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!

call for entry: Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Total Prizes: $30,000
Best of Show: $20,000
1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $3,000
3rd Place: $1,000
Honorable Mention: $500 (2)
The Muskingum County Community Foundation
(MCCF) in cooperation with the Potters Council, Zanesville Ohio Ceramic
Arts, and the Artist Colony of Zanesville is seeking entries in
functional, sculptural, and tile ceramics.

Three jurors will jury the competition:
Sherman Hall (Editor of Ceramics Monthly) (Columbus)
Brad Schweiger (Professor of Art at Ohio University) (Athens)
Angelica Pozo (Ceramic Artist) (Cleveland)


Entrants: Open to all ceramic artists worldwide.

There will be up to 100 pieces chosen.
The recommended size of work is a base of no more than 16’’ wide or deep
and a height of not more than 31’’ tall. Works may be larger than the
recommended size, but the artist must pay for return shipping if the
larger piece does not sell. Shipping costs of international works to be
returned to a destination other than an address in the United States
must be paid by the artist.
No ceiling-suspended works will be
accepted. Only very limited on-site assembly of multi-part works will be
possible. Works must be made primarily of ceramic materials and be
predominantly the work of the artist. The artwork must be no more than
two years old on the date of entry.
     Opening date for submissions: January 15, 2014
     Deadline for receipt of entries: July 15, 2014
     Notification of acceptances: August 15, 2014
     Delivery of accepted works: September 15-22, 2014 (including hand delivery)
     Exhibition Dates: September 27 – October 12, 2014
A fee of $40 (check or money order USD)
covers up to three (3) entries. Checks are to be made out to MCCF and
must be drawn on a US bank payable in US funds. Artists of entries
selected for the competition will be notified by e-mail, so be sure to
include your e-mail address. If you wish to be notified by regular mail,
please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may also submit
your entries online at the MCCF website at
MCCF will insure all works for the
duration of the exhibition. All entries will be for sale. MCCF will take
a 30% commission on the price of each work sold.
The artist is responsible for all
shipping costs and shipping insurance. There is no loading dock at the
show location so if the works are shipped by truck, they will need to be
shipped on a truck that has a lift gate. Please pack ceramic work
accordingly. Unsold items will be returned in same shipping container
and shipped to the address on the application. MCCF will pay the return
shipping costs for all unsold items of the recommended size or smaller.
The shipping costs of larger works and works shipped outside of the
United States are the responsibility of the artist.
Accepted works must be delivered September 15 – 22, 2014


Format: high-resolution JPEG image, at
least 300 ppi, on CD or flash drive (if submitted by mail) or uploaded
through the online entry form. All submissions must be on CD or flash
drive or uploaded through the online entry form; no slides, prints or
submissions by email.
Begin each file name with the surname of the artist, followed by
first name, and name of work (example: smith_john_bluevase.jpg).
Include the printed entry form with the CD or flash drive. Begin
each file name with surname of the artist (example:
Limit of three entries per artist. Maximum of two views of each entry may be submitted.
For multiple views, please label them consistently. (example: smith_john_bluevase1.jpg and smith_john_bluevase2.jpg).
Include the statement on the CD or flash drive. Begin file name with surname of the artist (example: smith_john_statement).
Each entrant must
additionally include a short description of the techniques used and what
influenced the creation of this work on the CD or flash drive in
.doc(x) or .pdf format.
If you do not follow submission requirements, your entry is subject to disqualification.

Download a PDF version of the Zanesville Prize Call for Entries that includes the Entry Form.

You may also submit your entries online at the MCCF website at


Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Dear Human’s “Patchworked In Canada” is
a two stage project: First, as a mural made from 1200 reworked vintage
Portuguese tiles, exhibited this month at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival’s
hub. Then it takes to the streets as an interactive urban art project. Throughout
select areas of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, the tiles will be tagged as
individual installations, to be found and taken home by lucky and observant
Dear Human <> is the creative studio of ceramic, architect, sculpture, design duo Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell. 
flower growing in a crack of the concrete. This project is like that;
finding unanticipated beauty in the urban landscape, inviting a moment
of pause and response. The search for these small offerings is an open invitation to explore and play. 
Press Releases in French and English:
High Res Images: Email
Inline image 2 Inline image 4
Hosted at the hub of Toronto Design
Offsite Festival at:
Bosley Real
Estate Ltd.
1108 Queen
Street West
M6J 1H9
January 20th
to the 26th
Hours of
Operation: Mon-Fri: 3-7pm, Sat: 12-7pm, Sun: 12-5pm
Toronto: Queen West area, January 27th-28th
Montreal: Le Plateau – Laurier area,
January 30th-31st 
Vancouver: Mount Pleasant – Main Street
area, February 7th-8th

emerging artist: Lili Paradise Khanmalek

images are from a recent project
revolving around race and sexuality. I find clay to be a very physical,
sexual, and sensual material; an appropriate material through which to
talk about the human body. As a young Iranian student at Emily Carr,
most of my work is about race, this project focuses on the sexual and
physical experiences of race. There was a short sound clip accompanying
this piece which was a recording of me telling a story about being
confronted by a stranger about my American
citizenship and ability to speak two languages. I tied this story in
with poetry about the body and sexuality.