Wednesday, September 7, 2016

National Clay Week slated for Oct. 10-14 -- All Accessible Online!

National Clay Week Oct 10-14!

Organizers state, "Our vision is to celebrate the journey of clay: where it comes from and where it will take us in the future." 

There are events scheduled each day, topics ranging from a microscopic analysis of ceramic materials, to an opportunity to ask questions and Periscope with leading ceramic artists.

All events throughout the week are free and open to everyone who has Internet access. 

Please visit the Website at to learn how to get involved, sign up for the blog, follow @nationalclayweek on Instagram, and find National Clay Week events on Facebook.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

News Release: 2016 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards: Patrick Kingshill (Lincoln, NE) and Candice Methe (Santa Fe, NM). The grant period for each artist’s research and continued education is through May 2017.

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award program is designed to provide emerging ceramic artists/students with an opportunity to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within a grant year, further expanding their professional development. During the grant year, the recipients can research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, visit other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of another media, and travel. 

Kingshill will work with artist Takeshi Yasuda in Jingdezhen, China, as he establishes a new studio. In Yasuda’s work, Kingshill finds inspiration in the manipulation of form in bright porcelain, and a kindred philosophy of making functional pots. Kingshill is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

Methe, who earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2015, will work with Sirigu Woman’s Organization for Pottery and Art (SWOPA) to travel to Sirigu, Ghana. Through SWOPA, she will learn from women in the village about the construction of their dwellings, mining clay, local pigments, firing methods, and cooking and collecting water with clay pots. Her own ceramic work investigates the domestic role of pottery for use and storage.

Progress from both artists will be captured through regular contributions to NCC’s social media.

This year’s selection panel consisted of Mary Barringer, potter, writer, and former editor of Studio Potter magazine; Joan Bruneau, potter and instructor at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and visiting artist in conjunction with NCC’s exhibition Florilegium; and Mark Shapiro, a potter, curator, and apprenticeship leader. 

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award is made possible through the support of generous individual and institutional donors, including TRAX Gallery (Berkeley, CA), Lacoste Gallery (Concord, MA), Schaller Gallery (St. Joseph, MI), Minnesota Potters of the upper St. Croix River, and Northern Clay Center. Additional donations from select individuals help support this program. These include: Dan and Caroline Anderson, Posey Bacopoulos, George and Annie Beers, Wayne Branum, Susie Goodin, Carl Herbert, Randy Johnston and Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Gail Kendall and Kent Miller, Mark Pharis, and Michael Simon and Susan Stokes Roberts. If you are interested in supporting this award, please contact us at

Information on the 2017 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award, including application deadlines and details is available online:

NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship | NCECA :: National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts

DEADLINE: October 19, 2016

NCECA The Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship | NCECA :: National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts

Deadline: October 19, 2016 - click link below for details

The Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship

NCECA :: National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts:

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2017 National Student Juried Exhibition | NCECA :: National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts

2017 National Student Juried Exhibition | NCECA :: National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts: "THEME: Future Flux

DEADLINE: September 28, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain time)
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon

If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact

The 2017 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition will run concurrently with Future Flux, the 51st annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The newly renovated galleries of the Oregon College of Art and Craft will host the exhibition March 4-28, 2017.

JURORS: Linda Arbuckle and Justin Novak


Online Submittal deadline:  September 28, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain Time)

Acceptance notification:  mid- October, 2016
Contracts due: mid-November, 2016

Shipped works to arrive by….(details to follow)
Hand delivered works to arrive by….(details to follow)
Exhibition dates: March 4-28, 2017

Reception: ….(details to follow)
Conference dates in Portland, OR: March 22-25, 2017

Hand Pickup: ….(details to follow)

Return of work:  Early-mid April

Damage Claim: Immediately upon return

Return shipping reimbursement request: Before June 1, 2017

APPLY NOW by clicking the title link at top of page

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Artist In Residence at 
Midwestern State University Ceramics Dept.

