Sunday, April 12, 2009

NCECA 2009

The annual clay conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona this past week. I made the trek out west to attend the plethora of events that were held April 8-11, including a pre-conference in Flagstaff from April 6-7. A smaller and more intimate environment at Northern Arizona University allowed 6 visiting artists to demonstrate and lecture about their work with interaction from the audience. These artists included Christa Assad, Eva Kwong, Don Reitz, Brad Schweiger, Karren Massaro and Russel Wrankle, who all had great and varied voices in their work. The slide lectures givin by the artists toward the end of the event were also a great insight to their experiences with clay.

In Phoenix, there were numerous exhibitions that were in conjunction with NCECA and hosted great ceramic works. I get the most out of seeing these shows, while the lectures and panel discussions in the convention center were nice to drop in on from time to time. Perhaps the best part of my trip out here however, was the opportunity to catch up with friends, teachers, and other artists with such a saturation of ceramics. It was great to re-establish connections and meet new people, while also getting wired to get back in the studio and get my hands dirty.
Until next year, cheers!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Studio Dialogues

Cub Creek has always been a place where studio practice is enhanced by conversation among the residential community. In an effort to develop upon established practice current residents are implement a new project. "Studio Dialogues" is a weekly blog post that relays the best of emerging topics selected by individual residents and investigated through group discussion and research. These dialogues will be posted once a week and cover the topic as it is viewed through the lens of developing artists in residence.

The primary motivation behind this project is to generate high quality discussions relating diverse issues to contemporary practice of ceramic art. The archive of these dialogues will grow as time passes, providing residents and other communities within the ceramic arts an opportunity to follow conversations that prompt inquiry and afford an informative resource through informal publication.

The proposed method suggests that each resident select a topic once every six weeks. Each week one of these topics is posted on our community board and throughout the week the issue is called up for discussion. The key resident who has selected the topic based on personal interest is responsible for researching any details that will better inform the debate however any resident who finds interest is free to conduct their own research. Results of the research and discussions will be compiled by the key resident and posted to this blog. This method affords each resident an opportunity to bring forward a topic of their specific interest once every six weeks and limits the workload of research, drafting and publishing results to a six week schedule.

The first round of topics begins this week and once all residents have established topics they will be posted for readers.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

New Application Process

We have recently updated our application process for prospective residents. All materials can now be sent to This address is for submissions only and questions related to applying can be routed to

The new application can be downloaded from the website. filled out electronically and emailed to the submission address above along with the required images. Applicants can learn more via the link to our site above.

David Bruce : Studio Update

The incessant rains have cleared for a few great days and some much needed drying weather. The images above and below show the cradle constructed for the largest of the stones of my Object+ project. In the background you can see the vertical cradle from which this piece was transferred. Previous posts show the process from table to cradle.

The smaller stones are placed on these beds of foam to be worked and they are slowly transferred for the front bed to the back to the left as the dry and the surface is smoothed. Once they are firm enough to hold their own weight I check the balance of each piece on the black pad to the left and select the location for the small openings that expose the hollow interior.
These stones have been placed in the gas kiln for reduction firing. The remaining work is near completion and will be wood fired in the coming weeks. I am beginning to move on to the larger scope of the work and over the remainder of this month will investigate my approach to the installation.

More images and writings on this work can be seen @ and

The exhibition will be installed beginning April 26, 2009 at J Fergeson Gallery in Farmville Va.

Opening Night Reception : May 9th, 2009 : 5:00 pm - 8:00pm