it? )

So I was recently presented with the challenge to compile a Top 10 list of ceramics blogs. Quite the honor to be asked, I soon discovered exactly how difficult this task would actually be. I spent a few days filtering through my blogroll and bookmarks, re-aquainting myself with old favorites, friends and ceramic practices from all over the world. What this left me with was an insanely long list of fantastic blogs and a road block of how I was going to narrow down all of these blogs, the individual lives, practices and fantastic work behind them. Well it had to be done so if you head over to you’ll find my final selection. I’m sure there are many that would compile a very different list than this and again my favorites list was long…I’d love to hear though in the comments what would be your Top 10.


Job Posting – Red Deer College

Permanent Full-Time


This is a great opportunity to work within the creative and stimulating environment and brand new state of the art facilities of the Red Deer College Visual Art program. As the Ceramics Technician, you will support both the Credit and Continuing Education Visual Art programs. You will provide technical support for students and instructors in ceramics. Duties include preparation for, and assistance with, classes; monitoring supplies; and ensuring safety standards are met. You will achieve results through effective utilization of strong technical and communication skills. You will consistently exhibit the ability to multi-task and prioritize large workload demands from all areas of the department. In the credit program, you will oversee studio processes as well as the capital and operational inventory of the Ceramics Studio and provide some materials and studio management support in the area of Printmaking. For Continuing Education, you will provide technical support for non-credit programming, primarily through the summer months.


  • Grade 12 completion
  • Good comprehension of ceramic processes and studio maintenance
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with a variety of people
  • Some knowledge of the variety of technical processes related to the needs of the ceramics area
  • Willingness to work with Chair of Visual Art and Continuing Education Visual Art Coordinator in the scheduling of vacation in order to facilitate effective support of both credit and credit-free programming.

For further information, contact:
Jason Frizzell, Chairperson
Red Deer College
Phone: (403)342-3328

SALARY: $35,726 per annum

START DATE: August 10, 2009


All applicants (internal and external) must submit a current resume and the names of three references to:

BOX 5005
FAX #:(403)342-3161
(Send in Microsoft Word or ASCII Text format)

All applications must be received before NOON on May 29, 2009. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Micheal Kline at Ferrin Gallery

After last month’s Artist of the Day, I’m left craving images of beautiful pots. I’ve been tied up in the studio and garden this month working away and admitedly intentionally trying to avoid my computer as the sun is finally shinning (and it doesn’t last long enough in this neck of the woods). But I couldn’t resist taking a break and indulging in some great ceramic eye candy when I saw Micheal Kline’s new work on exhibition at the Ferrin Gallery.

I love how the firing process softens the contrast of the imagery with the white surface. Check out the show online here or take a peek at the process behind the magic on his blog Sawdust and Dirt.