Thursday, 10 December 2015

call for artists: Workhouse Arts Center 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International 2016

The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition 2016. This 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International Ceramics Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks.  The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting the best of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the USA and for the first time open it up to ceramic artists from Canada.

Juror- Jack Troy
Jack Troy is a potter, teacher, and writer, from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, U.S. where he taught at Juniata College for 39 years. He has taught more than 240 workshops in the U. S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, and other countries, and has worked at the Institute of Ceramic Studies, Jingdezhen, China, and has been an Invited Artist at Japan’s Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. His education in ceramics has included trips to 26 countries. Having published over 90 articles in ceramics publications, he also wrote Salt Glazed Ceramics, Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain, and Calling the Planet Home, [poems]. His work has been exhibited widely, and is in numerous collections, public and private, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, Auckland (NZ) Museum of Art, Kalamazoo (Michigan) Institute of Art and Alfred University. He received the 2012 NCECA (National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts) Excellence in Teaching Award, and gave the closing talk, “Anecdotal Evidence,” at the 49th NCECA conference in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2015.
Entry Guidelines

Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.A. and Canada
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.  Size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable.  Large scale 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.
Please visit for details and to apply.

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 read your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information.
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 150 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.

Entry Fee

All U.S. artists- $30
(Fee is non-refundable - payable thru PayPal when applying) for up to 3 entries (2 images (including one detail) per entry max.). 

Entry form and application may be found online at  


Best of Show- $500- Sponsored by AMACO/Brent
1st place-$350- Sponsored by Standard Ceramics, Inc.and Workhouse ceramics Program
2nd Place-$250-Sponsored by Workhouse Ceramics Program
2 Honorable Mentions


Detailed information and Registration form: Available online December 8, 2015
Entry Submittal deadline:  May 4, 2016
Acceptance notification:  after June 1, 2016
Acceptance Contracts due: by July 1, 2016
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by August 5, 2016

Delivery of accepted work-being hand-delivered: August 8, 2016 10am-5pm only!
Installation: August 8-August 12, 2016
Exhibition Dates: August 13– October 16, 2016
Opening Reception: August 13, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting October 17, 2016
Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: October 17, 2016 10am-5pm only!


Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Workhouse Arts Center and insuring it while in transit.  Works may be shipped or hand delivered to the Workhouse Arts Center.  Works must be shipped in reusable containers and packaging for re-packing and return shipping.  Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover return shipping costs*.  Please! No Shipping Peanuts!  If you must use them, please place in bags first!

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to: 

Workhouse Arts Center
Workhouse Clay International 2016
Gallery Bldg. W-16
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton Virginia 22079

*Any check received for return shipping should be for the same amount as it costs to ship to the Workhouse Arts Center.  When determining return shipping cost, artist must be sure to use same address as it was sent from.

Insurance and Sales

The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to hold safe the work(s) of art and agrees, if unsold upon completion of the consignment period, to return the work(s) of art in the same condition as received, less reasonable wear and tear.  Artists are encouraged to insure artwork(s). The Workhouse Arts Center is harmless for any damage or loss whatsoever.
The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to try to sell the work(s) of art at the price listed on the online application.  Prices cannot be increased or decreased unless the Workhouse Arts Center receives those instructions in writing.
The Workhouse Arts Center will conduct all sales through their sales gallery.  A 40% commission on sales will be taken by the Workhouse Arts Center. 

Photography and Permissions
Accepted artists agree to allow the Workhouse Arts Center to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes.
Images of accepted entries will be retained for the
Workhouse Arts Center archives and may be reproduced and posted on its website and in printed materials.

It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet in connection with the exhibition and the Workhouse Arts Center.


An Opening Reception will occur on August 13, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center-Vulcan Gallery.

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