The mission of the Potters Council is to meet the needs of studio potters and ceramic artists by providing a place for knowledge exchange and professional enhancement.


In addition to the conferences, benefits, and a website presence Potters Council makes available, we also provide sponsorships and awards within the ceramic community to help meet the needs of all artists. 


One of our goals is to support the ceramic community. We would like to give a sincere thank you to every person who has been a part of Potters Council; without you we wouldn’t be what we are today. 


Potters Council Community Involvement

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At the 2014 NCECA conference, The Material World, hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Potters Council awarded four students one of the following awards: Potters Council Elementary, Middle School, Potters Council High School, and Top Finalist Award for their participation in the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition. In addition to the award, these students were given Potters Council Student Membership, a Potters Council t-shirt, and a Ceramic Arts Daily bookstore item. The winner’s teacher also received Potters Council Membership, a one-year subscription to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated


Selected by some of the Potters Council Board members, the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition is one of the ways Potters Council likes to give back to the youthful ceramic community. 


One of the board members who selected the winners for the Potters Council K-12 Awards, Lori Leary, wrote a recent article in the May 2014 Potters Pages congratulating the winners. Below is an excerpt of her article:


Every year at NCECA, I always make a point to visit the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition. I am always astounded to see the creativity and craftsmanship displayed in this exhibition. I was not disappointed this year! One of the first things I always notice when I enter the K-12 Exhibition (aside from the amount and quality of the work), is the energy filling the room. Students, teachers, NCECA attendees, and K-12 staff mill around, discussing the work, taking pictures, asking and answering questions. Seeing the tables full of imaginative and well-made work makes me happy; I can’t wait to see the work of these students in the future as they mature.


It took us a while to select the winners, there were so many wonderful pieces to choose from. In the end, we had to make a decision, so I’d like to congratulate the winners!

- Lori Leary, 2014.


Congratulations 2014 National K-12 Ceramic Exhibitions Winners!



Finalist: Julia Heins


High School: Chelsey Rattzlaff


Middle School: Luke Stenberg


Elementary School: Wyatt Carlson

Finalist: Julia Heins, Grade 12, Ladue Horton Watkins High School St. Louis, MO Teacher: Guy Sachs


High School: Chelsey Rattzlaff, Grade 12, Maize High School Maize, KS Teacher: Debi Cox


Middle School: Luke Stenberg, Grade 6, Des Moines Art Center Des Moines, IA Teacher: Nancy Briggs


Elementary School: Wyatt Carlson, Grade 2, Des Moines Art Center Des Moines, IA Teacher: Nancy Briggs



Potters Council Sponsorship Involvement


Alabama Clay Conference
February 20-23, 2014

Sponsored by Alabama Craft Council and supported by Alabama Council on the Arts, The Alabama Clay Conference is an annual, regional conference of clay and ceramic enthusiasts. With hundreds of attendees, internationally recognized presenters, a trade show, and a newly-developed clay market, ALCC is one of the largest and most prestigious clay conferences in the South.


Visit www.alclayconference.org for more information.



North Carolina Potters Conference
March 7-9, 2014

Put on by the Randolph Arts Guild, The North Carolina Potters Conference is a premier ceramics conference. Through its history the conference has featured the some of the best ceramics artists from around the world. This conference centers on simultaneous demonstrations cultivating a dialogue of techniques, concepts, and experiences between the artists and the audience.

Visit www.randolphartsguild.com/events/potters-conference-2014 for more information.



Functional Ceramics Workshop


For over 40 years, Functional Ceramics Workshop has been bringing nationally known artists to the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio, to demonstrate a wide variety of making, decorating and firing techniques. During the two-day workshop, three artists share their individual methods and techniques with potters from across the country. Mini sessions focus on such topics as photography, smart studio practices, travel and more. Participants have the chance to display and sell their own work throughout the workshop. An exhibition of functional forms by 20 artists from across the country is on view during the workshop, and attendees receive a full-color catalog of the show.


Visit www.functionalworkshop.com or visit Functional Ceramics’ Facebook page for more information.




Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics
October 10-12, 2014

Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts, the Artist Colony of Zanesville, and the Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF) are partnering with the Potters Council, to present the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, the largest best of show prize in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere. The first Zanesville Prize of $20,000 will be awarded on Friday, October 10, 2014. An additional $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to other successful competitors. This event is the first of an annual competition for the Zanesville Prize.

UNTIL JULY 15, 2014

Visit www.zanesvilleprize.org for more information.