job posting: ACAD

School of Craft + Emerging Media at ACAD welcomes applications for the
following nine (9) month limited term faculty appointment commencing in
August 2017:


Visiting Faculty, Ceramics





Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), founded in 1926, is one of
Canada’s most distinguished training grounds in art, craft, and design.  ACAD
offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study at the undergraduate and
graduate levels. Its 14 academic departments offer courses in diverse
disciplines including art history, theory, and criticism; ceramics;
fibre; glass; jewellery and metals; painting and drawing; performance;
photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; media arts; graphic design;
advertising; character design and illustration. In addition to
studio-based education and training, a strong program in liberal studies
emphasizes the critical role that the humanities and social sciences
can play in students’ development.


and renewal in our curriculum is an ongoing process that responds to
cultural and technological shifts in arts, crafts and design practice on
students’ curricular needs. Our faculty comprises renowned
professionals who are first-class instructors as well as active
practitioners. As leaders in their fields, they are committed to
building a diverse, stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas
and the acquisition of technical skills and crafts.


is located in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Calgary is a cosmopolitan urban centre, with a diverse population of
over 1.2 million people. This vibrant city has outstanding
post-secondary and cultural institutions as well many varied
recreational opportunities.



About the School of Craft + Emerging Media, Ceramics Program


Ceramics faculty is a diverse, engaged group of notable teachers and
practitioners connected to the field at home and abroad. Each year, a
new visiting artist complements the energy and expertise of ceramics
faculty, teaching and working alongside students in the studio. The
visiting artist contributes a fresh and diverse perspective, enhancing
the learning experience and serving as a catalyst for critical dialogue
within the college.


the Ceramics program students explore the role of function, sculptural
approaches, emerging technologies, historical precedents, and
contemporary practice within a comprehensive, studio-based and
theoretical program of study.




The Opportunity


(Competition # 1617-FE-FT-28)


complement existing instructional resources, this position will
instruct four (4) 4.5 hour-long studio courses at all levels of the
undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program. Salary will be commensurate with
experience and education. In addition, the successful candidate will
receive a research grant of $5,000.00 towards research and studio
practice and will be required to report and present on research
activities as well as mount an exhibition of their studio practice and
research at the College while in residence at the College.


successful candidate will be capable of teaching all forms of Ceramic
practice through core courses and studio supervision, including vessel,
sculptural, figurative, installation and performance.  The
candidate will possess an active studio practice that will contribute
to the breadth of the program and demonstrate a critical and creative
engagement with contemporary discourse on Craft and Ceramics.  In
combination with a collaborative spirit and professional commitment to
the field, experience in academic service, curricular innovation and
Ceramics’ studio management will be considered an asset.


Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching four (4) x 4.5 hour long studio courses at all levels of ACAD’s Ceramics program
  • Maintaining
    a research/studio practice, and contributing to research and
    scholarship in the field of contemporary Craft, specifically Ceramics
  • Creating and exhibiting a new body of work
  • Reporting and presenting on research activities in the form of artist talks and/or workshops
  • Demonstrating a commitment to pedagogical and academic excellence


The successful candidate will have:

  • An MFA or an equivalent degree or combination of education and professional experience in Ceramics
  • Previous post-secondary teaching experience
  • A professional exhibition record as a Ceramist
  • Excellent
    technical skills, and a wide knowledge of all aspects of the
    discipline, with a particular regard for international practice in
  • Be
    community-oriented; comfortable interacting with students, faculty,
    artists, and the public, and demonstrate a balanced approach between
    research, practice, and pedagogy


Preference will be given to applicants with a strong studio practice and teaching experience in pottery.



How to Apply


>>> Please
submit applications by clicking on the Apply Now tab at the bottom of
this page. The application must cover letter, a current CV, and the

  • Artist statements outlining philosophies and practices regarding teaching and studio practice
  • A
    digital portfolio of your recent studio work containing twenty (20)
    images accompanied by a corresponding numbered list including titles,
    medium and size
  • A
    statement on your proposed research topic (topics can include
    explorations in creative practice, technical process, content
    development, etc.)


of recommendation are not required with application but will be
requested at a later stage, if application is successful.


