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Juried Ceramics Exhibition

April 1 – April 29, 2017 · Entry Deadline: February 6
Davenport Gallery

Online registration is now open here.

This international juried exhibition is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary ceramics while providing a venue for established and emerging artists alike to share their functional and sculptural creative endeavors.

Juror – Chris Gustin, Founding Member of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME and Owner, Gustin Ceramics Tile Production.

Gustin earned his BFA in ceramics in 1975 from Kansas City Art Institute and then his MFA in 1977 from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His 20-year teaching career included terms at Parson’s School of Design, Boston University and the Swain School of Design (later Southeastern Massachusetts University, now University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth), where he headed the ceramics program. Along with other ceramicists, Gustin founded the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in 1986, which continues to offer residencies to artists from around the world. He now runs Gustin Ceramics Tile Production and produces large-scale sculptural and studio ceramics.

Says Gustin, “I am interested in pottery that makes connections to the human figure. The figurative analogies used to describe pots throughout history all in some way invite touch. The pots that I respond to all speak of a clear, direct sense of the hand. The hand is celebrated in the work by its maker, whether it is that of a fifteenth century rural potter or a nineteenth century court artisan. And it becomes a necessary tool for the user in understanding the relationship of the object to its function, and subsequently, to how that object informs one’s life.”


Our efforts to cultivate organizations that acknowledge artists in various disciplines are ongoing. We are very pleased to announce $3,000+ in prize awards this year. Gustin will jury the work submitted online and will present the awards at the opening reception on April 1, 2017.

Calendar of Events

February 3, 2017, midnight EST
Digital entry deadline ($45 fee)

February 6, 2017, midnight EST
Digital entry extended deadline ($65 fee)

February 21, 2017
Notification of accepted and declined work

April 1, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Juror’s Lecture and Meet the Artists

April 1, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception for Ceramics Innovations and Essential Earth

April 1 – April 29, 2017
(Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, closed on Sundays)
Exhibition dates

April 2 – April 3, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Chris Gustin workshop. Please register at www.wayneart.org for the workshop.


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