call for entry: Qantas SOYA Craft & Object Award

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All styles welcome. Functional. Experimental. Manufactured.
Handcrafted. Conceptual. Furniture. Appliances. Accessories. Objects.
Ideas. Innovations.


Marc Newson

SOYA Craft & Object Design Award

The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards offers object designers and
craftspeople aged 30 and under the chance to accelerate their creative
careers with a ticket to anywhere in 2013 – $5,000 in Qantas flights to
see you jet away to where inspiration and opportunity dictate. You’ll
also be offered a professional mentorship with iconic Australian
Designer Marc Newson, and did we mention $5,000 cash?!

Deadline October 8th

emerging artist (hot mud edition): Maaike Charron

“Books Acquired January 1 to June 30 2013” 2013 photo by Amanda Larner.

“Cup 326: City of God, by Saint Augustine”

“Cup 204: The Wild Road, by Gabriel King”

Cup 76: Come, Thou Tortoise, by Jessica Grant”

“Cup 61: Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett”


A Library of Teacups Artist Statement

A Library of Teacups was an exhibit of handmade ceramic teacups, shown at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery from October 13th to November 10th 2012.

Books and tea are two of my great loves in life, and they go together swimmingly. I made a one-of-a-kind teacup inspired by each book I own–just over 450. The idea was to fill the room with a towering, borderline overwhelming display of pottery. I wanted it to feel like walking into a library—books don’t talk, but they have presence and personality, and they will tell you stories if you listen.

Why teacups? Because (much like books) they lend themselves to individuality, to standing as one in a herd of many. There is a cultural expectation of uniformity for household food vessels. Plates and bowls must match. Glasses must be identical to one another. Even single items like serving platters or salad bowls are often chosen for how well they complement other dishes, or even the rest of the kitchen. Students and other fledgling adults may scrape and scramble for a few years with the family hand-me-downs and a few odds and ends picked up from Value Village, but once settled away into careers and respectability—once settled in a Real Kitchen—the motley dinnerware is replaced with the standard, regimented vessels.

But mugs and teacups have largely escaped the dictates of décor. What kitchen does not have a riotous cupboard or two of chipped, mismatched and utterly beloved mugs? Who doesn’t know the cracks in the bottom of their favourite coffee cup better than the lines on their face? The deeply personal and individual act of cradling a cup of tea is best carried out, it appears, with the assistance of a personal and individual teacup. And the enjoyment of a good book is best enhanced by a cup of tea.

1st Medalta International Spoon Competition

Aaron Nelson

Maybe it was something in the air at Medalta lately, what with the 1st International Cup show opening and all. But while I was visiting earlier this month, Vipoo Srivilasa who was there for a residency drummed up the idea to put together an International Spoon Competition as well. September saw a new batch of year long residents taking over the studio as well as a number of artists from South East Asia coming over for a visit and a brief month long residency with Vipoo. The energy in the studio was inspiring. So many new artists getting settled in and starting to work and the spoon competition was the perfect thing to get the kilns firing and the creative ideas flowing. Sometimes all it takes is a little something out of the ordinary day to day of your studio practice to open up some new perspectives and ideas. Returning later in the month I saw how this friendly competition really brought the artists together (well that and all the amazing shared meals they created).

So I here by present to you the spoons in the competition. Each is a thing of beauty and interestingly speaks to each artist’s larger art practice. The winner of the competition (judged by those participating) was Teo Huey Min’s lovely spoon. Congrats to you!
But I’m curious…which is your favorite?

James Seet

Jason Desnoyers

Jenn Demke-Lange

Jenna Stanton

Joshua Primmer

Jun Myoung

Krisaya Luenganantakul

Laura McKibbon

Liz Burritt

Naomi Clement

Noriko Masuda

Teo Huey Min

Teo Huey Min

Thomas Cheong

Vipoo Srivilasa