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1000 Miles Apart - 2011 Ceramics Conference
September 29 - October 1
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Ceramics Area at the School of Art, University of Manitoba will host 1000 Miles Apart from September 29 to October 1, 2011. 1000 Miles Apart will feature a number of high caliber artists who will present lectures and demonstrations, and provide a forum for exchange between students, faculty, and professionals in the field.

John Balistreri, professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, will share his latest research on using clay as a printing material in the rapid prototyping of three-dimensional forms. Virginia Scotchie, world renowned for her energetic and stimulating ceramic workshops, will join us from the University of South Carolina. Paul Mathieu, professor of ceramics at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, will present a lecture on his recent art and industry experiences in China, and provide a critical view of the state of ceramics in the 21st century. Rory MacDonald, professor of ceramics at NSCAD University in Halifax, will present the closing address at 1000 Miles Apart, a lecture that is free and open to the public as well as conference participants.

1000 Miles Apart will include an exhibition at Gallery One One One in the FitzGerald Building. The exhibition will include work by ceramics students, faculty, and the visiting artists. Concurrent with the conference, visitors may investigate site specific installations by artist Rory MacDonald on the University of Manitoba campus and beyond.

Concurrently with the conference, Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting a lecture on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. by Greg Payce who is participating in the exhibition Precise: Craft Refined. This event is open to the public and admission will be charged.

For more information go to http://www.umanitoba.ca/schools/art/


October 14-16, 2011
Shared Journeys II: Symposium on Chinese and American Ceramic Art and Education
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV


Building on an international collaborative symposium held in October 2008 in Jingdezhen, China, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), West Virginia University and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute extend an extraordinary opportunity to engage in 3-days of inter-cultural discovery on the campus of West Virginia University from October 14-16, 2011. Programming will include distinguished lecturers, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Shared Journeys II will explore a myriad influences and achievements of Chinese ceramic art by examining the legacies, and tensions of craftsmanship, pedagogy, philosophy and social currents that have shaped and transformed ceramic art in China over its 3000 year history into the present day. Behind the technical and artistic achievement of Chinese ceramic art are an array social structures and cultural beliefs and ideas about practice and production that will further inspire and provoke meaningful questions about ceramics, creativity and craftsmanship in the contemporary cultural landscape of global proportions.

For more information on Shared Journeys 11 visit http://art.ccarts.wvu.edu/shared_journeys_ii


Potters Council Conference: Ceramics in Tuscany
October 18-29, 2011

Hosted by Potters Council at La Meridiana
Italian Inspiration and Italian Techniques

After six days of visiting such places as Florence, Pistoia, Pisa, Faenza, and Ravenna we will head to Certaldo. This visual inspiration will be drawn upon when we reach the ceramic studio at La Meridiana, where you’ll enjoy four days in the studio learning from Pietro Maddalena and Marcia Selsor. Our last day will be spent visiting San Gimignano and Volterra. For full schedule details, visit: Schedule for Potter and Non-Potter Schedule.

The focus will be on the many uses of terra cotta, and learning the Bucchero firing process, an ancient Etruscan technique of using carbon saggars to turn the clay black. Attendees will also watch demonstrations on aspects of Italian architectural pieces like corbels, columns, pedestals, and so much more.

What you will learn
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  • How to make, apply and fire terra sigillatta
  • The full potential of terra cotta from vessel to facade
  • Bucchero, the etruscan black firing technique
  • Making and using sprigs
  • Extruder potential with manipulations
  • Handling large slab techniques for columns, corbels and pedestals, right angles
  • Designing with ovals
  • Testing to freeze proof clay
  • Exposure to the rich and long history of Italian Ceramics
  • And much more!

Click here for more information on this conference.


International Ceramic Festival in Sasama, Japan November 26-27, 2011
ICAF is a first-held international ceramic festival in Japan, which provides an opportunity to mingle with ceramic artists and ceramic lovers in the world through various interactive events such as workshops and slide lectures. Here in Japan, the home of ceramic culture, such events where ceramists can exchange their ideas and techniques has never been held so far. Only some international ceramic art competitions are exhibited.The venue, Sasama (Kawane cho, Shimada City, Shizuoka) is a scenic valley village, surrounded by abundant nature, known as a production area of high-quality green tea and a village where a steam locomotive is still regularly running. The idea of ICAF arose with an encounter of Sasama residents who want more people to know their beautiful village and Shozo Michikawa who have a strong will to have a festival for ceramists to inspire each other and exchange ideas in his country, Japan. It is now being brought to realization, supported by high-profiled ceramic artists who favor the concept of ICAF and volunteers who come from such diverse backgrounds such as architecture and publishing but now have ceramic-related activities in Seto, one of the well-known places for ceramics.Getting together to a small Japanese village from all over the world and make a leap to the world with the greatest messages and inspiration acquired in ICAF.
For more information visit http://www.icaf.jp/index_english.html


February 17 – 19, 2012
The 27th Alabama Clay Conference
Birmingham, Alabama

Sergei Isupov, Lorna Meaden, and Chris Gryder will be the presenters for the 27th Alabama Clay Conference – ALCC 27 to be held in Birmingham February 17 – 19, 2012 at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Along with presenter’s demonstrations there will be a trade show, an exhibition of the invited artist’s works, a clay market featuring work of Alabama ceramic artists, and concurrent ceramic exhibitions in the city. For more information visit
http://alclayconference.org/


March 28 - March 31 : Seattle, Washington
NCECA 2012, 46th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

THEME: On the Edge - Seattle, as well as the entire Puget Sound region, is located in a unique geographical position; on the EDGE of the country and on the EDGE of the Pacific Rim. From this location ON THE EDGE, quite naturally, we have a broad perspective on objects, places and issues, and see great distances. We thrive on the intersection of old and new worlds. And we respect distant and historic cultures…Asian, Pacific, Native American, and all of our neighbors in North America. Most of all we appreciate how they have influenced our contemporary ceramic practices.

Through creative stretching, we also visit the EDGE of our imagination and appreciate the artistic use of clay in dynamic new ways. Even EDGY ways…often on the EDGE…sometimes with rough EDGES.
For more information visit http://nceca.net/
 


 

     
  

             
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