Applications must be submitted in a single PDF document.


Once you have created an account, choose the “Upload Resume” option.  You will only be able to upload one file, so make sure all required material is combined into a single PDF document. Incomplete submissions may not be considered. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes or add additional documents. Please visit ACAD’s How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.


Review of applications will begin on April 8th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.


Further information about the College is available on our website at


ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is
strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We
welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the
College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies.


collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining
eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom
of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If
you have any questions about the collection of your information, please
contact Human Resources at or (403) 284-7683.


While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

job posting- Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Position: Ceramic Art – Alfred University

The School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at
Alfred University, is seeking candidates for a tenure track faculty
position, at the assistant professor rank, whose practice integrates
with the expanding field of ceramic design.

The Division of
Ceramic Art, within the School of Art and Design at Alfred University,
has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in
the arts and fosters a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environment for
research and practice. The Division of Ceramic Art is comprised of six
full time faculty, a teaching fellowship, a rotating international
chair, and three full time technicians. The scope of the Division of
Ceramic Art is wide-ranging, embracing history and innovation, tradition
and emerging forms of visual art. The material intensive curriculum
develops skill and intellect through theory, technological research, and
creative practice. Undergraduate and graduate programs are strongly
intertwined. In our two-year MFA program, graduate students navigate
wide-ranging practices in the visual arts. More information about the
program can be viewed at:

Division of Ceramic Art seeks a dynamic artist who will participate in
shaping the future of ceramic art and design at Alfred. The successful
candidate will have an active exhibition record and growing prominence
in their field. We are seeking applicants immersed in one or any
combination of the genres: ceramic design, design for industry, digital
design, architectural ceramics or forms at the intersection of these.
While the applicant’s relationship to material specificity or plurality
may be open and variable, interested candidates should possess a strong
background in ceramic methodology, with an ability to address
contemporary practice across genres. Additionally, we encourage
applications from studio artists and/or designer-makers with any of the
following competencies or interests: craft/art/cultural theory; glaze
chemistry/material science; digital methodologies/technologies. The
position includes program conceptualizing and building. A strong
commitment to undergraduate and graduate education is expected. We
invite applicants from across the globe.

qualifications include an M.F.A. in studio art or design or its
equivalent, an active professional creative practice including a record
of exhibitions and projects beyond the local and regional level. Three
years previous college-level teaching experience or equivalent is
preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Alfred University
School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an accredited member
of NASAD, with 34 full-time faculty serving approximately 500 students.
The School is unique among institutions of higher education with an open
curriculum, allowing a robust and diverse experience in studio art,
design, and art history courses. Students and faculty alike thrive in an
intensive and supportive learning environment. School of Art and Design
students are fully integrated into Alfred University’s community of
2,000 students. The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) includes
the School of Art and Design, the Inamori School of Engineering, and
Scholes Library. The NYSCC was established in 1900 to advance research
in art, design, and engineering. That intellectual and creative legacy
exists in all of the areas of study in the School of Art and Design.

Alfred University is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Application Process
your letter of interest, CV, artist statement, teaching philosophy, 20
labeled images of personal work and labeled images of student work, in
addition to contact information for three references (address, phone
number, and email) as one PDF document to

For further information about the position, contact Search Chair, Professor Walter McConnell at

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016 and remain open until the position is filled.

job posting: Limited-Term Appointment Position in Ceramics

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts
invites applications for one limited-term appointment position in
Ceramics at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, effective
August 1, 2016 to May 14, 2017.

Limited-term appointment positions are subject to budgetary approval
and departmental or unit need.  Individuals holding limited-term
appointments may be reappointed, given continued funding and need, as
well as satisfactory job performance.  Together, initial appointments
and subsequent reappointments may not exceed 36 months or a span of
three consecutive years.

Studio Arts is the largest department in the Faculty of Fine Arts and
enjoys a longstanding reputation as one of Canada’s foremost
environments for the study and creation of visual art.  BFA programs are
offered in Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia (Video,
Performance and Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography,
Print Media, Sculpture and Studio Art. For more than 30 years, Studio
Arts has maintained an MFA program of international stature.  The
department emphasizes the importance of studio production, and has an
experienced technical staff and a faculty complement of more than 100
full-time and part-time professors, including some of the most
celebrated contemporary artists in the country.

