The week’s news in the ceramic art world – December 20, 2022
🎫 There is less than a month left to apply for the European Ceramic Festival TERRALHA and the Young European Ceramic Awards. The festival is open to all international artists; participants must be present and install their shows; the participation fee is €150. The awards are, however, available only to European-based artists working with ceramics for less than ten years.
👉 Artaxis recently opened applications for their annual Artaxis Fellowship worth up to $2,425 to fund a two-week summer workshop in ceramics at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, USA. The two fellowships will cover room, board, tuition for a two-week workshop, and an extra stipend for expenses up to $500. Applicants can not be Artaxis members. Applications are due January 15, 2023.
📒 Today we published an interview with the co-founder of The Stratford Gallery. Established in 2016, The Stratford Gallery represents some of the finest contemporary Japanese ceramics. In this interview with Howard Clegg, we learned more about their activities and plans: “Nothing beats being in front of a piece of ceramic that you can hold and investigate in person. That is why we have an entire gallery floor dedicated to a permanent collection of imported works from Japan, in addition to our exhibition schedule. On this floor, we display collections of work from a superb array of makers all year round—collections I personally choose from firings and purchase directly from the artists.”
📔 In November, the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, opened Handle with Care, a fantastic exhibition that revolves around the hand and gestures – expressions of intimacy, compassion, serenity, authority, labor and celebration. I talked to curator Dr. Wendy Gers to learn more about the complexities of organizing such an awe-inspiring show: “Handle with Care includes both historical and contemporary works from across the globe. Ceramics are found in most cultures and epochs. As an art medium, it truly celebrates cultural diversity. One of the exhibition aims is to highlight that ceramics is a practice that forms a part of our collective DNA. It is possibly the most global of all art forms.”
📙 Earlier this month, we published Jennifer Zwilling’s essay on Kristina Riska’s current show at HB381 Gallery: “Kristina Riska’s sculptures are deceptively simple. From across the room, the large, undulating vessel forms beckon the viewer with familiarity. As you approach, you feel a resonance with your own body. If we think of ourselves as part of the earth, there is a real connection between our bodies and these person-sized vessels. We are drawn forward as we recognize echoes of our own form.”
🎖 The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery announced that submissions for the 2023 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics are now open. This is a national award for emerging ceramic artists based in Canada. The winner will receive $10,000, and up to five finalists will have their work featured in a group exhibition at the gallery. Applications are due January 22, 2023.
🏷 Applications are open for the 34th edition of the Gmunden Pottery Market, which will take place August 25-27, 2023, in Gmunden, Austria. The participation fee is around €400. Applications are due December 31, 2022.
🎓 The School of Art & Design at Eastern Michigan University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor, tenure-track position starting August 2023. Applications are due January 6, 2023.
🔍 What’s On View: Galileo Chini. Ceramics between Art Nouveau and Deco is on view at MIC Faenza, Faenza / Shades of Winter is on view at Taste Contemporary, Geneva / Abraham Kritzman: Land’s End is on view at Elizabeth Xi Bauer Gallery, London / Lena Takamori: The Shadow In My Mouth is on view at Kunstforum Solothurn, Solothurn / Valérie Hermans is on view at Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels / Jennifer Forsberg: Mother of Pearl is on view at Halmstads Konsthall, Halmstad / Clay as Soft Power: Shigaraki Ware in Postwar America and Japan is on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor / Nick Ervinck: Blob Mutations and More is on view at Franzis Engels Gallery, Amsterdam
Explore these ceramic exhibitions that were recently featured in Ceramics Now.
- Kristina Riska: Hidden at HB381 Gallery, New York
- Shamai Sam Gibsh: Smoke, Fire, Clay at B.Y5 Gallery, Tel Aviv
- FIRE: A Curated Selection of Ceramics at Alison Bradley Projects, New York
- Anat Shiftan: Life & Still at Zillman Art Museum, Bangor
- Farida Le Suavé: Pre-histories at Galerie Maria Lund, Paris
Featured image: Jennifer Forsberg: Mother of Pearl at Halmstads Konsthall