Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ceramics Now

Ceramics Now is available digitally or in paper. Consider subscribing.

I was introduced to Brian Kakas's work via Ceramics Now. Wow.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Yunomi/Chawan/Tea Bowls

Lots of great info and eye candy:  The D.A.G. Yunomi Collection

Above is an exquisite tea bowl by B.C. master potter Wayne Ngan. I can just feel it in my hands and on my lips.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Art of Managing your Career

The Art of Managing your Career  is a resource guide for self-employed artists and cultural workers in live performing arts; writing and publishing; visual arts and craft; film, television and broadcasting; digital media; music and sound recording, and heritage.  It is put out by the Cultural Human Resources Council

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pit Firing at Coshise College

This is an incredible video of an Extreme Pit Firing  at Cochise College.  Stephani Stephenson, an amazing tile maker, is currently subbing at the College.  Lucky students.  Here's one of her fountains.

Get on your dancing shoes and enjoy the video.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Clint Neufeld and his Family Connections

I met Clint Neufeld at Lydia's Loft during a concert a year or so ago. He told me about his work and I was intrigued. Clint's multi-piece cast ceramic sculptures are amazing and have deep personal meaning to him. 

Bart Gazzola wrote "the works presented by Clint Neufeld in “Grandpa used to washed my hands in gasoline” are both beautiful objects, and very meaningful objects, and they speak to notions of art making, beauty, and identity politics on both a national – and very regional – level: and all very much situated from a masculine place."

Chris Buhler, from Floating Gardens, who sells beautiful, tasty heirloom veggies at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, was my booth neighbour on Wednesday and we got talking pots, food and more. Chris is Clint's brother-in-law and we had a quick peek at Clint's work on my laptop. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Art Biz Coach/auctions

Alyson B. Stanfield's website http://artbizcoach.com/ is a goldmine of info. Her latest blog post http://www.artbizblog.com/ is on art auctions.

Artists receive frequent requests for donations. I only donate to causes that are important to me. While I prefer "artist friendly"* auctions I do donate to others, such as a recent one for a women's shelter, and of course to raise money for friends who are facing difficulties. .

* Artist friendly: reserve bid, promo for the artist, portion, at least 50% of the sale goes to artist.

I'll be donating this piece to an auction for a cause near and dear to me, the Jack Millikin Centre.