movie day: Good Earth The Pots and Passion of Walter Ostrom

Good Earth: The Pots & Passion of Walter Ostrom

Thursday, 8 October 2020 to Sunday, 14 March 2021

Co-curated by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Shannon Parker, and Dr. Julie Hollenbach

Energy. Enthusiasm. Knowledge. Honesty. Inspired. Ardor for material. These are the terms that describe Walter Ostrom and his relationship with clay. They can also be summed up in one word: Passion.

Passion is a simple word and yet the immense complexity of it as a concept is at the core of Ostrom and from it flows the worldwide mosaic of his relationships, his incredible devotion as an educator, his drive for knowledge, and his love for creativity in all aspects of his life, but particularly for pottery.

Walter Ostrom is one of Canada’s foremost ceramic artists. He revolutionized clay from ethical brown earthenware to colourful, bright maiolica and inspired generations of ceramists who follow him to this day. This exhibition investigates Ostrom’s earliest work in stoneware and porcelain, his conceptual projects at NSCAD University, the many ways his love of gardening—and particularly rhododendrons—influenced his work, the huge impact China and its ceramic traditions and ceramists had on his life and practice, and his lifetime commitment to the exploration and reinvigoration of the ancient ceramic tradition of tin-glaze.

Good Earth examines Ostrom’s practice of altering form, surface treatments, and the rich elements of social commentary, geographic references, art history, and political statements he imbues in his work. An inspired instructor for over 40 years, Ostrom’s influence on a selection of his many celebrated students is also reflected in this exhibition.

Ostrom is celebrated internationally with galleries dedicated to the collection and presentation of his work in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. This bilingual touring exhibition is the first major retrospective to chronicle Ostrom’s career and impact on the field of global ceramics.

Ceramic workshop with Shannon Garson

Explore the world of ceramic colour and drawing without using glazes! With a painterly approach, learn to work in an intuitive, expressive way to get layered, sophisticated surfaces, using a mix of underglazes, oxides and glaze stains taking your work to the next level. A teabowl will serve as the initial inspiration, this small vessel is the conduit to wider ideas ranging from the importance of line, the true weight of volume, how to solve technical design issues in all mediums from textiles to painting, and what to do when you are at a creative dead end.

Designed as a creative boost for experienced artists in any field, germinate your ideas and experience intense burst of inspiration.…/mcgreg…/ceramics-shannon-garson

call for entry: The Clay Center of New Orleans Sculpture National 2021

April 9 – May 22, 2021
Juror by Judi Tavill
Entries due November 15, 2020

The Clay Center of New Orleans seeks applicants for its annual “Sculpture National” exhibition, a juried group show that explores and celebrates clay as a sculptural fine art medium.

Open to sculptures and sculptural wall-mounted works or installations that are at least 50% ceramic materials, this exhibition will be on display April 9 – May 22, 2021 in the Clay Center’s gallery space in the heart of New Orleans.

Entries due November 15, 2020
Apply online via EntryThingy
View prospectus (PDF)