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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • 2019 ANIMA MUNDI - CONSCIOUSNESS

    Location: VENICE,

    ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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  • Call for Artist/Writer in Residence

    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

    There will be an art exhibit of the works of Sue J Amon..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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  • Friends of Bon Echo Art and Sale exhibition

    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki In this 2-day workshop, we will learn how to quickly develop rich..
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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this workshop attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher..
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  • Jun 6 – 27 – Introduction to Acrylics

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This course is intended for anyone who would like to try acrylic paints..
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  • May 29 – Jun 19 – Core Drawing Skills

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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  • May 25 & 26 – Cedar Bark Hat Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join master weaver Jessica Silvey and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker..
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  • International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge Painting on the..
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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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  • Anima Mundi

    Location: Venice, Italy,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: April..
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  • Call to Artists - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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Gordon Hutchens and Fired Up!

By Robert Amos June 2, 2003

} Gordon Hutchens and Fired Up! Fired Up! is a venerable gathering of some of the finest ceramic artists of this region, held for 19 years at the Metchosin Community Hall (4401 William Head Rd. at the corner of Chosin and Happy Valley Roads). In 2003 it took place May 24 and 25, from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Eight of the Fired Up! potters met at Gordon Hutchen¹s place on Denman Island and over three or four days did a wood firing of his Japanese-style kiln. A few years back Gordon Hutchens helped construct a Japanese climbing kiln, or noborigama, a Malaspina University College in Nanaimo. It was a huge success and inspired Hutchens to build his own on Denman Island. Yukio Yamamoto, the designer of the Malaspina kiln, lived with Hutchens for some months while it was being constructed. Specifically, it's an anagama - a kiln built into a hill slope, angled up at about 22 degrees. This type of 'climbing kiln' was used in the Himeji area of Japan from about 1600 until the late 1700¹s. The Fired Up! potters brought pieces with them which were already bisque-fired and ready for loading. 'We spent all day Friday loading the kiln,' Hutchens informed me. In all there were about 350 items in this ensemble, and Hutchens spent much of the day inside the kiln, arranging them for the firing. The kiln itself is 4.5 feet high, 5 feet wide and 14 feet deep. 'It's like an upturned boat,' he commented. The arched top of brick is shiny with the glaze of previous firings. 'Starting at the back of the kiln, you have to arrange things according to how a flame will travel. There is a long finger of flame that travels right through, and you have to create paths around the pots, and consider their relationships to one another.' This is clearly a subject that fascinates Hutchens. 'It's critical, the heat flow, because the flame is laden with wood ash. It licks each piece, painting it with ash as it winds its way around.' The kiln is really an extensive chimney. There are air intakes at the mouth of the kiln, where the wood is piled on a grate to burn. But the ash never falls through this grate - it is sucked up by the hot air and follows the flame up through the kiln. Eventually some of it comes out the eight-foot chimney up the slope. Most of the ash stays in the kiln. In a three-day firing Hutchens used 4 to 5 cords of wood and the ash was largely distributed on the pots. It's a cumulative process with every stoking of the fire. 'Think of the ash as minerals,' Hutchens suggested. 'They don't burn, they melt. The calcium, potassium and sodium vaporize at high temperatures and waft with the flame through the kiln. Blushes and flashes result, including 'peach bloom' surfaces and a whole range of effects from light to dark, relative to the direction in which each piece faces. The more intense colours are shaded to leeward. Each piece tells the story of the flame.' The eight potters began with a smaller fire and slowly picked up the pace. Working in shifts, they tended the fire 24 hours a day, for 3 days, stoking every ten to fifteen minutes. With every load of wood, at first the fire choked: too rich! But soon the wood reached a critical temperature and exploded into flame. That sent a wave of heat to the back of the kiln. 'If you can catch that wave,' Hutchens mused, 'you can build on the peak, reaching temperatures higher and higher. It's an incredible rythmn, like a breathing animal.' Hutchens, unbidden, offered an imitation - 'woof...woof...woof!'. Eventually a temperature of 2400 degrees fahrenheit (1400 degress Celcius) was reached and was more or less maintained for the subsequent days. Hutchens knows firing - he has five gas-fired kilns for his pots and glass ware. But he says there's nothing like this wood-fired anagama. There is so much energy flowing through the kiln, it becomes what he calls 'the ultimate firing for any potter.' The artists left the kiln to cool down, and days later returned to see what the flames had wrought. You might wonder how anything can survive all this. There are always some casualties, some pieces that tipped over in the flow of heat and ash. But these are very skilled, professional potters and mistakes are few. The proof of the pieces will be seen at Fired Up!. For the potters, firing this kiln as a team joins them to an ancient tradition. Pottery used to be a communal activity, but this is 'not so common nowadays,' Hutchens said. 'We tend to work as individuals in isolation, and so it¹s a great treat to get back some of that community of artisans.' Potters in Fired Up! 2003: Alan Burgess Meg Burgess Louise Card Sue Hara Gordon Hutchens Denys James Cathi Jefferson Susan Lepoidevin Glenys Marshall-Inman Vincent Massey Pamela Nagley-Stevenson Laurie Rolland Kinichi Shigeno Pat Webber ___________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com