Ben Richardson. Instill 2 – Light and shade. Woodfired stoneware 2010.

The Award

The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award is a $10,000 annual prize for ceramic art. Established in 2011, the award is open to artists nationally and is non-acquisitive. Four artists are selected from the entries received to develop work for a group exhibition of ceramic art at a commercial gallery. From these four artists, one is selected to receive the prize money. Selection of finalists and the judging of the award is made by a panel of expert judges. Vitrify is presented by the Alcorso Foundation, a not-for profit cultural organisation with its home in Tasmania. For more information about the Foundation and its initiatives, please visit the website Vitrify 2012 will be hosted by the JamFactory in Adelaide. The exhibition of finalists’ work will open on Friday, September 7 2012 and continue until October 19 2012. Applications to enter open on Friday August 12 2011 and close 5pm Friday October 7 2011. Judges for the 2012 award will be Professor Noel Frankham, Head of the Hobart School of Art; Prue Venables, highly regarded ceramicist and Creative Director of the Ceramics Studio at the JamFactory; and Robert Reason, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts, the Art Gallery of South Australia.Please visit their website for all the details.