NCECA Student writing competition

The Call for Green Essays by NCECA Students open until October 1, 2009 Get Published in Ceramics Monthly! Have you observed a practice underway at your school or institution that allows ceramic art to become more environmentally friendly? What alternatives can you imagine to the old system? Have you generated or been witness to any creative solutions in studio? The NCECA Green Task Force is sponsoring a student writing contest. We are accepting submissions of student writing that focus on solutions to problems of sustainability, describing either practical solutions currently in action or innovative ideas that could be enacted to further align ceramic art with sustainable practice. Get Published in an upcoming issue of Ceramics Monthly! The NCECA Green Task Force will review the submissions and the winning essay will be published later this year in Ceramics Monthly. Entries to the student writing contest need to be between 500-1000 words in length. Make sure to give credit where credit is due to any individuals and institutions referenced in your article. Submit your entry online at: Entries Due: October 1st, 2009 This is great opportunity to get published and share your knowledge and thoughts on green issues. Thanks for your contribution! Please contact Kristin Schimik, NCECA Green Task Force Student Representative, with any questions or comments at

And don’t forget the other upcoming NCECA Deadlines!
Important dates and Events:
August/September 2009 – CALL for Submissions
2010 National Student Juried Exhibition Prospectus
2010 Emerging Artists Nominations information
2010 Topical Discussions/NCECA Connections
Early September 2009 – Exhibitor Information/Space Reservation packets to be posted and e-mailed.
September 15, 2009 – NCECA Award Nominations deadline.
September 17- November 15, 2009 – NCECA/Arvada Center Continental Divide Regional Exhibition at the Arvada Center (Colorado)
September 17, 2009 – Continental Divide Opening Reception, 7-9pm, Arvada Center
October 1, 2009 – Submission Deadlines for
2010 NSJE Entry
2010 Emerging Artists Nominations
NCECA/Ceramics Monthly Student Green Essay
October 9, 2009 – First Exhibitor Space Request deadline.
October 16, 2009 – Topical Discussion/NCECA Connection Proposal deadline.
October 20-21, 2009 – Strategic Planning Meeting in Tampa, FL.
October 22-24, 2009 – Fall Board Meeting in Tampa, FL.

March 31-April 3, 2010 – 44th Annual NCECA Conference, Philadelphia, PA
March 30-April 2, 2011 – 45th Annual Conference, Tampa FL.

Contact Information
NCECA Office
Phone: 303 828-2811
Toll free: 866-266-2322

Talk about a dream job…wish i was qualified!

Job Title: Curator, Contemporary
Institution / Organization: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Closing Date: August 28, 2009
Web link to Institution

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is looking for a Curator who will invest in the mission and mandate of the Gallery and support the Gallery with artistic vision and leadership. The Curator will possess a deep, engaged knowledge of and curiosity about the critical issues related to contemporary art and craft. The Curator will also serve as a strong advocate for the Gallery in local, national and international communities. CCGG’s curator will implement and bring to full fruition existing planned programming for a period of three years. Concurrent with this activity the curator will conceptualize, design and implement future exhibition programs that build
upon the Gallery’s successful history.

The Curator will:
Plan, design and install exhibitions of contemporary art and co-ordinate related programmes; research and co-ordinate production of related print and promotional materials.
Provide strong artistic leadership to assist the Director in establishing policy and priority related to long-range goals and the solicitation of outside funding from government, foundation, and private sources.
Maintain the Gallery’s permanent collection and oversee the strategic growth of the collection with a focus on acquiring works of national significance.
Possess strong writing skills and be responsible for catalogues essays and grants.
Possess strong verbal communication skills for the delivery of exhibition orientation lectures to education support staff, other staff members and volunteers.
Work closely and collaboratively with the Director of Education to: supervise and administer the Contemporary Gallery Context and Docent programmes.
Participate in and/or organize symposia related to contemporary art and fine craft and serve as a positive presence in the Canadian art scene.

Build strong liaisons and partnerships with other regional, national and international galleries.

Develop programming with senior, mid-career and emerging artists.

