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5th Annual Workhouse Clay National 2015
August 1, 2015 to September 13, 2015
Lorton, Virginia
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Application Dates:
Dec 10, 2014 - May 6, 2015
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
May 28, 2015

Workhouse Arts Center

5th Annual Workhouse Clay National 2015


The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 5th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition 2015. This 5th 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- Anne Currier

Anne Currier holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and the University of Washington, Seattle.

Ms. Currier received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, the American Crafts Council and Alfred University.

In addition to numerous private collections, Ms. Currier's work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyung-ju, South Korea; and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

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 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.).


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 10, 2014
Entry Submittal deadline: May 6, 2015
Acceptance notification: after June 1, 2015
Acceptance Contracts due: by July 1, 2015
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by July 24, 2015
Delivery of accepted work-being hand-delivered: July 27, 2015 10am-5pm only!
Installation: July 27 - July 31, 2015
Exhibition Dates: August 1– September 13, 2015
Opening Reception: August 8, 2015 from 6pm-8pm
Return of Shipped Artwork: Starting September 14, 2015
Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: September 14, 2015 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 National 2015
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 8, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center-Vulcan Gallery.

Dale Marhanka
Ceramics and Glass Director

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