Objects of Desire – Upcoming Symposium

Objects of Desire
an international ceramic symposium with masters
5th – 26th July, 2012
the three week syposium, workshop participants will create new works, share
information and learn new techniques through the formal and informal
sessions, discuss the advances and developments in this expanding field of ceramics through a series of presentations
and lectures from all the participants. The workshop
will culminate in an exhibition of the work created during the symposium
in the Museum of the International Ceramics Studio.
Featured Masters:
Paul Mathieu (Canada)

His work in ceramics uses function and decoration as concepts
to explore the specificity of ceramics within art and culture.
Altogether art, design, media and crafts, the works contest and subvert
these categories to show their irrelevancy, ultimately.

Márta Nagy (Hungary)
Márta Nagy works within themes, and her
symbolically-charged art is characterized by a diversity in form and
decoration. Márta Nagy uses snow-white Hungarian porcelain and
red-firing chamotte clay. Almost always she combines the two. She
handbuilds her sculptures. The techniques she uses to colour her works
are various: metal oxide, coloured clay, lustre glaze, gold and silver
leaf. The combination of hese exceptional colourings are Nagy’s
signature; combined with the unpredictable forms they present a very
personal and unique work.

How to participate
At the International Ceramics Studio we have
comfortable ceramic studios and on site accommodation in single bedrooms
(provided with bedding, pillows, blankets, towels etc.). The
accommodation is self catering and we have large modern kitchens for
preparing meals and lounges for socialising. Artists have full 24 hour
access to their studios.
Cost of participating in the symposium is
210,000 HUF and includes, accommodation in single room, studio space,use
of all equipment etc. Extra costs will be for the materials and firings
you use.
Please email Steve at icshu@hotmail.com for details and application. 
International Ceramics Studio
H-6000 Kecskemét
Kápolna u.11

Telephone and Fax: +36 76 486867

Job posting: Ceramics Technician AA (1230)

Institution: Pratt Institute
Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Faculty – Fine and Applied Arts – Art
Posted: 06/21/2012
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time

Beginning Summer 2012, the full-time Ceramics Technician will oversee the day to day operations
of the Ceramics area.

– Clean and maintain the Ceramics Studio to ensure a safe working
– Ensure that clay, glazes and slip are always ready and available for student use (i.e., mix clay bodies and compound
glazes, and periodically test new clays and glazes).
– Maintain a
firing schedule which keeps work flowing through the ceramic
process in a timely fashion (i.e., .program, fire and supervise the
computer-controlled electric kiln; develop customized programs; train
faculty and students; etc.).
– Inventory, order and receive supplies and materials (i.e., clay and glaze chemicals, equipment repair
parts, safety equipment, etc.).
– Maintain and repair equipment (i.e., trobuleshoot kilns, change kiln elements, replace switches,
lubricate wheels, etc.). Clean and maintain kiln furniture.
– Maintain slip casting equipment and supervise its use (i.e., run slip
mixer and casting table daily, train faculty and students, etc.).
– Maintain and oversee studio safety rules and procedures to OSHA
standards. (i.e., provide respirators, gloves, goggles; ensure adequate ventilation of toxic fumes and mists, etc.).

direct and maintain efficient operation of studio (i.e., organize space,
maintain efficient flow of work and materials from forming through
finished piece, etc.).
 -Manage the Ceramics area budget.
– Hire, supervise and schedule work/study students and graduate
assistants (i.e., train, schedule, direct and monitor student workers on a daily basis.).
– Perform all other related duties as


Must have B.F.A. in ceramics or equivalent combination of education and experience; M.F.A. preferred.
Technical knowledge of ceramics materials, processes, and equipment
have ability to handle
computer-operated kilns; and ability and desire to upgrade and maintain
new ceramics skills as needed. Excellent verbal and interpersonal
skills and above average organizational and follow-up skills required.


Application Information

Contact: Pratt Institute
Online App. Form: http://pratt-edu.silkroad.com/epostings/submit.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jo

More Information on Pratt Institute:

Canada Council increases support for international market access

via The Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts announced today that it is adding $2
million to its existing support to individual artists and arts
organizations to access international markets, bringing dedicated
international market access funding this year to $7 million.

The increase will expand opportunities for artists to strengthen
their artistic practice and engage more members of the public with their
work as part of a broader suite of market access initiatives.

access is a critical component in how artists enrich the lives of
Canadians,” said Canada Council Director and CEO Robert Sirman. “This
support is part of a broader strategy of the Canada Council to give
artists the tools they need to not just make art but also reach the
broadest possible public with their work.”

Changes to the Council’s support to market access include the following:

  • $500,000 has been added for international touring in the performing
    arts. The funds will be awarded to projects that were recommended by
    peer assessment committees in the current fiscal year.
  • The maximum grant level for international touring in the performing
    arts will be increased next fiscal year from $50,000 to $75,000.
  • New market access strategies will be introduced in writing and
    publishing by reallocating existing resources, and in media arts through
    targeted interventions, to strengthen competitiveness in a rapidly
    changing marketplace. The objective of these strategies is to help these
    sectors pursue new market opportunities online and adapt to the
    technological changes in each sector. These initiatives support both
    national and international access and more details will be released in
    coming months.

The increased support for market access comes from in-year budgetary
reallocations and is expected to grow even further in 2013-14.

Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its
grants and payments to artists and arts organizations contribute to a
vibrant arts sector. Its awards celebrate creativity by recognizing
exceptional Canadians in the arts, humanities and sciences. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates under the general authority of the Canada Council.

technical tuesday: how’d they do that?

From the aludean website:
 “This sculpture was hand modelled in 4 tonnes
of clay and then cast in reinforced resin. During the clay modelling
stage, studio lighting was tuned to match the final installation site to
allow adjustment of the form and control the shadows that give Voyage
its life and rhythm.

The sculpture is 14 m long, 3.6 m high and roughly 8 cm deep.”

Gorgeous…incredible….but seriously how’d they do that?