The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium ~ R:evolution – tradition – technology

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

Where do you sit on the technological continuum in your ceramic
practice? Are you forging ahead, finding new and exciting ways to use
modern digital technologies in the creation or marketing of your work…
or hunkering down and finding ways to continue to explore your making in
traditional ways?
R:evolution – tradition – technology is a one
day ceramics symposium exploring the ways contemporary ceramic artists
interact with and employ new digital technologies; as a tool for making
work, in their artistic enquiry, or as a means to connect with peers and
their market. Attendees will also have the opportunity to investigate
the relevance and role of traditional methods in contemporary society.

The Canadian Clay Symposium will feature ten national and international
artists who have been invited to share their expertise with ceramic
arts students and professionals. Through numerous simultaneous
presentations of images, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, panel
discussions and a topical keynote address, the topics of presentation
cover theoretical topics, as well as practical techniques in areas such
as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, glaze and firing technology
and clay bodies.

Over the next months we will share through
this newsletter some information about each of the ten Symposium
presenters as well as report about other events and workshops that will
run in conjunction with the Symposium.

Currently Aaron Nelson is
the Associate Director at Medalta, a museum, residency, research and
education centre in Medicine Hat Alberta. In addition to his work as an
arts administrator, consultant and technical educator, Aaron also
maintains an active studio practice. Currently Aaron’s studio research
focuses on the intersection of digital technology and traditional
ceramic practice. He has lectured on this topic throughout Canada and
his research has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The
Alberta Foundation of the Arts, and the National Research Council.

In his “Connectivity” project, Aaron’s handmade traditional tea cups,
platters, vases and porcelain chandeliers are connected, sometimes by
way of their decorative gold luster, with electrical and electronic
circuitry, telephones, iPods, generators, light bulbs and audio
speakers. The gilded decoration works as a simple circuit board – the
surfaces of the ceramics become energized with flowing electrons as they
transmit electrical current and data. Visitors are invited to ‘turn on’
and interact with the pieces physically or through their electronic
devices.

Learn more about Aaron and his work at these links:
www.aaronnelson.ca
• “The Big Idea” video http://www.aaronnelson.ca/video
• Colour changing chandelier video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl9eHBEG-1M

Gwendolyn Yoppolo uses words, ceramic objects, and food to stretch
boundaries and transform perception. She creates sensuous kitchen- and
table-wares that use the physical experience of hunger and satiation to
allude to larger issues of human desire and relationship. Her visionary
designs challenge us to rethink the ways we nourish ourselves and others
within contemporary food culture. “The pieces I make are questions, and
they remain open-ended until fulfilled through use.”
Gwendolyn
earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, has been a
resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts, the Anderson Ranch Arts
Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation. Gwendolyn has taught at Ohio
University, The Ohio State University, and Juniata College, as well as
at art centers such as Arrowmont School of Crafts and Anderson Ranch
Arts Center. A passionate educator and thinker as well as a maker, her
writing can be found in Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, and
Passion and Pedagogy.

Learn more about Gwendolyn and her work at www.gwendolynyoppolo.com
Learn More!

For full symposium information, please visit http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com
• All participants must be pre-registered.
• Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration is $125 for Adults
or $110 for Seniors (plus GST) until January 15th, after that date
Registration will be $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).
• Seniors Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration,
on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.
• All Fees include lunch.
• Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone to set up a new account: 604-291-6864.
• Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

R:evolution – tradition – technology
Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 9am-5pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC
Registration starts June 21, 2016

R:evolution – tradition – technology is a one day ceramics symposium which addresses the ways that contemporary ceramic artists interact with new digital technologies; as a tool for making work, as content addressed in their artistic enquiry, and as a tool for connecting with their peers and the market. At the same time we investigate the relevance of traditional methods and their role in contemporary society.

Ten national and international artists have been invited to share their expertise with students and professionals in the ceramic arts. The topics of presentation cover academic and theoretical topics, as well as providing more practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, glaze and firing technology and clay bodies. These topics are addressed through numerous simultaneous presentations of images, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, panel discussions and a topical keynote address. Theoretical presentations involve discussions of literature on the medium, including history, contemporary practice and trends in the ceramic arts.

Presenters:
Katrina Chaytor, Sunshine Cobb, Samantha Dickie, Steven Young Lee,
Simon Levin, Aaron Nelson, Ruthanne Tudball, Jason Walker, James
Watkins, Gwendolyn Yoppolo
Special Guests: Brendan Tang, Carol Mayer

www.canadianclaysymposium.com

Craft Culture talk in Calgary

How
is placemaking shaped by a tradition of craft? From Medicine Hat’s
Medalta factory, thriving on the rich resources of clay and natural gas
in the 1900s, to bespoke, digital means and mass customization, ‘craft’
defies narrow definition. And yet the ability to think with one’s hands
is pervasive in our connection to local culture and our natural
environment. What traditional ways of making and construction are
important to our city? And what economic possibilities does craft and
making afford?

