This has been a very busy week folks and while I’m keeping to my MWF schedule, I’m publishing posts later than usual. Please bear with me… I am always thankful for your readership. This week, had to be businesslike and tell my friends I wouldn’t be able to join them at the local restaurant on Open Studio days for a whole month. Naturally, I will miss the socializing, but am finding that after I break for lunch and visiting, my brain goes in siesta mode. At the present, I feel very focused and must stay focused. It appeared that we were all quite busy yesterday. Nan was working with underglaze is on slabs. Otto was staining the bust of the man smoking a cigar and trying to figure out what to do with the base it sits upon, to make it light or dark. Dan had made up some beautiful new glazes and unearthed and reconstituted some old ones. I used some of the latter and Pauline suggested I use one of the new variegated glazes on some of my tiles. As she was talking, she was trying to figure out which glazes she would use on a bisqued soft box she’d made. Three of Joan’s black animal miniatures turned out perfectly… a manganese glaze that looks metallic. Speaking of metallic, Gary glazed one of his big horses in bronze and it looks fantastic. A real wowza piece! No camera this week, but I’ll take photos next time. As for myself, I have been keeping to an ambitious schedule, working long hours in both the studio and at home. It has taken me time to hit my stride, as far as a production schedule goes, and I won’t be letting up anytime soon. Aside from producing a lot of work, I find such intense contact with clay is very stress relieving and grounding. It’s also healthy! Wedging and working clay is physically active and I felt like I’d engaged in quite the aerobic tilemaking the other day…I kid you not! At present, I continue to build my inventory, only now it is becoming quite apparent. (Jan pats herself on the back.) I took one step further today by signing up for the local art walk. As I told my husband last evening, I remember when we’d attended an art walk in Bellingham, Washington years ago… must’ve been in the early 1990s. Back then, I never would have dreamt that my work would eventually be exhibited in such an event and I don’t mind saying so. It was a time when I was not as fully connected with my art as I had been, what with immigration and a new career. I did do some throwing during those years, but nothing consistent. Later, as I attended art walks in my locale and appreciated people’s work, I always felt a little tug on the heartstrings when I saw clay work. The feeling was most notable last year, when I thought, gee whiz, I could do this… And, this year, it will be a dream come true. Three neighboring cities come together for this event: ArtsConnect’s ArtWalk. Today was the deadline for applying and I dashed down to the arts centre with my application and check. While there, I checked to see if my pendants were out of the kiln… no, not yet…but I brought home 10 completed Snowfall tiles. Yesterday, I also finished five Sunrise tiles, placed 10 from my new series in the bisque area, and began finish work on five Sheaf of Wheat tiles. Tomorrow, I’ll go pick up the glazed pendants and think about jewelry findings. I have a Creativity Group workshop to conduct on the 25th and must be ready for it. All in all, a mighty productive time and soon it will be full-on spring. I already have lettuce and radishes coming up in my little greenhouse!
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Ceramics Artist in Residence Port Moody Arts Centre
May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013
A one year Residency Opportunity for an Emerging or Established Ceramic Artist*
The Port Moody Arts Centre Society supports artistic excellence and innovation. This residency is open to all emerging and established ceramic artists over 19 years of age. The residency will require an emphasis on making, learning and sharing the process of creating with clay.
The residency is an excellent opportunity for artistic development within an innovative and supportive ceramic community. The clay studios at the Arts Centre are busy, supportive and house a true sense of community. There are classes for adults in hand building and wheel throwing, children’s classes that range from after school clay to spring & summer camps, plus a very active Open Studio group of ceramic devotees.
The resident artist will be available 3-4 hours per week for public outreach activities such as Open Studio (Tuesdays 10am – 1pm), informal talks, studio tours for student groups, demos and exhibition installation.
- The Residency will offer: a secured ceramic studio space for one year, with ample room for a wheel, storage of work in progress, supplies
- daytime & evening access to studio space firing personal work up to 2 glaze firings /month
- opportunity to showcase work and engage with the public
- opportunity to engage with the Arts Centre’s community of ceramic artists
- opportunity to present classes and/or workshops
- opportunity to display a body of work at the conclusion of the residency
In return, we ask that the Resident:
- guarantee a minimum of 8 hours per week be spent working in the studio at regularly scheduled times
- supervise one Open Studio session per week, Tuesday 10am-1pm (community aspect)
- be responsible for own clay/specialty glazes/tools/equipment (i.e. wheel)
- promote best interests of the Arts Centre
- comply with all occupational, health and safety issue
There will be no exchange of funds involved with the residency, but there will be opportunity to instruct, engage with the public and to display your work.
