call for entry: The Clay Studio National

marks the second iteration of The Clay Studio National, a biannual
exhibition showcasing the best contemporary ceramic art being made in
the United States now. Through this juried exhibition we will highlight a
diverse range of work, from functional to sculptural, and from
traditional production techniques to cutting edge manufacturing

The jury will consist of Clay Studio Curator of Artistic Programs,
Jennifer Zwilling, and two guest jurors. The Clay Studio National will
be on display in our Harrison and Reed+Smith Galleries from May 6 to
June 19, 2016.

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2016. Artists will be
informed of the jury’s decisions on April 6, 2016. Artwork selected for
the exhibition must arrive at The Clay Studio no later than April 25,

All artwork must be for sale, The Clay Studio retains a 50%
commission on all sales. Costs of shipping to The Clay Studio are the
responsibility of the artist, return shipping to the origin of the work
will be covered by The Clay Studio.

Enter online here. 

call for entry: Small Favors An Exhibition of Diminutive Works

Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2016. No paper applications will be accepted.

View works from past Small Favors Exhibitions.

Small Favors engages artist’s creativity in new and exciting ways with
the challenge of making pieces on a very small scale. For some artists,
the work they create is similar to what they normally make but at a
reduced scale. Others use it as an opportunity to break away from what
they create in their daily studio practice. Regardless of this choice,
the works exhibited are incredibly varied in material, form, and
aesthetics. Though small in scale the artworks created for this
exhibition are huge in impact. Each work is exhibited in a four-inch
plexiglas wall mounted cube. Small Favors will be on view from March 25 –
May 1, 2016.

Conceived of in 2006, Small Favors grew out The Studio’s efforts to
offer accessible, high-quality artworks that appeal to art enthusiasts
of all ages: for seasoned collectors who are challenged for space it
allows them to continue to collect work by artists they love. For young
art collectors it provides a financially accessible entry point.

It is our sincere hope that offering a juried exhibition of this kind
brings to light new makers and broadens the audience we reach through
the display of these unique works of art.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Personal contact information
  • Up to three digital images (.jpeg files) no more than three pieces
    maximum. Images must be of works available for inclusion in this
    exhibition with no measurement exceeding 3.75”
    Corresponding image information: title, medium, size, and date
  • $25 Application Fee

To apply please visit our SlideRoom portal.

Notification will be made via email on or before February 1, 2016 with
selected work shipped to arrive at The Clay Studio no later than
February 15, 2016.

Selection Process and Details

All work selected for inclusion in this exhibition must be available for
sale with The Clay Studio receiving a 50% commission for all work sold
and paying for the return shipment of any unsold work providing the work
is being shipped to a US address. The Clay Studio will not cover the
cost of international return shipping. A $20 Surcharge will be added to
the retail price of all selected works to cover the cost of the Small
Favors plexi cube. Email Jennifer Zwilling, Curator of Artistic Programs
at if you have any further questions.

– See more HERE.

Jennifer Zwilling Appointed Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio

Friends of The Clay Studio,

am pleased to announce that we have appointed Jennifer Zwilling as our
new Curator of Artistic Programs. We conducted a nationwide search over
the past two months and our search committee made a unanimous decision
to make this offer. 
is a respected curator, scholar, and educator with a strong background
in the academic and museum fields. Jennifer’s deep understanding of the
ceramic arts and dedication to the next generation of craft artists make
her an excellent fit for us.  Prior to her appointment, she worked with
The Philadelphia Museum of Art where she held numerous positions, most
recently Project Assistant Curator for American Decorative Arts and
Contemporary Craft.  She has curated exhibitions for The Center for Art
in Wood, and Inliquid, and has taught Craft History at Tyler School of
Art and  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Jennifer holds a
Bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College and a Master’s degree from Temple
the Curator of Artistic Programs, Jennifer will oversee The Clay
Studios’ exhibitions, Resident and Guest Artist in Residence Program.
This position plays a vital role in driving the artistic vision of The
Clay Studio.
Thank you for your ongoing support of The Clay Studio
Christopher R. Taylor

