show musing about mud a little love (cuz musing loves you alot!)

you may notice a new little image on the right hand side of the blog. it’s that rectangle over there that says donate/support/musing. let’s try not to talk about it too much, but it does need to be mentioned.

so i’ve been running this blog since 2007 and throughout the years the debate has raged regarding adding ads to the blog. sigh. i feel so awkward even talking about it…. personally i’ve never wanted ads. i’m kind of opposed to them. but there is a reality that needs to be addressed and that is that this blog – which i love and am passionate about continuing – is taxing on my time. the blog could be so much more i know. i’d love to see it grow and develop over the upcoming years, and i believe that it has grown substantially since 2007. but to do this i will have to put in more time. time that takes me away from my own artistic practice.

so i’d like to propose a different option rather than advertising on the blog. it’s simple really and you can either ignore it or you can contribute. up to you completely. if you so kindly would like to contribute to musing and all the work that goes on to keep the blog up to date, then all you have to do is click on that DONATE image and you’ll be redirected to paypal where you can send a contribution to musingaboutmud@gmail.com

i’m not asking for a lot. i know we are all broke and struggling as artists. but if everyone that read the blog gave a couple bucks a year it would be a huge difference.

i also am open to contributions of awesome art for my collection….but that’s another thing : )

okay, i’m sorry.
let’s be done with this awkwardness and go back to our lovely lives.

thanks for your time and all the ways in which you contribute to our clay community and to musing.

hugs,
carole

* it’s a simple process but a bit confusing. since i can’t just add a paypal donation button to the blog (must be a registered charity) this DONATE image will take you to a paypal page where you enter your email, my email (musingaboutmud@gmail.com) and a dollar amount you’d like to contribute. again many thanks.

Medalta Cup Show – Deadline May 30th!!!

Alright guys it’s that time in which I start to get annoying by reminding you daily to get your applications in for the Medalta International Cup Show. So lets make it easy on everyone involved by having you all each just send in your applications, because it’ll get embarrassing for all concerned if I have to start calling each and everyone of you individually to remind you! : )

Show us your mugs (or cups, yunomis, steins, etc) and be a part of Medalta’s first annual International Cup Show!

This show – August 23 to September 28- is being juried by Musing About Mud blogger and Canadian ceramic rockstar, Carole Epp.

The submission deadline is Thursday, May 30 so if
you’re interested, have a look at the eligibility requirements,
important dates and other information on this page and fill out the
handy-dandy form below (along with payment). Thanks for your interest
and good luck!

JUROR

Carole Epp is likely best known for her work on Musing About Mud, (www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com)
an online resource of ceramic related content. She is a graduate of the
Australian National University, produces two distinct lines of
functional and sculptural ceramics, exhibits internationally, and at the
end of the day is a mother to two charming young boys.

ELIGIBILITY

The exhibition is open to all international artists. Work can be
either functional or sculptural so long as it addresses the idea of “the
cup”. Please submit only original work that has been completed in the
last two years. All work must use at least 50% fired clay as the primary
medium.

Work must not exceed 2 feet in width.

All work must be properly prepared for exhibition, be durable enough
to survive shipping and display, and come with exhibition/assemblage
instructions if applicable. Medalta reserves the right to reject any
work that is not suitably prepared for exhibition or that differs from
the original submission.

Medalta reserves the right to use images and photographs of accepted
works for the purposes of promotional materials, including postcards,
calendars, local media as well as online promotion.

All entries must be for sale, (priced in Canadian Dollars).

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications Due May 30th

Email Notification Begins June 15th 2013

Accepted Work Due July 20th 2013

Show Dates August 23rd to September 28th 2013.

Opening reception TBA

All sold and unsold work shipped back October 2013

SHIPMENT OF WORK

All artwork must arrive at Medalta no later than July 20th. Artists
are responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to the gallery.

COMMISSION

All entries must be for sale, (priced in Canadian Dollars). Medalta will receive commission of 40% on all sales.

AWARDS

Several of the selected artists will be featured on the Musing About Mud blog.

And we’re wrangling more prizes as we speak!

Awards will be determined by the juror and announced at the opening reception. Artists do not need to be present to win.

Students, be sure to identify yourself as such on the submission form below to be eligible for special awards.

Find the online submission form here:

http://medalta.org/showusyourmugs

Call for entry: Medalta International Cup Show

If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know that I speak very highly of the Medalta Artist in Residence program. These are some amazing folks doing great stuff and its so nice to see an internationally recognized residency program so close to my home. So of course I jump at any opportunity to work with them and thus I am beyond excited to announce the first ever Medalta International Cup Show. How thrilling to see an international cup show taking place in Canada.

Show us your mugs (or cups, yunomis, steins, etc) and be a part of Medalta’s first annual International Cup Show!

This show – August 23 to September 28 – is being juried by (yours truly!) Musing About Mud blogger and Canadian ceramic artist, Carole Epp.

The submission deadline is Thursday, May 30 so if
you’re interested, have a look at the eligibility requirements,
important dates and other information on this page and fill out the
handy-dandy form (along with payment). Thanks for your interest
and good luck!

JUROR
Carole Epp is likely best known for her work on Musing About Mud, (www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com)
an online resource of ceramic related content. She is a graduate of the
Australian National University, produces two distinct lines of
functional and sculptural ceramics, exhibits internationally, and at the
end of the day is a mother to two charming young boys.

