13th Annual Workhouse Clay International
August 5, 2023 to October 22, 2023
Lorton Virginia
Application Dates
Mar 10 to May 27 '23
Application Fee
Notification Date
Jun 9, 2023


Workhouse Arts Center

13th Annual Workhouse Clay International 2023


The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is excited to announce its “Call for Entries” for its 13th annual Workhouse Clay International Exhibition 2023. This is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural ceramic artworks.  The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to continue promoting and exhibiting the best of contemporary ceramic artwork being created throughout the US and abroad. 

Juror- George Rodriguez

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, TX, George Rodriguez creates humorous decorative ceramic sculpture addressing his identity and community.  George earned a BFA in ceramics from the University of Texas El Paso then went on to achieve an MFA from the University of Washington.  His world curiosity grew as a recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship where he traveled the world through most of 2010. George was recognized as a 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist was featured on PBS's Craft in America Storytellers episode. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of Sweden amongst others.  George is represented by Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA. 

Entry Guidelines

Open to all ceramic artists 18 years and older.

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only if ceramic materials are the primary media.  The juror(s) 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. Artworks to be assembled on site by the Foundation must have detailed instructions provided by the 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. Please title the submitted image file with Artist Name and Artwork Title. For example, Jane Doe -Flower Petals.  Please proofread your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information and will be included on labels.

Image Submission Guidelines

Up to 3 entries (2 images -includes one detail per entry max.). 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 artwork (This event utilizes a 'blind jury.' Do not include your name in the artist statement).

* 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 5MB.

*Image size must be no smaller than 1400px and no larger than 4000px on any side.

Entry Fee 

Non-refundable $30 for up to 3 artworks/entries. 


Best of Show- $500, Sponsored by AMACO/Brent

1st place - $350

2nd Place - $250

Merit Award - $200, Sponsored by International ceramic Artists Network (ICAN)

2 Honorable Mentions 


Entry Submittal deadline:  May 27, 2023
Acceptance notification:  June 9, 2023
Acceptance Contracts due: by June 30, 2023
Delivery of artwork-being shipped: Due by July 28, 2023

Delivery of artwork-being hand-delivered: July 31, 2022 10am-5pm only!
Installation: July 31 – August 4
Exhibition Dates: August 5 – October 22, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 12, 6pm – 8 pm

Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting October 24, 2023
Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: October 23, 2023, 10am-5pm only!


An opening reception will occur on August 12, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery in building W-16.


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 must be included, as well as instructions for how to repack the work for return shipping. The Workhouse is not responsible for any damages that may occur to works during shipping.  Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover the return shipping costs*. 

Please! Absolutely! 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 2023
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 the return shipping cost, the artist must be sure to use the appropriate return address with the same box dimensions and weight. 

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) when shipping to and from gallery. The Workhouse Arts Center is held 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 30% commission on sales will be taken by the Workhouse Arts Center. The Workhouse requires that the artist(s) send a W-9 for payment of any artwork(s) sales.  Please provide a W-9 if/when you are notified of a sale, so payment(s) can be expedited should your artwork sell. 

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.