Sunday, March 31, 2013

Call for Submission for Ink & Clay 39

The INK & CLAY 39 is now open to artists in all 50 States, it's a National now! 

The exhibition will take place at the Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona University, from Sat. Sept. 15 - Sat. Oct. 26, 2013.

 They will be awarding at least $8,000 in Cash Prizes this year. This year, Stanton Hunter (Professor, Chaffey College, CA) will jury the "Clay" entries and Liza Folman and Michael David (Professors, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MA) will co-jury the "Ink" entries.  

Please note the postmark deadline for entries is June 15th. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Call for entry: Medalta International Cup Show

It's time to show us what you've been working on all winter!

This show – August 23 to September 28 - is being juried by our own favorite Canadian ceramic artist and blogger , 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  you need to know and the application form here:

Carole Epp is likely best known for her work on Musing About Mud, ( 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.

The exhibition is open to all international artists. No student projects or work completed in class will be accepted. 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).

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


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

Friday, March 22, 2013

500 prints on clay

Page 318...

Wag, wag, wag...
and I get to share a spread with San Fransisco sculptor, Natasha Dikareva,
(it's almost like finding yourself on a blind date and discovering that you are happy with your good luck. It's a soft, gentle thrill of association.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring 2013

What we choose to do and what we choose to communicate as artists to those around us can affect our world like ripples in a pond.
Let's all make 2013 a special year!
 Be proud to share the romance of our world.

Happy Equinox Everyone!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

U.S. News Grad School Rankings for Ceramics


Ranked in 2012, part of Fine Arts
In M.F.A. ceramics programs, students learn advanced clay and glaze formation skills through conceptual and technical assignments and may complete a visual thesis project before graduation. These are the best fine arts schools for ceramics.

#1 Alfred University--New York State College of Ceramics
Alfred, NY
#2 Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI
#3 Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
#4 Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
#5 California College of the Arts
San Francisco, CA
#5 Ohio University
Athens, OH
#7 Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
#8 University of Colorado--Boulder
Boulder, CO
#9 Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
#9 University of Nebraska--Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
#9 Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
#12 University of California--Davis
Davis, CA
#13 Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
#14 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
#15 University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
#16 Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
#16 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
#18 Indiana University--Bloomington (Hope)
Bloomington, IN
#18 University of Wisconsin--Madison
Madison, WI
#18 West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Go Arizona State University!!!


I'm hoping that the hot spots can be dealt with by shooting outdoors in natural light, There's a lot going on under the surface of these glazes, but...

If you can't show it, no one will know it.

So it's back on the learning curve...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Malcom Davis Carbon Trap Shino

on porcelain

Cone 10 Malcom Davis Carbon Trap Shino
 The original recipe is as follows... (our studio version plays with shorting the recipe a bit on the soda ash.)

Malcom Davis Carbon Trap
Soda Ash 16.30 (10.30)
Nepheline Syenite 38.60
Kona F-4 Feldspar 9.30
EPK Kaolin 17.00
OM-4 Ball Clay 13.00
Redart 5.70

Multiply by 100 to make a 10,000 gram batch. This makes enough to top-off a 5 gallon bucket.

Mix the soda ash into a solution and add to the mix after the ingredients have been dry mixed and slaked.

This glaze is mostly seen on porcelain, but works with excellent effect on buff white clay bodies as well.

As with all glazes, I highly recommend learning to playing with this glaze by taking risks and figuring out why things work, and more importantly... why they don't.

on stoneware

Here's a quick link to some Advice for using this glaze.

A Little Jam Anyone?

Well every studio needs a studio dog.
It's a tradition that I've been putting it off for years.
I tried substituting kids for the mandatory dog... cute but eventually they ask too many questions (like why can't we have a dog). Tried substituting cats but their aesthetic judgments are a bit too harsh (what do they know).

So this little critter wandered into the house yesterday from the neighbors puppy palace...

Meet Jammer. 
I've totally got sucker stamped on my forehead...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kiln Day

Lots of happy surprises today...

Just 12 pieces were added to this kiln load. All were decent sized canisters taking the studio's RJ and Malcom Davis Shinos for a spin again.

I love the results, but now I need to figure out how to shoot shiny brown...

Oh great,

Alexandra Engelfriet

Alexandra Engelfriet

Pop up the popcorn and pull up a cushion...
This a great silent film.

Her Flicker

Friday, March 15, 2013

Waiting for a Halo

If glazing isn't fun, you ain't doing it right...
Despite that attitude,
it's still feels way too much like jumping out of an airplane,
lately it's been more or less a freefall...
Lots of trust and hope mixed together...

Watching the reaction of the Malcom Davis Shino interact with the slips, the wax resist, and the morning sun has been pretty neat.

It was like watching moss grow on the north side of a tree, except in quick-time.

Arc of the Day

Any given day starts before my son rises.

 Getting to see a sun rise like this every day is something to be very thankful for...

 Still need a blow out to find balance...
(I know, it's a bit abstract, but it's my arc..)

Finding out that someone else has loaded and wadded the kiln (and you don't feel compelled to take it apart and restack it)... pure gold.
Looks great Jess.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


A look at a few of the works making their way through the back room this week.

  ...Waxed and ready for drawings...

  ...Revisiting old tunes for a special event next month...

 If you want to be a potter, make lots of pots...
If you want to be an artist, take time to make each work sing...

Shimpo Rides Again

Finally buckled in and got one of these little buggers....

 Shimpo has it's numbers dialed in with these cast iron turntables.

Heavy and smoooooth!
If you are in the market to buy, don't even bother skimping, Whatever you get will be ridiculously second rate once you touch one of these.