technical tuesday: a must read about envy and ego

Some of you might remember fondly laughing in the audience as Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) delivered his memorable Keynote speak at NCECA a few years ago. I see him as quite the quotable man at different points in my life and was taken by the following article by Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) (author of Steal Like An Artist) on the subject of envy for creatives which references a interview with Jerry as well. It’s a different type of “technical tuesday” on the blog I guess, one that asks us to be introspective,  but one we can all likely still learn from and think about in the studio today. I like to at least think i’m not the only one that feels creative jealousy and envy. If you can get through the day without feeling envious, well then I’m envious of you for that as well : )

Here’s to turning that envy into creativity.

“Nietzsche thought of envy as a confused but important signal from our deeper selves about what we really want. Everything that makes us envious is a fragment of our true potential, which we disown at our peril. We should learn to study our envy forensically, keeping a diary of envious moments, and then sift through episodes to discern the shape of a future, better self…. The envy we don’t own up to will otherwise end up emitting what Nietzsche called ‘sulfurous odours.’ Bitterness is envy that doesn’t understand itself.” (source)

Here’s the link to the full article by Austin Kleon:

call for artists: Exhibition Applications for the Saskatchewan Craft Council

Deadline: November 15 annually

The Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery presents solo, two-person, and group exhibitions reflecting craft history, contemporary practice, and innovation. The SCC Gallery policy prioritizes showing Saskatchewan artists and curators, but aims to include at least one touring or out-of-province exhibition each year.

For each of the six exhibitions accepted to the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery annual schedule, the SCC will provide installation assistance; insurance; promotion; documentation; administrative labour; and artist fees to be paid to the artist(s). To assist the SCC with the cost of the aforementioned labour and staffing, a 40% commission will be retained on any sales resulting from an exhibition.

The SCC encourages applications from self-identified members of under-served communities. We encourage submissions from Indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, new Canadians as well as people from visible and invisible minorities.


The SCC Gallery is committed to showcasing fine craft artists; other forms of visual art may be considered in addition to an exhibition that has a primary focus on craft.

Please ensure your application is complete. Applicants who submit incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading information may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Each applicant must fulfill the requirements of the Exhibition Application Package.

Download the introduction and a helpful checklist here: SCC Exhibition Application Introduction and Checklist

Download the Application form here: SCC Exhibition Application Package

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The Exhibitions & Education Coordinators along with the SCC Curatorial Committee assess all applications annually. Information from each applicant is sent to members of the Curatorial Committee prior to the annual review meeting, where proposals are considered along with their support material. The Curatorial Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Exhibitions Coordinators. Applicants will be informed of the Curatorial Committee and Exhibitions Department’s decisions following the curatorial meeting in late December – mid January of each year. Additional Curatorial Committee meetings may be scheduled as decided by the Exhibitions and Education Coordinators.

In preparing your application, please consult the SCC’s archive of previous exhibitions, as well as the SCC gallery floorplan.

You can also refer to this blog post for more information or tips for submitting your proposal!

Questions can be directed to:

Stephanie Canning or Maia Stark
Exhibitions and Education Coordinators
306-653-3616 ext 2

call for artists: exhibition opportunity @ JANE HARTSOOK GALLERY (Greenwich House)

Greenwich House Pottery held exhibitions of ceramics almost since the day it was established in 1905, though it was not until 1970 that Jane Hartsook (Director, Greenwich House Pottery 1945-1982) created a permanent exhibition space on the second floor of The Pottery. Upon her retirement in 1982, the gallery was renamed the Jane Hartsook Gallery in her honor.
The Jane Hartsook Gallery echoes the Pottery’s commitment to supporting emerging and established ceramic artists who have demonstrated an innovative level of excellence within the medium. The Gallery also promotes an educational mission to share historical and contemporary works in clay with a diverse community. The Gallery accepts proposals from artists or curators where clay/ceramics is the primary medium. We aim to represent the wide-ranging capabilities of clay as a material and are interested in work that approaches the medium from art, craft, and design perspectives.

The next deadline for proposals is September 1, 2018. Instructions for submitting a proposal can be found here.

call for entry: Wayne Art Center (PA), International Call for Artists: Craft Forms 2018

24th International Juried Exhibition of Fine Craft

Deadlines: September 14th, 2018, midnight CDT 
Digital Entry Deadline ($45 Fee)

September 18th, 2018 midnight CDT 
Digital Entry Extended Deadline ($65 Fee)

Established in 1995, Craft Forms is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors. Craft Forms is internationally recognized as one of the premiere contemporary craft exhibitions. The finest works of ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass, mixed medium and 3D printing are featured, supporting the Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts, and significantly benefiting all educational and outreach programs for children and adults.

One of the most highly esteemed museum-quality craft exhibitions in the United States, Craft Forms consistently draws upward of 5,000 visitors during its two month exhibition. More than 250 guests, including art collectors, supporters of the Wayne Art Center, and artists, annually celebrate Craft Forms and its companion show at the Opening Gala. The exhibitions and special events continue to attract local, regional, nation and international visitors throughout the duration of the show.

Juror: Perry Allen Price, Executive Director, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas. Previously, Price was director of education at the American Craft Council (ACC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he developed, managed and implemented all aspects of local and national outreach and programming for nearly four years. He offers HCCC a wealth of experience in arts administration, including project and fiscal management, fundraising, scholarship programs and exhibitions, as well as a passion for developing and fostering national relationships in the world of contemporary craft.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists working in clay, fiber, quilt, glass, metal, jewelry, wood, 3D printing, and/or mixed media fine craft.

Works submitted must have been completed after January 1st, 2016. If the work was accepted into a previous Craft Forms exhibitions, this work CANNOT be re-submitted for this or future Craft Forms.

Awards:  Our efforts to cultivate organizations that acknowledge artists in various disciplines are ongoing. We are very pleased to announce $8,000+ in prize awards this year.  Craft Forms 2018 Juror, Perry Allen Price, will select the award winners on December 7th, 2018. Once an artist is accepted into Craft Forms, future group and/or solo exhibition opportunities may become available at Wayne Art Center. An abbreviated catalog of artwork will document the juried exhibition and two copies will be supplied to accepted artists.

For more detailed information, submission guidelines and link to entry via CaFE:

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About Wayne Art Center: The purpose of the Wayne Art Center is to provide both instruction in the studio, and to build appreciation of the visual and performing arts through our many exhibits, lectures and programs. The Center affords artists an interdisciplinary venue to share, learn, exhibit and perform. They are located in Wayne, Pennsylvania.