UNITED STATES: I’ve never done anything else, Jacksonville Progress – It is so inspiring to read about someone who found his calling at an early age and followed his heart. This story is about Old Farmhouse Pottery’s David Hendley, who hails from Jacksonville, Texas. His pottery is in a remodeled farmhouse, built in 1936, located on a 74-acre of land. He has been making ceramics since 1972, when “he was one semester away from graduating with a degree in psychology.” He took a pottery course and the rest is history, though he did finish the degree and went on to get an M.A. in ceramics, too.
ITALY: Call for Entries: 2012 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, Stone World – A call has been issued for the 2012 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. The event is sponsored by The Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica, the Association of Italian Ceramics. “Now in its 19th year, the competition has recognized the outstanding work of North American architects and designers who have featured Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential or commercial/hospitality projects.” Projects under consideration include work created from January, 2007, to January, 2012. Winners will be announced at a conference in Orlando, Florida in April, 2012. According to Dexigner, entries will be judged upon “overall design of the project; innovative use of tile; tile design; quality of installation; degree that tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.”
UNITED STATES: The park, the Voorhees and a princess: The story of “Inwood Pottery NYC”, Manhattan Times News – People find the most amazing things on eBay. This time, someone spotted an “unusual artifact” and decided to investigate. What they found was a handbuilt ceramic piece from Aimee and Harry Voorhees’ Inwood Pottery. In 1916, “a New York couple…forged an artistic career living in a cabin in the wilderness of Inwood Hill Park, inspired by the ancient art of people living there centuries before.” They were inspired by archeological findings of indigenous people, middens, in particular. “Excavations yielded fully intact pots and other artifacts. The Voorhees incorporated the indigenous design into their pottery.”
CANADA: Provincial grant covers NSCAD’s $2.4M deficit, MetroNews -I pity the poor students and instructors at this art school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. But not its Administration. In a period of plummeting economies, the school went ahead and built a new campus on the waterfront, though it could ill afford it. “The university went ahead with the project despite failing to secure $4.75 million from the federal government.” The province has granted a three months buffer to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, after which it must present a “plan for financial sustainability.” It is a one-time $2.4-million grant. It is unclear what will happen “on March 31 if the province doesn’t approve of the fine-arts institution’s plan.” The story’s photo shows a student with work for a Ceramics Department Open House.
UNITED STATES: Strong selection of works in important 20th Century design sale at Sotheby’s New York, ArtDaily – It is an auction that would make any Arts & Crafts fan foam at the mouth, me included. Thirty-seven lots from the American Arts & Crafts movement include “designs by Gustav Stickley, led by An Important and Rare China Cabinet, Model No. 964, (est. $200/300,000), which was recently included in the retrospective exhibition on Stickley curated by the Dallas Museum of Art.” Other names: Harvey Ellis, Dirk van Erp, Harvey Ellis, Elizabeth Burton, Charles Rohlfs, Joseph Heinrich, and Grueby Faience Company. Also, “seven works formerly in the collection of Stephen Gray and exhibited in the influential show At Home with Gustav Stickley: American Arts & Crafts from the Stephen Gray Collection at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 2009.” Names: Arthur Wesley Dow, The Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts Colony, Marblehead Pottery, Overbeck Pottery and Pewabic Pottery. Oh, my!!