Call for entries: Tea

The Art League is pleased to host the 2012 Tea—Ceramics Exhibit, May 3 through June 3, 2012.

Tea is a channel of ritual, relic, and spirituality that connects cultures. Artists are asked to celebrate the organic diversity of ceramic form while exploring “tea” as the functional muse. Artwork may be traditional, modern, or conceptual in design. Entry is open to all wares associated with drinking, serving, and presenting tea. All artwork must be original and prepared for display. This exhibit is presented in tandem with the biennial Ikebana Show.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Exhibit Dates: May 3—June 3, 2012
Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony: May 31, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The reception will also feature a musical performance by the Washington Toho Koto Society.

Ceramic artist John Neely— John Neely is an accomplished potter who has exhibited and lectured throughout the US, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. His group, solo, and international exhibitions include the Yixing County Museum in Yixing China; International Teapot Invitational Exhibition at the Taipei County Yingko Ceramics Museum in Taiwan; CLAYFEAST Masters Exhibition in Gulgong, Australia and Beuna Gallery in Risor, Norway. His work has also been exhibited in the Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, MI; Gallery of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Ashville, NC; University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City, IA and the Ceramics Monthly International Competition in Columbus, OH. His work has appeared in such publications as Ceramics Technical, Ceramics Monthly, NCECA Journal, Purple Sands Magazine, Studio Potter and Ceramics: Art and Perception. Neely has conducted in workshops at the International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff, AZ; Functional Ceramics Workshop in Wooster, OH; Utilitarian Clay Conference in Arrowmont, TN; Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, CA, and the Experimental Porcelain Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Neely currently works as Professor of Art in Ceramics and Assistant Department Head at Utah State University in Logan, UT.

Open to all artists. Art League gallery members receive a discounted rate for entry.

Select invitation for exhibit will be extended by Blair Meerfeld, Art League Ceramics Chair.

Open call for entries for jurying is offered by the Art League gallery. All artwork must be original and prepared for display. Work must not exceed 15”x15” in footprint or any direction. Work must not exceed 25 lbs. Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in The Art League. Make checks payable to The Art League. Submit entry fee and form with your CD of images. Digital Entries Only. Due no later than Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 pm. Artists may submit up to 3 objects for jurying. There is a $25 ($15 for AL members) non-refundable entry fee. Artists will be notified by email on Friday, April 20, 2012.

Jury Process–Digital Images Only
Artists may submit images that are of the intended showpiece(s) or of artwork they have created in the past two years. Submit images in JPEG format. Images should be 300 dpi and no more than 2100 pixels at the longest dimension. (Approx. a 5”x 7” high-resolution photo) All files must be labeled with artist’s first initial and last name followed by entry number. Please include H x W x D, materials used, and firing process. Please include all materials (CD, entry form, entry fee) in an envelope marked with the artist’s first and last names. Note: your CD will not be returned to you.

There will be a $1,000 prize awarded to “Best in Show,” and two $400 “Equal Awards.”

Submission Address/Contact Information
The Art League Gallery
Tea Ceramics Exhibit
105 North Union Street
Studio 21
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-683-1780

Click here to download the full prospectus and the entry form.

Sponsored by:

SMOKELESS WOOD KILN WORKSHOP with Masakazu Kusakabe (Japan)

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1st – 21st July, 2011 In pursuit of a greener studio practice, the International Ceramics Studio is hosting a Smokeless Wood Kiln Workshop to construct an efficient and sustainable wood-firing kiln with the pioneering kiln designer and builder, Kusakabe, Masakazu. The position and relatively large size of the firebox and the tall chimney allow for effective combustion, fast firing and excellent ash distribution. In the summer of 2010 we staged a successful woodfiring symposium under the direction of the Master Potter, Masakazu Kusakabe. In 2011 he will return to Kecskemet to lead the three weeks kiln building workshop in July.

Kusakabe sensei is a versatile artist: potter, kiln builder, sumi drawer and astronomist. His pioneering invention is the eco-friendly “smokeless kiln”, which allows artists to build woodfiring kilns in built-up locatiions because it produces very little or no smoke.

The program starts on the 1st July to 21st July and there is also time available after it to perform more firings in the new smokeless kiln. The program will run if there are enough applicants. (minimum 8 persons). Application deadline is 1st April.Find more details here.
Further information about this event and applications to George Varsanyi,
or Steve Mattison – Kusakabe’s informative website: For more informations on Kusakabe’s smokeless kiln click here . . .

Visiting Artists Workshop: The Elusive Tea Bowl–Office for the Arts at Harvard

harvard-edu March 14, 2011, Monday 10 am – 4 pm Japanese master artists, Tsujimura Shiro and Suzuki Goro along with American artists Richard Milgrim and Jeff Shapiro, will demonstrate throwing the teabowl while discussing its aesthetic and philosophical relevance to the tea ceremony. This event is one feature of a weekend of events celebrating the tea bowl (March 12 – 14th) in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts, Japan Society – Boston and the Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA. About the Weekend: Historically, the tea bowl has been a symbol for the aesthetic that pervades the tea ceremony within Eastern culture exhibiting unpretentious beauty, humility and dignity within this simple ceramic form. Since the appreciation of the world of tea has grown and the number of American ceramicists making tea bowls has increased, this comprehensive series of events address the role of the tea bowl as both a ceremonial vessel and three-dimensional art form in the wake of the artistic exchange between East and West. The weekend begins with an exhibition of tea bowls at the Lacoste Gallery on Saturday, March 12th featuring 12 Japanese artists and 14 American artists. On Sunday, March 13th, the Museum of Fine Arts will invite international scholars and artists to discuss the history and philosophy of tea and utensils and their place within contemporary society, addressing specifically the aesthetic translation of Japanese sensibilities by American ceramicists. The weekend will conclude at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard with a day of demonstrations and lectures by two Japanese master artists, Tsujimura Shiro and Suzuki Goro, joined by American ceramic artist Richard Milgrim and event organizer and American ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro. Participants will engage first hand in viewing the tea bowls being created on the wheel or carved by hand, while hearing each artist discuss the influences and progression of their own artwork. Fees: Free for Harvard Undergraduates and Graduate students, $45 for first time general public, $35 for all others. Click here for more information on this workshop.
VIA Vicki Hardin @ Clay Art Web Guide