call for artists: Gardiner Museum Ceramic Sculpture Competition

The Gardiner Museum’s Ceramic
Sculpture Competition is challenging artists from across the country
working in all mediums to create a new Toronto landmark using clay. The
monumental sculpture will be installed in front of the Museum on Queen’s
Park, along the busy Bloor and Avenue Road Corridor,  joining the Jun
Kaneko “head” as a focal point of the Museum’s plaza.

winning sculpture will be selected by a five-person jury made up of
artist and novelist, Douglas Coupland; Director of the Power Plant
Contemporary Art Gallery, Gaëtane Verna; Associate Dean of OCAD
University, Michael Prokopow; Gardiner CEO and Executive Director,
Kelvin Browne; and Gardiner Chief Curator, Meredith Chilton.
competition will promote the benefits of public art, and demonstrate
both the versatility of clay and its potential for outdoor art. It will
also build appreciation for artists who work in the ceramic medium and
encourage artists to experiment with it for the first time.
Gardiner is grateful to La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso for
commissioning the artwork and to the City of Toronto for their support
of the Ceramic Sculpture Competition, and would like to recognize
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Emmanuelle Gattuso, in particular, for
their leadership in helping this important civic initiative to proceed.

Who can apply?
This competition is open to Canadian artists who work in all mediums and reside in Canada. Artists may apply individually or can submit a collaborative team proposal, providing at least one artist resides in Canada. Artists directly involved with the Gardiner Museum are welcome to participate. 

Full details here. 

Guest post: Damien Jones

Hello Musings About Mud, I wanted to say hello to you and thank
Carole for bringing me on to guest blog! My name is Damien Jones, and
I’m a ceramics artist based in Oakland. I wanted to team up with Carole
since she has a great blog on all things pottery and ceramics and share
my work and vision with you.
I’m currently in
the first week of my indiegogo campaign where I’m trying to raise
$30,000 so I can put a 15 foot public sculpture outside of the American
Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA. 
I’d love
to share this campaign with you! Please check out my Fertilitree
sculpture I will be creating once funded and all of the seeds of the
Fertilitree available for a pledge. It would be great to have this
campaign shared amongst your peers if you see fit! Every little bit
Here’s the link! And here’s some more detail on my vision and my work as an artist if you feel like reading on…
FertiliTree – a 15′ Ceramic Sculpture for the American Museum of Ceramic Art, crowdfunded thru Indiegogo

Jones has developed a unique construction process for monumental
sculptures, which involves constructing large slab-formed hollow
highfired ceramic sections (3-4′ tall), then stacking them onsite and
filling them with concrete.  This yields extremely durable public art
pieces, and can be used to create sculptures 50-100′ tall, at a fraction
of the cost of other public art methods.  He’s completed a few public
monuments up to 10′ tall, but trying to land larger projects has been
fruitless, due to the low number of projects that come available each
year, and the extreme competition for them, with hundreds of artists
applying for each project.

After applying unsuccessfully for dozens of public art calls, he
decided to take matters into his own hands.  When he found out about the
American Museum of Ceramic Art’s new facility in Pomona, he offerred to
create a monumental sculpture for them, and to crowdfund it thru  Pomona is the Roman goddess of the orchard, of
fertility, so the sculpture will be called FertiliTree — a woman
growing from a tree trunk — as a
celebration of Femininity and Fertility.  He’s attempting to raise $30K
for this project, and has developed a new line of Seeds, to acknowledge
donors for their contributions. 

Once this project is complete
he hopes it will help open many more doors to creating larger public
works.  Since this technique is so inexpensive, durable and versatile,
it has the potential to usher in far more art into our world than we
currently enjoy.  He says “Public art makes a place feel loved and cared
for, transforming the
cities we live in from primarily functional, utilitarian spaces to
places of genuine beauty, inspiration, and joy, which our world could
sure use a lot more of!” 

Have a look at his campaign, and
consider donating and spreading the word to support this wonderful and
ambitious project!  Post it on your FB wall, if you like:

He’s set up a FB group to support and track the project, so please join that if you’re interested:  
Also, if you become part of their campaign team you can win free
artwork, plus a $100 gift card from the company of your choice.

Help support Damien Jones & Fertilitree

spent 22 years exploring the possibilities of Clay.  For the first 15
of those I was employed as a manufacturing engineer/industrial designer,
but left that career to pursue art, and since 2006 have been a
full-time artist.  In that time I’ve created and installed dozens of
monumental sculptures and water features for private clients, as well as
several public art pieces.  My work is represented by galleries in
Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Palm Springs.

Project & Goal:
-To place my 15-foot Fertilitree sculpture in front of AMOCA
(American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona, CA.
-Pomona is the Roman Goddess of fertilitee.
-Fertilitree is a project inspired by the goddess Pomona.
-Raise $30,000 to help fund this project.

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