Thursday, 8 December 2016

job posting: Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon's Department of Art is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Ceramics. This position is at the rank of Assistant Professor and the salary will be commensurate with experience. Start date is September 2017.

We are seeking a colleague with a dynamic approach to creative practice and pedagogy that will contribute to an established and progressive art department. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge and experience in teaching a range of traditional, experimental, and extended forms within the field of Ceramics. The successful candidate will possess a broad knowledge of scholarship, including critical histories and theories related to Ceramics and the field of craft within the larger context of contemporary art. The competitive applicant should have a research and creative practice that is grounded in Ceramics, with fluency in interdisciplinary and experimental approaches. The candidate will exhibit an ambitious professional record that indicates a commitment to a sustained and evolving creative practice. The candidate must be able to work cooperatively with diverse faculty and student populations. This position requires experience in teaching beyond graduate school, a MFA or equivalent degree, and an active professional practice.

Primary Responsibilities:
Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused in Ceramics with opportunities for teaching across media areas, including graduate seminars, advanced studios, and foundations. All of the Department of Art faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary graduate program. The University of Oregon operates on a system of three, 10-week quarters with 1 additional week for final exams. Faculty in the Department of Art have a teaching load of five courses per year. The candidate will work collaboratively with another Ceramics faculty member to oversee the Ceramics area, which includes curriculum and facilities development, and the supervision of a 1.0 FTE lab technician, student employees (undergraduate and graduate), and nontenure-track faculty. Service responsibilities include various departmental and school committees, as well as student advising and participation in shared governance. The candidate will be expected to maintain an ambitious professional record that indicates a commitment to a sustained and developing creative practice.

The Ceramics area ( has a dedicated studio technician who supports a broad-based, technically comprehensive facility. The area resources extend through the department and School of Architecture and Allied Arts to include laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers, multiple wood shops, metal shops, a plastics shop, a motion capture lab, physical computing shop, printing services and computing labs. The University of Oregon supports faculty by providing a dedicated studio space and a fund for professional development. Additionally, the Pacific Northwest and the state of Oregon have a vibrant range of accessible funding, opportunities, and resources for artists.

The Department:
Situated within a nationally recognized research institution, the Department of Art attracts students and faculty who value the study of studio art in the context of a larger intellectual and critical environment. Our curriculum reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies. Students engage broad and interdisciplinary approaches, as well as depth within specific media and practices. A robust visiting lecture series, bringing 10-15 artists, critics and curators to campus each year, complements the curriculum. Nationally and internationally active, the faculty thrive on making connections between their individual studio practices and teaching. While we have diverse backgrounds, philosophies and approaches, we have a strong commitment to a collective mission and a shared governance model.

The Department of Art ( is one of the two largest departments within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA), which also includes Architecture, the History of Art and Architecture, Arts Administration, Product Design, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Planning, Public Policy and Management. With roughly 500 undergraduates and 30 graduate students, the Department of Art offers BA/BS, BFA and MFA degrees; the curriculum encompasses ceramics, art & technology (print media, animation, video and interactivity), fibers, jewelry and metals, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Department includes 20 tenure-track faculty and 12 Career Instructors.

The University and Community:
The University of Oregon is an AAU Research I institution and has over 24,000 undergraduate students and approximately 4,000 graduate students. The UO is known for its spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and for its ability to provide a variety of personal and professional opportunities that enrich the academic community. The University actively supports an institutional commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Through this search, the Department of Art seeks to further this commitment and strongly encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups.
The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon’s second largest city. Located 110 miles south of Portland, the Eugene metro area (pop. 216,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. Within only an hour’s drive are ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges.

Application Deadline:
Review of applications will begin February 3, 2017. While the position will remain open until filled, please submit application materials by February 3, 2017 to ensure consideration. No incomplete applications will be reviewed.

A complete application must include a cover letter outlining specific interests and qualifications, a CV that includes activities related to one's art practice and teaching (i.e. courses taught, service, etc.), an artist statement, a teaching philosophy, 20 images of he candidate’s own work, 10 images of student work, and an image identification information describing the title, size, media, date work was completed and project details, and in the case of student work, include the course title. A list of three references must be submitted at this time, with the possibility that reference letters and syllabi may be requested at a later date.

To apply, go to:…/5…/assistant-professor-ceramics
EO/A/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

call for entry: 2017 Salad Days Artist Residency

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
19 Brick Hill Road
Newcastle, ME 04553

Media Images: 10
Entry Fee (Salad Days Residency Application): $25.00

The Salad Days Artist-in-Residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is commissioned to produce 550 plates from indigenous earthenware for the Center’s annual Salad Days fundraising event – a community festival featuring locally sourced foods that draws hundreds of guests every year.

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is a small art residency center located in mid-coast Maine.  During the summer and fall months, artists from across the country and beyond attend residencies at the Center that vary in length from 1 to 6 weeks.  During this time, artists live and work alongside one another, sharing a large open-concept studio, enjoying communal meals, and living on campus in shared or private housing.  The Salad Days artist holds a unique position at the Center, with a focus on creating plates for Watershed's largest fundraiser of the year.

The artist is selected by a jury in late winter prior to their residency and resides at Watershed for four to six months (typically between mid-May and mid-September), producing plates for the following year’s Salad Days. During the residency, the Salad Days artist receives housing in a private room, all meals, a large studio, free materials and firings, and a stipend of $500.

Watershed provides opportunities for the Salad Days artist to sell work at events and to exhibit in group shows. Salad Days artist plates gain broad exposure being featured both in Watershed print and online publications, and in local and regional press and advertisements.

