technical tuesday: Joining parts to make a Tree with Veronica Castillo – Tree of Life (part 4) Ceramic artist Veronica Castillo on assembling the Tree of Life. HOLIDAY episode PBS premiere: December 20, 2013.

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job posting: Professor in Craft specializing in Ceramic Art

On the 1st of January 2020, Valand Academy and HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts merged and formed HDK-Valand – a new University department for design and art. This merger will enable the better utilisation of our broad range of subjects, comprising of Crafts, Design, Film, Fine Art, Literary Composition and Photography, as well as teacher education in Visual Arts. Our goal is the formation of a strong arts academy, and our focus the promotion of cutting-edge research, education and outreach.



Craft at HDK-Valand in Gothenburg is an all-encompassing environment that involves constant exchange between education, research and society. The Craft programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level include specialisations in Ceramic Art, Jewellery Art and Textile Art. HDK-Valand provides Doctoral studies in the field of Craft and the University of Gothenburg is the only institution in Sweden entitled to award Doctoral degrees in the subject.

Ceramic Art at HDK-Valand is a meeting place for the development of ideas and expressions with clay as artistic medium. Based on a broad range of attitudes, perspectives and influences the concept of Ceramic Art is investigated through a variety of techniques, forms of expression and contexts. Familiarity with the material is developed in parallel with artistic language and an attentive attitude to the diverse possibilities within the field.

HDK-Valand has well-equipped workshops and studios in central Gothenburg. In addition, Ceramic Art has access to unique wood-fired kilns and a studio at Nääs, outside Gothenburg.

Job description

The Professor in Ceramic Art is expected to support the development and critical contextualisation, artistic and research development of the subject Ceramic Art and more broadly Craft.

The candidate is expected to have an understanding of the full range of higher educational needs including the exchange of theoretical and artistic perspectives and knowledge production.

The position involves curriculum development and teaching, primarily within the Master’s programme in Craft, working in close cooperation with the disciplines Textile Art and Jewelry Art and within the newly formed collegiate of Craft and Fine Art. A successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the new collegiate, supporting knowledge exchange of practices in education, research and artistic fields of Craft and Fine Art, within HDK-Valand and national and international contexts.

The position requires the ability to conduct teaching in English and a proficiency in English, both oral and written is expected.

Read the full job posting HERE.

Low-Fire Soda by Justin Rothshank available NOW!

After years of experimenting with earthenware in wood, soda, and salt kilns, Justin Rothshank has compiled all his know-how into this helpful guide. Low-Fire Soda is a start-to- finish resource that outlines everything from the different types of clay bodies to use, to decorating and glazing techniques, wadding and loading strategies, firing tips, post-firing ideas, and much more.

Whether you’re interested in learning about faster, more economical atmospheric firings, or you’re intrigued by the expanded color palette of low-fire clay materials, Low-Fire Soda has the information you need to start exploring low-temperature atmospheric rings. Justin also covers health and safety, recipes, and kiln firing strategies.

Five articles contributed by guest authors, along with helpful insights from practicing artists round out the book. Low-Fire Soda has a wealth of information for ceramic artists interested in learning more about the potential of soda at low temperatures. This book is published by Ceramic Arts Network.

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job posting: Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Assistant or Associate Professor
Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Ceramics within the Audain Faculty of Art. Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world-renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers.

The Ceramics area at Emily Carr University focuses on developing critically engaged and contextually aware ceramic work. Situated within the interdisciplinary Visual Arts BFA in the Audain Faculty of Art, the Ceramics area fosters the development of student practice within the context of contemporary art discourse, with a strong technical and conceptual foundation, and a keen awareness of the relationship between ceramics and a range of disciplines and practices.


Candidates should be able to teach ceramics at multiple levels, from Foundation to Graduate Studies, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and practice. The successful candidate will join a rigorous and committed team of Art faculty that also includes the following curriculum areas: Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Illustration, Drawing, Print Media, Sculpture + Expanded Practices, New Media + Sound Arts, Performance, Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Praxis, as well as minors in Curatorial Practices and Art + Text. Candidates should be equally fluent in contemporary ceramics discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Additionally, faculty are expected to participate in portfolio reviews, upper-level critiques, provide graduate student supervision, serve on administrative committees, engage in research, and to be an active member of the Emily Carr community. The successful candidate will have an active artistic research practice and a substantial exhibition and/or publication record with a solid, demonstrable foundation in ceramics. The successful candidate will have an established career profile and be active in national and international contexts.


The ideal candidate will have:

The ideal candidate will have:
• Master of Fine Arts degree (or terminal degree in related discipline);
• minimum of two years of related post-secondary teaching experience that includes proven experience in curriculum development;
• strong evidence of excellence in ceramics practice;
• expertise in a range of traditional and contemporary methods of making; and
• significant evidence of active engagement with discourse within contemporary ceramics practices, histories and theories of ceramics, and more broadly in contemporary art discourse.

Candidates will have:
• expertise in a range of traditional and experimental ceramics techniques, which may include non-Western and/or Indigenous approaches;
• knowledge and ability to teach a range of material processes, including substantial knowledge of ceramic materials and glaze chemistry;
• the ability and interest in developing contemporary and innovative forms of curriculum and enthusiasm for planning and the participation in area responsibilities;
• a practice that may include hybrid and/or expanded ceramics-based work intersecting with other areas such as: sculpture, site-specificity and installation, performance, socially-engaged practice, public art, and other areas of enquiry.

Expertise in the following areas will be considered an asset:
• the ability to integrate new tools, media and methods into ceramics curriculum, including new and emerging technologies, digital 3-D prototyping software and output methods;
• demonstrated ability in advanced model making and mold making, design methodologies and production methods.

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