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
I am excited and honoured to announce that I am one of Ceramic Monthly’s 2017 Emerging Artists! I have subscribed to the magazine since I was 16 years old, so it is a thrill to be featured in the magazine. I am amongst such great company too! 19 other artists received the award, including my classmate at LSU, Mike Stumbras.
It is an exciting time for me—my thesis exhibition opens in a little over a week, and I will be wrapping up my time in Baton Rouge shortly after. It is now over four years ago that I took a big leap of faith, quit my day job, and flung myself back into a life in clay. It hasn’t always been easy, and there have been many times along the way that I have questioned wether it has been worth it. Now isn’t one of those times! I went to grad school because I wanted to make better work, and because I wanted to find my voice as an artist. Three years later, and I feel proud of the work I make, and excited to share it with the world.
Thank you to all who have supported me in this journey (specifically my parents). I couldn’t have done it without their love and support.
Originally published in May 2017 issue of Ceramics Monthly, page 60. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
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.
So my first year of Grad School is officially all done, and I learned a few things. Which really is a good thing, seeing as how I’m back in school and all…
First off I learned that updating the blog is just not going to happen while I’m in school. Mostly because I’m really busy and have other priorities. Such as eating and sleeping. But also because things are changing so quickly with me and my work, and I simply need time to digest it all. In the studio one minute I think “Eureka! This is IT. I’m really on to something.” Then the next minute, I want to rip it apart. Literally. So I’m going to try and spare you all from the eclectic “hot-mess” that is my studio life, until I feel a little more at home with it.
However, in the mean-time I wanted to let you know of a few cool things I have coming up this summer:
First up is Watershed!!! I am so very thrilled to be one of four artists invited by Martina Lantin and Joshua Hebbert to the first session of the season at Watershed, from June 7-19. The theme for this session is Collective Making, and I will be joined by fellow invited artists Patrick Coughlin, Bryan Hopkins and Elenor Wilson. I’ve always wanted to go to Watershed, and have heard great things about both Joshua and Martina, so I really can’t wait. And, after a year of feeling pulled in so many different directions (studio, classes, teaching, etc.) it is going to be such a treat to have a full two weeks of pure, unadulterated studio time. I promise to take lots of pictures and post them here when I’m done.
After Watershed, I’m heading up to the Great White North for a visit home. I’m most looking forward to seeing family and friends again, but I’m also really excited to be giving a workshop in my home town of London, Ontario (we have a Thames River and everything). This two-day, hands-on workshop which is hosted by the London Potters Guild, will be held at the fantastic new London Clay Arts Centre (LCAC). Through the tenacity and vision of its members, after 13 long years, the LCAC is now housed in a guild-owned and operated, state-of-the-art, 7,000 square foot facility in the heart of London’s Old East Village. It is a beautiful space and a fantastic community, and I’m honoured to be giving a workshop there.
Date: Saturday, June 27 & June 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm both days
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.
Sorry for the radio silence over the past month folks, but it has truly been one for the record books. Here is a brief recap of the last month via the stats:
- 5226 kilometers (3247 miles) of driving
- 4 provinces
- 8 states
- 1 border
- 1 broken transmission
- 1 new car
- 1 UHaul truck
- 1 ferry ride
- 1 new apartment
- 6 bottles of bourbon (not all consumed yet!)
- 39 cups of coffee
- 1 new studio
- Many new friends.
Oh, and approximately one million bugs on the windshield.
After a bit of a rough start (my old car drew its last breath just 2 hours into the first leg of my trip), I have finally arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – my home for the next three years as I attend graduate school at LSU. I’ve spent the past 10+ days settling into both my new home and my new studio, getting to know the town (which I’ve largely been doing via the many wonderful places to eat here!), and adjusting to the heat. Any personal qualms I had about wearing shorts went out the window within the first day of arrival, as the average high here has been around 36C with a humidity level of about 84%!
The past few days have been full of various orientations at school, and seeing that I’ve been out of school for over a decade and went to a pretty small art college (less than 1000 students) I’ve been making a concerted effort to join in everything I can here at LSU, and really soak in all the things that a big school like LSU has to offer (more on that later…).
Classes start Monday – and I am equal parts excited and terrified. When in doubt, I plan on falling back on the school saying/motto:
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.
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)
June 19 – July 26, 2014
Open during regular museum hours (9:30am – 5:00pm)
Yuill Family Gallery
713 Medalta Ave SE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this project.
If you’re going to be in the Edmonton area any time between May 10 – June 14, you can see some of my newest work in the Alberta Craft Council’s Discovery Gallery in the show Coming Up Next: An Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft by Emerging Artists. Or, if you have a copy of the Spring 2014 issue of Alberta Craft, you can see some of the pieces that will be in the show on page 9.
(or in other words: I got a grant!!!)
As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I’ve been forcing myself to apply to more things recently, such as shows and the like. So with that in mind, this past fall I took my first crack at applying for an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant—figuring that it would be a useful exercise, but not really expecting anything to come of it. Okay that’s a lie—I enjoyed several glorious days daydreaming about how wonderful it would be to actually get it, and then, like the modest Canadian I am, I spent the next few months trying to remind myself of all the reasons I wouldn’t get it.
So when my Mom called the other day, saying that a letter had come from the OAC, wondering if she should open it or not, I was half hopeful, half trying not to get my hopes up. Needless to say, when she said that I’d been awarded one of the 25 grants they gave out (of 81 applications), I couldn’t believe it!
The grant I applied for was a Crafts Projects Creation & Development grant—part of my proposal was towards my first solo show which is scheduled for July at Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery in Medicine Hat, and the other part was so I could attend NCECA this year in Milwaukee.
It’s such a great feeling of validation to be selected by a jury of fellow artists and arts professionals to receive funding for making my work, and I am truly grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for making this possible.
Time to get my hands dirty!