January 8, 2018 entry deadline
California, Laguna Beach “2018–Two of Hearts, An Exhibition for the Month of Love” (February 1–24, 2018) open to all artists over the age of 18 working in all media. Just as discussion about the heart is a subjective matter, so too is the interpretation of the theme for our February show. No size limitation. Fee: $35; additional image fee $2 each. Juried from digital. Contact Las Laguna Gallery, 577 S. Coast Hwy–Unit A-1, Laguna Beach, CA 92651; email@example.com; www.laslagunagallery.com; 949-667-1803.
January 22, 2018 entry deadline
Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh “GrowlerFest at the Brewhouse Association” (March 2–29, 2018) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18. We are calling for beer growlers, jugs, and other containers used for storing or serving beer. All work must be for sale and shipping will be the responsibility of the artist. Fee: $30. Juried from digital. Apply at www.callforentry.org. Jurors: Alexandra Jelleberg, Bradley Klem. Contact GrowlerFest, 531 Puddintown Rd., State College, PA 16801; Bradpklen@gmail.com; http://projectart01026.com/growlerfest; 602-695-0224.
January 26, 2018 entry deadline
Nevada, Las Vegas “Thrown and Altered” (March 1–April 28, 2018) open to all artists working in clay. The pottery wheel is a powerful tool to create a vessel. But once thrown the artist’s hand can turn that basic shape into a personal expression of the self. Join us in exploring the limits that an artist can push a wheel-thrown form by altering, from attachments to paddling and texturing. Work must fit through a standard door, be under 50 pounds, and be at least 60% clay. There will be a $200 award for best of show. Jurors: Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Peter Jakubowski. Contact Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104; firstname.lastname@example.org; 702-375-4147; http://clayartsvegas.com/.
February 1, 2018 entry deadline
Colorado, Grand Junction “Contemporary Clay 2018” (May 11–June 23, 2018) open to all artists working in clay. Contemporary Clay aims to showcase the latest developments in ceramic art. Artists may submit up to 3 works that use clay as the focus material, and up to 3 images per entry. Artwork must have been executed within the last 2 years and should not be so fragile that shipment or public display is harmful to the work or the viewer. Open to sculptural and functional work, installation art, collaborative projects (between 2 or more artists), and mixed media work. Awards up to $750. Fee: $20–35. Juried from digital. Juror: Doug Casebeer. Contact Avery Glassman, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, 1803 N 7th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501; email@example.com; 970-243-7337; http://gjartcenter.org/wp/.
March 23, 2018 entry deadline
Nevada, Las Vegas “Environmentally Aware” (May 3–27, 2018) open to all artists working in clay. Environmentally Aware will show case work that features threatened environments and endangered plants and animals. Looking for work that reminds us we share our planet with diverse creatures. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, must specify firing technique(s) and size, and must have been completed within the last 2 years. There will be a $300 award for best of show. Fee: $35 for first three entries. Jurors: Margaret Haden, Peter Jakubowski. Contact Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104; firstname.lastname@example.org; 702-375-4147; http://clayartsvegas.com/.
united states exhibitions
January 20, 2018 entry deadline
Missouri, Saint Joseph “Off the Table! Clay for the Wall” (February 23–March 23, 2018) open to clay artists over 18 years old. Artworks must have been completed within the last two years. Works may be either functional or sculptural forms designed to hang on the wall. All entries must be complete with a hanging device capable of securely supporting the work on the wall for the duration of the exhibition. It is preferred that the hanging device not be visible when the piece is displayed. Fee: $30, maximum of three entries. Juror: Novie Trump. Contact MWSU Clay Guild, 4525 Downs Dr., Saint Joseph, MO 64507; email@example.com; 816-271-4282; www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/index.html.
January 20, 2018 entry deadline
Missouri, Saint Joseph “Twin Cups: National Ceramics Exhibition 2018” (February 23–March 23, 2018) open to clay artists over 18 years old. Submitted artworks may be either functional or sculptural representations of a pair of cups, mugs, or drinking vessels, etc. Must have been completed within the last two years. Fee: $30, maximum of three entries. Juried from digital. Juror: Mike Stumbras. Contact MWSU Clay Guild, 4525 Downs Dr., Saint Joseph, MO 64507; firstname.lastname@example.org; 816-271-4282; www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/index.html.
