“Commonly Uncommon: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection”

We are pleased to announce “Commonly Uncommon: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection”, a three-part exhibition of objects and archives on view November 3 – December 10, 2022.
Co-curated by Hannah Bakken Morris, Sara Huston and Abby McGehee.
Please join us for a public reception on Thursday, November 3 from 5-8-pm and return in the following weeks of November for a panel discussion and film viewing.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft served as a vital nexus for the consideration of art, craft and design in Portland from its founding in 1937 to its dissolution in 2016. The permanent collection and the institutional archives, under the stewardship of PNCA and Willamette University, remain important resources for these continued and ever-shifting conversations. This exhibition presents objects that illuminate issues of function, use, the nature of labor, and methods of production. Viewers can engage with both objects and archives to understand the way in which they inform one another as well as the multiple ways makers, curators and audiences appreciate and define an institution and its place in a regional artistic ecology.
A complimentary panel discussion about the collection, craft, and community-building will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 6:30-8pm at the Lemelson Design and Innovation Studio on the 1st Floor of PNCA. This discussion will be moderated by Namita Gupta Wiggers (past Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Craft) and will include exhibiting artists Hilary Pfiefer, Joe Feddersen, Charissa Brock and other exhibiting artists. This event is open to the public, free of charge.
Additionally, please join us a week earlier to attend a screening of “Handmade Nation: The Rise of D.I.Y. Craft, Art and Design”, a film made by exhibiting artist Faythe Levine, in the PNCA Mediateque on Thursday, November 10th at 5pm. This film is the culmination of nationwide research and interviews for which its archive will be displayed in the Dane Nelson and Ed Cauduro Collection Studies Lab at PNCA, as part of the Commonly Uncommon exhibition. This event is open to the public, free of charge.

upcoming lecture: Martina Lantin | “Role: Function and Object”

After a more than two-year hiatus due to Covid, the North-West Ceramics Foundation is thrilled to finally be able to present Martina Lantin as their featured speaker. Martina will present via Zoom on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 1pm PST. The presentation is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please see below for information about how to register.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Martina Lantin received her Master of Fine Art degree from NSCAD University in Halifax. She has participated in residencies in Canada, the United States, Germany, Iceland and China, including the Watershed Centre for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME; the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; and the Liling Ceramic Valley Museum in Liling, Hunan Province, China.

Martina has written for various ceramic publications and edited the 2017 summer issue of the Studio Potter journal. Her work has been included in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions internationally. Recent participation includes Borderline, the Alberta Biennial 2020 and The Pots and Passion of Walter Ostrom at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Martina Lantin is an Associate Professor at the Alberta University of the Arts.

Martina mines the history of ornament and pattern to explore the mutation and boundaries of functional ceramics through vessels and installations. More recently, her exploration of adaptation and change has engaged emergent technologies as a method of production. In her talk “Role: Function and Object,” she will share new works produced during recent residencies in Iceland and Germany and discuss the evolution of her practice. Her talk will take place on Zoom on October 16, 2022, at 1pm. Registration is required.

To register, please click on this link, which will take you to a sign-up form. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more on Martina Lantin , please see her website 

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Online course with Jacquie Blondin

The Hand Building Basics online course starts next week and runs Oct 4-Nov 29.

It’s the perfect course for beginners and throwers looking to expand their hand building techniques.

It’s not too late to join.

PS participants should have access to a kiln to get the most out of this course.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to help you.

🔗Course info – click to learn more


Or go to https://jacquieblondin.com/pages/workshops-and-classes

ceramic overload this month at The Ceramics Congress!

A 5-Day Online Ceramics Festival. May 26th-30th 2022. All Online!

As well as having 72-hours of amazing-jam-packed-mind-blowing workshops from world-famous ceramic artists (which are all in English or with subtitles)…

We will also be organizing an online 3D exhibition to focus on Australia and Australian artists! We will be having Australian workshops and live Q&A’s, studio tours, cooking classes, and some fun challenges too! You won’t want to miss this!

Grab your ticket HERE today! Live event tickets are only $29, or you can buy replays for life for $79.


upcoming talk: Gaining Ground: How ancient craft knowledge can shape our future

Join us for a discussion about how traditional craft practices can help repair our ecosystems and societies.

About this event

Attend online or in-person from 6.30-8pm on 10 May 2022.

To mark the launch of the May/June issue of Crafts magazine and the opening of the Crafts Council’s new exhibition Gaining Ground, the Crafts Council Gallery is hosting a discussion about how traditional craft practices can help repair our ecosystems and societies.

Hear from two exhibitors from the show: basketmaker Annemarie O’Sullivan, who grows 20 varieties of willow near her East Sussex studio, and ceramic artist Jay Mistry, who has been collaborating with potters in Guyana to preserve Indigenous identity through clay. They will be joined by Daniel Olatunji, founder of the slow fashion menswear label Monad London, which works with artisans using traditional craft techniques across the globe. The talk will be chaired by Crafts magazine’s Debika Ray.

The in-person event will take place at the Crafts Council Gallery, 44A Pentonville Road, London, N1 9BY.

Tickets cost £10 to attend in person or £8.50 to watch online.

Crafts magazine subscribers can attend for free, either in person or online. If you are a subscriber, you will have received an email from us with your promotion code. If not, email us at [email protected]

Register here.