Present Tense Craft Conference

October 10 – 12, 2019
Loews Hotel, Philadelphia

As craft organizations are evolving, artists are innovating, and the definition of craft is expanding, the need for conversation about craft’s meaning, impact, sustainability, and relevance is more important than ever. That’s what we’ll explore at “Present Tense: 2019,” three-day gathering about craft’s evolving roles and relevance in today’s world.

We’ll hear from an exciting lineup of speakers from diverse professions who will tackle timely questions and ideas. How do other fields borrow and incorporate the tenets of craft, and what can we learn from them in return? How does craft inspire and create communities? How do handcrafted objects and acts of making shape our identity, connect us, and influence how we see the world?

We’ll experience Philadelphia, an educational and creative hub for craft and a case study for the way in which creative practices influence a whole community. You’ll encounter that first-hand on tours of local artist studios, museum collections, and more.

And we’ll come away with a shared experience, new connections, big ideas, and a path forward. Sounds like a conference you don’t want to miss, right?

Early-bird registration opens on January 22, 2019. Stay tuned for more details!

Rates: Members $335 / non-members $350 / students $200
Hint: Now’s a great time to become an ACC member and save!

Find out more HERE

call for artists: 4th annual Artaxis Fellowship for workshop at Haystack

We are happy to announce the Call for Applicants for the 4th annual Artaxis Fellowship. This year, we will again be offering two fellowships, each one worth up to $2,000, to fund a two-week summer workshop in ceramics at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. The fellowships will cover room, board, and tuition for a two-week workshop, and up to $500 for travel to and from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, USA.

The Fellowship is intended to increase diversity, equity, and access across the field of the ceramic arts. In particular, attention will be paid to race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, but unique circumstances such as wartime military service, medical conditions, and unconventional family structures will also be considered. Therefore, Artaxis encourages artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

The 2019 Fellowship Selection Committee is comprised of: Morel Doucet, Janina Myronova, and Natalia Arbelaez. After an initial round of reviews by the Artaxis Board of Directors, our distinguished Fellowship Selection Committee will choose the final recipients for the 2019 Fellowship.


  • Nominated by an existing Artaxis member. Members can nominate more than one applicant. (Artaxis members cannot apply)
  • Artists 18 years of age or older, at any stage of their career. Nominee does not need to be a student.
  • Artists must be able to demonstrate financial need and, if requested by the board, provide a copy of the first page of your most current tax return or other financial document.
  • The Fellowship is designed to offer an experience that would otherwise not be possible for the Nominee. To that end, any Nominee who has attended numerous workshops will not be considered “in need”.
  • This Fellowship is open to National and International applicants. Artaxis will provide International applicants with letters of invitation, but cannot offer additional funding or support with acquiring a visa.

The 2019 Artaxis Fellowship is supported by Artaxis members and funded by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in an effort to nurture talent within creatively driven individuals by offering financial support to underrepresented artists.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Full application form HERE.

save the date and register now for New Clay Conference!

Full details are found on their site, but basically it’s going to be a three-day long conference with demos by Naomi Clement, Jason Burnett and Carole Epp, alongside panel discussions, artists talks, exhibitions and social events!

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and at their website for more details and updates leading up to the event.

Also there is a call for you to get involved with a conference studio tour and exhibitions:

Conference Tour

“One of the goals to the New Clay Conference is to strengthen our clay community and highlight all of the great clay going on already.

We are inviting local studios, galleries and artists to get involved by adding yourselves to our tour.  Leading up to and during the weekend we are encouraging our participants to tour all of the great clay in Ottawa.  We are partnering with a variety of galleries and studios that are going to host exhibitions in cooperation with the New Clay Conference.  If you have a studio or gallery in Ottawa and surrounding area and there are ceramic artists involved we want to hear from you.  You do not need to host a special exhibition, if you already have something in your gallery let us know and we can share that here.  No gallery space but you have a studio that is open to the public? Let us know that too.  We really want to create the ultimate list of studios and galleries in Ottawa that are opening their doors to visitors during the New Clay Conference.  Saturday and Sunday we are going to keep our participants pretty busy so we hope that your study/galleries are open leading up to the weekend as well.”

Please email us:

Studio/Gallery name



What is going on that weekend: Do you already have scheduled exhibition we can promote? Would you like to do something special for The New Clay Conference? Perhaps this would be a great opportunity to do that ceramics show you have been thinking about for years.

Don’t have a studio or gallery but have a great idea for a themed or group exhibition? Please get in touch with us, we would love to help you find a venue to make your exhibition happen.

Don’t have an idea for an exhibition but have a space you would like to offer up for the weekend? Please contact us and we will match you up with some great art!  Does not need to be a conventional gallery space, coffee shops, restaurants, retail stores and more can make the perfect exhibition space.

Full details about participating here.

workshop with Kim Dickey

Studio Arts Boulder is offering a two-day workshop with Artist and Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Kim Dickey.

Some info on the workshop:

Ceramic WIP (Works in Progress)

This two day hands-on workshop will aim to expand your handbuilding vocabulary and help you move toward the places you want to explore in your work. Using found objects as a starting place, we will develop creative responses by extending existing forms and contributing to new ideas in the field.

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced (some ceramic handbuilding experience is

For more information go to: