craft pottery award

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Q: Hello I am looking forward to entering this amazing competition but I have one question. Can I submit a teapot with a handle crafted by a woodworker? Or a hand thrown jug with a wooden handle?
A: Craft pottery can have an added handle made by yourself. Where you have made the pottery extensively yourself, and have added a handle not made by you, and you consider the overall result is your work, then this is your entry. (If it is considered a collaboration, then I would think there would be a shared entry.) I might consider whether the addition dominates the entry or not, and whether this might be seen as designer pottery, different to craft pottery. Later in the year submit photos for selection.

Q: Wonderful news! Just to clarify, am I to choose and post only one piece of pottery from my 3 entries?

A.,A preliminary selection has been made based on the photos. Select one piece which you feel best represents the submission. or if you prefer you can send other pieces as well. But if one piece is representative, and shows the work in a good light, it is unnecessary to send more.

Q:Can you tell me who is judging this award? I assume you, but can’t find that in the AWARD DETAILS.

A.In the CPA, the pottery is an artifact. As we know, an artifact fits into various criteria, according to culture, fashion, history, etc. Judging is a momentary preference, and distorts what is art and craft.

Q:How will the prizes be awarded then? It sounds like there will not be a human involved, rather a mathematical spreadsheet?
A:You could put it that way. An object has characteristics which we are all familiar with.  It is like looking at objects scientifically, not personally, not sentimentally. It is the maker working with technical understanding for objects made of clay, but is not  working with ideas, with knowledge, with concepts. How well the nature of the object shows these characteristics will determine its merit.  It is not about what is known. It is not a personal evaluation. 

Q: I would like to ask your advice whether myRaku pots, either plates or bowls, would be acceptable for entry into the Craft Pottery Award 2019. 

A: As far as pottery as you have shown, it seems to be appropriate.
Please go to; Reading about the award, a pottery maker will consider for themselves to what extent their pottery represents the fundamentals expressed in the award.
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