Spoon Me @ Medalta this week!

Spoon Me @ Medalta will go live online on September 1st @ www.medalta.org/spoonme

The grand prize winner of a month long Medalta residency will be announced at the opening reception @ Medalta on August 28th from 7-9pm.  Let us know if you can make it! Make sure to check out juror Carole Epp’s Musing About Mud blog for exhibition highlights and extended coverage on several selected spoon show artists in the coming months.

We have a Spoon Me event page on Facebook too, it’s where we’ll be
sharing sneak-a-peek spoon shots before the show goes live on the 1st.

If you’d like to check it out and share it’s at

Spoon Me’s online guests will be directed from the www.medalta.org/spoonme
page to view the show on Medalta’s new Pinterest page. ***Note this will be live online as of September 1st.*** Spoons can be
viewed and re-pined by other Pinterest users. The link on the photo
remains with the image and will take viewers directly to the spoons
purchase page which happens to be on our brand new Medalta online shop
that we are also launching with the spoon show.  Our shop will feature
contemporary ceramics from our exhibitions, starting with Spoon Me, as
well as reproductions of historical Medalta pottery made in our Museums
production studio.

At Medalta we are passionate about ceramics, from our clay industry past
to the contemporary ceramics community. Through this exhibition, in the
gallery and online, our goal is creating more space and opportunity for
contemporary craft artists to engage with a growing audience…and our
audience is eagerly awaiting this exhibition!

Object: Spoon is open!

During a 2013 residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Canada, Australian based artist Vipoo Srivilasa was seeking a way to bring fellow artists together. His compulsion for connection with other makers necessitated a simple and effective mechanism, ingeniously Srivilasa chose to invite fellow residents to make a modest, universal object as a way of both getting to know each other and celebrating their shared passion and profession. The object? A spoon!

by the strong sense of collaboration and connection enabled by this
common object Srivilasa quickly realised the potential of the idea and
upon his return to Australia put out an open invitation through his
extensive networks, asking makers to create spoons and to submit digital
images. From 72 submissions (from 16 countries), 25 spoons were
selected by Srivilasa, with advice from Vicki Grima, editor of The
Journal of Australian Ceramics and Leslie Ferrin, curator of Ceramic Top

The final collection, will be presented as a group in Object: Spoon
in the second venue of Ceramic Top 40 | New & Selected Works at
Harvard Ceramics in Allston, Massachusetts, USA.

Generated by his
basic human need for friendship in a new community, Srivilasa has
inspired an international engagement between established and
international ceramicists from 16 countries in this collaboration
This text appears in excerpted form. You can read the entire article in the OBJECT:SPOON story 
by Ramona Barry and Beck Jobson from Hand Made Life Blog 

25 spoons from these 2014 finalists will be on exhibit:
Tinne Maria
Andersen, Marta Armada, Elaine Bolt, Jim Bov’e, Meredith Brickell, Joey
Chiarello, Kris Coad, Rachel Cramer, Sally Curry, Trisha Dean, Carole
Epp, Klaus Gutowski, Evan Hobart, Vanessa Holle, Nayoung Im, Sukumarl
Leksawat, Steven Low and Thai Kwan, Miro Mackiewicz, Fiona McDonald,
Creina Moore, Jo Quirk, Bonnie Smith, Leilani Trinka, Gerry Wedd, Snow

Gerry Wedd


Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard
Gallery 224, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA
Exhibition: May 27–August 16, 2014
Opening date: May 27, 2014
Exhibition hours: Mon-Fri  10.00 am – 16.00 pm min and by appointment
Other Events: June 11, 2014
2–5:00pm   Workshop Demonstration with artist Lauren Mabry
5–6:00pm   Curator Lecture with Leslie Ferrin
6–8:00pm   Opening Reception


call for entry: SPOON ME! @Medalta

This year we thought we’d switch things up. It all started in September 2013 with our SExSE invitational residency (South East Alberta by South East Asia) and the talented Vipoo Srivilasa.
Vipoo challenged all of our residents to a spoon competition and we
were all hooked. The spoons created during this competition travelled
with Vipoo’s work to the Ceramic Top 40 exhibition at Red Star Studios
and are now off to Boston with his project OBJECT:SPOON.

