job posting: Assistant/Associate Professor of Craft/Material Studies — Specialization in Clay

VCUarts Department of Craft/Material Studies (https://arts.vcu.edu/craft/) seeks a colleague for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Professor with a specialization in clay. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic teacher, creative colleague, broad thinker and artist who will want to contribute to the progressive spirit of an established material studies program. The faculty member will teach specialized courses in clay that include handbuilding and large-scale construction. An understanding of and the ability to incorporate both analogue and digital practices in teaching and research methods is preferred. Our new colleague will be well versed in material knowledge and object-based practices and will offer students a framework through which important critical theories and historical craft knowledge can be emphasized and studied. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical projects and coursework that support an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. Additional interdisciplinary opportunities are available for an engaged colleague, including advanced studios, foundations, and graduate seminars.

More details HERE.

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Fall Fund Drive

“Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, the leaves are falling here in the U.S. so it’s time for our Fall fund drive. Our goal for the month of November is to raise $12,000 to support our production costs. Throughout the year I receive emails from fans who talk about how this podcast helps them connect with other artists around the world. One recent listener said, “I appreciate all the voices you give a platform to, especially amazing women like Naomi Clement.” Giving voice to the many generations of ceramics artists that are working today is my mission and I need your help to accomplish it. You can get involved by making a donation through the Pay Pal donation portal above or by making a monthly pledge at patreon.com/redclayrambler.” – Ben Carter

On a personal note I want to encourage you to consider supporting Ben and all his work. As someone who understands the hours that are put into projects like this, I know it comes with sacrifices. Image above is from a visit Ben had in Saskatchewan in 2015 with artists Paula Cooley, Ken Wilkinson and Judy Tryon. I’ve had the honor of being interviewed by Ben a few times and sitting on the side lines while he has meet with and engaged with our community. Over the years of listening to Ben’s podcast I have found that his interviews inspire creativity and innovation, and also strengthen his listeners’ engagement with over-arching issues within our field, including the complex issues around making in contemporary culture, diversity in our field or sustainability. From the personal to the political and everything in between, his interviews draw out conversations that we all should be contemplating in our studio practices. Through the longevity of this podcast, he has created an oral history of contemporary clay that is unparalleled elsewhere. Tales of a Red Clay Rambler will be a resource for numerous future generations of makers, collectors, researchers and ceramic enthusiasts.  – Carole

 

job posting: Ceramics Centre Coordinator

AX Ceramics Centre Coordinator AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, is seeking a Ceramics Centre Coordinator to help launch our ceramics centre, coordinate ceramics classes for the public,maintain inventory and studio equipment, fire kilns, and help us launch and coordinate our AX Evolution [Emerging Artist]program.This is a contract position for 30 hours/week, paid for,in part,through the provincial Youth Employment Fund, so candidates must be between the ages of 18-29 to qualify; we can help you navigate the enrolment process. As the successful applicant, you will have your own office and studio in a new, fully equipped ceramics centre. You will benefit from working with experienced ceramists and will be essential in helping to launch our Evolution [Emerging Artist] ceramics program. You will have access to kilns and a wheel as well as other professional equipment. Because the position is only 30 hours per week, you’ll have time to pursue other professional goals while earning a reliable income. Along with other artists and administrators, you will help organize AX’s ceramics arts programming, with opportunities to earn additional income as an instructor.

Responsibilities:

•Work with other ceramists, volunteers, and AX staff to help create and launch the AX Ceramics Program•Organize and coordinate AX’s ceramics programming and workshops, with opportunities to earn additional income as an instructor

•Determine and contact appropriate mentors for the Emerging Artist program,and schedule meetings in collaboration with the Ceramics Committee; track and report on program milestones

•Coordinate a biannual emerging artist ceramics exhibition

•Other duties as determined by the AX Executive and Artistic Director and the ceramics committee. Ideally, you are enrolled in or are a recent graduate of a ceramics program.

There will be some on-the-job training.

Qualifications

•Excellent interpersonal skills.

•Strong team player and also able to work independently.

•Excellent communication skills,including written and verbal.

•Excellent time management and problem-solving skills.

Join Our Team – Please apply with a cover letter and resume by November 29, 2019. You may email your application to execdirector@axartscentre.ca.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in this position; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Hours of work: 30hours per week. Some weekends and evenings may be required. About AX Officially opened in June 2017 following extensive renovations, AX has quickly become a vibrant regional hub for arts and culture to the more than 500,000 people living within a 100 km radius. AX is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building in the centre of Sussex, NB, and has been identified as a key component in the town’s efforts to boost regional economic development. Receiving between 1,600 –2,000 visitors per month, the AX centre includes:

•The only environmentally controlled exhibition space in the region;

•Independently rented artist studios;

•A multifunctional workshop facility used by AX and available to rent for meetings;

•AX Ceramics Centre, a fully equipped ceramics facility with a large workroom;

•A multitude of ongoing educational programs, workshops, rotating exhibitions, musical and literary events, and art-making incubators hosted for children, youth and adults through the year;

•An onsite, licensed restaurant and outdoor patio called Knocks Café;

•A volunteer base of more than 50 artists and residents engaged in running its programs and gallery space.

For more information about AX and its programs, please visit www.axartscentre.ca.