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3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2013
July 31, 2013 to September 8, 2013
Lorton, Virginia (Northern Virginia)
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Application Dates:
Dec 7, 2012 - May 8, 2013
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
May 21, 2013

Workhouse Arts Center

3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National 2013


The Workhouse Arts Center (LAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2013. This 3rd Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks. The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting the breadth of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the USA.

Juror- Virginia Scotchie

Virginia Scotchie is a ceramic artist and area head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from UNC-Chapel Hill and in 1985 completed her Master of Fine Arts at Alfred University in New York.

Virginia exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards including the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramics Premiere Award from the Shepparton Museum in Victoria, Australia. She has lectured internationally on her work and been an Artist in Residence in Taiwan, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands. Her clay forms reside in many public and private collections and reviews about her work appear in prestigious ceramic publications.

Entry Guidelines

Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.

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.

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 proofread 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 200 words describing your work

* Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images.

* The resolution of images should be 300DPI.

* 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.).


Best of Show- $350- Sponsored by AMACO/Brent

1st place-$250- Sponsored by Standard Ceramics, Inc.

2nd Place-$150-Sponsored by Workhouse Ceramics Program

2 Honorable Mentions


Detailed information and Registration form: Available online December 10, 2012
Entry Submittal deadline: May 8, 2013
Acceptance notification: after June 1, 2013
Acceptance Contracts due: by July 1, 2013
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by July 26, 2013

Delivery of accepted work-being hand-delivered: July 29, 2013 10am-5pm only!
Installation: July 29-30, 2013
Exhibition Dates: July 31 – September 8, 2013
Opening Reception: August 3, 2013 from 6pm-9pm

Return of Shipped Artwork: Starting September 9, 2013

Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: September 9, 2013 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 shipping back. Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover return shipping costs*. Please! No Shipping Peanuts!

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to:

Attention: Amy Lust- “Workhouse Clay National 2013”
Workhouse Arts Center

Lorton Arts Foundation

W-16 Gallery Building
9601 Ox Road
Lorton Virginia 22079

* Any check received for return shipping should be for the same amount as it cost 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 and 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 3, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center.

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