Potters Council 2015 Exhibition Winners
We are pleased to announce the winners for our sixth annual members juried competition. The exhibition was concurrently shown during National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, and showcased the quality work made by the members of the Potters Council, an international organization with members all over the world.
JUROR: Holly Goring, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated
Judging the 2015 Potters Council Member Juried Show was a tough task with an exceptional number of talented entries. As far as choosing winners, this was a good problem to have. The membership proved again this year to be extremely skilled at working with a wide range of well-honed techniques. The depth of this field, along with an open-ended show theme, provided me with free reign to curate a show fit for a diverse NCECA audience. I approached the entries in much the same way I work with magazine content every day. When looking at the finished piece, I attempted to discover how it was formed, decorated, and fired. I imagined what steps were taken from the moment the clay came out of the bag to the time the kiln door was opened. Thinking about the whole process helped me to get a sense of the maker's investment of time and creativity—something I feel is crucial to truly understanding the work and the artist. The common thread that unites this year's winning entries is most certainly complexity. Both forms and surfaces were consistently imbued with multiple processes and techniques that were perfectly executed. Each piece is a delight to investigate. I imagine, and hope, viewers of the show will want to linger with each form to discover its ingenuity, just like I have.–Holly Goring Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated