The Ceramics Congress – sign up now!

The next Ceramics Congress will be between October 14th – 20th.
There are 27 workshops in total. 3 workshops will be put online per day – and each workshop will be online and free to watch for 24 hours.

Want to know more about what the workshops will offer? Check out the list of artists HERE.

Sign up HERE for this amazing annual online event!

upcoming symposia: Restating Clay

The ‘Ceramic Communities’ symposium will explore how sharing skills and ideas can lead to more supported and sustained artistic practice. There will be:

– Interactive workshops

– Film premiers of innovative arts practices

– An exhibition of interactive ceramic works

– Panel discussions in the Cardiff School of Art & Design Ceramics Archive

– Presentations exploring a diversity of models of collaborative practice, from conventional residencies/studio co-operatives to new innovations, with Haptic/Tacit, Collective Matter, Clayground Collective and Whitegold

– Posters illustrating the ‘About’, ‘Goals’ and ‘Methods’ of a diversity of creative practice.

Wed, 25 September 2019

National Centre for Ceramics Study, Wales

Wales Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Llandaff Campus Western Avenue Cardiff CF5 2YB United Kingdom

Full conference details HERE.



upcoming symposium: Made in Australia

Come and celebrate the Society’s 40th Anniversary at our three days Australiana symposium, “Made in Australia”. We have a fantastic line up of speakers including Stephen Bowers (contemporary Australian ceramic artist), John Hawkins (QLD opals in Australian jewellery) and Julian Bickersteth (conservation of Australian furniture). Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Director of Education & Scholarship from the State Library of NSW will be talking about the library’s collection and showcasing its treasures. There will also be presentations from curators and our members.

Come and hear about contemporary ceramics, colonial and mid-century modern Australian furniture, convict artists, goldfields jewellery, female woodcarvers, china painting and pottery, quilts, conservation of important furniture, ceremonial maces, Queensland opals in jewellery and much more!

Full details and registration HERE.

upcoming workshop: Clay Pots and Color Spots Workshop-with Mark Errol @ Morean Center for Clay

October 11 & 12, 2019

Clay Pots and Color Spots is an intensive hands-on workshop focusing on the development of forms as well as learning how to produce layers and layers of decorative information. This class will create a tool box of inexpensive, readily available and low-tech methods of surface design meant to draw your audience in and reward them with bountiful color, shape and designs.

Students will need to bring:

Studio tools
X-acto knife
Soft yellow round sponge

Member $170/Non-Member $200

Register Now

To register by phone, please call the Morean Center for Clay at 727.821.7162 ext 2311

More info HERE.

residency opportunity: Penland Winter Residencies

Penland’s Winter Residency program is a short-term residency opportunity for artists seeking to work independently in one of our 16 studios during Penland’s quiet season. Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply for our 2-week and 4-week sessions. Shared studio access is provided to a small number of artists each session, inviting enough people to encourage conversation and creative camaraderie, but not so many that focused time in the studio is compromised. Our goal is to support artistic growth, experimentation, and inquiry in all media by offering artists the time, space, and equipment they need to promote professional development.

Penland Winter Residencies are for:

  • Artists needing access to facilities for research and development that can be uniquely supported by Penland’s studios and equipment.
  • Art educators who are seeking focused work time during a winter break or sabbatical.
  • Two or more artists wanting to work collaboratively on a specific project or simply alongside one another in order to share technical expertise and/or creative inspiration. (Each member of the collaboration must apply individually.)

Full details HERE.


Also check out their website for amazing upcoming workshops by Virginia Scotchie, Arthur Gonzalez, Hitomi Shibata & Takuro Shibata, Bryan Hopkins, Suze Lindsay & Kent McLaughlin, Eleanor Anderson, Jenny Mendes, and Kurt Anderson,

Vases are people too, and a few spots left in a workshop with Sue Tirrell

Recently I had the upmost pleasure to chat with Megan Black from the Canadian Craft Federation and Benjamin Kikkert, internationally known glass artist, on the Citizens of Craft Podcast. Join us for a listen as we talk about the makers behind the objects and so much more! This is the final episode in an amazing series of podcasts. Oh and if you haven’t gotten addicted yet to the Netflix series Blown Away – I suggest you go binge watch that one. Benjamin is on the show and creates so absolutely amazing work. I’ve only had the pleasure of working in a glass hot shop once in my life up in Whitehorse at Lumel Studios (totally worth the trip!), and can attest to how difficult glass work is. I’m always fascinated to watch artists work under pressure and time constraints so Blown Away is super addictive TV.

And I’ve just gotten word that there are only a few spots left in a workshop I have the honor of co-presenting with the incredibly talented Sue Tirrell (enter all the fan girl squeals here!). We’re going to be having a blast at the Archie Bray this September and I’d love to have you join us for this workshop!

Find out more here on the Archie Bray website and I’ll hopefully see you in September!