*Emerging Artists are defined as professional artists who are at the early stages of their career. Ceramic Art is their main vocation, they have specialized training and some experience exhibiting their work.
*Established Artists are defined as professional artists who are recognized by their peers. They have specialized training and have created an established body of work.
To apply: Artists must complete the Ceramic Artist in Residence Application Form
For further information please contact:
Ruth Hoyem Program & Volunteer Coordinator
2012 Ceramic Artist in Residence
(Deadline: March 25, 2012, 4 pm)
Artist name: _________________________________________
City: _____________________Prov: _____Postal Code: ________
Email: _________________Website: ______________________
Telephone (home): ________________(work/cell): ____________
Have you had an exhibition at Port Moody Arts Centre before? □ Yes □ No
If you answered Yes, when and in which gallery? ______________________________________________________________________________
Please provide us with a brief outline of your proposed ceramic work for the residency and tell us how this residency will benefit your artistic development. You may include this on a separate piece of paper (one side maximum)
___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Please give a brief description of specialized equipment you would bring to support your residency. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________
To submit your application:
- Please use a plain 9 x 12 envelope and include: Completed application form.
- 10 images of recent work on a CD or thumb drive. The format shall be either jpeg or tiff, high-resolution (300dpi) and do not submit images embedded in a program such as PowerPoint.
o Each image file should be named with Artist’s name, title, medium & size.
- An Artist Statement (100 words Maximum)
- Artist Biography (100 words Maximum)
- Curriculum Vitae Residency proposal letter stating your goals for exploration and development during your residency
- Three letters of support
- A cover letter
NOTE: please include a hard copy as well as a digital file of all documents on a CD (text documents: PDF of MSWord Files (version 2003 or earlier). Digital formats are as follows: Images – JPEG or TIFF files; text documents – PDF of MSWord Files (version 2003 or earlier).
- Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
- Please do not include brochures, newspaper clippings or other promotional materials.
- Application materials will not be returned.
- All information (including CD of images) should be labeled with the artist’s contact details, full name and phone number. We recommend having this on the bottom of each page.
Please label: 2012 Ceramic Arts Residency Application
Mail, courier, or drop off application packages to:
Ruth Hoyem – Programming & Volunteer Coordinator
Port Moody Arts Centre
2425 St. Johns Street
Port Moody, BC
The deadline for the application is March 25, 2012 at 4pm
We thank you in advance for your application, however, only selected applicants will be contacted for interviews in early April 2012.
A Criminal Record Check will be required of the successful applicant.
Wednesday, we had a special treat at the Port Moody Arts Centre. A well-known political figure sat down with us at the hand building table, after making her way around the room to meet us individually. For us, the apex of the visit took place when Pauline worked with British Columbia Premier Christy Clark on a soft boxes made of white clay. It turns out, the premier’s sister pursued ceramics at Emily Carr and she said there used to be a potter’s wheel and kiln at the family’s summer cabin. Clark had visited the arts centre before for a Raku-U day and, at one time, she was the neighbor of staff member Ruth Hoyem, so the whole visit was comfortable and enjoyable. Officially, her visit centred on an announcement she made at a press conference at the centre, a planned event with full media presence. For this post, though, I’ll concentrate on the art and forego the politics, though you can hear more about it on the video below. When I arrived, at 11 a.m., Gary and Pauline were already there and they had done quite a bit to make the place presentable. Some of our finished pieces had been set up for display on wedging tables
(Double-click to see full-size slide show and cutlines.)
and counters. We were all working on our current projects when she arrived with her retinue. Gary’s and Otto’s sculptures are large and they made good subjects for the cameras. Later, I saw some footage of us on the evening news and Pauline and the premier’s photo ended up in some newspapers and that was fun to see. The piece Clark was working on will be finished and sent to her as a gift from the centre. I think Pauline handled the situation exceptionally well. The focus was on her, too, as she dealt with the scrum housed in the glazing room and, later, in the studio. It was elbow room only, packed as it was with photographers, reporters and video cameramen. If you haven’t been in a media frenzy, it can be quite an experience, what with people jockeying around, trying to get the best shots. None of us were very fazed by it, though and Pauline later commented that she thought it was because we became so involved with the pieces we were working on. At one point, Pauline was showing the premier how to use a brush to daub water on the bottom of a lid handle (the same way she would in one of her childrens’ art classes). She said something like, “Next, we use some Magic Water…” Later, when she was showing Clark how to attach something else, Pauline inquired of the media, “And, now, what do we use?” and looked up at their faces. They dutifully replied, “Magic Water!” We all had a good laugh. You could tell they liked being included and it put them at ease. After all, we’re all just people…
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark at the Port Moody Arts Centre