Job Posting – American Craft Council

The American Craft Council is seeking qualified candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director.

The next Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to lead and sustain the American Craft Council through an exciting new phase of the Council’s history. With the relocation to Minneapolis, this chief executive will dynamically and strategically lead the future vitality, relevance, and impact of the Council.

As a nonprofit, membership-centric organization, the Executive Director is accountable to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the execution of the strategic plan and development and implementation of the programs, policies, and practices of the Council. Within that framework, the Executive Director is responsible for the management and development of approximately 15 employees and a budget of $6 million.

Specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for strategic direction, external relationships and fundraising, board and executive committee relations, membership growth and development, spokesperson and public relations, and administration.

This position is located in Minneapolis, MN (relocation from New York City to be completed by July 2010).

The CRITICAL Santa Fe: Call for Abstracts

October 27-30, 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico A Symposium on Developing Criticism in Ceramics International Speakers, Panels and Discussion

Developing Criticism for Contemporary Ceramics Investigations into Critical Interpretations and Critical Judgment This symposium will explore current perspectives on critical interpretation and judgment in contemporary art, using the model of ceramic art as a focal point. Invited speakers include: Ted Adler, Terry Barrett, Glen Brown, Garth Clark, Moyra Elliot, Tanya Harrod, Elaine Henry, Dave Hickey, Janet Koplos, Donald Kuspit, Elizabeth Leach, Paul Mathieu, Hunt Prothro, Jim Romberg, Raphael Rubinstein, and Adam Welch. This event is sponsored by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Submissions specific to ceramic art are encouraged, but considerations of critical practices in any form of studio art production, exhibition, history, pedagogy, or theory will be reviewed. Suggested topics of inquiry are as follows: Lecture Topics (20 minute presentation) •Critical Interpretation •Critical Judgment •Building Criticism Panels (15 minute presentation and panel response) •Looking Closely •Considering the Ceramic Object •The Shape of Judgment •Curation as Interpretation and Judgment •Publications and Criticism To be considered please submit an abstract (no longer than 300 words) to by March 24, 2010. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to provide a full paper of approximately 1500 (panel) or 2500 (lecture) words by July 1, 2010. Proposals will be juried by the CRITICAL Santa Fe Advisory Board through a blind jury process. Previously published or off-topic papers will not be considered. All decisions of the Advisory Board are final; there is neither a rebuttal period nor an appeals process. March 24: Deadline for submissions. March 24-April 15: Review of Abstracts and deliberation period. May 1: Notification of acceptance. July 1: Final papers due for editorial review. August 1: Final, edited, camera-ready papers due. Oct 27-30: CRITICAL Santa Fe Symposium 2010.

CLICK HERE to go to the Critical Santa Fe Symposium page

Artist Profile: Marianne Hallberg

I recently came across the work of Marianne Hallberg and figured I’d better share it with you all as it’s so lovely.

Sadly her website isn’t in english but here is the google translate version, which is hopefully accurate enough.

“The material I use is stoneware with a white tin glaze, decorated with cobalt oxide. Firing temperature is 1250 ° C.

Use items are rolled to be thin and beautiful. I have interested me for ornamentation, studied the flowers, exploring symbols, squares, dots, stripes, and combined them like patch quilts, to tell you about my approach to beauty and desire.”

See more of her gorgeous work here.


28 January 2010 DESIGN FOR EVERYONE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST OPEN The Victorian Government’s State of Design Festival is a key element of the Design Victoria Strategy developed to increase the awareness of the value of design and showcase how design generates innovation, promotes sustainability and adds value to business and society. For 2010, Design for Everyone, the Festival’s public program, will explore and communicate the importance of design to a broad public audience. Participation in Design for Everyone is an opportunity for individuals, organisations and businesses to demonstrate how design is improving living conditions, creating sustainable development opportunities, increasing commercial advantages and generating new and innovative products and services. The 2010 State of Design Festival theme of ‘Change by Design’ promotes the value of design as a practical tool for the creation of sustainable communities and competitive industries. The theme is communicated via the Design for Everyone program to a broad business, design industry and general public audience. The Festival is seeking Design for Everyone content that showcases design and the Victorian design industry, and falls within the category of eco-design aimed at the general public. Past public events and exhibitions that respond to the 2010 theme include:

    • Native furniture launch at Format Furniture
    • Shelter Stories exhibition presented by Architecture without Frontiers
    • My Patch, My Future-City: Children’s sustainable workshop presented by Artillery Interior Architecture
    • Design of the Times: eco-design talk by Liane Rossler, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
    • Lightcycle: Sustainable Lighting Exhibition presented by Electrolight
    • The Garbage Warrior: Michael Reynolds, eco-design talks in Melbourne and Bendigo
    • 6 Star building tours with Bendigo Bank, Bendigo

The State of Design Festival is now seeking expressions of interest for public exhibitions, projects, installations, seminars, workshops and creative events to be included in the 2010 Design for Everyone program. Download the Expression of Interest PDF Design for Everyone FAQs Apply online
Deadline for application is Monday 15 February 2010.


The Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival features a variety of art displays, including a pottery show. They are looking for an experienced potter to spend a day in Hinton judging the entries and providing a demonstration. All travel costs will be covered in addition to payment for services. This is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise with a small community of enthusiastic potters! Please contact Lisa at or 780-712-6313 if you are interested or would like more information. Date: April 17 or 24 (TBA soon).