ELIGIBILITY
The exhibition is open to all international artists. Identify yourself as a student to be entered into the right competition. Work can be either
functional or sculptural so long as it addresses the idea of “the cup”.
Please submit only original work that has been completed in the last
two years. All work must use at least 50% fired clay as the primary
medium.
Work must not exceed 2 feet in width.
All work must be properly prepared for exhibition, be durable enough
to survive shipping and display, and come with exhibition/assemblage
instructions if applicable. Medalta reserves the right to reject any
work that is not suitably prepared for exhibition or that differs from
the original submission.
Medalta reserves the right to use images and photographs of accepted
works for the purposes of promotional materials, including postcards,
calendars, local media as well as online promotion.
All entries must be for sale, (priced in Canadian Dollars).

IMPORTANT DATES
Applications Due May 30th
Email Notification Begins June 15th 2013
Accepted Work Due July 20th 2013
Show Dates August 23rd to September 28th 2013.
Opening reception TBA
All sold and unsold work shipped back October 2013

SHIPMENT OF WORK

All artwork must arrive at Medalta no later than July 20th. Artists
are responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to the gallery.

COMMISSION
All entries must be for sale, (priced in Canadian Dollars). Medalta will receive commission of 40% on all sales.

AWARDS
Several of the selected artists will be featured on the Musing About Mud blog.
And we’re wrangling more prizes as we speak!
Awards will be determined by the juror and announced at the opening reception. Artists do not need to be present to win.

Find out everything you need to know and the application form here: http://medalta.org/showusyourmugs 

Make sure to apply – because you know if you don’t you’ll never hear the end of it from me : ) 

Calling all Emerging Artists and Students

So one of the new changes around musing that I wanted to implement this year (yeah a realize it’s already March, give me a break) is a new feature focusing on student and emerging artist work. Most of the eye candy monday features showcase artists who have gained a level of recognition already within our field and community. I would like to start to support the more emerging artists out there in gaining exposure, and hopefully feedback on their work.

Starting today I’ll be presenting two emerging artists each weekend. Now this is going to be a regular feature so long as you all help me spread the word and help search out these fresh new artists. I can’t do it without you as most of this work is going to be off the radar and not the kind of thing you can just run across in an afternoon on Pinterest. So teachers, guild members, fellow students, each of you – nominate a friend or spread the word that I’m on the lookout for some new talent.

What qualifies? Well I think the term student is obvious enough, but emerging, well it can be a grey area.  I really just want to be inclusive of emerging artists young and old. So doesn’t matter if you are 20 and have no formal training or 65 and have just fallen in love with clay.

What am I looking for?

  • A few images, they don’t have to be professional or on a grey background. So long as we can clearly see the work that’s fine.
  • If you’ve got a website, facebook page, etc, please send me the link to share. If you don’t have a website don’t worry about it. 
  • A little write up would also be nice. Tells us about yourself, about your work. Include an artist statement if you have one. Again though no pressure. Sometimes the images can speak for themselves. 

Where to send it? Just drop me a line at carole_epp@yahoo.ca with “emerging mud” in the subject.

Thanks everyone!

Happy New Year!!!

Another year gone already? Well for me that one went particularly quick. We started off 2012 with a lovely new addition to our family. From there things get a bit blurry (lack of sleep and all), but i do know that the year was filled with lots of wonderous things. New developments in my functional work, an award nomination, and of course some fun stuff around this here blog.

I want to take a minute to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your support in the past. Every year the readership of this blog grows and it continues thanks to those of you that support the community through the sharing of your work, exhibitions, events and opportunities. Thank you to all of the artists who let me share their beautiful work. It has been incredibly inspiring.

In November I asked you all to fill out a survey for me about your thoughts on musing and what it offered, how it could be improved and how it could grow to better serve the community. I am intending on writing a full post sharing with you all the results of this survey in detail so that you can understand my motivations and the changes that I hope to make over the next year. My ambitious self thought that i’d have a bunch of the changes set and ready to go for the beginning of the New Year, but hmmm errr, well I took a break over the holidays instead : ) But seriously these will be changes that will take a while to implement and some of these changes will require some participation on the part of you the reader. Don’t worry, it’ll be great I promise.

And speaking of great I want to introduce something I’m really excited about. A sparkly new addition to the blog…. the  musing about mud gallery

I’ve been struggling to find the best format to host a gallery site and for now I’ll be using tumbler to see if this is a platform that can work. My intention with this gallery site is that it will be comprised of reader submitted images. There may be times that i will toss in some of my own work or something i’ve run across i just have to share. But I would love to see the readership of this blog use this platform as a means to showcase their own work, to build community, exposure, education and interest in the ceramic arts.

I’ve already had a few wonderful artists submit images to get the site started. Please stop by for a visit, come back often for new eye candy and most importantly please get involved! Submit images, comment on others work, encourage others to participate. This will be a non juried site. I hope to see posts from students, emerging artists, part-timers, long time professionals, artists, educators, gallery owners, everyone – so long as its some how clay related. The more we all put into it the better it can be.

Okay that’s enough from me for now. More to come very soon.
Till then have a wonderful New Year. May it be filled with love, happiness, health, creativity and peace.

From my family to you, all the best.

Carole
carole_epp@yahoo.ca