1000 Miles Apart - 2011 Ceramics Conference
September 29 - October 1
University of 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.
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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
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Potters Council Conference: Ceramics in Tuscany
October 18-29, 2011
Potters Council at
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
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:
- 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!
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International Ceramic Festival in Sasama, Japan November 26-27,
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.
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February 17 – 19, 2012
The 27th Alabama Clay Conference
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.
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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.
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