call for artists: “Ceramic Laboratory” – 6th International Ceramic Art Symposium

Ceramic Laboratory symposium

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre and Latvian Centre for Contemporary Ceramics invite artists to participate in the 6th International Ceramic Art Symposium CERAMIC LABORATORY.

15 artists (10 international and 5 Latvian) are invited to participate in the Symposium. Within the framework of the CERAMIC LABORATORY, inspired by Latvian nature, cultural space and personal experience, participants will create unique ceramic artworks. The Symposium’s program will be supplemented by lectures and workshops, so we invite artists to propose a lecture and / or workshop while applying for the Symposium. While selecting Symposium participants, preference will be given to those applicants who, along with the creative work, have a lecture and / or workshop proposal.

Aim of the Symposium: To create unique contemporary ceramic artworks, developing an international communication platform in the field of ceramic art.

Place and time of the symposium: July 20 – August 3, 2018, Daugavpils, Latvia


Māris Čačka – artist, art-director at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre
Ray Chen – artist, Taiwan/USA;
Dorothea Nold – artist, Germany;
Christa Steinmetz – artist, Germany;
Viviane Diehl – artist, Brazil;
Christina Bunk – artist, Germany;
Rosana Tagliari Bortolin – artist, Brazil;
Annakatrin Kraus – artist, Germany/USA;
Jacomijn Steen – artist, The Netherlands;
Snježana Pokos-Vujec – artist, Croatia.


  • Residency expenses in Daugavpils (catering, accommodation);
  • Working place;
  • Basic materials and tools for work;
  • Publicity;
  • Recreation, tours around the city and surroundings, visits to art and culture institutions of Daugavpils;
  • Symposium opening exhibition;
  • Final symposium exhibition.


  • Covering of the travel expenses to and from Daugavpils;
  • Specific materials and tools for work;
  • Donation of an artwork from the opening exhibition to Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre;
  • Donation of at least two ceramic artworks created during the symposium.


To apply for Symposium, applicant has to complete ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM until April 15, 2018.


The Symposium Jury will consider the applications, and selected artists will receive invitations to participate in the 6th International Ceramic Art Symposium after May 15, 2018. The invited participants should confirm their participation within 5 days after receiving the invitation.

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Steven Heinemann @ The Gardiner Museum

Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature

On now till Jan 21, 2018

Curated by Rachel Gotlieb

From the Gardiner Museum Site:

For the past thirty-five years, acclaimed Canadian artist Steven Heinemann has transformed the medium of ceramics in Canada. Working in varying scale, Heinemann explores the paradoxes between culture and nature, deliberation and chance, interior and exterior surfaces.

This first major retrospective examines Heinemann’s fascinating and evolving process to reveal how he uses form, texture, pigment, and imagery to achieve his wondrously tactile bowls, pods, and other universal shapes that embody the polarities between life and nature.

Heinemann’s process can stretch over months or even years, firing a piece multiple times, and reworking the surface by sandblasting, scratching, polishing, and stenciling to evoke glyph-like imagery. His studio is evoked in the gallery through an installation of sketchbooks and source material, including original photographs and a wall of ceramic test tiles. A time-lapse video shot by the artist documents a treated clay surface as it dries, warps, and cracks according to chance and calculation.

Click here to see Steven Heinemann in his studio discussing one of the works in the exhibition.

Wednesday November 8, 6:30 – 8 pm
Artist Lecture: Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann reflects on his career as a Canadian contemporary ceramist and how philosophies of ecology, cosmology, and ancient artifacts have inspired his work.
$15 General / $10 Gardiner Friends
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Saturday November 11, 2 – 4 pm
Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature Exhibition Walk-Through
Join Steven Heinemann and contemporary ceramics collector Raphael Yu for a walk-through of Culture and Nature.
$30 General / $25 Gardiner Friends
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Saturday November 18, 10 am – 4 pm
Master Potter at Work: Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann leads an intimate observation-based workshop in our Community Clay Studio for emerging, established, and curious ceramic makers, exploring key elements of his artistic process.
$30 General / $25 Gardiner Friends
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Read more about Steven Heinemann in the Globe and Mail this week.


call for entry: Blue Line Arts (CA), International Call for Ceramic Artists: Off Center

Deadline: February 23rd, 2017

From their call: Blue Line Arts is proud to present Off Center, a
brand new international ceramic art competition for 2017. This year, we
are honored to have such illustrious ceramic artists, Sandra Simon and
Robert Brady, as our judges. Since the first ceramics were created, like
Venus of Dolní Věstonice, before 25,000 BCE and pottery vessels that
were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BC, people
have been fascinated with clay. Here is your opportunity to show what
your vision is in ceramics.

Awards: First Place: $1000., Second Place: $750.,
Third Place: $500., Curator’s Choice: A solo exhibition, to take place
in our Westpark Workshop Gallery in 2018, will be given to one
participating artist.

1) Off Center is open to all ceramic artists worldwide.
2) Artists may submit up to three (3) entries that are original pieces
and are made up of at least 80% clay as the primary medium. Three (3)
Images (views – front, back, top) per ENTRY may be submitted.
3) Size limitations: Pieces must be able to enter through doors with
clear entry of 94″ h X 91″ w inches. Please have mercy on us and do not
submit pieces that are over 60 pounds.
4) We have 10 foot ceilings in the gallery.
5) Submission of all works must be done online via EntryThingy. Click on
the “Call For Artists” button on the Blue Line Arts website and you
will be taken automatically to the EntryThingy sign-in.
6) All works submitted must have been created after January 2014

Prospectus for more detailed information:


About: The Non-Profit Organization Blue Line Arts is an active South
Placer community resource established over 45 years ago to promote the
arts. Blue Line Arts showcases the works of regional and national
artists, and offers flexible exhibition space suitable for small musical
performances, lectures, parties, and demonstrations. A special
Childrens Gallery provides a dedicated location for children’s programs.

Blue Line Arts, 405 Vernon Street, Suite 100, Roseville, California

Artist Spotlight @ Alberta Craft Council with Connie Cooper

As time goes on, I find that it is important to slow down, to
simplify and keep to what is important to me. As my life is reflected in
what I make, the pieces are simple, with less surface decoration and
more attention to form, texture, colour and material interaction in

A trip to Iceland, where the landscape is igneous,
textural and pristine, has renewed my interest in geology and landscape.
Mined from the earth and transformed by fire and heat, clay and glaze
minerals were the first materials synthesized by man. Drawn in part by
this interest to work with clay, my intent is to reference and reflect
this inspiration
. – Connie Cooper (Calgary)