A cup is one of the most intimate objects that we interact with on a daily basis. When we sit with our tea, coffee or beverage of choice, we are in communion with this drinking vessel through its touch to our lips and its feel in our hands. Furthermore, when we drink with a handmade object, we are also connecting with the maker of the object, one pair of hands to another.  Selected through a jurying process by nationally renowned Massachusetts-based potter Mary Barringer, this exhibition will feature 100 drinking vessels by artists from across the country– cups, mugs, teabowls, yunomi, shot cups, martini cups, bourbon cups, wine goblets, espresso mugs, tumblers and more. We seek a diverse array of objects that invite use and handling, and are made for different hands, different aesthetics and different liquids. A feast for the eyes, each object is meant to be taken home and enjoyed one beverage at a time.

Mary Barringer received a BA in art from Bennington College and has been a studio artist since 1973, making both sculpture and functional pottery. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she has taught widely at universities, art schools, and craft centers and including Ohio University, Hartford Art School, and Anderson Ranch. In addition to her studio work she has written and lectured on the history of ceramics, and from 2004 until 2014 she served as editor of The Studio Potter journal. She lives in western Massachusetts.

A Juror’s Choice Award ($300) and a Director’s Choice Award ($100) will be determined from the actual works and will be announced during the Opening Reception.

Lip Service
is open to all artists over 18 residing within the United States and Canada.

$30 per entry (for up to 5 works)

Applications will be accepted online only; 
Submission begins September 1, 2019 and ends January 15, 2020

No more than 5 pieces of artwork may be submitted. Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition. No substitutions allowed. Submissions that include more than 5 works or more than one detail image per work may be excluded from adjudication.