Workshop this weekend

Well it completely slipped my mind to let you know that I’m teaching a workshop this weekend on decorative and functional teapot making through the Saskatoon Potters Guild. I’ll be covering thrown, handbuilt and drop mold techniques, so if you’re in the neighborhood and are interested there are still spots available.

Here’s the info:

Date: Saturday September 29 and Sunday Sept 30
Time: 9am-4pm both days
Location: Albert Community Center
3rd floor loft
610 Clarence Ave S
Saskatoon, SK

Cost to SPG students and members $65
Cost to non-members $75

Lunch will be provided

Send cheque or money order payable to: Saskatoon Potters Guild
C/O 103 7th St East
Saskatoon, SK
S7H 0W7
-Your registration will be secured once payment has been received
-Please ensure contact information with phone number and email is enclosed as SPG will be contacting you with supply list.

Registration contact: Sharon at 477-0632
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More green options for potters

A while back, all the way back in July I think, I drew your attention to a post on One Black Bird’s Blog by guest Blogger Laura Zindel wherein she was discussing the issue of ‘green ceramics’. Well another related article has just been published by the Journal of Australian Ceramics by author and artist Steve Harrison. Check it out if you have a minute, and are interested in the topic. The mag as well is also a great read, I miss it heaps, but can’t afford the international subscription!

Here’s a few pics of Steve Harrison’s:

NeoCraft Publication

I’ve mentioned before in a post the upcoming NEOCRAFT conference to be held this November in Halifax, so if you haven’t checked it out yet have a look at their website for a list of all of the amazing speakers that are going to be presenting. If you can make it there will be exhibitions throughout the city as well.

But just today I got an email that a related publication is already out to press. Here’s the blurb from the email:

‘The relationship between the crafts and modernity has long been characterized as difficult and the crafts are often perceived as occupying a marginalized role in the discourses of modernism. NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts seeks to challenge the assumptions surrounding this relationship by introducing a wide range of scholarly essays that explore the historical, contemporary and future positioning of the crafts within the broader scope of visual culture. The crafts occupy an important role in material, globalized modernity, and as such they must be understood through a multiplicity of gazes. With that in mind NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts unites an international, interdisciplinary range of writers who are actively contextualizing modernity and the crafts. Drawing upon writings in the fields of craft history, art history, philosophy, museum studies, anthropology, fashion theory, history, women’s studies, and design, this book explores in detail the shifting and influential cultural position of the crafts. NeoCraft is divided into five central themes: Cultural Redundancy or The Genre Under Threat; Global Craft; Crafts and Political Economy; Invention of Tradition: Craft and Utopian Ideals; and Craft, the Senses and New Technologies. Within each of these themes leading scholars, craftspeople and curators including Bruce Metcalf, Larry Shiner, David Howard, Grace Cochrane, John Potvin, Beverly Lemire, Joseph McBrinn, B. Lynne Milgram, Janice Helland, Elizabeth Cumming, Alla Myzelev, David Howes, Tanya Harrod, Love Jönsson, and Mike Press, explore the reality of craft practice that engages with the modernizing world.’

Product details:
273 pages, 65 bw illustrations, 7 x 9″
ISBN: 978-0-919616-47-9 (paper)
Price: $39.95

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