Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Good morning everyone. Just a quick word to share my thoughts and best wishes to all of those that were affected by Hurricane Irene. Please use your social networks to let us know you’re okay and if you need anything and please remember there are programs such as the Craft Emergency Relief Fund out there to help. May you all be well wherever you are.

All the best,


2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale – Call for papers and workshops

Adelaide, Australia 28th September – 1st October 2012Call for papers and workshops2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale will provide a platform for discussion, debate and theexchange of ideas amongst local, national and international ceramics practitioners, educators,collectors, critics and cultural theorists.We are now seeking proposals for papers and workshops that explore clay as a subversivemedium capable of challenging artistic, cultural and social norms.Please register your personal interest in the presentation of papers and/or workshops of 1 to 3days duration relevant to the conference theme at [email protected] of particular interest in the field of studio ceramics include:• Art and craft traditions and their interaction with contemporary practice.• Industrial processes and alternative technologies – challenges and research.• Hybrid or cross disciplinary practices and the development of mixed media.• Indigenous ceramics practice – development, academic, personal and cultural.• Critical writing and documentation.• Exhibition practices, public and private – current trends, funding and collecting.Submissions for papers:A 400 word abstract to be emailed to [email protected] for workshops:A one page proposal including time frame and budget to be emailed [email protected] Dates:Abstracts ( for papers and workshops) due: September 30th, 2011 – 5pmNotification of abstract acceptance: October 30th, 2011, by emailFull proposed paper due: February 29th, 2012 – 5pmNotification of accepted papers: March 30th, 2012, by emailFinal paper due: June 30th, 2012 – 5pmSelection of papers: All abstracts and workshop proposals will be reviewed initially by theconference steering committee and then authors will be invited to submit full papers for juriedselection.

Shared Journeys II: Chinese/American Ceramic Art and Education Symposium

West Virginia University, NCECA, and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute cordially

invites you to Shared Journeys II: Chinese/American Ceramic Art and

Education Symposium. The symposium will be hosted by WVU in Morgantown,

WV. We will be have demos, lectures, exhibitions, receptions, and a city-wide


WVU NCECA Shared Journeys II

Symposium on Chinese and American Ceramic Education

October 14-16, 2011

West Virginia University-Morgantown, WV

Speakers and Presenters include:

Val Cushing, Lv Pinchang, Bill Strickland, Gong Baoija, Dr. Elizabeth Lacouture,

Yang Bing, Dryden Wells, Li Chao, Joe Molinaro and many more…

For registration and info: (Early bird discounts end Sept. 5, 2011)


Shoji Satake

Assistant Professor/Ceramics Area Coordinator

West Virginia University

College of Creative Art

Division of Art and Design

Morgantown, WV


[email protected]

Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures

September 24, 2011 – January 2, 2012

Mackenzie Art Gallery – Regina Saskatchewan

September 23: Exhibition Opening

Join artist Jack Sures in celebration of this retrospective exhibition. Enjoy food, drinks and a live music performance by Ben and Nadine Sures. Feeling creative? Add your one-of-a-kind clay tile to our public art wall. 7:30pm, Free, Cash BarThis exhibition is the first retrospective of one of Canada’s most significant ceramists—a multi-faceted figure whose exuberant and sensuous work traverses the categories of craft, fine art and public monument. In addition to offering a comprehensive look at his work from the early 1960s to the present, this retrospective will address his important role and influence as an educator and mentor.

Over the past fifty years, Jack Sures has contributed significantly to the advancement of ceramic art in Canada, including his implementation of the printmaking and ceramics programs at the University of Regina in 1965, where from 1969 to 1971 he served as chairman for the Department of Visual Arts.

Sures trained as a painter and printmaker, honed his ceramics skills initially in London, England at Chelsea Pottery and studied the works of ceramic artists in the museums and galleries of Europe and the Middle East. In 1962, he returned to Canada and set up his own pottery studio in Winnipeg, eventually moving to Regina, where he continues to live and work today.

In 1969, Sures initiated the exhibition California Ceramics: Shaw, Frimkess, Gilhooly, Melchert at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, which introduced Regina to the California Funk movement. He is part of the group of maverick ceramists including Victor Cicansky, Joe Fafard, David Gilhooly and Marilyn Levine, who in the 1960s liberated ceramics from its traditional, functional role and instead utilized it as a sculptural material. The “Regina Clay” group, as they came to be known, rallied against anything that could be considered dogmatism within the constricts of visual arts and ceramics. However, Sures never rejected the fundamentals inherent in vessel-making continuing to incorporate them as part of his craft.September 24: One Day Symposium

Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures

Join artists and academics for a glimpse into the practice and legacy of Jack Sures. Listen in on a conversation with the artist, Head Curator at the MacKenzie,Timothy Long and Director/Curator of the Tom Thompson Art Gallery, Virginia Eichhorn. Including discussion with Matthew Kangas, Sandra Alfoldy, Alan Elder, Julia Krueger, Susan Surette, Ruth Chambers, Mel Bolen and Sin-ying Ho and a film screening of The Murals of Jack Sures by Linda Corbett. 1:00-5:00pm, Free – This 5 minute web trailer from the full length Jack Sures documentary features the intro sequence and a portion of the Canadian Museum of Civilization mural sequence.

The MacKenzie Art Gallery and Tom Thomson Art Gallery are pleased to be working together to premier this important exhibition, as well as a publication, video presentation, and related programming in Regina before touring it to galleries across Canada. Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Image: Jack Sures, The Answer, stoneware tiles. Collection of Jack Sures and Cara Gay Driscoll. Photo by Don Hall.