For more information on Jennifer Zwilling read the press release on our website.

job opportunity: The Clay Studio

Curator of Artistic Programs

The Clay Studio, a nonprofit organization with a focus on the ceramic
arts, seeks a dynamic and knowledgeable Curator of Artistic Programs to
lead our residency, visiting artist, and exhibitions programs. The
Curator of Artistic Programs plays a leadership role in formulating
strategies that support The Clay Studio’s artistic and community
engagement goals as well as the expansion of the organization’s
reputation in the ceramic field, within our local community, and within
international craft circles. As the member of a small staff, the
Curator of Artistic Programming will be a strong team player who is
willing to roll up their sleeves and manage details and execution of all
programming, communicating among departments, and pitching in with the
very real labor involved in exhibitions, artist talks, and special

The Curator of Artistic Programs is a vital senior-level staff member of
The Clay Studio who reports to the President of The Clay Studio. S/he
is responsible for oversight of support staff, achieving annual income
goals, contributing to fundraising activities, working with the Board
and Artistic Committee, and must be a highly visible member of The Clay
Studio community. S/he collaborates with the President, Senior Staff and
Board members to create, communicate and implement an array of artistic

The Clay Studio has recently adopted a new strategic plan that outlines
an extended period of growth and community partnerships. The Curator of
Artistic Programs will play a key role in executing this plan by
strengthening relationships with the Board & staff, local &
national artists, collectors, customers, and varied members of the


The successful candidate must possess a broad
understanding of contemporary ceramics, curatorial practice, and the
needs of practicing artists. Furthermore, this position requires a bold
vision of community engagement, a collaborative working style, and the
ability to create exciting programs and meaningful partnerships.
Applicants must have at least 5 years experience in a senior-level
curatorial or artistic director role. An advanced degree in ceramics or
curatorial practice is preferred.

Essential Skills:

The Clay Studio is seeking a creative thinker
who also knows how to get things done independently, but is a highly
functioning member of a team. Physically, the position requires climbing
ladders, stairs, and lifting of 50 – 100 pounds is regularly required.
The successful candidate will have experience and strengths in the
following areas:

Gallery & Exhibition Programming

  • Conceptualize and direct the installation of major exhibitions
  • Identify and cultivate lasting and ad hoc partnerships to meet artistic goals
  • Attract buyers, supporters, and collectors to all artistic programs
  • Ensure that revenue goals are met or exceeded each year
  • Develop cross-over educational programming & lectures internally and externally
  • Contract with guest curators as necessary
  • Experience with shipping, crating, packaging of artwork
  • Help install, strike, and be an active member of the opening preparation team.

Resident and Visiting Artist Programs

  • Attract and retain the best artists for the Resident and Guest Artist Programs
  • Select and orient artists to Philadelphia and its creative community
  • Collaborate with each artist to define the goals of their participation
  • Communicate across departments with regard to residency details and materials needs
  • Make Resident Artists aware of professional opportunities
  • Work to attract Artistic Program Sponsor(s)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage an Artistic Programs Committee
  • Provide timely and detailed reports for Executive Committee and the full Board
  • Maintain a customer-first focus by interacting directly with collectors and buyers
  • Assure all web pages specific to Artistic Programs are maintained
  • Deliver lectures and other presentations on behalf of The Clay Studio
  • Create narratives for publications, grant materials and budgets, press releases and visual branding oversight
  • Develop and adhere to annual budgets in each Artistic Program area
  • Attend, as directed, various local, national and international conferences
  • Support goals as outlined in The Clay Studio’s strategic plan
  • Train and mentor all shop & gallery staff
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply:

In order to be considered, please submit the following information:

  • Cover letter outlining qualifications, curatorial methods, and salary expectations
  • Professional resume
  • Three relevant references
  • Relevant support materials and/or publications from a recent
    exhibition where you were the lead curator or artistic staff member

Submit to Charity Thackston. No phone calls, please.


Please submit materials via email on or before 5:00 PM, October 15, 2014