movie day: Marking the Line : Ceramics and Architecture

Marking the Line : Ceramics and Architecture from johnloden on Vimeo.

Four leading contemporary ceramicists, Christie Brown, Carina Ciscato,
Nicholas Rena and Clare Twomey talk about their response to Sir John
Soane and his collection of Ceramics. Joanna Bird curated their work
which is seen in amongst Sir John Soane’s fascinating collection in the
Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.

must read: How forgotten Spanish masons’ tiles transformed American cities

Guastavino tiles seen inside the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on West 82nd Street in Manhattan.Michael Freeman

“The Guastavino construction method was absolutely revolutionary in its
day for three big reasons,” Ochsendorf said. “It was fireproof; it was
incredibly strong; and it could be built with no support from below
during construction, almost like magic.”

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Thanks to musing reader Naomi Duffey for the heads up on this one!

Not to be missed: Visiting Lecturer Dr. Sandra Alfoldy

May 9 – May 11

The Manitoba Craft Council is pleased to present two lectures
by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Professor of Craft History at the Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design University and and Associate Curator of Fine
Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  See below for full event
details and bio.

Dr. Alfoldy will also be serving as one of three jurors for the SLOW
CRAFT exhibition.  Application deadline is May 3, 2012, please follow
this link for details on how to apply.

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 pm 
The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada
Lecture and Book Signing
RAW Gallery, 290 McDermot Avenue
Painting, sculpture, architecture, design and craft continue to jockey
for status in the artistic landscape, and one of the most coveted
positions is that of public art. Materials easily classified as craft
when produced on a small scale in a studio setting suddenly appear
sculptural or painterly on a large scale. Since World War Two Canadian
architecture has provided unique occasions to challenge and shape the
field we call contemporary craft.  This lecture will explore instances
where Canadian architecture and craft have worked together, and
sometimes at odds with each other, in an effort to demonstrate that even
in the twenty-first century they remain Allied Arts.

Thursday, May 10, 9:30 am – noon
Studio Visits with MCC

Thursday, May 10, 7-9 pm
DIY Will Never Die!
Lecture and reception.  Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave

The DIY Movement has received much attention as a new driving force
behind craft economics. This lecture will contrast historical craft
pioneers with contemporary crafters to argue that in order to understand
future craft economies as they are connected to the power of
do-it-yourself crafting, it is essential to examine past craft
economies.  What ideologies keep repeating, and what are the elements
that keep DIY alive and financially vital across generations?


Dr. Sandra Alfoldy is Professor of Craft History at
NSCAD University, and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery
of Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada (2012) and Crafting Identity: The Development of Professional Fine Craft in Canada (2005), editor of Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts (2007) and co-editor of Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005(2008).
She was the Chief Curator of the national Canadian exhibition at the
Cheongju International Craft Biennale (2009) and the 2010 Vancouver
Winter Olympics. She is currently at work on a new book on craft and
popular culture.

Lectures co-sponsored by:

Raw Gallery


Gallery 1C03

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

University of Manitoba Ceramics Club

Government of Manitoba

‘ecooler’ by mey + boaz kahn

“‘ecooler’ by mey kahn and boaz kahn from israle is one of the third prize winners of ‘iida awards 2010‘, organized by designboom in collaboration with incheon metropolitan city.

using passive and natural cooling methods, the ‘ecooler’ screen is a system of hollow ceramic tiles that cools a room by running water through its channels.

designer’s own words:
the ‘ecooler’ tile screen offers an alternative for cooling internal spaces without the use of electricityit is based on a hollow ceramic tile that can carry and transfer water. using a designated connector,it can be connected to other tiles, creating a natural cooling screen. ‘ecooler’ is a combination between two traditional middle-eastern elements: the mashrabiya and the jara. the mashrabiya is an architectural element that bears social values as a mediator between the inside and the outside. it is designed to allow air and light into internal spaces. the jara is an ancient jug used for cooling water by seepage and evaporation through the clay. unlike today’s air conditioner that creates separation between the user and the environment while exaggerating climate conditions, the ‘ecooler’ system takes responsibility and allows you to live in harmony with the environment.

via designboom

Art Lecture – University of Manitoba – Terri Fuglem

In the Borderlands of Art:
…the future terrain
of architecture & ceramics

Thursday, March 25 | 6 pm Ceramics Studio

Architecture, like ceramics, occupies a place between art and craft, ornament and function. Historically, the two disciplines are fundamentally similar, accommodating the most sacred rituals and the humblest of human needs.

Indeed, many buildings and their parts —and for a very long time—are made of ceramics. This lecture will explore the mutually beneficial relationships, both past and future, between the ceramic arts and architecture.

Professor Terri Fuglem is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Manitoba Department of Architecture. She received a BArch (five-year professional degree) in Architecture at Carleton University and an MArch in the History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University. Professor Fuglem has practiced in Ontario, Québec and London, England, and taught architecture at Carleton University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include the history of modern architecture in Canada, the relationships between form and materiality, and the effects of the global economy on local systems of trade and exchange, and particularly with the effects of regional production on architecture.

Terri Fuglem’s lecture is part of an exchange between Ceramics and Architecture.
There is no cost to attend this event – everyone is welcome.

School of Art
203 FitzGerald Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2