As all this was happening we started seeing spoons everywhere. With
this object – that has gone in and out of fashion – making a serious
comeback in studio ceramics, we decided to extend the challenge to our
international invitational exhibition. Spoons are the New Cup!


  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Exhibition: September 1 – November 29, 2014
  • Email Notification Begins July 15th, 2014
  • Accepted Work Due August 15th, 2014
  • Up to five entries accepted
  • Submission Fee: $20.00 (CAD)
  • All artists payments & sold/unsold work will be shipped in December 2014
  • Opening reception TBA

So this year send us your SPOONS, your ladles, your scoops and your
servers. If a spoon is the feature of an object such as a soup tureen or
a larger set, send us your soup tureens and sets too. We want to see
what you come up with.

Not working in ceramics? No problem – this year we are opening it up
to our friends in other craft mediums too … clay, metal, glass, wood
& fibre.

We are very happy to be working again with the talented Musing About Mud
blogger and Canadian ceramic rockstar, Carole Epp. She will have the
hard task of Juror, narrowing down the entries and selecting the prize

Speaking of Prizes! Last year we partnered up with Medicine Hat
College, and together we gave away a free month long residency at
Medalta with accommodation to the Grand Prize winner KyoungHwa Oh. We can’t wait to have her in the studios this June … she makes some pretty great spoons too.

This year we will have purchases prizes for the Medalta contemporary
collection and several selected artists will be featured on the Musing
About Mud blog. For last years featured artists & Carole’s fabulous
coverage of the previous years show click here.

We’re cooking up even more prizes this year, we’ll update you here as
soon as they’re cemented.. but we’re definitely offering a June 2015
residency at Medalta as our grand prize!

The entry can be done completely online below by uploading your images and information.


Carole Epp is likely best known for her work on Musing About Mud,
(www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com) an online resource of ceramic related
content. She is a graduate of the Australian National University,
produces two distinct lines of functional and sculptural ceramics,
exhibits internationally, and at the end of the day is a mother to two
charming young boys.


The exhibition is open to all international artists. Work can be
either functional or sculptural so long as it addresses the idea of “the
spoon”. Please submit only original work that has been completed in the
last two years.

You can submit up to five entries, with the $20 (CAD entry fee).
Entries could include 5 separate spoons, or any of the entries can be a
set.  If the entry is to be juried as a set, please put set in one
photo, all sets will be priced as a set and sold together.

Front and back views are not required, but if you feel it’s necessary
to properly convey your piece using a front and back view then using a
side by side shot as one of the entries/uploads is recommended.

Work must not exceed 2 feet in width.

All work must be properly prepared for exhibition, be durable enough
to survive shipping and display, and come with exhibition/assemblage
instructions and hardware if applicable.

Medalta reserves the right to reject any work that is not suitably
prepared for exhibition or that differs from the original submission.
Medalta reserves the right to use images and photographs of accepted
works for the purposes of promotional materials, including postcards,
calendars, local media as well as online promotion.


All artwork must arrive at Medalta no later than August 15th. Artists
are responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to the gallery.


  • All entries must be for sale, (priced in Canadian Dollars).
  • Medalta will receive a commission of 40% on all sales.
  • All work will be available online.


GRAND PRIZE! One lucky artist will win one month in Medalta’s June 2015 residency!
We’re cooking up even more prizes this year, we’ll update you here (and Facebook & Twitter) as soon as we have more to report. So check back often!
Purchases Prizes will be awarded for Medalta’s Contemporary Ceramics collection.
Several of the selected artists will be featured on the Musing About Mud blog.
Awards will be determined by the juror and announced at the opening reception. Artists do not need to be present to win.

Visit their website to apply.

Any questions regarding this show can be directed to Medalta’s fabulous Exhibitions & Collections Curator …
Jenna Stanton
Curator, Exhibitions & Collections
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada