CALL FOR ENTRIES: Mountain Standard Clay


Exhibition Dates: April 16 – June 12, 2016. 
Building on the success
of over 30 previous clay exhibitions, FAC is pleased to announce the
official call to artists for our 2016 Mountain Standard Clay. This
exhibition replaces Foothills Art Center’s longstanding biennial
exhibition, Colorado Clay. Included in this exhibition will be artists
all who hail from the Mountain Standard Time Zone states. FAC’s goal is
to showcase clay in a way that goes well beyond functional objects and
into the realm of fine art with this exhibition. FAC has invited several
highly accomplished artists who are truly doing exciting and new things
with clay to participate in the exhibition. The invited artists
confirmed so far include Claire McArdle (CO) and Samuel Chung (MT). The
remaining objects will be selected by juror, Peter Held. Artists may
enter up to 3 objects, each to be judged for inclusion in the
Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, Colorado, 80401, United States 

guest post: Ceramic Research Center Makes A Move by Tom Budzak

The exhibition space at the CRC Brickyard

Ceramic Research Center Makes A Move
by Tom Budzak (
photos by Melissa Budzak


The exhibition space at the CRC Brickyard

The exhibition space at the CRC Brickyard

A view of the display cases and works by Jun Kaneko

With over 3,500 pieces from the 1950s to the present, the ASU Art
Museum’s Ceramic Research Center houses one of the most significant
collections of contemporary ceramics in the U.S.  As you can imagine,
when the center needed to relocate a mile down the road due to
construction near campus it was no small feat. The new location, know as
the Brickyard, provides the same access for students, scholars and the
public for research and inspiration.  There is open storage of the
permanent collection and a exhibition space for curated shows.  There is
something for everyone in the CRC’s collection; hours can be lost
looking through the cabinets at the truly impressive mixture of ceramic
pieces.  The new, larger space allowed for the addition of a retail shop
that showcases talented local and national ceramic artists. 

Polka-Dot Mushroom. Allan Widenhofer, 1967, glazed stoneware 19×13 inches

Discover America. Erik Gronborg, 1972, glazed earthenware, lusters, 3 ¼ x 13 ¼ x 15 3/8 inches

 In addition to a change in location, there will soon be a change in
curator.  In his final show as curator prior to his retirement after 11
years, Peter Held pulled together a fantastic show centered on the idea
of  the passion and compulsion in people to collect.  The show, These
Are Some of My Favorite Things, features permanent collection pieces
alongside eight collections on loan from private collectors.  The show
highlights cabinets of curiosities, knickknacks, and creative tableaus
from local artists, designers and the public-at-large. There are kitschy
pieces, wood, watercolors, found objects and, of course, ceramic
works.  The eight collections on loan include: Cyndi Coon (small white
objects); Emily Long (vintage Arizona objects); Gretchen Freeman (folk
and naïve art); Mark Klett (sunrise sticks); Randall and Katherine
Schmidt (military trench art); Joe Willie Smith (African folk and naïve
art); Kathleen Vanesian (Mexican folk art) and Kurt Weiser (childhood
and travel memorabilia).  All of the collections have their own appeal,
but Kurt Weiser’s collection of odds and ends is delightful and a great
incite into possible inspiration in the studio.

One of Kurt Weiser’s cabinets from his studio show the items from childhood and travel memorabilia that serve as inspiration.

One of Kurt Weiser’s cabinets from his studio show the items from childhood and travel memorabilia that serve as inspiration.
Cyndi Coon’s collection of small white objects evoke a peaceful nostalgia and show her eye for design.

Cyndi Coon’s collection of small white objects evoke a peaceful nostalgia and show her eye for design.

  The pieces that were chosen by Peter Held from the permanent collection
focused on the Funk Movement of ceramics.  The Funk Movement is one of
Held’s favorite time periods in the growth in the American studio
ceramics. Robert Arneson at the University of California-Davis
influenced the Funk Movement greatly, guiding students to explore new
areas in the medium. Fittingly, one of the stand out pieces was Robert
Arneson’s “House Box” from 1966 (Stoneware, Luster that measures 8 ½ x 8
x 5 ¾ inches).  Other artists included in the show are Fred Bauer,
David Gilhooly, Erik Gronborg, Peter VandenBerge and Patti Warashina.

Firey. Sergei Isupov, 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25 ¾ x 19 ½ x18 inches

The cases at the CRC are currently organized by the decade, so viewers can take a tour of ceramics from 1950 to the present.

Firey. Sergei Isupov, 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25 ¾ x 19 ½ x18 inches

The Museum Store showcases talented local and national ceramic artists.

A view of one of the display cabinets featuring present day ceramics.

The show opened on July 19th and the closing reception is on October 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ASU Art Museum Brickyard

699 South Mill Ave, Suite 108, Tempe, AZ

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger 
Institute for Design and the Arts at
 Arizona State University.

Visions In Clay – National Call for Entries (American)

Deadline: 06/17/13

US Residents. Ceramic works of any thematic and stylistic presentation
will be accepted for entry. Clay must be the primary medium. Works may
be functional, decorative or sculptural. Assembled works may not exceed
4ft. in any direction, and 50lbs in weight.

Juror: Peter Held, curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics
Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Awards: Best of Show – $1,000, 2nd Place – $600, 3rd Place – $350

LH Horton Jr Gallery Exhibition: August 22 – September 19, 2013

On-Line Exhibition: August 2013 – June 2014

On-Line Entry / Fee $30 for first 3 entries and $3 for each additional
entry, limited to a total of 6 entries. Alternate view images of 3D
entries are unlimited and cost $3 for each image.

Enter on-line:

A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes

KARNES Flower-Container 1997
Karen Karnes, Flower Container, 1997. 
Glazed stoneware, woodfired, 9 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. 
Collection of Abel Weinrib.

JUNE 23 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

For more than 60 years, Karen Karnes has been at the forefront of the studio-pottery movement. Her artistic output is recognized for its understated, quietly poetic surfaces, and sublime biomorphic forms. From her dramatic salt-glazed pottery of the 1960s and ’70s to her most recent sculptural work, Karnes consistently has challenged herself and transformed expectations of the vessel. She remains one of the medium’s most influential working makers and a mentor to several generations of studio potters. “A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes,” her first major retrospective, will highlight 69 masterworks from this pioneering artist. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue edited by ceramist Mark Shapiro and ceramics historian Garth Clark.

A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes is supported in part by a grant from The Windgate Charitable Trust Foundation.

Exhibition-related programs: Open Docent Colloquium: Peter Held on Karen Karnes
Sat, June 23, 2012 – 10:30 AM

216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Call for entry – 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2012

Workhouse Arts Center 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2012 Prospectus

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The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to announce a call for entries for its 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2012. This 2nd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The focus of this year’s exhibit is to highlight the tremendous variety and depth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks currently being created throughout the U.S.A. Juror- Peter Held Peter Held received his bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis on ceramics from the State University of New York, Brockport. Upon graduation, he moved to Helena, Montana to become a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. He later completed a master’s degree in museum administration at Oregon State University and interned at the Portland Art Museum in the Asian Art Department. Held returned to Helena in 1994 to serve as executive director and curator of the Holter Museum of Art, where he helped successfully lead a $2.3 million capital and endowment campaign. Since 2003, Held has been curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He also serves as a trustee for the American Craft Council and is chair of its development committee. Held has curated more than 75 exhibitions since 1989, including seven traveling ceramic shows: Ashen Beauty: Woodfired Ceramics; David Shaner: A Potter’s Work, 1963-1993; Sisters of the Earth: Native American Ceramics; A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence; Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey; Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser and Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the ASU Art Museum Collection. Entry Guidelines Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.
All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media. The juror will make final determinations. Work must fit through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable. Installations shall be installed by artist. Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section. Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

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Click here . Selections will be conducted from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed. Artists may submit up to 3 entries with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed 6 images. Please proof your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information. Entry Fee All U.S. artists- $30 (Fee is non-refundable – payable thru PayPal when applying) for up to 3 entries (2 images per entry max.). Apply Online Now! click here Awards Best of Show- $350 1st place-$250- Sponsored by Standard Ceramics, Inc. 2nd Place-$150 Honorable Mentions Calendar Detailed information and Registration form: Available online December 7, 2011
Entry Submittal deadline: May 2, 2012
Acceptance notification: after June 1, 2012
Acceptance Contracts due: by July 1, 2012
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by July 20, 2012 Delivery of accepted work-being delivered: July 23, 2012 10am-5pm only!
Installation: July 23-24, 2012
Exhibition Dates: July 25 – August 26, 2012
Opening Reception: July 28, 2012 from 6pm-9pm Return of Shipped Artwork: Starting August 27, 2012 Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: August 27, 2012 10am-4pm only!
Workhouse Arts Center Lorton Arts Foundation W-16 Gallery Building
9601 Ox Road
Lorton Virginia 22079

Image Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online:

  • Name
  • Title
  • Year completed
  • Type of clay and firing method
  • Size (inches) H x W x D
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Insurance Value/ Retail Price
  • A brief artist statement of no more than 200 words describing your work

* Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images. * The resolution of images should be 150DPI minimum; 300DPI maximum.* Images need to be smaller than 15MB.For more details please visit their website.