Clay Akar Yunomi Show

I am so pleased to have work in this year’s Yunomi Show at Clay Akar. I’ve always admired the work in this annual invitational show, so it was an honour to be invited to participate this year alongside so many talented artists. There is lots of great work available, so I encourage you to check it out at clayakar.com

MFA Thesis Exhibition – Trace

My thesis exhibition, titled Trace, will be opening in just two weeks. Full details can be found below. I would love to see you there!

What: Trace, MFA thesis exhibition by Naomi Clement
Where: Glassell Gallery, 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA
When: April 25 – 29
Reception: April 29, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Stories I Tell Cup Photos & Postcards

For all of you who have been curious about my Stories I Tell Cup Project I have finally posted photos of both the recipients and their postcards here on my website >>.

To refresh your memory, the Stories I Tell Cup Project was a collection of cups that I made, which were given away, free of charge to members of the public throughout my solo exhibit Stories I Tell in Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery, with the goal of making handmade objects more accessible and illustrating how their use can enrich ones daily life.

In exchange for the cup, recipients were asked to send a postcard to the artist with a short story or reflection on using the cup and were encouraged to tag tweets and photos to #storiesitell.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in the Stories I Tell Cup Project. I fell truly lucky to have met you all and so grateful that you shared your stories with me. Throughout this process I have been humbled by your honesty and generosity—I learned so much more than I had envisioned at the start of this process, and I thank you for that.

View all of the photos and postcards here >>

Stories I Tell - Cup #23

Willow – Cup #23

New Work

Thanks to Diane & Cecil Finch, I now have lovely photos of my lovely new work (at least, I think it is lovely work!). This body of work was created in the final months of my residency at Medalta for my solo show titled Stories I Tell, which is at Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery, from June 19 – July 26, 2014.

As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Stories I Tell

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for my “exit” show at Medalta… seems like it was just last month that I was setting up my studio. Time flies when you’re elbow deep in clay.

If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to the last few months in the studio, my show Stories I Tell will be up in Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery from June 19 – July 26, 2014.

RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST
Thursday, June 19, 2014
6 – 9pm
Cash bar (that’s where you’ll find me)

EXHIBITION
June 19 – July 26, 2014
Open during regular museum hours (9:30am – 5:00pm)

@ MEDALTA
Yuill Family Gallery
713 Medalta Ave SE

Stories I Tell Stories I Tell is a body of work that I created during my tenure as a long-term artist in residence at Medalta’s International Artist in Residence Program in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

As a dedicated functional potter, I view functional work as a powerful lens through which to engage with others on an intimate level and explore ideas of home, personal space, and identity. In making my work I strive to create beautiful, useful objects that will bring joy to people’s daily lives, and go on to forge connections and stories of their own. Ultimately, my goal is that my pots will introduce a little beauty into the world, ideally creating a space where the user can pause to savour a moment of calm in the midst of a busy day.

As such, a key part of the show is a collection of 40 cups that will be given away, free of charge to members of the public throughout the exhibit, with the goal of demonstrating how the use of handmade objects can enrich ones daily life. In exchange for the cup, the recipient will be asked to send a postcard to the artist with a short story or reflection on using the cup and encouraged to tag tweets and photos to #storiesitell.

For more information, contact the artist: naomi@naomiclement.com

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this project.

Ontario Arts Council

New Work

I’ve been showing you all bits and pieces of my new work while it’s been in progress, but here it is for the first time all in one place. A lot of this work marks quite a new direction for me on the decorating front, and I’m excited to keep investigating it in the new year.

Huge thanks to Cecil and Diane Finch for taking the photos—if not for them, many of these pieces would likely have been smashed in frustration as I made my own futile attempt to take good shots.

Many of these pieces will be in my final MFA portfolio, so I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Million Dollar Teapots?

I finally mustered up the courage to glaze the teapots I posted about a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d share the results with you. I took some risks on two, and played it safer with the other two, and all in all, I’m pretty happy with the results. Personally, I like the turquoise one best, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I really had some fun decorating the grey and the turquoise one—using a combination of brushed and inlaid under-glazes, and dipped and trailed glazes.  I’m looking forward to playing with these techniques even more in the next little bit, hopefully squeezing out a few more pieces for my MFA portfolio.  I anticipate some more late nights ahead…

Lesson Learned

This past Friday I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Medalta’s first annual International Cup Show. It was the first of what I am sure will be many openings in the next year, and, if it was any indication of things to come, it’s going to be a great year (not that there was ever any doubt).  The show was curated by the lovely and talented Carole Epp, the creative force behind the fantastic blog Musing About Mud. I’ve been through the exhibition several times now, and it really is a wonderful show—a new piece catches my eye each time. I know it has been said before, but mugs and cups have this almost visceral pull that makes it almost impossible not to pick them up, hold them in your hand and see how they fit. It’s why they continue to be one of my favourite things to make.

The only fault I had to find with the show was that none of my mugs made it in. And the worst part is I can’t even blame it on the curator… Nope, it was all me. I didn’t even enter.

I’m not usually one to use a sports reference, but I believe it was Wayne Gretzky who said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. I saw the call for entry months ago, and managed to convince myself that my work wasn’t good enough to get in (don’t worry, I’ve already kicked myself several times since then, so there is no need to berate me any more friends!).  Not to toot my own horn, but after looking at the range of work that was represented in the show, I think I would have had a pretty good shot of getting in, so I only have myself to blame, which is always a humbling realization.

It’s been a valuable lesson; I’ve always known that I can be my own worst enemy, but there is nothing like good empirical evidence to show you the error of your ways. So I’m making a pledge to apply to more things whether I think I stand a chance or not. First up? Beyond the Brickyard at the Bray—go big or go home right?

Mug, 2013

The mug that could have been?