movie day: Ceramic artist Joy Trpkovic

Joy Trpkovic is an award winning ceramic artist. She works predominantly in porcelain, creating distinctive translucent vessels, wall installations and collections of tiny sculptures inspired by sea forms, strata, fossils and funghi. http://www.createdbespoke.com/artist/Joy Joy studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College in London, Portsmouth University and University of Sussex. Her Fine Art education as a painter enriches her work as a studio ceramicist and allows her to approach using clay with aesthetic and technical freedom. After teaching Art for some years, Joy set up her own studio. Since 1979, her work has been widely exhibited in Britain, Europe and the U.S.A; in Minnesota, Zurich, Basle, New Delhi and most recently, Alcora, Spain; and she has enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions in England. Joy’s work is held in public collections at Southampton City Museum and Art gallery, Leicester County Council and the Permanent Collection at the Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain. Creating with porcelain that has been aged to increase plasticity for hand building, Joy uses only the simplest tools – fingers, the palm of a hand, a scalpel, a small boxwood stick and fine paintbrushes. Joy prefers direct contact with the clay rather than casting or throwing, although her preferred process is much more time consuming. Joy aims for delicate translucency in her work and enjoys the risks inherent in using porcelain as it grows and shrinks during firing – Her thinnest vessels are made from 0.5mm sheet. Mini sculptures are assembled in bespoke acrylic box frames to enable all round viewing and light passing through. Some Shard Wall Pieces are inserted into board and then framed with museum glass to avoid reflections.

call for entry: UNWEDGED

UnWedged is Pottery Northwest’s annual national juried exhibition. Each year, the juror seeks out applicants working in clay, with either a connection to tradition or increasing innovation in the field.

Pottery Northwest hopes to produce an exhibition that reflects an excellent example of the state of contemporary ceramics. To this end, each year they select a juror with a proven career track record, who has exemplary taste, and whose work we admire. We are pleased to announce that Julia Galloway is the juror for 2018.

Full details here: potterynorthwest.org/portfolio-item/oct-2018-unwedged-2018/

movie day: Full Circle

 

A short film about creating with ceramics artist, Billy Ritter.

Eight years ago Billy taught my Drawing I class at Kent State University. We didn’t keep in contact after the class ended until we randomly crossed paths last fall.

When you’re young and ambitious, you kind of feel like you can do whatever you want. Then you grow up, and that limitless mindset becomes burdened with responsibilities and expectations. Back around the time I was in Billy’s class I felt like I could create art for the sake of creating. Not for a client. Not for a company. Not for views. And it felt great. When I ran into Billy after all those years, I saw an artist who never let that pressure get to him.

This film is a callback to those times. A reminder to keep creating.

Director/Editor – Ryan Girard
Cinematograper – Caleb Crossen
Gaffer – Keith Nickoson
Key – Kevin Coyne
AC – PJ Mozingo & Kasey Drzazga
Audio – Mike Carissimi & Nate McLaughlin
Color – Ryan Hardy
Photos – Peter Larson
Hand Lettering – Molly Lawrence

Visit billyritter77.com to learn more about his work.