call for artists: Twin Cups

The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild is sponsoring the National Ceramic Exhibition titled Twin Cups. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.  Submitted artworks may be either functional or sculptural representations of a pair of cups, mugs, or drinking vessels, etc.  A $30.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three entries (each entry consisting of a set of two).  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years.

$500 – Best of Show
$200 – 1st Place
$100 – 2nd Place

Awards will be selected at the sole discretion of the juror.

Juror:  Becky Lloyd
My work uses a centuries old technique called sgraffito to create very intricate patterns and designs. Each piece of hand thrown porcelain is coated with a black terra sigillata slip. I then use a very sharp knife to cut into the slip to expose the white porcelain underneath. This technique allows me to indulge in my passion for design and challenge my skills at the same time.

Over the last few years my work has become more personal. A refuge. An expression of beauty, love and grief all at the same time. I have always had a keen interest in ancient civilizations and the incredible art they produced. Those ancient worlds hold endless inspiration for me and always will. But I am now looking inside myself. Searching. Searching for what I have lost. In late April of 2014, Steve my husband, partner in clay and life passed away unexpectedly of an undiagnosed heart condition. This man that I spent over 26 years of my life with was everything to me. He was always my biggest fan but I now know he was also my biggest inspiration. A true artist. An amazing potter. Never have I worked in the studio without him by my side. The pots we made together were an expression of the love we had for each other and our work. I cannot help but reflect on what was. It has shaped my life to what it is. Moving forward is inevitable, but in looking back and remembering I am carrying along memories and ideas of all that we had together. Now I must look inside and find the courage and grace to continue what Steve and I started together so long ago. Steve will always be in every piece I make and every piece I decorate. How could it be any other way?

Becky Lloyd – Cups


January 18, 2020 Online Submission Deadline
January 18, 2020 Postmark for 30.00 Jury Fee
February 3, 2020 Acceptance Notification
February 12, 2020 Shipped Artwork Due to Gallery (artwork may be hand-delivered between 10am-4pm)
February 18-21, 2020 Installation of Exhibition
February 21, 2020 Exhibition Opens – Reception: 6pm-8pm
March 20, 2020 Exhibition Closes
April 2, 2020 Return of Artwork and Pick-Up of Hand-Delivered Artwork between 10 am – 4 pm

Eligibility:  Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years. Submitted work may be either functional or sculptural representations of a pair of cups, mugs, or drinking vessels, etc.  The $30.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three entries (each entry consisting of a set of two).

Media:  All works must be primarily ceramic.  Mixed media works will be accepted only if clay comprises at least 50% of the artwork.  The juror will make all final determinations.

Digital Images Submission:  Images should be submitted in JPG format.  Size images to 1920 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi.  Images should be named using the following format:     First Initial_Last Name_ Submission #.JPG   (example:  J_Smith_1.JPG)
The MWSU Clay Guild reserves the right to use submitted images of artwork for publicity, documentation, education, and promotion. CD’s will not be returned.

Entry Fee:  $30.00 for three entries (each entry consists of 2 pieces).  After submitting your application online, your screen should display a print page (you will also receive an email).  Please print the page and send it with your check to complete the registration process to:

David Harris
MWSU Clay Guild – Twin Cups:  National Ceramics Exhibition 2018
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO  64507

Sales:  The Clay Guild will take a 25% commission on sales made during the exhibition.

Rules:  All accepted work must remain for the duration of the show.  Submission of the entry form signifies the artist’s understanding and acceptance of the rules of the exhibit.

Opening:  Exhibition opens February 21, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  It will be held in the Potter Fine Arts Gallery located on the Missouri Western State University campus.  All artists are invited to attend.

Shipping:  Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the MWSU Potter Fine Arts Gallery and insuring it while in transit.  Shipped entries must be securely packed (No Styrofoam Peanuts) and sent in substantial reusable containers.  Double boxing is strongly recommended.  Accepted works should arrive at the gallery no later than February 12, 2020

Return Shipping:  Artists must provide a pre-paid return shipping label for the return of unsold items..  Artwork left with the gallery more than 30 days after the close of the exhibition, without return arrangements, will be deemed abandoned and become the property of the MWSU Clay Guild to do with as they will.