During the initial appointment, the successful candidate will
normally be expected to teach up to 18 credits at the undergraduate
level and up to 21 credits per annum if reappointed. Successful
applicants should be prepared to advise and participate in reviews at
the graduate level. Responsibilities will also include active
involvement in committee and administrative work.

Candidates for this position should possess an MFA degree or
equivalent with a preference of two years university teaching
experience.  We are seeking a practicing ceramicist who is actively
engaged within the field. The ideal candidate should show an unequivocal
engagement with the materials of ceramics, demonstrate technical
expertise in handbuilding and a strong understanding of the issues
surrounding the contemporary practice of ceramics.  Although classes are
taught in English, fluency in spoken and written French would be
considered an asset.

Submissions should include:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and evaluations)
  • a list of courses taught with course descriptions
  • documentation of past and present artwork (20 images)
  •  examples of student work (20 images) sent on DVD, CD, or USB Stick
  • the names and contact information of three referees

All short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree.

Applications with a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be submitted or postmarked on or before March 7, 2016 to:

Mailing address:

Departmental Hiring Committee, Department of Studio Arts, Concordia University
Re: LTA Position in Ceramics
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., VA-250, Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H3G 1M8
Fax:  514-848-2281

Civic address for in-person and courier delivery: 

Visual Arts Building
Sir George Williams Campus
1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., VA-250, Montreal, Quebec, Canada  H3G 2M5

General inquiries regarding this position may be directed, by e-mail, to

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult:

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position
for August 1, 2016.  Review of applications will begin immediately and
will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,
Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given
priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.

Guest post: Carter Gillies

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One of the changes I’m hoping will evolve on musing over the next year is the inclusion of more guest posts by other artists and writers. I have always hoped that musing could become more of a space for dialogue, debate and critical writing. This voice shouldn’t me solely my own as this is a blog for the community, so I am encouraging anyone and everyone that is interested in writing for musing to get in touch. I’m open to just about anything you can come up with so long as it’s some how clay/craft/art related.

Earlier in the week I posted the video Adopt a Potter by Lisa Hammond, and Carter Gillies has started a great conversation in the comments of this post. Now I often worry because musing is often a bit thin on comments that people might miss these conversations that happen in the background of a post. So I’ve asked Carter to present some of this discussion here as a guest post. I encourage you to go back and read the comments, and of course add your own thoughts to the conversation.

Make sure as well to check out Carter’s website here for a glimpse into his incredible practice and for a wonderful read of a great established blog, which if it isn’t on your reading list, it should be.

Thanks Carter!

The following is Carter Gillies:

When I think of current and recent eminent potters almost all
of them either were pottery students at Universities or had some
exposure there which led them to pursue it outside academia.
The exceptions right now are a rare breed. How many of today’s great
potters had absolutely no contact with pots in college? Can you name even a few? So what happens when fewer and fewer people have that opportunity? What will happen if some depressing future day no one has that chance to study pottery in school any longer?

In the video Carole posted a few days ago, the potter Lisa Hammond
proposes that apprenticeships are at least one of the solutions to what
she and I both see as a problem facing the art of pottery making. She
talks about being “really disheartened” by “the demise of colleges and
ceramics colleges closing down” and what needs to be done “until those
in power realize what’s missing”.

This seems like an issue that impacts potters not only now, but the
future of our craft. Is it something we can talk about? Are we
interested in talking about it?

Lisa Hammond and some others are suggesting that apprenticeships are a
stopgap measure to fill the need for ceramics education, and obviously
it is a path to serious professionalism. I just worry that this
alternative is far too small a band-aid on the hemorrhaging of potters
from Universities. This is an extremely narrow chute to pass the future of all pot making through. The question I need to ask is whether apprenticeships will be enough…..

