technical tuesday: doesn’t everyone want a studio assistant?

i often dream of studio assistants.
oh the things i could get done,
the ideas that would finally be realized.
not that i’d want someone to do all the work for me.
heavens no.
just a bit of help.
i wonder, for those of you that have studio help, 
when did you get to the point where that was actually the best decision,
financial and otherwise?
 once you’ve had the joy of someone else mixing your glazes for you, could you ever go back?
well for now i’ll take the help i can get.
our coffee breaks sure are fun : )

The Fabric of Clay: Alexandra McCurdy

black and white raffia box
Alexandra McCurdy
Black box with raffia, 2009
Porcelain, wire, beads, raffia
13 x 13 cm
photo: Chris Myhr
25 May – 29 July 2012
Main Gallery:
The Fabric of Clay: Alexandra McCurdy
in collaboration with Burlington Arts Centre
Curator: Gloria Hickey
This career retrospective of work by Nova
Scotian ceramist Alexandra McCurdy is organised around the artist’s
ongoing engagement with textiles. Her work often directly reflects, not
only the surface ornament, but the structural patterning of fibre media.
As curator Gloria Hickey notes in her catalogue essay, McCurdy “has
never made pots about pots or ceramic history,” but “about textiles and
autobiographical ceramics.” The exhibition pairs McCurdy’s ceramics with
their textile and fibre companions and displays them against the
backdrop of the artist’s personal narrative. Saint Mary’s University Art
Gallery produced the full-colour exhibition catalogue in partnership
with the Burlington Art Centre.
Side Gallery
Lorenzen Pottery: 50 Years in the Making
Curator: Victor Owen

The Fabric of Clay exhibition will be accompanied by a small
retrospective of the ceramics of Alma and Ernst Lorenzen- a Danish
immigrant and his Canadian-born wife- who were active in the Maritimes
for four decades, starting in the 1940s, and helped to introduce
modernist ceramics to the region. Dr. J. Victor Owen, of the Saint
Mary’s University Geology department, has assembled a detailed narrative
of their careers and examines the chemistry of their ceramics.

For more info:

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery

5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, B3H 1G3 (street address)

The Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Loyola Academic Complex
on the Saint Mary’s University Campus, accessible from Gorsebrook
Avenue or off Robie Street south of the McNally Building.

Job Posting: Ceramics Technician Red Deer College

Ceramics Technician (Full-time, Term Certain Position)
Closing Date: 07-11-2012

This is a great opportunity to work within the creative and stimulating environment and
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 full technical support for students and instructors in ceramics and minor
technical support for students and instructors in printmaking. 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 classroom, materials and studio management support in the area
of Printmaking. For Continuing Education, you will provide technical and materials support
for non-credit programming.

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