Daily Archives: July 23, 2011

Ceramics News Briefs International

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Ceramicists show range of medium, Bowen Island Undercurrent – We gave a preview of this Bowen Island show earlier this week and today’s story covers it post-opening. Please take a look… Excellent show, brilliant artisans, fabulous setting. Runs into August…

Celebrating Fiji’s pottery, the Star – “Taller than the toddlers, water carriers made by the people in Nasilai Rewa village are embellished with mysterious geometric etchings and applique.” The Fijian pottery featured in the story is beautiful and decorative or functional. To remove air bubbles, the clay is kneaded by stepping on it, something that seems a lot more fun than wedging! The method of creating a vessel is quite unique, too.

Horsehair pottery builds on traditions, The Register-Mail – This is an extremely interesting story about the use of hair to embellish pots. Patterns are burned onto the pot by placing hair upon a blazing hot vessel. The featured artist says the tradition is Native American. “The creation story he heard was of a Navaho woman unloading her kiln and her long black hair accidentally touched the hot pots. Naturally the hair burnt away, but it left interesting marks on the pottery.” I wouldn’t mind trying this with some of my own hair…

Oil spill cleanup turns up trove of Indian relicsSF Gate – Anything about this oil spill interests me because I was born on the Gulf of Mexico, on the Florida Panhandle, but the news is usually sad or depressing. Not so this time around. Evidently, headlands have revealed evidence of the mound builder cultures that were part of the Mississippian Culture so important to archaeology.

DOST Fair offers ceramics water pot filter, other new exciting technologies by Filipinos for Filipinos, Phillippine Information Agency – “Many people especially in the hinterlands get their water from shallow wells with questionable potability, and the ceramics water pot filter will be of great help in ensuring that water will be potable once filtered.” I hope this technology catches on in North America, as it sound like it could have many applications and plenty of raw material for making filters. The story says native Tanauan clay was sent to Manila to be made into filters.

Yingge’s international ceramics festival set for big things, Taiwan Today – “Since 2011 is the centennial of the founding of the Republic of China, organizers said, the theme of this year’s exhibition will be a retrospective on the development of the ceramic industry and culture in Yingge, the pottery capital of Taiwan.” Festival run: until Aug. 8.

1001 Pots: Annual ceramic sale offers pots, plates and more, The Montreal Gazette – A month-long ceramics exhibit just kicked off in Montreal and it is billed as “the annual event is the largest of its kind in Canada.” Location: 2435, rue de l’Église (Exit 76, Highway 15 North), Val-David, Laurentian Mountains. www.1001pots.com. Call 819-322-6868 or email expo@1001pots.com for details. $2 entry fee.

Urban architecture takes over Gallery Oldham for Traces: Ceramics and the City, Culture 24 – Through November 6, 2011. Urban architecture becomes art, scenes set in council housing, reminisces about the former ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent. Eighteen UK artists will look at “changing cities and industrial archaeology, maps and texts, communal histories and the meaning of home.”

19th Holy Quran Exhibition to display visual artworks, Iran Book News Agency – A visual arts exhibition with the Quran as the theme coincides with the 19th International Holy Quran Exhibition, July 28 to August 26, at Imam Khomeini Mosalla, Tehran. The show includes engraved pottery, “including Islamic epigraphs.” Hands-on art workshops will also be held.

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