Monthly Archives: January 2011

Spring 2011 Calendar of Events: Southwest/Northwest Can-Am

Note: This information was gleaned from the Ceramics Daily calendar. Please send me your listing if your event is not included; post the information in the comments section below…who, what, when, where, plus contact e-mail and website. Thank you.

Art Festivals

Oregon, Portland
April 29 to May 1
29th Annual Ceramic Showcase
Oregon Potters Association
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


(Squeezing an early summer one in…. Don’t worry, it’ll still feel like spring in Montana in June!)

Montana, Helena
June 23 to June 25
2011: From the Center to the Edge Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
2915 Country Club Ave.
406-443-3502 |


British Columbia, Parksville
April 21 to April 22
“2 Day Workshop,” with Tony Clennell.
Arrowsmith Potters Guild
600 Alberni Hwy.
250-954-1872 |

British Columbia, Parksville
April 23
“Masters V Clay Symposium,” with Tony Clennell, Miera Matheson, Debra Sloan, Martha James, and Gordon James.
Arrowsmith Potters Guild
132 Jensen Ave. W.
250-954-1872 |

Solo Exhibitions

Montana, Missoula
March 4 to March 27
“Temenos,” works by Lauren Sandler
The Clay Studio of Missoula Gallery
1106 Hawthorne St., Unit A

Washington, Bellingham
April 1 to April 30
“Blue Water Pottery,” works by Jeremy Noet
Good Earth Pottery
1000 Harris Ave.

Group Exhibitions

Montana, Helena
January 29 to April 2
“Beyond the Brickyard: Third Annual Juried Exhibition”
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
2915 Country Club Ave.

Oregon, Salem
February 1 to February 26
“Plate it Up: 100 Artists Show”
Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
335 State St.

Washington, Bellingham
February 1 to February 28
“Tea for Two: Teapot Show”
Good Earth Pottery
1000 Harris Ave.

Washington, Bellingham
March 1 to March 31
“Bowls for Benefit for Bellingham Food Bank,” works by Deb Martin and Linda Stone
Good Earth Pottery
1000 Harris Ave.

Multimedia Exhibitions

Washington, Camano Island
March 5 to April 10
“Northwest Designer Craftsmen Invitational Show”
Matzke Fine Art and Design
2345 Blanche Way

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Truly Beautiful Craftsman Artisan Tiles

Terra Firma, Ltd

Handmade Stoneware Tiles made by a family owned business. Tiles can be found in showrooms in Canada and the U.S.

Lewellen Studio

Handmade tiles designed and created by Norm Lewellen, of Bellingham, Washington. Cone 5 porcelain. Wholesale only.

Motawi Tileworks

My favorite Arts and Crafts tiles, made in Michigan. Low relief tiles, glaze colors separated by a clay ridge.

Roycroft Pottery

Among the oldest and most famous of today’s featured tile works. Made in East Aurora, New York, the pottery was established in 1895.

Dard Hunter Studios

The famed Dard Hunter Rose. Takes my breath away! Hunter began his career at Roycroft in 1905 and had a large NY studio.

Arts & Crafts Tiles

Charles Rennie MackIntosh‘s Glasgow School designs executed by Motawi and Dard Hunter Studio.

RTK Studios

Well-known and well-connected  California tile studio, begun in 1979. Tile makers for the stars…

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Today’s Olive Oil Lamp

Last Tuesday, I made an olive oil lamp I wasn’t very happy with, so, today, I made another one. It took one and a half hours, from start to finish. An earlier post on ancient lamps was my guide and the first photo here shows ancient Roman and Parthian lamps. I so want one of these lamps — they produce a nice glow, have a pleasing scent, do not get hot, and I’d promised myself one. This one is larger than the originals and I plan on glazing the bottom half. As you can see from the photo, the old ones are unglazed and this is because these peoples had yet to invent glaze. I will glaze the bottom half because I don’t want oil seeping through the porous clay and staining surfaces I may set the lamp upon, like tablecloths. Thinking about either turquoise or burgundy on the bottom half, which will contrast nicely with the Navajo Red clay. I’ll use underglaze with a clear glaze over it and will show you the lamp in use when it’s finished!

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The World of Betty Woodman

I hope you’ll take a moment to click on this link because I’d like you to read this New Yorker article by Peter Schjeldahl about Betty Woodman. Born in 1930, she’s one of the most celebrated ceramists of our time. She is in the limelight once again, along with her family, as a film featuring the them,  “The Woodmans,” won a prize at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival; here’s another story about it.  In addition, the family is part of a show, Betty, Charlie, Francesca & George, which runs till the end of February in Boston. Here’s a review of the show in the Boston Globe. The family’s story is poignant and tragic — their daughter committed suicide thirty years ago, after which the work of Betty and her husband changed markedly. Here’s a slideshow of Betty’s work through ArtInfo. Please take a look!

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