call for entry: Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Total Prizes: $30,000
Best of Show: $20,000
1st Place: $5,000
2nd Place: $3,000
3rd Place: $1,000
Honorable Mention: $500 (2)
The Muskingum County Community Foundation
(MCCF) in cooperation with the Potters Council, Zanesville Ohio Ceramic
Arts, and the Artist Colony of Zanesville is seeking entries in
functional, sculptural, and tile ceramics.

Three jurors will jury the competition:
Sherman Hall (Editor of Ceramics Monthly) (Columbus)
Brad Schweiger (Professor of Art at Ohio University) (Athens)
Angelica Pozo (Ceramic Artist) (Cleveland)


Entrants: Open to all ceramic artists worldwide.

There will be up to 100 pieces chosen.
The recommended size of work is a base of no more than 16’’ wide or deep
and a height of not more than 31’’ tall. Works may be larger than the
recommended size, but the artist must pay for return shipping if the
larger piece does not sell. Shipping costs of international works to be
returned to a destination other than an address in the United States
must be paid by the artist.
No ceiling-suspended works will be
accepted. Only very limited on-site assembly of multi-part works will be
possible. Works must be made primarily of ceramic materials and be
predominantly the work of the artist. The artwork must be no more than
two years old on the date of entry.
     Opening date for submissions: January 15, 2014
     Deadline for receipt of entries: July 15, 2014
     Notification of acceptances: August 15, 2014
     Delivery of accepted works: September 15-22, 2014 (including hand delivery)
     Exhibition Dates: September 27 – October 12, 2014
A fee of $40 (check or money order USD)
covers up to three (3) entries. Checks are to be made out to MCCF and
must be drawn on a US bank payable in US funds. Artists of entries
selected for the competition will be notified by e-mail, so be sure to
include your e-mail address. If you wish to be notified by regular mail,
please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may also submit
your entries online at the MCCF website at
MCCF will insure all works for the
duration of the exhibition. All entries will be for sale. MCCF will take
a 30% commission on the price of each work sold.
The artist is responsible for all
shipping costs and shipping insurance. There is no loading dock at the
show location so if the works are shipped by truck, they will need to be
shipped on a truck that has a lift gate. Please pack ceramic work
accordingly. Unsold items will be returned in same shipping container
and shipped to the address on the application. MCCF will pay the return
shipping costs for all unsold items of the recommended size or smaller.
The shipping costs of larger works and works shipped outside of the
United States are the responsibility of the artist.
Accepted works must be delivered September 15 – 22, 2014


Format: high-resolution JPEG image, at
least 300 ppi, on CD or flash drive (if submitted by mail) or uploaded
through the online entry form. All submissions must be on CD or flash
drive or uploaded through the online entry form; no slides, prints or
submissions by email.
Begin each file name with the surname of the artist, followed by
first name, and name of work (example: smith_john_bluevase.jpg).
Include the printed entry form with the CD or flash drive. Begin
each file name with surname of the artist (example:
Limit of three entries per artist. Maximum of two views of each entry may be submitted.
For multiple views, please label them consistently. (example: smith_john_bluevase1.jpg and smith_john_bluevase2.jpg).
Include the statement on the CD or flash drive. Begin file name with surname of the artist (example: smith_john_statement).
Each entrant must
additionally include a short description of the techniques used and what
influenced the creation of this work on the CD or flash drive in
.doc(x) or .pdf format.
If you do not follow submission requirements, your entry is subject to disqualification.

Download a PDF version of the Zanesville Prize Call for Entries that includes the Entry Form.

You may also submit your entries online at the MCCF website at

Craft Artists’ Income via CERF

Read the whole article on the status of American Craft Artists’ over at:

And make sure to add your voice to the conversation.

I thought this was interesting being that it’s tax time and I have to go through my numbers from the last year. No comment as to where I would place….I personally would like to see a hands up as to who is that 3% in the emerging category that’s bringing in 100k + : )

Now I’m off to see if I can find a Canadian comparison. Anyone know of one?

employment opportunities: Alfred University

Date Posted: 2/17/14
Position Title: Raw Materials Technician
and Grade:
Technical Specialsit

Location: Ceramics Grinding Room
and Duties:
Locate, order, and test raw materials, as well as keep
up-to-date concerning new raw materials and products. This includes
researching and proposing suitable alternatives to obsolete materials,
providing information to faculty and students regarding materials
properties, and advising as to which products may best suit their
particular needs.

Store materials when received and perform semi-annual physical inventories. This involves lifting heavy bags of materials.

Keep proper records in connection with the undergraduate and graduate
glaze labs and individual student purchases in the store. Manage
accounts payable and accounts receivable activities for the Grinding

Maintain and periodically update the Grinding Room website.

Research and implement a digital library with consistent photo images of
glaze/clay/reduction results, images with formula/recipe accessible
on web site.

Research disposal methodology for semi-solid non-hazardous waste.

Supervise and inform students regarding the use of equipment, mixing
procedures, materials use, and substitution. Provide instruction and
supervision to students in safe and competent use of raw materials,
mixing equipment, and laboratories.

Maintain a clean and safe working environment, including the basic
upkeep of equipment and facilities. Manage and conduct safety training
and ensure compliance with safety rules, regulations, and protocols.

Participate in University safety training and comply with safety rules,
regulations and protocols.

Participate in material tracking from procurement to disposal regarding hazardous material handling techniques.

Develop a digital library of glaze samples and formulas.

Assist the Kiln Specialists in the kiln room as needed.

Supervise student assistants.

Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

Requirements: Formal Education: MFA in Ceramic Art preferred; or
BFA with related experience in the field (ceramic supply store
experience or equivalent). Other undergraduate or graduate degrees will
be considered with related experience in ceramic art materials.

Experience: Working knowledge of materials and applications for all
ceramic art applications; experience in making ceramic art, preferably a
practicing artist.

Additional Knowledge/Skills: Must be able to lift approximately 50 lbs.

Must be able to operate heavy equipment, including forklifts and dump trucks.

Knowledge of kilns and clay mixers’ operation and maintenance.

Send cover letter, resume, and list of three references, one of which is
previous supervisor, to Raw Materials Technician Search C/O Anne
Currier, Ceramics Chair, Harder Hall, One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802.
Review of candidates will continue until position is filled.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment
opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or
applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical
or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital
status, genetic information, or political affiliation; minorities and
women are encouraged to apply.