Ship Selected Work To:
MWSU Clay Guild – Twin Cups:  National Ceramics Exhibition 2018
Potter Fine Arts Gallery
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO  64507

Liability:  Every reasonable precaution will be taken during receiving, installing, exhibition, and return of work, but the MWSU Clay Guild, its members, volunteers, and Missouri Western State University will assume no responsibility for loss or damage incurred. Artists must carry their own insurance.

Online Entry Form: MWSU Clay Guild – Twin Cups National Ceramics Exhibition

Prospectus: Twin Cups Prospectus.PDF

Questions: email: or David Harris at

call for entry: Form and Function

Gulf Coast State College Amelia Center Gallery is hosting its annual juried exhibition that explores the idea of the drinking vessel. The focus of the exhibit is on the function and concept of the drinking vessel, including its relation to history, politics, craft, technology, utility, and narrative. It is a survey of the wide variety of approaches to contemporary ceramics through the lens of the most intimate and accessible vessel – the cup. This year’s juror is Peter Pincus.

Full details HERE.




online now – Cup: The Intimate Object XV

We are pleased to bring you this spectacular show featuring more than 1000 cups by more than 200 artists from 10 countries. Each year this show gathers some of the most exciting handmade cups being made in contemporary ceramics by established artists as well as artists new on the scene. This intense labor of love celebrates the most beloved of ceramic objects, the most intimate of vessels, combining the skill and talent of these wonderful potters into an awe-inspiring collection that can be viewed in full in our brick-and-mortar as well as on our website.
Particpating artists:
Senta Achée, Araceli Adams, Kristine Aguilar, Jennifer Allen, Marion Angelica, Michelle Arabian, Linda Arbuckle, Mark Arnold, Camilla Ascher, JoAnn F Axford, Posey Bacopoulos, Noel Bailey, Marian Baker, Mariana Baquero, Rickie Barnett, Charlotte Barvinok, Eric Beavers, Eve Behar, Ashley Bevington, Sandra Blain, Beth Bolgla, David Bolton, Catherine Boswell, Eric Botbyl, Joe Bova, Helle Bovbjerg, Ariel Bowman, Meredith Bradley, Angel Brame, Nathan Bray, Kaitlyn Brennan, Cate Brus, Julie Burstein, Laurie Caffery, Dawn Candy, Benjamin Carter, Mike Chappell, Adam Chau, Hoyt Childers, Adriana Christianson, Linda Christianson, Mike Cinelli, Autumn Cipala, Bede Clarke, Craig Clifford, Greg Cochenet, Faith Connor, Christy Culp, Sarah Day, Sarah De Berry, Harris Deller, Andrea Denniston, Grace DePledge, Julie Devers, Avesha DeWolfe, Maria Dondero, Paul Donnelly, Barbara Donovan, Scott Dooley, Doug Dotson, Audra Doughty, Rod Dugal, Eileen Egan, Adrienne Eliades, Carole Epp, Machiko Erhard, Michelle Ettrick, Gerard Ferrari, Alexandra FitzGerald, Brock Flamion, Linda Ge, Mike Gesiakowski, Daniel Gillberg, James Gottuso, Martha Grover, Chris Gustin, Annemiek Hamelink, Kayla Harbeitner, Wesley Harvey, Eric Heerspink, Elaine Henry, Amy Henson, Steven Hill, Tiffany Hilton, Barbara Hoffman, Erin Holmes, Noelle Hoover, Meredith Host, Samantha Hostert, Jordan Howerton, HungryMunchy, Matthew Hyleck, Kirk Jackson, Jordan Jones, Denise Joyal, Shellie Kacillas, Ashley Kim, Margaret Kinkeade, Lucien Koonce, Tim Kowalczyk, Karin Kraemer, Allison LeBaron, Dianne Lee, Dick Lehman, Keok Lim, Austin Lindsey, Paul Linhares, Renee LoPresti, Toni Losey, Louise Lovelace, Scott Lykens, Terrie MacDonald, Shaun Mallonga, Maureen Marcotte, Virginia Marsh, Jessie Martin, Jodie Masterman, William McComb, Paul McCoy, Mynthia McDaniel, Linda McFarling, Susan McHenry, Andrew McIntyre, Christopher Melia, Sam Mendez, Branan Mercer, Ron Meyers, Brooke Millecchia, Reiko Miyagi, Nikki Mizak, Joe Molinaro, Eric Moore, Stephen Mullins, Kate Murray, Ryan Myers, Mark Nafziger, Ted Neal, Lindsay Oesterritter, Debra Oliva, Samantha Oliver, Åsa Olofsson, Brent Pafford, Elizabeth Paley, Jessica Palmer, Gillian Parke, Erica Passage, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Teresa Pietsch, Sarah Pike, Sarah Piper, Carla Prinster, Fredi Rahn, Jeremy Randall, Dow Redcorn, Kyle Rees, Ryan Reich, Don Reynolds, Mea Rhee, Barry Rhodes, Joseph Rincones, Tilla Rodemann, Anthony Rollins, Mat Rude, Ann Ruel, Lora Rust, Eileen Sackman, Adrian Sandstrom, Masa Sasaki, Alexandra Saunders, Gabrielle Schaffner, Pete Scherzer, Britta Schroeder, Ryan Schulz, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Brad Schwieger, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Nikki Serra, Erin Shayler, Joey Sheehan, Tim Sherman, Takuro Shibata, Amy Smith, Liz Smith, Amy Smith and Simon Levin, Amelia Stamps, Chad Steve, Rebekah Strickland, Mike Stumbras, Katie Susko, Joy Tanner, Chance Taylor, Charlie Tefft, Susan Thomas, Samuel Thompson, Alex Thomure, John Tilton, James Tingey, Sue Tirrell, Christian Tonsgard, Sandra Torres, C A Traen, Leilani Trinka, Sara Truman, Sami Tsang, Clovy Tsuchiya, Eric Van Eimeren, Lynn Anne Verbeck, Jake Vinson, Carolyn Von Zabern, Mikey Walsh, Julia Walther, Melissa Weiss, Philip Wiggs, Stephanie Wilhelm, Bryan Wilkerson, Erik Wilson, Hedy Yang, Meghan Yarnell, Levi Yastrow, Tony Young, Melissa Yungbluth, Caleb Zouhary


