ceramics symposium and souvenirs from the future @ Lawrence Arts Center

Every two years, the Lawrence Arts Center hosts six nationally
recognized ceramicists in a symposium on topics central to the
contemporary ceramics art world. This rare opportunity offers a chance
to interact and observe ceramic artists working in the top of the field.
Over the course of two days, this select group of artists are active in
studios at the Lawrence Arts Center demonstrating sculpting processes,
wheel throwing, surface decoration and glazing, representing a diverse
range of techniques and approaches to ceramic art.  The six artists are
paired up in three studios at the Arts Center, to demonstrate their
techniques and encourage dialogue with the audience. Attendees are
encouraged to visit each of the three studios throughout the two day
symposium on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 from 9:30am to

This years artists are:

Sunshine Cobb
Gerit Grimm

Chris Gustin

Akio Takamori
Patti Warashina
Stan Welsh


souvenirs from the future

Curated by Ben Ahlvers
October 10 – November 22
Art Talk with Ben Ahlvers OCTOBER 23 | 7pm

This group exhibition explores juxtapositions whether they be visual
or conceptual as well as the connections that can be formed in the
context of a group exhibition. The works included in this exhibit looks
to the future in order to acknowledge the past. They make connections
and blur definitions of ceramic materials, processes. The exhibit
delectably and mysteriously explores tensions between nature and the
synthetic, the hand and the machine, history and the future. This
exhibit brings together nearly 40 artists working in North America, each
working with ceramic material and processes.

Adam Shiverdecker   Adam Welch   Amanda Salov   Angela Carbone   Brett Kern  
Brian Harper   Carole Epp   Colleen Toledano   David Bogus   Elenor Wilson  
Eric Mirabito   Ian F. Thomas   Israel Davis   Jess Riva Cooper   Joe Pintz 
John Zimmerman   Jon McMillan   Kala SteinKate MacDowell   Kelly Schnorr  
Kyle Bauer   Kyungmin Park   Linda Lopez   Lindsay Pichaske   Matt Ziemke  
Michaelene Walsh   Molly Ann Bishop   Rain Harris   Roberto Lugo   Sarah Gross
Scott Bennett   Shalene Valenzuela   Stephanie Craig   Tim Berg/Rebekah Myers  
Tim Rowan   Valerie Zimany

emerging artist (hot mud edition): Marianne Chénard

With the opening of Hot Mud: Emerging Canadian Ceramists just around the corner I thought it would be nice to introduce you all to the amazing artists selected for the show. If you are in the Burlington Ontario area please make sure to check out the exhibition in person, and the symposium on the new face of Canadian Ceramics. Bound to be a great one. Today’s emerging artist Marianne Chenard will be part of the round table discussion.

Here’s a run down of the Symposium

Hot Mud :
The Symposium  
September 7 – 10AM to 3PM
At the Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Road,
Burlington, Ontario
L7S 1A9
10AM:             Welcome
10:10 :             Emerging Artists, Changing Times, a
report from the East Coast
Gloria Hickey, Independent Writer and
St.John’s, Newfoundland
and Labrador
10:40 :             Ceramics are….
Alan Elder, Acting Director, Ethnology
and Cultural Studies
Canadian Museum
of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec
11:10:             Ceramics
in the Expanding Field (With
apologies to Rosalind Krauss)
Gotlieb, Interim Executive Director & Chief Curator
Gardiner Museum,
Toronto, Ontario
11:50   Morning wrap up and lunch
13:00               Up
and coming from the Midwest
Greg Payce, Faculty
Alberta College
of Art and Design, Calgrary,
13:30               British Columbia
Sally Michener, Retired Faculty
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, British
14:00               Round
Moderator: Jonathan Smith
Permanent Collection Curator, Burlington Art Centre
Participating artists :
Zimra Beiner, Alysse Bowd, Marianne Chenard, Robin Lambert
and  Maja Padrov           
For the conference reserve
your seat
with Gillian Goobie at goobieg@thebac.ca or by telephone at 905-632-7796 ext: 326
 For information: Denis Longchamps, Director of Programs, at longchampsd@thebac.ca or by telephone
at 905-632-7796 ext.: 303
Denis Longchamps
Director of Programs

Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9
Phone (905) 632-7796 Ext.: 303
Fax (905) 632-0278

Objects of Desire – Upcoming Symposium

Objects of Desire
an international ceramic symposium with masters
5th – 26th July, 2012
the three week syposium, workshop participants will create new works, share
information and learn new techniques through the formal and informal
sessions, discuss the advances and developments in this expanding field of ceramics through a series of presentations
and lectures from all the participants. The workshop
will culminate in an exhibition of the work created during the symposium
in the Museum of the International Ceramics Studio.
Featured Masters:
Paul Mathieu (Canada)

His work in ceramics uses function and decoration as concepts
to explore the specificity of ceramics within art and culture.
Altogether art, design, media and crafts, the works contest and subvert
these categories to show their irrelevancy, ultimately.

Márta Nagy (Hungary)
Márta Nagy works within themes, and her
symbolically-charged art is characterized by a diversity in form and
decoration. Márta Nagy uses snow-white Hungarian porcelain and
red-firing chamotte clay. Almost always she combines the two. She
handbuilds her sculptures. The techniques she uses to colour her works
are various: metal oxide, coloured clay, lustre glaze, gold and silver
leaf. The combination of hese exceptional colourings are Nagy’s
signature; combined with the unpredictable forms they present a very
personal and unique work.

How to participate
At the International Ceramics Studio we have
comfortable ceramic studios and on site accommodation in single bedrooms
(provided with bedding, pillows, blankets, towels etc.). The
accommodation is self catering and we have large modern kitchens for
preparing meals and lounges for socialising. Artists have full 24 hour
access to their studios.
Cost of participating in the symposium is
210,000 HUF and includes, accommodation in single room, studio space,use
of all equipment etc. Extra costs will be for the materials and firings
you use.
Please email Steve at icshu@hotmail.com for details and application. 
International Ceramics Studio
H-6000 Kecskemét
Kápolna u.11

Telephone and Fax: +36 76 486867