How many working potters can afford to take on apprentices? How many
of those will have the time and commitment to replace full time
University instruction? If even one out of every ten potters were able,
would this be enough to keep the momentum going? And if this is our only
solution will it ever be less a bottleneck than our current

And the question is also how a person got to the point that they were
willing to commit to a one to four year span of learning a trade from a
professional potter. They won’t often be starting from scratch. And few
potters would accept them if they didn’t already demonstrate the
serious motivation to be there and learn. Really, apprenticeships will
only fill the need of a ‘finishing school’. And while it is a viable means of honing one’s skills and
knowledge, it almost seems too quaint and romanticized a throwback
to have much currency in the modern world. It speaks of a pathway that is only rarer and rarer…..

Workshops and crafts schools are in a similar position. They are
opportunities for folks already on the path to becoming professionals or
passionate amateurs. And they would be too expensive for most folks to
spend one to four years of continuous class time…. They are a different
sort of ‘finishing school’ at best.

So how do folks get inspired to make that apprenticeship commitment?
One way that prospective professionals are exposed to pot making is
through classes in grade school, summer camps, and community centers.
And perhaps these are enough to get folks interested. I’m not
discounting that. But I’d think that the transitional step from summer
camp to prospective professional still requires enormous training and
persistence. It requires opportunity. And the question is how folks will
get this.

If the community center where I teach is like most others, then it
will be rare that an academic-like training can be offered. Most folks
taking classes already have their lives sorted out. Even the ones
who are serious about learning almost always have full time
jobs or are in school to become something else. They have the serious
passion for a hobby, not a career path. And so it is extremely
rare that I can teach to an academically rigorous standard. Its almost
impossible to even give homework assignments…. There are no grades. And
I’m not a gatekeeper….

So the question is whether a seriously trained professional potter
will be the exception in the future. Will the future of pot making be
mostly in the hands of willing and enthusiastic but under-trained
amateurs? I worry that without the opportunity afforded in universities
the overall health of our craft will be mostly up to folks who take a
class or two at a community center and then sell the begeezus out of
their pots on etsy…. (Not to disrespect or diminish the self directed
passion of these artists. Its only that passion is not always a
substitute for training and the honing of academic critique. And its
perhaps rarest of all that an artist is self directed enough to do
without even occasional critical feedback. We tend to think that if it
sells its good enough. And is that always a standard of quality? Will
this future be almost entirely market driven? And does our audience
always know enough to push us towards excellence? How often is that the
case? Etsy anyone?… These seem like important questions….)

But over and above the actual training that prospective potters miss
out on with diminishing opportunities in academia, perhaps the worse
harm is a lack of exposure. Of the countless students to walk through a
university’s Ceramics department doors, how many did it take for some to
stick? And of those how many to actually make a career of it? Are the odds any less than one in a thousand?

Universities are
that golden opportunity that you can take a class without yet knowing
your major. Its that golden opportunity to DECIDE what you are
interested in…. University educations are that incredible time in
one’s life when a person is figuring out what they want to do with the
rest of their lives. And they can experiment with little risk that wrong
turns and dead ends will be more than the waste of a semester. Its a rare time of freedom and diversity. When
folks eventually graduate most are started on the paths that will define
their lives. And it scares me that fewer and fewer will have an
opportunity to choose pot making from this irreplaceable period of

How many of today’s potters walked into a college ceramics class by
mistake? They took a wrong turn and ended up in the Art school basement?
Because the painting classes were all full? On a dare? Because
some cute guy was taking the class….? It almost seems that becoming a
potter requires this touch of the irrelevant and accidental…. Just how
do we replace THAT?

So here’s my question. Does anyone really think that
apprenticeships will fully substitute for the loss of pottery opportunities in
academia? Are we worried about the situation? Enough to do something
about it? Or are we too disinterested to lift a finger? Are we content
to get ours now and let the future generations of potters sink or swim
on their own? Are we apologists for the direction that academic
institutions and the gallery/museum establishment are heading? Are we
defending the pathway of community classroom settings and the amateurism
of many etsy sellers?

It seems there is no one right answer but that we need ALL these
opportunities in play. I just fear that our future as a viable craft
will be diminished if we give up on pottery being taught in academia. 
Anyone else see what I’m worried about?