HEAR

Aaron Nelson / Medalta  | Ian MacGregor/ Museum of Making | Studio Collective |Jennifer Dobbin/ The Dobbin Group | Maddy Purves-Smith/ Custom Woolen mills

Date 

Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Start: 6:30 PM

Location

We hope you like surprises. Location details coming soon. (It’ll be a good surprise we promise.)

Questions about tickets or location? Email hello@dtalks.org

Find out more here.

NAKED CRAFT Symposium Tomorrow!

NAKED CRAFT NETWORK

“Craft
is significant to Canadian culture; historically, socially, culturally
and economically having the ability to unify and connect diverse
cultures, ethnicities and ways of life. Many people define craft
differently and consequently the term has a wide range of meanings and
values within contemporary society. We all have a connection to craft in
some way, through the products we consume, through the cultural
traditions passed down from generation to generation or through the
items and objects we encounter on a daily basis.  What draws people to
contemporary craft is authenticity, originality, creativity and the
tangible experience of an object that creates meaning and value beyond
its’ physical form.

The
Naked Craft Network is an international research project that brings
together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish craft.

Naked
Craft is designed to be playful in how it engages a public audience; at
a time in popular culture when the words “handcrafted” and “artisanal”
are the “it” words of marketing houses, attention must be redirected
back to craft itself. Craft is a sexy word, and Naked Craft intends to
show the viewer just how sexy craft itself can be. Naked Craft examines
craft practice through the four main themes: New Positions; Down and
Dirty: politics and materials; DIY; and Tooling up: new technologies and
economies.

Naked
Craft looks to contribute towards a better understanding of continuity
and change within the discipline. It is evident that despite the
cultural diversity and obstacles that influence craft making in Canada,
in Scotland, and around the world, there are many similarities and
shared values that influence the craft sector. In Canada we’re putting
forth a concerted effort toward public outreach and new ways of
presenting craft to audiences as diverse as the communities of craft
makers whom we support. With an increase in the awareness of
contemporary craft and an understanding of its value, comes the
potential of increased sales, consumption, recognition and promotion for
both makers and their objects. As such, both the individuals creating
craft as well as those consuming it are rewarded with culturally
enriching experiences, which support the local economy and encourage a
focus on high-quality craft objects that are lasting and well made. 

Naked Craft has spanned almost four years of research in two countries
and includes two workshop/residencies, three symposiums, a touring
exhibition and a publication. The NCN is interested in broadly
developing a better understanding of the relationships between the
identities that are inherently attributed to geopolitical regions of
practice, and the reciprocal role that the material production of craft
plays in building, maintaining and disseminating these identities in a
global arena of commerce and culture in the future. ” – via Naked Craft Website

THE NAKED CRAFT SYMPOSIUM

The
Naked Craft Symposium brings together makers, researches, and the
general public to discuss the themes explored throughout the Naked Craft
project, and to look forward at the future for craft.

 The symposium will take place at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Saturday June 27, 2015.

Member Registration: Symposium & Lunch $75.00 (Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario members)
Regular Registration: Symposium & Lunch $85.00
Student Registration: Symposium & Lunch $45.00

Registration online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/naked-craft-symposium-tickets-16144778467
Registration by phone: Heather at 905-632-7796 ext 307
Information: Denis at 905-632-7796 ext 303

Find the full schedule here

Aaron Nelson – Connectivity @ the Esplanade in Medicine Hat

OCTOBER 26, 2013 – DECEMBER 7, 2013

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. Medicine Hat, Alberta

As a craftsman, a clay expert and the Artistic Director of the Shaw
International Artist Residency program at Medalta Historical Clay
District, Aaron Nelson has a very broad and deep view of making craft
today. To create the art in this surprising, smart and fun exhibition he
investigated how to mesh sophisticated digital technology with
traditional ceramics, and explore ideas about networking and
connectivity.

In Connectivity, Aaron’s handmade traditional tea cups, platters,
vases and porcelain chandeliers are connected, sometimes by way of their
decorative gold luster, with electrical and electronic circuitry,
telephones, iPods, generators, light bulbs and audio speakers. The
gilded decoration works as a simple circuit board – the surfaces of the
ceramics become energized with flowing electrons as they transmit
electrical current and data. Visitors are invited to ‘turn on’ and
interact with the pieces physically or through their electronic devices.

Elegant and innovative, serious and playful, Nelson’s new work in
Connectivity links the richness of craft objects and craft practice to
our lives today, through which both digital and communication
technologies flow – exploring the connections, both literal and metaphorical, between electronics, communication and craft.

***Public Reception with the Artist – Thursday November 21, 7-10pm***

 www.aaronnelson.ca 
www.esplanade.ca/aaron-nelson-connectivity/