Dates of Residency: August 15, 2016 through August 15, 2017 (one year minimum, with the possibility of one year renewal)

Application Deadline:  Priority is given to applications received by July 15, 2016. The Position will be open until filled.

This self-directed residency is designed to provide a ceramic artist with university based studio access, as they make the transition from or between academic settings. Furthermore, the program is intended to allow a resident the time and space to pursue a body of work in a creative and energetic environment, while enhancing the art program at Midwestern State University. The accepted artist will participate within the ceramics area as a professor, an informal collaborator and mentor for students, while working in the common studio space. To see images of the ceramics studio at Midwestern, please go to:

Midwestern will provide:
• A small-furnished apartment located at a private residence three miles from MSU with all utilities paid including Wi-Fi (details to be discussed during the interview process)
• All materials and firing
• A small office with internet access and storage space
• Studio space in the common 4000 square foot studio area
• 24-hour/7 days per week access
• Most university privileges as given to full time faculty (access to the workout facility, reserved parking ($50), library access, etc.)
• A minimum stipend of $6,000 per year 
• The possibility of teaching one Ceramics for Non-Majors course per semester as an adjunct professor, at $2,500 per course (it has met enrollment every semester it has been offered)
• A solo exhibition (details to be discussed)

The Resident Artist:
• Will be responsible for 10 hours per week of studio management and maintenance (including but not limited to the following: loading and unloading kilns, clay inventory, mixing clay, mixing glaze and firing kilns
• Will facilitate the making of 1,000 bowls for the Wichita Falls Empty Bowls event . . . The studio made over 1,000 bowls and raised $85,000 in 2015)
• Will teach one continuing education wheel-throwing course per semester
• Will teach one Ceramics for Non-Majors class per semester (if it meets enrollment)
• Will attend opening receptions and special events
• Will be responsible for all non-ceramic related expenses aside from accommodation
• Will help set up and work the Mother’s Day Ceramic Sale
• Will help fire the wood kiln once per semester
• Will give one public lecture on her/his work
• Will donate one piece of artwork for MSU’s permanent collection

Requirements: An MFA in ceramics (or related discipline) is required as there is the probability of teaching a university level core course. All applicant reviews will be based on portfolio review and individual merit.  

Equipment available to Resident:
• Three computer controlled electric kilns
• Large Brent slab roller
• Two extruders
• Three pugmills
• Soldner mixer
• Separate well equipped glaze room
• Spray booth
• Materials and clay mixing/storage room
• 18 electric wheels
• One wheelchair accessible wheel
• Ball mill

5,000 square foot covered kiln yard with the following:
• Two 40 cubic foot computer-controlled Geil car kilns
• A 30 cubic foot “fast fire” wood kiln
• Two older updraft kilns
• A 30 cubic foot downdraft soda kiln
• A 3 cubic foot updraft test kiln

Access by permission to the following studios:
• Painting
• Sculpture
• Metals
• Printmaking
• 24 station Adobe Suite equipped Mac lab with large format printers

For initial consideration, please make the following available in a single PDF via Dropbox by July 15, 2016. 

You do not need a Dropbox account to upload files to this Dropbox link:

Please put your documentation in the following order and please do not email application materials:
• Letter of interest with a short paragraph on what you would like to accomplish while at MSU 
• CV
• Artist's statement
• Teaching philosophy/statement (include a paragraph on how you would teach a continuing education (adult education) course
• Minimum of 20 jpegs of recent work (please note your website URL (web address) if possible) If you list your website address, you do not need to send images in your PDF
• If available, a minimum of 10 jpegs of student work. These can be on your website as well.
• Contact information (email and cell phone) for 3 references . . . Please make one reference a graduate professor

Steve Hilton, Associate Professor

Midwestern State University
Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX  76308
(940) 613.7041

(Application deadline: July 15 or until position is filled)