The ideal candidate will have:
• A Masters or Ph.D. in art history (contemporary art/fine craft preferred), studio art or related discipline
• Evidence of significant curatorial achievement (research, publication, exhibitions, and collections management) with minimum of seven years of professional experience
• Knowledge of museum standards and collections management practices
• Excellent skills in project management, written and oral presentations, staff and volunteer supervision
* Demonstrated success in grant writing

Mission: The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery fosters interaction among artworks, artists and community. Our exhibitions challenge ideas and perceptions of the definitions of art, craft and design today, as well as concepts of ethnicity and contemporary culture providing meaningful and enriching cultural experiences for a diverse audience and opportunities for the development of philanthropy.

This full time position and offers a benefits package.
Applications must include: CV, curatorial philosophy and salary expectations

Review of applications will begin August 28, 2009.
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Ian Johnston and Jasna Sokolovic nominated!

Ian Johnston

The Canadian Clay and Glass Museum has just announced this year’s shortlist for the WINIFRED SHANTZ AWARD FOR CERAMICS and RBC AWARD FOR GLASS. Ian Johnston from Nelson, British Columbia and Jasna Sokolovic from Vancouver, British Columbia are the finalists for the WINIFRED SHANTZ AWARD FOR CERAMICS. THE RBC AWARD FOR GLASS will be decided between Cali Balles and Catherine Vamvakas Lay, both artists are from Toronto.

Jasna Sokolovic

Both of these awards mark significant milestones in a recipient’s career. The WINIFRED SHANTZ AWARD provides $10,000 and RBC Award provides $7,000 toward professional development. These awards recognize significant artistic achievements and are an investment in the future, designed to allow the recipient time away from the studio, to travel for career development, link with mentors, visit other studios, study museum collections, or liaise with industry, performing research that will further their studio production.

Congrats to everyone for their accomplishment!

The winners will be announced Sept 17, 2009

The 21st Century Glaze Project

Glazing without a Ph.D. in Chemistry

The 21st Century Glaze Project is a project for and by the international ceramic community. We invite you to become a member, use the site and participate in the Project.

Benefits of Membership:

  • First, it’s Free
  • 545 Free glaze recipes (growing to a thousand)
  • Each recipe will be tested by Glaze21
  • Links to color samples from major glaze manufacturers
  • Recipes include color test tiles on dark and light clay
  • The recipe print has a batch size calculator
  • Pages on residencies, classes and a page on cool tools.
  • The Project is a community effort by almost 4,000 artists and schools.
  • There are numerous articles covering many ceramic areas.
  • Access to the site is FREE to Schools, Teachers and Artists
  • …and a lot more

Check it out at

Workshops and Residency program in Bali

The following is a list of upcoming workshop hosted by GAYA Ceramic and Design in Bali. A quick look through their website and I’m quite convinced I need to not only attend a workshop, but maybe do a residency as well. The facilities seem amazing and that’s not even mentioning the villas and spa…yup, I said spa. Anyone out there want to foot the bill to send me? Anyone?

Instructors: Marcello Massoni and Hillary Kane
Course level: beginning throwing skills recommended
Dates: NOVEMBER 1-14, 2009

FINDING CENTER : Introduction to Wheel-throwing
Instructor: Hillary Kane
Course level: no prior experience necessary
Dates: NOVEMBER 22-DECEMBER 5, 2009

ALTERED FORMS : Throwing Beyond Round
Instructors: Hillary Kane
Course Level: minimum beginning throwing skills recommended
Dates: JANUARY 17-30, 2010

Instructors: TBA
Course Level: all levels
Dates: MARCH 21- APRIL 3, 2010

Instructors: Hillary Kane and Michela Massoni
Course Level: minimum beginning throwing skills recommended
Dates: MAY 9-22, 2010

SPONTANEOUS GLAZING : Soda and wood-firing
Instructors: TBA
Course Level: minimum beginning throwing/hand-building skills recommended
Dates: JULY 18-31, 2010

CULINARY CLAY : Food and Design
Instructors: Hillary Kane and extraordinary international guest chef.
Course Level: minimum beginning throwing/hand-building skills recommended
Dates: AUGUST 15-28, 2010

You can find all the info on their website here.

Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia 80571
Phone: +62 (0)361 7451413 / 976220
Fax: +62 (0)361 976220