This week @ the International Museum of ceramics in Faenza

August 30, 2012 at Argillà
the International Museum of ceramics in Faenza will be held the following events:

17.30 hours: Conference room presentation view of Finnish potters, ceramic Conference organised by Finnish Pekka Paikkari, to follow the inauguration in classics and an aperitif in the garden

21 hours: in the backyard: Entertainment: visionaries

Vicki Grima: 87 spoons

Sitting on a bamboo stool in a quiet corner of Gaya Ceramic Arts Centre I pinched small balls of clay into forms that fitted my hands, as we played, created and explored with clay. It was July 2010 and a group of seven joined me in Ubud, Bali for two weeks of indulgence – Culinary Clay – a remarkable workshop where we considered the intimate relationship between food and the vessel in which it is presented. Since returning I have been exploring the spoon form, one of the most sculptural forms of the humble everyday objects we use on the table.

I returned to over 2000 images I took of the landscapes around Ubud and the vegetables, spices and herbs with which regional recipes are made. Layered hillside terraces, repetitive rows of planted rice, the rhizome forms of galangal and ginger, intricate woven offerings made from palm leaves, coconut shell segments used to scoop flesh from fresh coconuts and old twisting vines and trees became a rich source from which to draw inspiration for this body of work, 87 spoons.

I enjoy the intuitive process of pinching, allowing forms to evolve as they nestle into my hand during the making. The spoon form is an extension of the hand, a utensil with which to scoop food to the mouth or into a bowl. A spoon also needs to rest, and so the rough, gritty, yet delicate brown bowls came about as places for the spoons to settle.

My spoons are made to be used and handled.
Please pick them up.

These works will be on exhibition as part of :

Find out more at Kerrie Lowe Gallery
or visit Vicki’s website.

Harvest – Elaine Bradley

Introducing Elaine Bradley, an emerging practitioner from the latest crop of talent fresh from The Australian National University School. Elaine Bradley’s work will feature in Harvest – a series of award exhibitions in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s Crucible Showcases.

Elaine Bradley creates contemporary ceramic works utilizing a range of techniques. She incorporates wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and industrial processes, and creates her work within the confines of a tiny studio. Her simple forms are embellished with meditative motifs that relate to her own experiences. She explains that she is process driven, articulating that the journey of being a maker is as important to her as the destination.

The exhibition will be officially opened by guest speaker Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Patron, at Thursday 18 August 2011.

Harvest continues until Saturday 24 September 2011 in the Centre’s Crucible Showcases, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City.

Harvest provides assistance for graduating artists and designer makers of local tertiary institutions at the beginning of their independent studio practice. This opportunity to exhibit also encourages emerging practitioners to remain in the region, staying connected with local art, craft and design organisations, such as Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, who strive to promote, support and assist practitioners throughout their careers.

Throughout 2011 Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre will celebrate its 40th birthday, and to commemorate this significant event an unprecedented number of emerging artist awards have been presented to recent graduates. The eight recipients in 2011 are Hannah Dalrymple, Kimberley Dixon, Dierdre Pearce, Annabelle Davidson, Elaine Bradley, Marco Chan, Edward College and George Thompson.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is open Tuesday to Friday to and Saturday to

Media Contact: Amy Kerr, Communications and Program Manager

(02) 6262 9333

Also make sure to check out Elaine’s blog

Image: Elaine Bradley, Nest, 2010. Photographer: ANU photography

Call for entry: CraftArt 2011

Florida Craftsmen’s CraftArt 2011 returns to the great outdoors on Saturday, November 19th & Sunday, November 20th, just outside the doors of Florida Craftsmen Gallery, at the crossroads of Central Avenue and Fifth Street North in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg.
One of the most eagerly anticipated arts events each year by collectors and patrons, as well as by locals and visitors who plan a long weekend around the show, CraftArt features some of the nation’s best established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper, mixed media, original woodcuts and lithographs.

Watch for information about the 2011 CraftArt Festival – November 19th and 20th

If you are an artist interested in applying for CraftArt, the deadline is August 31st. Apply at

via Clay Art Web