7 Ceramic Art Competitions and Fairs Where You Should Participate in 2014

Ceramics Now comprised a list of 7 ceramic art competitions and fairs where artists can apply to participate in 2014. Be quick, the deadlines are approaching fast!


The competition is the main event of the International Ceramics Festival Mino, which is held with the aim of supporting growth of the ceramics industry and the enhancement of culture through global exchange of ceramics design and culture. The first festival was held in 1986, and this will be the 10th edition. The last edition gathered 2777 entries from 57 countries. It is considered the largest event in the world entirely dedicated to contemporary ceramics. Read more

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Deadline: January 10, 2014 / Dates: September 12 - October 19, 2014
Total prizes: ~ USD 130.000 / No entry fee
Entry categories: Ceramics Design, Ceramic Arts


Situated around the noble Schloss in the city-center of Oldenburg, the International Ceramic Fair which includes a ceramic market, presentation of professional prizes, special exhibits and artist showcases. The fair ensures that collectors and enthusiasts alike are offered an exquisite range of works from artistic creations to high-quality tableware. Based upon strict criteria a jury of professionals within the field chooses over a hundred workshops and ceramic artists to present their current work. This event attracts more than 60.000 visitors annually. Read more

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Deadline: January 11, 2014 / Dates: August 2-3, 2014
Entry fee: EUR 240 (includes 3x3 meters stand)


The fifth installment of Kirkland Arts Center’s biennial contemporary ceramics exhibition, Clay? V, is juried by University of Washington, School of Art Professors Doug Jeck, Jamie Walker, and Akio Takamori. Clay? V explores the versatility of clay as a medium of artistic expression. Showcasing a range of sizes, scales, subject matter, and techniques, the artwork of this exhibition is both a testament to the enduring legacy of clay and future of the field.

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Deadline: January 17, 2014 / Dates: March 21 - May 17, 2014
Entry fee: USD 25

Competition open only to European citizens.

The Westerwald Prize was first awarded in 1973 to present outstanding ceramic art and craft work in the framework of a competition and exhibition at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald (KMW). This remains a priority of the administration of the Westerwald region for the 13th Westerwald Prize in 2014. A further aim is to promote the dialogue between ceramics and art in the region and to support cultural exchange within Europe.

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Deadline: January 19, 2014 / Dates: September 26, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Total prizes: EUR 24.000 / No entry fee
Entry categories: Saltglaze (stoneware and porcelain), Design (serially produced ware), Vessel / Form / Decor, Sculpture / Installation, Talent Award (below 35 years old)

Competition open only to European Union citizens.

Since 1966 the Town of Vallauris Golfe-Juan has organised a biennial with the aim of promoting and rewarding artistic creation in the field of ceramics. For this edition, it has been decided to use the expression ‘Contemporary Creation and Ceramic’ to stress its intention of making ceramic creation part of the world of contemporary art. The competition is intended to encourage and publicise European talents using the reputation of Vallauris, the town of ceramics, as a springboard facilitating their recognition around the world.

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Deadline: December 30, 2013 / Dates: July - November 2014
Total prizes: EUR 25.000 / No entry fee
Note: You first have to apply online, then to send the required documents by mail (post).


Located in a magic location in the city of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, The European Festival of Ceramic Art TERRALHA is a ‘Parcours’, or ceramics trail. Around twenty contemporary ceramic artists will be invited to show their work in the heart of village, in private 
sites transformed for the occasion into temporary exhibition spaces.
The originality of the trail is based on the match between the selected European artists and the spaces offered. It offers another way of discovering the village: behind normally closed gates or courtyards usually hidden from view. Given the richness that personal encounters add to the experience of art, the artists will be present on the site of their exhibitions for the duration of the festival, to meet the public and explain techniques and artistic approaches.

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Deadline: January 15, 2014 / Dates: July 11-14, 2014
Entry fee (only for selected artists): EUR 50 + 150 deposit in case of cancellation
Note: Participants must commit themselves to be on site in their exhibition space throughout the 4 days of the festival.


Open to Art is an International Contemporary Art and Design Ceramics Competition promoted by Officine Saffi with the objective of enhancing and promoting the use of ceramics in contemporary art, design and furnishing, therefore providing a privileged viewpoint of contemporary aesthetics and visual innovation. The first edition of this competition promises to be exciting and full of opportunities. Read more

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Deadline: January 6, 2014 / Dates: April 2 - July 10, 2014
Total prizes: EUR 10.000+ / Entry fee: EUR 40
Entry categories: Art Ceramics, Design Ceramics
Note: You first have to apply online, then to send the required documents by mail (post).

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