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PLAYDATE: a Juried Show

The Ceramics Center is now accepting submissions for "Playdate", a juried show exploring the role of games, toys, and childhood memories as inspiration in the creative process.   Artists working primarily in clay, glass, or a combination of both are invited to submit work.   Submissions must have been completed in the last two years and reference or be inspired by toys, games, or childhood memories.  Mixed media and all traditional or innovative clay and glass forming techniques are welcome, but artwork must be primarily clay and/or glass.


"Playdate" will be juried by the current Resident Artists at The Ceramics Center: Gratia Brown, Teresa Childers, Tammy Kopecky, Amy Nichols, Will Rimel, Wendy Thoreson, Lauren Tucchi, and Amythest Warrington, Lindy Ethier


Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions will be awarded by Coe College Faculty John Beckelman and Jen Rogers.  
CASH prizes will be awarded to a "Best of Show" and up to two "Honorable Mentions"


April 4th-  2014 – Deadline to apply.   
April 25th – Accepted Work Due at The Ceramics Center
May 2nd - June 5th – "Playdate" is exhibited in The Ceramics Center Gallery.
July 15th – All work returned to artists.

Entry Fee

Artists pay a $25 entry fee for up to three images of three submissions.

Size Restrictions

Pieces should not be larger than 24 inches in any direction and weigh less than 40 pounds.

Image Requirements

Images MUST be submitted via e-mail to  All Images must be formatted as .jpeg files and 300dpi.  One primary image and one detail image will be accepted per entry.  Files should be named with your last name, first initial, entry number and "detail" for detail images.  For example: johnsonT1.jpeg or johnsonT1detail.jpeg

Delivery and Shipping of Artwork

Artists are responsible for shipping accepted pieces to The Ceramics Center by April 25th.  Return shipping labels should be included with the piece.  Pieces should be delivered ready to display.  Any special installation hardware must be included with detailed instructions.


Artist is responsible for all insurance.  Any artwork that is left at The Ceramics Center Gallery after July 1st will be considered a donation.


Sales are split 60% artist/ 40% Gallery.  Checks will be cut and mailed to artists by July 1st.(6weeks)


The Ceramics Center reserves the right to photograph artwork in gallery and use submitted images for education, documentation, promotional, and grant writing purposes.


Any questions regarding artwork submission can be directed to Gratia Brown via The Ceramics Center, 319 365 9644, or

The Ceramics Center 
329 10th Ave SE,  Suite 117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401       
ph#(319) 365-9644

The Ceramics Center is a non-profit facility whose purpose is to promote understanding, appreciation and professional development in the ceramic arts. The Center is organized and operated by Iowa Artworks, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization supported by earned income, grants, private contributions and memberships.