To apply, please answer the following questions and submit 10 images of your work. Include at least one image of a plate you have made.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

residency opportunity: John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program

Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2018 program, which takes place at and is funded by Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis. Each year, 16–22 artists are accepted for 2- to 6-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation. The application deadline for 2018 residencies is April 1, 2017. For more information and application form, visit or email

technical tuesday with @floriangadsby

"Faceting the bowls posted yesterday. I'll quickly trim the outsides to remove any throwing rings, these have a tendency to throw off the spokeshave, the wooden tool I'm using with a sharp blade in the middle and make my cuts less consistent. The difficulty with these is catching them just at the right moment in terms of dryness, they need to be just on the harder side of leather hard. Once these have been faceted I'll score and slip a lug handle onto one side. I've found this particular piece quite challenging, the faceting process can be really irritating as one wrong cut can wreck the pot." #pottery #ceramics #ceramic #clay #liveauthentic #craft #craftsmanship #handmade

Monday, 5 December 2016

call for entry: Tea - The Ritual and the Art - Celebrating Culture and Practice


Lead by professionals, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be of interest to practitioners and academics alike. Visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Yang Tomb of the Han, Yu Yuan Garden, The Bund, and the Shanghai Museum’s world-famous ceramics collection. Spend a week of hands-on exploration at The Pottery Workshop’s Education Centre in Jingdezhen, the historic home of porcelain. With the focus on doing, you will experience the materials and methods of Chinese porcelain production.

Try your hand at Qinghua blue & white painting, Fencai overglaze enamelling, Song dynasty relief carving, underglaze transfer and overglaze decal application. Local trips will include the Ancient Kiln Museum, glaze shop, brush-maker’s shop, the Ancient Reproduction Factory, and the Big Tile– and Big Pot Factories. Attend the PWS Saturday Morning Creative Market and visit the galleries of local artisans. Of special interest will be a day-long pilgrimage to the scenic village of Yaoli, the 64m long Tianbao dragon kiln, the Dongbu Kaolin Museum, and Gaoling (Kaolin) Mountain.

All in-country transportation, meals and four-star accommodation, local guides and entry fees are included. $5,500.00 per person, double occupancy (single occupancy available).

For more information and to register your expression of interest for this tour please contact Paul Leathers at
+1 (403) 358-5348 or

monday morning eye candy: Matt Repsher

Thursday, 1 December 2016

residency opportunities: NCECA International Residency Partner Programs

DEADLINE: December 17, 2016 
NCECA International Residency Awards support projects that are approximately one month in duration, to occur between April 2017 and March 2018.  Residency dates vary; check details below.
For 2017, NCECA is pleased to partner with:
  • Medalta International Artists In Residence Program
    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Celebrating 10 years at Curaumilla Art Center with NCECA Residency
    Santiago, Chile
The purpose of NCECA is to promote and improve the ceramic arts through education, research and creative practice. One of the many ways that NCECA supports its members is by providing opportunities to engage in international programs. Intercultural exchange of ideas and methods is critical to evolution of individual artists who through their immersion and experimentation, absorb and sometimes transform influences of other artists and their cultures. NCECA has participated in programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and South America. Global interface will continue to play an important role in NCECA’s efforts to sustain and advance a vibrant ceramic art and education community.

The award amount available for 2017 will be $3750.00 per residency. Partnering residency centers are expected to support the artists through in-kind and/ or monetary support subject to their available resources. Prior to submitting an application, artists should visit and review the residency websites below to learn about each program’s costs, facilities, unique experiences, and application requirements.

Application materials may include the following items but each application process may be different; Letter of Intent, Artist statement, Resume/CV, 10 images, etc.

Medalta International Artists In Residence Program
713 Medalta Ave SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Primary Contact: Noriko Masuda
An eight-week residency is available only July 3 – August 30, 2017
International Visa is not required.
Approximate total cost for an eight-week residency is $4060.00.  Medalta will provide up to $1760 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; Studio fees, services, firing fees, miscellaneous expenses. This cost is only an estimate and could change depending on varying factors such as material/firing usage, food consumption, and travel distance.  In-kind support provided by residency is for specified items and amounts. CLICK HERE for application process.

Celebrating 10 Years at Curaumilla Arts Center with NCECA Residency
Director:                Marilu Pelusa Rosenthal
Primary Contact:   Marilu Pelusa Rosenthal
Mailing Address:   La Disputada 37, Lo Barnechea, Santiago
Country:                Chile
Telephone:           (569) 8428 0745
Email :       
A four-week residency is available April 2017 – November 2017.
International Visa is not required.
Approximate total cost for a four-week residency is $4000.00. Curaumilla will provide up to $1900 in-kind support and NCECA has budgeted $3750.00; the selected artist is responsible for costs beyond the budgeted amount; materials, firing fees, miscellaneous expenses. This cost is only an estimate and could change depending on varying factors such as material/firing usage, food consumption, and travel distance.  In-kind support provided by residency is for specified items and amounts.  CLICK HERE for application process.

Full details and eligibility are on the NCECA website here.

Arrowmont Needs Your Help – Support Rebuild Fund

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Arrowmont was damaged in the tragic Gatlinburg fires, along with many other homes and businesses. Dorms were destroyed, but thankfully not our studios. We appreciate the incredible outpouring of love for our beloved school from all over the country.
How can you help? The best way is by donating to our Rebuild Fund. Click on the donate button below and you can play a part in rebuilding dorms on our campus. Send checks to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, P.O. Box 567, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738. Thank you for your support of Arrowmont.
Executive director Bill May interviews with The Weather Channel regarding Arrowmont’s campus. Click here to watch.

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