Competitions & Contests

Landscapes: 2020 NW Wood Firing Conference

Entry Dates 2020-04-01T00:00:00 - 2020-01-06T19:26:00 40 Days Left


Landscapes: 2020 NW Wood Firing Conference
You’re invited to apply with up to three images of wood-fired ceramic work that exhibit
landscapes of surface created from the interface of natural ash glaze, clay body, and firing
process. Register and apply through via the button above and below. 

National Juried Exhibition Curated by Chris Pate
Curator's Statement:
“Landscapes” examines the relationship between place, process, maker, and community as a
confluence of wood-fired ceramic surface being produced in various regions of the United
States. This exhibition showcases regional outcomes of experimentation, tradition, uses of
material, and philosophies as a collection of subcultures in American wood-fired ceramics.
We are surrounded by evidence of experience. The ongoing movements of time, material, and
process have created diverse natural environments which influence how we live, play, and work.
The many varied ecospheres display their unique expressions as landscapes in our minds. How
does experience of nature effect our reality? What are the outcomes of collaboration with

Through the wood-fired ceramic process we have the opportunity to enact our participation in
nature. Our interactions with native lands, the trees, and our communities tell stories about
place. The wood-fired object can mirror the landscapes that surround us through their story of

The flowing reflection of waterways and coastal imagery can be seen in the drips, erosion, and
accumulation left by melted wood ash and sintered coal. The dry, wind blown vistas of the
desert may appear as subtle vapor trails and fly ash. The rich colors of sunset can transition into
swampy earth tones and lily pads of crystals, while the starry night may be seen over blood red
rock birthed from the heart of the crucible.

How does one’s ceramic art reflect stories of place?
Can the landscapes of one’s mind be seen in the surface of a wood-fired object?
How do the landscapes of wood-fired surface vary among regions of the United States?