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

NCECA Bound!

NCECA Milwaukee

Thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, I am heading down to NCECA tomorrow! This will be only my second time going, so I’m still a relative NCECA newbie. Last year when I went down to Houston, I barely knew anyone—this year (thanks to all the great people I’ve met through Medalta) it’s a different story. Plus, it’s in Milwaukee this year, which is apparently the beer capital of the US… I’ve never been a huge beer drinker, but I think that might be because I haven’t done enough research. I like research.

If you are going to be there, I am helping out at Medalta’s booth (booth T40 in the resource hall), so stop by and say hi.

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…

SEXSE Time at Medalta

Talk about things starting off with a bang here at Medalta! I have no idea where September went, but I do know that it has been a great month, full of new faces and awesome meals. In addition to the four long-term artists in residence all kicking it off in the studios this month, we had five artists from South East Asia in the studios, headed up by the inimitable Vipoo Srivilasa, a Thai born artist who is now based in Australia. South East Asian artists working alongside artists in South Eastern Alberta (hence the name of our show SEXSE, which I now get to put on my CV!).

Vipoo (who I also had the pleasure of hosting during his stay), invited four other ceramic artists from South East Asia to Medalta for a one month residency.  His prerequisites for choosing the artists were, one, that they make great work, and two, that they be good cooks! Needless to say, it made for an amazing combination in the studios—everyone trying to outdo each other both on the making art and making food side. The artists he invited were Thomas Cheong and Teo Huey Min from Singapore, Krisaya Luenganantakul, from Thailand, and Boon Kiat (James) Seet, of Malaysia. All incredibly talented individuals that I feel lucky to call friends.

As a way of getting us all to work towards a common goal, Vipoo instigated the first ever Medalta International Spoon competition. Here are the results:

Back in Time…

As the website says, “Medalta is the centerpiece of a 150-acre Canadian National Historic Site in Medicine Hat, Canada.” And while the Medalta site itself is incredible (where else in the world will you find a working pottery, industrial ceramics museum, contemporary gallery and state of the art artist studio’s all within 500 feet of each other?), the rest of the site is pretty spectacular. I had a chance to visit the two other sites this week and was blown away by the diversity and sheer size of the former clay industry in Medicine Hat. A picture really is worth a thousand words, so here you go:

Hycroft China – 1938 – 1989

Medicine Hat Brick & Tile Plant – 1880 – 2010

Front Page News

Naomi Clement

Turns out artists are front page news in Medicine Hat.

The Medicine Hat News came to interview and photograph me and one of the other new artists (Jason Desnoyers) at the studio the other day—a little surreal to be honest, but definitely nice to be in a community that is so supportive of the arts. Imagine my surprise when I found myself on the front page (above the fold too!). Check out the full article here. Perhaps in later years this photo will be shown in one of those “clay stars without their make-up” magazine spreads they have in Ceramics Monthly.

In other news, I’m still settling into my new studio space (which is pretty awesome by the way!). And while I always like the idea of change, I am not so good at the process of it, so I’m trying to be patient and allow myself the space to get acquainted with my new surroundings. My brain wants me to jump right in, but somehow my hands aren’t quite ready. The addition of a radio and the CBC helped a lot over the weekend.

Plainsman ClayI’m also using a new clay body for the first time in years (Plainsman M370) which is taking some getting used to.

So, what with the new clay body, and a way drier environment (my previous studio was a nice damp basement),  I feel like a bit of a beginner again—cracking handles and all.

Right. Patience…