14th Annual Workhouse Clay International
July 27, 2024 to October 20, 2024
Lorton Virginia
Application Dates
Mar 15 to Apr 29 '24
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
May 13, 2024


Workhouse Arts Center

14th Annual Workhouse Clay International 2024


The Workhouse Arts Center is excited to announce its “Call for Entries” for its 14th annual Workhouse Clay International Exhibition 2024. 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- Matt Kelleher

Matt Kelleher is Associate Professor and Division Chair of Ceramic Art at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He joined the faculty in 2015 after a decade of working as a studio potter in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Matt studied ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute under Ken Ferguson and Victor Babu from 1993-1995.  He received his MFA in 1999 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied with Gail Kendall, Peter Pinnell, and Eddie Dominguez. Matt has participated in residencies at Penland School of Crafts, Archie Bray Foundation, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, and Starworks. As Matt continues to investigate soda-fired tableware, his studio practice has expanded to include larger sculptural ideas.

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.

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Selections will be conducted from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed.  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:

·      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 or PNG images.

* Click here for image parameters.

Entry Fee

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



1ST PLACE - $350

2ND PLACE - $250




Our awards have generously been sponsored by: Bailey Ceramic Supplies and Equipment, MKM PotteryTools, and Mudtools (as of 2/28/2014)


Entry Submittal deadline:  April 29, 2024
Acceptance notification:  May 9, 2024
Acceptance Contracts due: by June 1, 2024
Delivery of artwork-being shipped: Due by July 19, 2024

Delivery of artwork-being hand-delivered: July 22, 2024 10am-5pm only!
Installation: July 23 – 26, 2024
Exhibition Dates: July 27 - October 20, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 10, 6 pm - 8 pm

Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting October 24, 2024In-Person
of Artwork: October 21, 2024, 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 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*.  

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 i

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.


An opening reception will occur on August 10, 2024 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery in building W-16.