Orders containing cups from Cup: The Intimate Object XV will begin shipping October 21st. This does not mean your cups will ship on the 21st. We expect a multitude of orders, and it will take us weeks to pack and ship them all. Orders will be shipped in the order they were received. Thank you for your patience.
Shop Cup: The Intimate Object XV here.
Artists pictured above: Joey Sheehan, Ronan Kyle Peterson, Charlie Tefft, Linda Arbuckle, Autumn Cipala, Grace DePledge, Matthew Hyleck, Eric Botbyl, Senta Achée, JoAnn F Axford, Lucien Koonce, Ted Neal

call for entry: The Almighty Cup 2019: A National Juried and Invitational Exhibition

Presented by the Shaped Clay Society at Syracuse University and Gandee Gallery.
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The Almighty Cup Show show is a fundraiser for the Shaped Clay Society, a student run clay club at Syracuse University. All entry fees go directly to the club to support student scholarships, activities, and conference attendance and provides professional development through local, national and international experiences in the field of ceramic arts.  The Shaped Clay Society is committed to giving its members the necessary tools and experiences to successfully take their art into the communities of the world.  Contact Information: Devon Gelhar, Shaped Clay Society President,

Juror: Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Eligibility: Open to all residents of the United States of America.

Entries:  $30 for up to 5 entries. Maximum file size 7 MB. Minimum size 5″ in short direction @ 150 dpi. Maximum 2 images per entry. Digital images should be labeled with the artist’s last name_first name and the entry #. (Charlie Brown would be brown_charlie_1a) Cups must be made primarily of clay. The idea of cup may be interpreted freely. Work may not exceed 12 inches in any direction or 20 pounds. All exhibited work must be for sale.  A 50% commission will be taken on all sales.  Selected pieces must be available for the duration of the exhibition.  Substitutions for accepted work will not be allowed.

Shipping and Insurance:  The artist is responsible for the shipping and insurance of the work to the gallery. Gandee Gallery will be responsible for insurance during the exhibition and return shipping of unsold works.

Documentation: Gandee Gallery reserves the right to photograph all works displayed in the exhibition. These images may be used for documentation, sales, promotion and publicity.

Awards: CLAYSCAPES Pottery in Syracuse, NY along with the Shaped Clay Society will be sponsoring awards of up to $500.

Important Dates:
May 9: Online application available
August 26: Online application closes
September 6: Notification begins via e-mail
October 2: Work due to Gandee Gallery
October 19: Show opens at Gandee Gallery and Online.
January 12: Show Closes.

Full details HERE.