FORUM: International Artist Residencies

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Join us for this informative forum panel, followed by Q&A session, to hear about some exciting opportunities for International Residencies for ceramic artists. Hosted by Slow Clay Centre, we have invited a range of ceramic artists to discuss their international experiences (accompanied by visuals) and to answer your questions and thrash out the hot issues! The speakers will present for a maximum 15 minutes each and we will have a full hour for Q & A afterwards! 

About the artists: 

Carol Gentithes and Fred Johnston met at Alfred University, New York, USA, graduating with BFA degrees from the School of Ceramics. Fred pursued an MFA in ceramics from Penn State. From there, both Carol & Fred became Artists In Residence for one year at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg,TN. After this residency they moved to Seagrove, NC where there is an established community of 80+ working potters. They opened a studio & gallery in 1997. Both have done residencies in Tallinn, Estonia and Jingdezhen, China. Their work is exhibited nationally & internationally and is in permanent collections of several museums. They will discuss their residencies in the USA, focussing on Arromont School of Art, Penland, The Archie Bray Centre and StarWorks.

Amy Kennedy is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne. She is driven by a sense of wonder and curiosity in natural phenomena and endeavors to capture these qualities in her works. Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours from RMIT University in 2006, having previously completed a Diploma of Ceramics at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. Her career highlights include being awarded residencies at Baer Art Center Iceland, Anderson Ranch Arts Centre, Colorado USA, and the European Ceramic Work Centre in The Netherlands. Amy will present on her 2008 three-month residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in The Netherlands. Now known as Sundaymorning@EKWC, it is an international ceramics centre focused on experimentation and expanding the field of ceramics. Artists are selected from all fields to work on a project in clay, with assistance from a team of specialists. She will also touch on her most recent artist residency at Baer Art Center, Iceland and a 2012 residency at the Anderson Ranch Art Center, Colorado USA.

Liz Williams, from Adelaide, draws on wide-ranging influences from an interest in magic realism and surrealism, inspired after time spent in Spain and Mexico, and a passion for the simplicity of Korean and Japanese ceramics. Craftsmanship and fine attention to detail is evident in her elegantly stylised figures with their highly considered finish and resoundingly handmade qualities. 

Williams studied under renowned Australian potter Milton Moon at the South Australian School of Art, before going on to teach ceramics at both the University of South Australia and University of Northern Territory. She has undertaken studio practice at Scripps College, US, and postgraduate studies in ceramics at prestigious Goldsmiths College, London. Williams has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, her work is held in a number of public and private collections and she has undertaken residencies in Rome, Barcelona and most recently, in Shigaraki, Japan. She will focus her presentation on Shigaraki. 

Robyn Phelan is a ceramic artist based in Melbourne. Her professional background is in visual arts and museum education, curation and management. A ceramics practice has been her most recent pursuit. Critiques on ceramics, craft and art history, a sense of place and formal sculptural issues inform her work. Working from the Elm Place Ceramics Studios, Robyn is also an avid writer and observer of Australian contemporary ceramics, pottery and art. Robyn will elaborate on her residency at the Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China in 2008, her inspiration and influences from the porcelain city and the creative outcomes that continue to be of importance in her work.

Important Info

Slow Clay Centre is located at 13 Keele Street, Collingwood. Jump off at the Keele Street stop on Tram 86.

Please choose your course carefully as we do not give refunds if you change your mind. 

Please note: Carol and Fred will be giving a demonstration of their techniques at ClayLAB on Sunday 5 Feb. Please contact Vipoo Srivilasa (vipoo@vipoo.com) for details and bookings. 

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What you will learn
  • Presentation, Visuals, discussion and Q&A
  • Be inspired by these distinguished artists to combine your love of clay with other cultures!
  • 5 speakers present their experiences at some significant international residency programs
What you will get
  • Rich discussion, networking and a glass of wine too!
  • Inside knowledge of some of the major AIRs centres for ceramics in the world

Appropriate for

Ceramics practitioners and students who would like to become informed about international residency opportunities


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These apply to all Slow Clay Centre classes/workshops/events:

  1. Deposit or full payment (depending on the course/workshop/event) must be made at the time of booking.
  2. Please choose carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, we can hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (you must pay the difference if the price is higher). 
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  1. Please note that making ceramics, particularly on the pottery wheel,  can be a physically demanding activity. If you have any pre-existing illnesses and/or chronic injuries to your back, shoulders, hips, neck, wrists or elbows we strongly advise you to seek a medical opinion before enrolling as some activities might exacerbate past injuries and we take no responsibility if this occurs. 
  2. We ask that you fully disclose any prior and/or ongoing illnesses or injuries that could affect you IN WRITING BY EMAIL before you enrol. 
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  5. Teaching fees are fully inclusive of materials but students will incur a single firing fee based on the current cost of $10 per kg weight after gloss firing.(no charge for biqsue firing)
  6. Collection of fired pieces: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited. Students will be notified via email when work is ready to be collected. Work will only be retained for one month following this notification. No exceptions.

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  1. It is your responsibility to clearly report in writing on the enrolment form, any illness, allergy or disability that may affect your child's involvement in the Clay Club activities.
  2. Please respect our teachers and be prompt to arrive and collect your children. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early to class or leave your children more than 5 minutes later than the class end.
  3. Children are expected to be mature enough to work in a group together, to respect everyone's needs and differences and to be polite.

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08 February 2017 • FORUM: International Artist Residencies

Informative about placements and options. Great to hear personal experiences.