January 22, 2018 entry deadline
Colorado, Denver “delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining–Fourth Biennial National Juried Functional Ceramic Exhibit” (April 6–May 18, 2018) open to clay artists over 18 years old. Artist may enter up to 5 digital images and 5 detail shots, completed in the last three years. Each piece or set may not exceed 30 inches in any dimension or 20 pounds in weight. Works must be for sale. Designated awards for select artworks up to $250. Fee: $30. Juror: Marty Fielding. Contact Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St., Denver, CO 80203; email@example.com; 720-638-7236; www.asld.org.
January 31, 2018 entry deadline
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia “Open Call for One Month Solo Exhibitions” (October 1, 2018–August 30, 2019) open to clay artists over 18 years old. Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, features six professional artist exhibitions per year in our Merion Hall Gallery. We consider work in all media and all subject matter. Chosen artists are responsible for shipping/transporting their art to and from the gallery. Jurors: art department faculty. Contact Jeanne Bracy, Saint Joseph’s University Gallery, 5600 City Avenue, Art Department, Philadelphia, PA 19131; firstname.lastname@example.org; 610-660-1845; www.sju.edu/gallery.
February 1, 2018 entry deadline
Texas, San Angelo “22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition” (April 20–June 24, 2018) open to all artists 18 or older who are residents of the US, Canada, or Mexico. All work, both functional and sculptural, must have been completed within the last two years. Works previously accepted into this competition are ineligible. The exhibition highlights a broad range of attitudes in the clay medium from functional to sculptural work. Submit up to 3 entries, maximum of 2 digital images per artwork. Multiple awards will be given. Fee: $20. Juror: Peter Held. Contact San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St., San Angelo, TX 76903; email@example.com; 325-653-3333; www.samfa.org.
January 12, 2018 entry deadline
Massachusetts, Lexington “The State of Clay” (May 5–June 3, 2018) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18, who currently reside or formerly resided in Massachusetts. The aim of the show is to broaden public awareness of contemporary ceramic art and to provide a venue for Massachusetts’ clay artists. Work must have been completed within the last three years, 2015 thru 2017. Work must not have been previously displayed in a State of Clay exhibit. Accepted artwork must be for sale. Fee: $35. Juried from digital. Juror: Emily Zilber. Contact Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St., Lexington, MA 02421; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.stateofclay.com; 781-862-9696.
January 30, 2018 entry deadline
Louisiana, New Orleans “Clay: A Southern Census” (March 2–31, 2018) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18, who currently reside in the US Census Bureau’s South Region: AR, AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV. All submitted pieces must be original artworks made by the applicant within the last two years that have not been previously exhibited at the Clay Center gallery. Fee: $30. Juried from digital. Contact Michelle Swafford, The Clay Center of New Orleans, 1001 S. Broad St., New Orleans, LA 70125; email@example.com; www.nolaclay.org; 504-517-3721.
February 11, 2018 entry deadline
California, Davis “29th Annual California Clay Competition 2018” (April 27–May 25, 2018) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18 residing in California. Clay must be the primary medium–functional or sculptural. Work must be for sale through the duration of the show and made within the last two years. Work must fit through a standard door frame and weigh no more than can be easily handled by two people. Fee: $15 per piece. Juried from digital. Juror: Tiffany Schmierer. Contact Marcia Smith, The Artery of Davis, 209 G. St., Davis, CA 95616; http://theartery.net/ccc.html; firstname.lastname@example.org; 530-758-8330.
April 20, 2018 entry deadline
New Mexico, Albuquerque “Resonations in Clay—Life on the Bosque” (July 7, 2018–September 30, 2018) open to all ceramic artists over the age of 18 residing in New Mexico. Clay must be the primary medium—functional or sculptural interpreting the Bosque’s changing four seasons and nature’s cycle of life on the river. Work must fit through a standard door frame. Fee: $40. Juried from digital. Jurors: Virgil Ortiz, Camilla Trujillo, Kim Eichorst, Ph.D. Contact Kim Glidden, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, PO Box 881, Chimayo, NM 87522; www.nmpca.com/claybosque; 505-351-2462; email@example.com.
fairs and festivals
January 13, 2018 entry deadline
Germany, Lower Saxony “International Ceramics Fair Oldenburg” (April 8–May 8, 2018) open to all artists 18 years or older. The open-air gallery around the former Ducal castle attracts 60,000 visitors annually. Artists must submit pictures and canditature by mail. Three money prizes are awarded by jury decision as well as a likewise endowed audience price. A prize will be presented for outstanding achievements in the field of artistic ceramics. Fee: varies. Contact Norah Limberg, Werkschule–Werkstatt für Kunst und Kulturarbeit e.V., Rosenstraße 41, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen 26122, Germany; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.keramiktage.com.