movie day: Brendan Lee Satish Tang

A household name in the Canadian ceramic scene, Brendan Tang is finishing up a residency at the Burrard Arts Foundation which surprisingly takes him a step away from the work he’s gained so much recognition for. It’s always exciting to watch established artists take risks and challenge themselves, and their audiences, creatively. Make sure to catch his latest exhibition, opening this thursday the 11th and running till March 10th. There’s a great write up on the Burrard Arts Foundation site about this new series and some background for those new to his work.


CBC Arts also recently caught up with the artist in his studio in Vancouver. Make sure not to miss this behind the scenes look at Tang’s Manga Ormolu series and how it lead him to his new cloud series meatspace at Burrard Arts Foundation. And check out more of Brendan’s work on his website.


Play, Precarity and Survival @ aceartinc

 Jul 30 – Aug 22

Opening reception July 30, 2015 7pm
aceartinc, 290 McDermot Avenue
Exhibition continues July 31-August 22, 2015
Curated by Sigrid Dahle, featuring work by Marcel Dzama, Seema Goel, Rachael Kroeker, Jeannie Mah, Monica Mercedes Martinez, and Brendan Tang.
This group exhibition includes artists who consciously use ceramic
history, material properties and studio and/or commercial production
processes to playfully and incisively explore, resist and/or perform
unmoored contemporary identities. How are ever-evolving,
cross-generational im/migrant experiences, colonial narratives and
hybridized identities – what we customarily call ‘globalization’ –
enacted in and through the vibrant discourse that is 21st century
ceramics? What is it about this medium that renders it so amenable to
supporting these timely and compelling investigations? Explore these
questions and more when Play, Precarity and Survival opens this July.

Above image:
Brendan Lee Tang
Untitled (Ming 2) 2012
Inkjet Print (limited edition)
29.06cm x 17.78cm (11.44” x 7”) 

This exhibition was made possible through generous funding from the
Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Canada Council for the
Arts and the Arts Branch, Province of Manitoba.

Upcoming workshops: Melbourne, Canberra, Prince George

I’ve got a busy few months ahead of me, 
and I’d love to see you out at these events if they are in your part of the world. 
I’ll be demonstrating alongside some amazing artists. 
I can’t wait to learn as well : )

Ceramic workshop with Ben Carter (US) and Carole Epp (Canada)
@ Slow Clay Centre 

Globe-trotting contemporary ceramic artists Ben Carter and Carole Epp
deliver a one-day workshop that will inform you of the rich variety of
surface decoration approaches that they use in their individual
practises. Whilst demonstrating their techniques they will also discuss
their different blogs (Musing about Mud) and podcasts (Tales of the Red
Clay Rambler) and the way they utitlise the possibilities of the
internet and social media to engage new audiences.

This workshop will inspire you to approach your surfaces with rich
variety and also be inspired to see the inherent possibilities of the
internet and social media to expand your reach thereby making your
practice more sustainable.

Content will cover: Each artist will give a presentation about the
development of their work and career, discussing their achievements and
their use of blogs, podcasts and social media. They will then
demonstrate their unique surface techniques which will include
variations of slip and engobe deocration, sgraffito, underglaze colour,
burnishing and Ben and Carole’s individual developments in the surfaces
they use. There will be scope for deep discussion and enagagment with
these two well-known and highly respected artists. All welcome!

When: Sunday 19 July, 2015, 10am – 4pm
Where: Slow Clay Centre, 13 Keele St, Collingwood
Cost: $265 ($245 early-bird price until 1 June) Bookings are essential due to limited places.

Find out more or sign up here!

School 13-15 July
Form and
with Carole Epp and Ben Carter
@ Canberra Potters Society

Focus will be on developing rich surfaces for both
functional and sculptural ceramics. Participants
will learn a variety of surface-design methods
including slip decorating, sgraffito, underglaze
painting, resist painting, mishima, and layering
stains. During the workshop we will discuss
aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory,
etc.), making strong functional pottery forms, using
metaphor and story telling as a basis for sculpture,
and creative problem solving in the studio.
Additional discussions of marketing, social media
and the changing landscape of contemporary craft
will leave the workshop attendees recharged,
rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio

Here’s the details:

with Brendan Tang, Cathi Jefferson, 
Bill Reddick and Carole Epp

August 7th-9th, 2015

Join us in Prince George for our fourth Northern BC Clayfest! This
exciting event will offer you the opportunity to learn about advanced
clay techniques. You will have the opportunity to network with your
fellow artists, and meet our exciting workshop presenters. We are
hosting four nationally acclaimed clay artists who will present two days
of techniques. Presenters will also provide a 45 minute slide or video
along with their hands-on techniques for the benefit of the
This year Prince George is celebrating its 100th birthday, and the
University of Northern BC is celebrating is 25th anniversary, so we will
helping to commemorate these special occasions with our events.

Full details here