movie day: Cecilia Kraitz – Raku

“Cecilia Kraitz has been working with the raku technique for more than 20 years and is deeply fascinated by this unrestrained method with its origins in 16th century Japan. The raku pieces are created in a kiln that is fired with wood until the temperature has risen to 900 or 1000° C. The glaze melts in a relatively quick process and the red-hot wares are put into a container with damp sawdust or leaves where they are treated to a post fire reduction phase. This makes the glaze crackle and gives the raku piece its very special character.”

Ceramics Studio Practicum Visual + Digital Arts @ Banff Center for the Arts


Studio Practicum programs are opportunities that expand and enhance participants’ technical and conceptual skills, and increase knowledge in the various mediums supported by the Visual + Digital Arts areas.  The Ceramics Studio Practicum program offers practical experience in ceramics techniques and building processes, kiln firing (electric, gas, soda, raku, and wood), and ceramics studio operation for the support of artistic practice.

Practicum participants will receive regular mentorship and feedback from Studio Facilitators and staff in support of their professional development. Under the guidance of the Ceramics Facilitator, this practicum program will assist staff in the delivery of Visual + Digital Arts residency programs and events, learn maintenance and safe operation of the Ceramics facilities, and provide assistance to artists-in-residence working in this area.

What does the program offer?

Practicum programs offer a dynamic combination of learning opportunities through workshops, demonstrations, and presentations; contact with professional staff, visiting artists, and faculty; and through collaboration with Visual + Digital Arts and other Banff Centre arts programs. Learning objectives are agreed upon in consultation with mentors at the start the program. Although the primary focus of this Practicum is ceramics, learning opportunities may also be available in other visual arts disciplines.

Learning opportunities are primarily practical, hands-on experiences arising from the participant’s support of the Visual + Digital Arts residency programs. This provides participants the opportunity to improve their technical and artistic knowledge, decision-making and problem-solving skills, communication and critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills. In addition to the everyday responsibilities, participants will have dedicated time to realize their individual learning objectives in consultation with their mentor.

Who should apply?

This program is ideal for recent graduates of a studio-based program with an emphasis on ceramics (undergraduate or graduate), wishing to gain professional experience within an institutional context.  Candidates for the Ceramics Studio Practicum program must possess a solid foundation in this area with knowledge of various ceramic techniques, including an intermediate level of experience in at least TWO of the following: kiln operation, fabrication techniques, mold-making, slip-casting, and ceramic materials (clay bodies, glaze chemicals, etc.).  As Visual + Digital Arts is a multi-disciplinary facility, it is also an asset if candidates have foundational skills in another studio area, in particular woodworking or metal working.

Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Full details here.

call for entry: Raku Currents – Clay Fest 2015

Application deadline: June 6, 2015

2015  JUROR Wayne Higby

Wayne Higby is known for his inventive use of Raku earthenware, and
his many contributions to ceramic education. The American Craft Museum
considers him a “visionary of the American Crafts Movement” and
recognized him as one of seven artists who are “genuine living legends
representing the best of American artists in their chosen medium.”

His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art
museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern
Art, Tokyo. He is a professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic
Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University


June 6              Postmark Deadline for entries
June 22            Notification of accepted/denied entries
July 8               Last day to receive accepted entries
July 18             Exhibition Opening & Artists’ Reception. Artist talk with Juror
July 11 – Aug 2   Exhibition at Gallery Zeke open to the public
August  4         Clayworks shipped for return

Contact details:
Gallery Zeke Steelville Arts Council
106 Main
Phone: 573-244-5315