Friday, 5 February 2010

Call for entry - Potters Council

Potters Council 2011 Exhibition: “The Shoulders We Stand On”

Once again, we celebrate the community of our council with a show of members’ work in conjunction with NCECA 2011.

The name of the show is “The Shoulders We Stand On“.

The 2011 Potters Council members show in Tampa, Florida will pay tribute to our roots, the significant influences that shape us and guide our work in clay. We are creative heirs standing on the shoulders of Giants. We cannot help but reference and renew their ideas in our own work. These distinctive inspirations become the touchstones of our best original efforts.

These muses are not always specific or singular. Your inspiration might lie in the simple forms of an anonymous ancient potter. Perhaps you’ve been seduced from afar by the work of legendary potters. A teacher may have given you a unique point of view, personal guidance or new set of skills.

Your work for this particular exhibition may have a visual link to a particular culture or artist. It might find its connection on a more philosophical level. it must however show both a clear source of inspiration and a truly original new direction. We do not seek copies of our roots, but works, which honor them with fresh, innovative interpretations.

Go here for submission form.

Bill Jones is the editor of Pottery Making Illustrated magazine. He has a broad knowledge of ceramics and wide experience in the field. His exposure to all levels of artists and pottery gives him a uniquely qualified perspective on content and inspiration.


Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery
13112 Pass A Grille Way
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 360-0729

The gallery will insure all works for the duration of the exhibition.

The artist is responsible for all shipping costs and shipping insurance to the gallery. The gallery will be responsible for return shipping from venue.

Entrants must be members of the Potters Council both at the time of application and at the time of the exhibition.

Successful artists are asked to be present during the public reception on April 1, 2011.

There will be at between 40 and 50 pieces chosen. The base of the work may be no more than 16″ wide and/or deep, and the height not more than 31″ tall. Works must be suitable for pedestal display or wall mounting. No ceiling-suspended works accepted. Only very limited on-site assembly of multi-part works will be possible.

All work submitted must be for sale. Artists should submit the wholesale price. (This is the exact amount of dollars the artist will receive from the sale.) The gallery will determine retail on all works sold. Each successful artist will be required to sign a standard consignment agreement with the gallery.

Works must be made primarily of ceramic materials, and be primarily the work of the Council member. They must be no more than two years old on the date of entry, and not previously shown during any NCECA conference or in the Tampa Bay area. Accepted work sent for exhibition must be the same object that was entered; no substitutions.

Format: All images must be submitted in digital format only.

Digital: High-resolution JPEG image on CD, at least 300 ppi, maximum 1024 pixels on the longest side of the image. Do not include label information on the image. IMPORTANT: Begin each file name with the surname of the artist. (example: smith_john_bluevase.jpg)

Limit of three entries per artists. One or two views of each entry may be submitted. For multiple views, please label the digital files consistently (example: smith_john_bluevase1.jpg and smith_john_bluevase2.jpg).

Each entrant must include on the CD in “word” type format:

  • A statement of 150-200 words describing the work as it relates to the theme.
  • A short description of the technique used.

A fee of $25 (check or money order) must accompany the entry, made out to the Potters Council.

Winners will be notified by e-mail, so be sure to include your email address. if you wish to be notified by regular mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope.


Opening Date for submissions May 1, 2010
Deadline for receipt of entries: September 1, 2010 (no extensions)
Notification of acceptances:
October 15, 2010
Delivery of accepted works: TBD
Exhibition Dates: TBD
Public Reception: April 2, 2010

  • CD of images in jpg format
  • artists’ statement in ‘Word’ format

  • artists’ name and email address
  • payment of $25
  • completed entry form
  • provide email address(prefer) or SASE for notification

2011 Show Entry
Potters Council
600 N. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 210
Westerville, Ohio 43082

Go here for the entry form.

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