call for entries: Beyond the Brickyard

We are pleased to be holding our seventh annual international call for entries, Beyond the Brickyard.
The selected works will be exhibited at the Archie Bray Foundation in
January 2015. This year’s exhibition will be juried by 2014 Voulkos
Fellow Mark Hewitt.

Specifications and Applying
Specifications and information about applying are listed online at
All submissions to Beyond the Brickyard will only be accepted online.

Submissions must be received online by September 15, 2014, midnight  MST.

Entry Fee
The cost of entering Beyond the Brickyard is $35 USD for up to 3 works. All major credit cards are accepted.

From the successful entrants, three awards will be selected:
Juror’s Choice Award: $400
Director’s Choice Award: $400
People’s Choice Award: $100

Sales Commission
Artists will receive 55% commission of their work sold during exhibition, while ABF will retain 45%.

Exhibition Schedule
By applying all applicants agree to the following schedule if selected to exhibit:

► Applications due September 15, 2014
► Entrants notified of jury results by email no later than October 31, 2014
► Work to be received by Archie Bray Foundation by December 14, 2014
► Work exhibited in Beyond the Brickyard,
January 2015

Questions about your application?

► For technical support please contact
► For questions about submission information please contact

By clicking on the link below you will be taken to which will allow you to register and upload your images. 

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Your completed application must be received on or before September 15, 2014.

The Future of Traditional Pottery with Garth Clark

October 20, 2012 – 2 pm | UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union,
2nd Floor, Rooms 223-224.  Free. 
Garth Clark will participate in a
panel discussion moderated by Andrew Glasgow (former executive director
of the American Craft Council). Other panelists will include Mark del
Vecchio (writer and gallerist), Mark Hewitt (potter), Matt Jones
(potter), and Jean Mclaughlin (executive director of the Penland School
of Craft). This event is hosted by UNC Asheville and the Center for
Craft Creativity & Design.  

Clark is considered by many to be one of the great contemporary
critics and writers in the field of ceramics.  South African by birth,
he has lived in the US since the mid nineteen-seventies.  He ran
galleries in LA and NYC with his partner Mark del Vecchio for thirty
years.  He has been a prolific writer and advocate of ceramics in all
its forms, and has lectured all over the world.

Topics for Discussion:

•           Recap of previous two events in Charlotte and Raleigh

•           Education as it relates to makers moving to the region; educational opportunities here and elsewhere

•           Philosophy of the craft of ceramics; what is special about ceramic traditions in WNC

•           Current market issues in our region

From Matt Jones’ blog:

“The following events have been the result of a blog I started a year
ago challenging Garth Clark’s views presented in his provocative
address of 2008 titled “How Art Envy Killed the Craft Movement: An
Autopsy in Two Parts.”  My primary point of course has been that at
least in the state of NC, the craft movement still lives perhaps even
thrives, particularly in the field of ceramics.  Garth will visit to
learn more about our state’s ceramic heritage and inform us about his
view as a critic looking at the challenges that potters and ceramic
artists face in the twenty-first century.  These programs will be lively
and informative for all who work in clay or appreciate and collect
pottery and ceramic art. “

Other Events in the Series:

October 16th at the Mint Museum in Charlotte
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
will deliver the keynote lecture in a symposium called “Traditional
Pottery: Back to the Future,” presented by the Delhom Service League at
the Mint Museum’s Randolph Road location. After Garth’s lecture there
will be ample time for audience participation. The keynote address will
be preceded by shorter presentations by Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and
Charlotte Brown Wainwright.

October 18th at the Gregg Museum in Raleigh
will deliver a lecture on the subject of traditional pottery, its
present and future, and host questions from the audience. This event
will be free of charge and held at the Gregg Museum at NC State
University, located at 2610 Cates Ave, 2nd floor Talley Student Center.

Workshop opportunity with Mark Hewitt

Sweetening the Pot
Mark Hewitt –
June 2nd – 15th, 2013

Throwing. Intermediate and advanced

Many secrets will be laid bare as I share as much of
my knowledge about throwing, form, decoration, and firing as possible
during this, my first ever, two week-long workshop. I’m used to seeing a
dramatic improvement in my apprentices’ skills when they first begin at
my pottery, and I anticipate a similar lively exchange of ideas and
techniques with students in the relaxed atmosphere of La Meridiana,
leading to significant technical development.

My intention is for participants to dramatically improve their throwing
skills, so they can throw more, bigger, better pots – not at the expense
of quality, but using technical fluency to enhance individual aesthetic
explorations. Through one-on-one discussion of all aspects of making
pottery, and hands-on assistance, each student will be guided towards
their own artistic and practical goals.

We’ll make intimate small items, like mugs, cups, and bowls, seeing them
through a variety of decorative treatments to completion. Then we’ll
tackle complicated pots like teapots and coffee pots, and medium-sized
pitchers and jars. Our finale will be to make bigger pots, using a
sectional technique to make vases, and a throwing-and-coiling technique
to make monumental pots, both abstract and functional.

Needless to say, we’ll also spend plenty of time enjoying “la dolce vita,” and all that Tuscany has to offer!

Cost: € 2000
The workshop fee includes:

  • tuition (class is 6/7 hours per day with 12 hours studio time)
  • materials and firings
  • lodging in double room with cooking facilities; single room on request at extra cost of € 250
  • welcome dinner
  • welcome breakfast
  • a freshly prepared Tuscan lunch with wine on the working days
  • a side programme with excursions and gourmet tastings.

Ask for a detailed programme at
International Centre of Ceramics in Tuscany
Loc. Bagnano, 135
50052 Certaldo – Firenze

Tel & Fax: +39 0571 660084

La MeridianaMark Hewitt
is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, the son and grandson of Directors
of Spode. He apprenticed with Michael Cardew and Todd Piker before moved
to North Carolina, USA, in 1983, where he has become well-known for
reconfiguring the North Carolina tradition to reflect contemporary
culture. His pots are in many museums; he’s exhibited widely, and
written extensively in the ceramic press. Mark demonstrated at the
International Ceramic Festival in Aberystwyth in 2011, and serves as
Vice President of the North Carolina Pottery Center.