Help support students going to NCECA this year!

It might have been about 20 years ago that I attended my first NCECA conference, but it’s impact was so great that it’s memories stay with me still. I truly can’t think of a more valuable experience for an artist in our field than to be surrounded by thousands of artists, exceptional quality contemporary work and some of the best minds and critical theorists in our field, all in one place over the course of 5 days.

When I recently saw a Facebook post by students at my former alumni, The University of Regina, regarding an upcoming fundraiser to help get students to this year’s NCECA I was brought back to my school days of working alongside fellow students and Jack Sures in the studio, prepping pots, platters, mugs, you name it, for a hallway sale on campus to help get us to the conference. Jack was always so supportive of students and well aware of the importance of us attending events like this to expand our understanding of the potential of ceramics into a more global perspective.

Jack passed away earlier this year and when it happened I reflected a lot on the valuable lessons I’ve learned from him over the years. The most important one being the value of community, the need to support each other, and how those bonds can truly help us achieve much greater things then what we could accomplish on our own.

In that spirit of supporting a community I set out to find a way to help these students from the University of Regina to meet their fundraising goals and be able to attend the conference. My oldest son, Elliott (11 years old) wanted to help as well. The result is the t-shirt designs below which are available online as of today, with all the profits going to the University of Regina Ceramic Students Society. Support students within our community by purchasing a shirt, and proclaim your love of ceramics to the world! : )



Full range of sizes and colors are available as print on demand here:

Thank you!

xoxo Carole

movie day: The Connected Hand, Sandra Alfoldy

Dr Sandra Alfoldy was the leading Craft Historian in Canada, and faculty member of NSCAD University. In this talk Sandra discusses the ‘connection’ artisans share, what makes an artisan and how this image has been portrayed over the years. She also poses the question – who decides what image an artisan should take? This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

job posting: Visiting Faculty, Ceramics

Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Req #177
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The School of Craft + Emerging Media at Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD) welcomes applications for the following limited term faculty appointment commencing end of August 2019 until April 30, 2020

Visiting Faculty, Ceramics

Why AUArts?

A leading centre of education and research since 1926, AUArts energizes art and design in Canada and internationally. We engage the world, create possibilities, and connect with brilliant minds in all corners of the globe.

Above all, we are passionate about creativity and innovation through Art, Craft and Design, and the people who create it.

Calgary is our home base – a vibrant, cosmopolitan urban centre, a safe and friendly atmosphere, and outstanding potential for adventure in nearby mountain parks.

We hope you will join us at AUArts (where creativity matters).

About the School of Craft + Emerging Media, Ceramics Program

Ceramics faculty are a diverse, engaged group of notable teachers and practitioners connected to the field at home and abroad. Each year, a new visiting artist complements the energy and expertise of ceramics faculty, teaching and working alongside students in the studio. The visiting artist contributes a fresh and diverse perspective, enhancing the learning experience and serving as a catalyst for critical dialogue within the University.

In the Ceramics program students explore both functional and sculptural approaches to the discipline. A comprehensive, studio-based, and theoretical program of study is supported by access to emerging technologies as well as the integration of historical precedents with contemporary practice.

>>Click here to find out more about SC+EM, Ceramics Program

The Opportunity0

(Competition # 1819-FE-FT-26) To complement existing instructional resources, this position will instruct four (4) 4.5 hour-long studio courses at all levels of the undergraduate BFA in Ceramics program. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. In addition, the successful candidate will be provided with two (2) course releases towards research and studio practice. They will be required to report and present on research activities as well as mount an exhibition of their research during their appointment at the University.

The successful candidate will be capable of teaching all forms of Ceramic practice through core courses and studio supervision. The candidate will possess an active studio practice that will contribute to the breadth of the program and demonstrate a critical and creative engagement with contemporary discourse on Craft and Ceramics.  In combination with a collaborative spirit and professional commitment to the field, experience in academic service, curricular innovation, and Ceramics studio management will be considered an asset.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching two (2) studio courses per semester at all levels of AUArts’ Ceramics program
  • Maintaining a research/studio practice, and contributing to research and scholarship in the field of contemporary Craft, specifically Ceramics
  • Creating and exhibiting a new body of work
  • Reporting and presenting on research activities in the form of artist talks and/or workshops
  • Demonstrating a commitment to pedagogical and academic excellence
  • Participating in academic service, curricular program development, and the management of the Ceramics studio environment (as appropriate)

The successful candidate will have:

  • An MFA or an equivalent degree or combination of education and professional experience in Ceramics
  • Previous post-secondary teaching experience
  • A professional exhibition record as a Ceramist
  • Excellent technical skills
  • A wide knowledge of all aspects of the discipline, with a particular regard for international practice in Ceramics
  • A community-oriented disposition: comfortable interacting with students, faculty, artists, and the public; able to balance research, practice, and pedagogy

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong studio practice rooted in pottery or the vessel making tradition.

How to Apply

>>>Please submit applications by clicking on the Apply Now tab at the bottom of this page. The application must include a cover letter, a current CV, and the following:

  • two statements: one outlining teaching philosophy and the other studio practice
  • a digital portfolio of recent studio work containing twenty (20) images accompanied by a corresponding numbered list including titles, medium, and size
  • A Research Statement on the topic you intend to pursue (topics can include explorations in creative practice, technical process, content development, etc.)

Letters of recommendation are not required but will be requested at a later stage if application is successful.

Academic transcripts are not required with application, however certified transcripts are required before an offer of employment is made in accordance with the University’s Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

Applications must be submitted in a single PDF document.

Once you have created an account, choose the “Upload Resume” option. You will only be able to upload one file, so make sure all required material is combined into a single PDF document. Incomplete submissions may not be considered. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes or add additional documents. Please visit AUArts’ How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Further information about the University is available on our websites at and

AUArts is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the University. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact our FOIP Coordinator at [email protected].

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.