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Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 10th annual Workhouse Clay International Exhibition 2020.

Meg Murch, Young Girl  

Image: Meg Murch, Young Girl Detail

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 – Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks
Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks are full-time ceramic artists that work and share the same studio. Lynnette received her MFA from University of Florida and has taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Art. Steve received his MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University and is a Professor Emeritus from Jacksonville State University, AL. Both have been awarded the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts grant twice. They have been in numerous juried exhibitions, as well as participated with the American Craft Council Atlanta and the Southern Highland Craft Guild shows. Steve wrote and Lynnette edited, “Glazes from a Potter’s Perspective” which they self-published last year. They thoroughly enjoy conducting hands-on and demonstration workshops as a team and Steve on “Developing Your Own Glazes”. They have been active with the Alabama Clay Conference hosting the conference four times, as well as lecturing, demonstrating, and steering committee services. Steve has also lectured at NCECA twice, been a Topical Group Discussion Leader many times, Panel Moderator, and Glaze Doctor. They actively exhibit their artwork and have a current traveling dual exhibition entitled, “Creative Spirit”.

Entry Guidelines
The exhibition is 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 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. 

The entry fee is $30.00 for up to three entries. Selections will be made based on images submitted on the entry form. No substitutions will be allowed.

Submission Guidelines
Artists may submit up to 3 entries. Please be prepared to include the following information in the entry form:

Artist Information

  • Full Name
  • Mailing Address 
  • Email Address 
  • Phone Number 

 Artwork / Image Information

  • Title 
  • Year of Completion
  • Type of Clay and Firing Method
  • Measurements (Height x Width x Depth in Inches) 
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Retail Price (if applicable)
  • Insurance Value
  • Statement About the Work (Maximum 150 Words. Please note: this exhibition utilizes a blind jury. Do not include your name in the artist statement.)
  • One full size image and one detail image per artwork. The images must be professional quality JPEG images in 150DPI minimum. Images must be smaller than 15MB.


  • Best of Show - $1,000 | Sponsored by Amaco/Brent and the Ceramics Program at Workhouse Arts Center 
  • 1st Place - $500 | Sponsored by Standard Ceramics, Inc. and the Ceramics Program at Workhouse Arts Center 
  • 2nd Place - $350 | Sponsored by the Ceramics Program at Workhouse Arts Center 
  • Merit Award - $200 | Sponsored by the International Ceramic Artists Network (ICAN)
  • Two Honorable Mention Awards

Detailed information and Registration form: Available online December 18, 2019

Entry deadline:  May 14, 2020 

Acceptance notification:  June 1, 2020

Acceptance Contracts due: by July 1, 2020

Delivery of artwork-being shipped: Due by July 31, 2020

Delivery of artwork-being hand-delivered: August 3, 2020 10am-5pm only

Installation: August 3-August 7, 2020

Exhibition Dates: August 8– October 11, 2020 

Opening Reception: August 8, 2020 from 6pm-8pm

Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting October 12, 2020

Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: October 12, 2020 10am-5pm only

Shipping and Transportation

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! 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

ATTN: Workhouse Clay International 2020

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, same box dimensions and weight.

Insurance and Sales

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. Workhouse Arts Center is harmless for any damage or loss whatsoever.

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.

Workhouse Arts Center will conduct all sales through their sales gallery.  A 30% commission on sales will be taken by the Workhouse Arts Center. Workhouse Arts Center requires that the artist(s) send a W-9 for payment of any artwork 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 8, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center-Vulcan Gallery.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.