Call for Entries
Plinth Gallery, in collaboration with The Boulder Pottery Lab, present, “Flash Point - An International Wood Fire Exhibition”. This juried exhibition is designed to bring together artists who work within this age-old tradition of wood-fired ceramics. The slow, methodical process, the historical link, and the unique finish all celebrate the path of the flame and the illumination of clay in its most elemental state. Flash Point will celebrate the surfaces and forms that are adorned by the dance of fire and showcase the diversity of wood fired ceramics.
John Balistreri is currently a Professor of Art at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Balistreri received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA from Kent State University in 1988. He built his first large Anagama kiln near Denver Colorado in 1987 and has been wood firing for 30 years. Balistreri continues to explore historical and traditional wood fired ceramics while also creating large-scale ceramic sculpture. . He was selected as an “Emerging Talent” at the 28th annual NCECA conference and the “New Work Panel” at the 41st NCECA conference. His work has been published in numerous books and publications including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception and American Craft magazines.
Artists can submit up to 3 pieces of work for consideration. The juror will select only one piece from each accepted artist. Submitted work must use wood as the primary fuel for firing and can be functional or sculptural in form. Mixed media work may also be considered as long as the major component of the piece is clay and wood is the primary firing fuel. Work must be signed by the artist and completed within the last year.
There is no limitation on size; however Plinth Gallery is a small intimate exhibition space with limited capacity to display very large works. Pieces must be suitable for pedestal display or wall mounting. No ceiling-suspended works, installations, or on-site assembly will be accepted due to space and display limitations
- Deadline to receive submission materials: August 3, 2012
- Juror selections announced and artists notified by email: August 31, 2012
- Deadline for work to arrive at Plinth Gallery: September 21, 2012
- Exhibition Opening: October 5, 2012
- Unsold work returned to artists: December 10-20, 2012
The juror will select the winning works and awards will be presented during the opening reception on October 5, 2012.
Submission of Materials
The following materials are required of each artist and must be received by August 3, 2012:
1. A completed and signed entry form with a non-refundable $30 entry fee.
2. A CD containing the following information:
a. A current Artist Résumé formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
Please save as Lastname_Resumé.doc or .docx
b. An artist statement about your work, labeled Lastname_ArtistStatement.doc or docx
c. 3 high resolution digital images in jpeg format 300dpi or higher
labeled as follows:
1lastname_title.jpg , 2lastname_title.jpg, 3lastname_title.jpg
One additional detail image of each piece may also be included labeled as follows:
1lastname_title_detail.jpg, 2lastname_title_detail.jpg , 3lastname_title_detail.jpg
Please be sure to use the .jpg extension
d. Please include your first and last name, phone number and email address
clearly written on the CD.
3. Images may be used for publicity and/or educational purposes.
4. CD’s will not be returned.
5. All work must be signed and made within the past year
6. All work must be available for sale during the exhibition.
7. Plinth Gallery will retain a 40% commission on sales
Submission to this juried exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions in the prospectus. Plinth Gallery reserves the right for final curatorial, educational, installation, and marketing decisions
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Thank you for your submission!