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  1. The Cone Box Show (online entry form at that link) is a juried show of ceramic miniature pieces that have a well-known size limitation... the 3" x 3" x 6" Standard Orton Cone Box. The Cone Box Show entry deadline is Dec 20th, 2017 (pieces must be postmarked/shipped on that date and be received on or before Dec 30th). The entry fee is $40 and covers up to two pieces. Checks should be made payable to the International Cone Box Show All work must be original Work must be a minimum 50% fired clay No single work may exceed $200 in value All work must be for sale, (work not accepted into the show may still be sold) If one entry includes multiple pieces, all pieces must fit together in the 3"X3"X6" box. Pieces that arrived damaged will NOT be returned, the artist will be notified via email Each work must be able to fit into a Large Orton Cone Box (3”X3”X6”), but does not have to be mailed in a cone box. (Two works may ship together.) A work tag must be securely attached to each work for identification. All forms must be filled out! The Cone Box Show will collect a 30% commission on sold work Pieces not sold will be returned by FedEx or First Class Mail in original packaging Read about the Cone Box Show history here >> Send entries to: 2018 Cone Box ShowBracker’s Good Earth Clays1831 E 1450 RdLawrence, KS 66044
  2. First of all, the title of this post has nothing to do with leather, bondage, or any weird stuff. It does, however, ask the question, "What do you hope to achieve by going through the submission process to enter a juried art show?" Yes, I stuck the art word in there, fully understanding the long running debate between art and craft. This is not about submitting booth display images and/or multiple sample images of one's work for a craft fair, it is about paying a fee, uploading quality images, writing descriptions, preparing artist statements, and submitting all of that (and more) online with the hope of getting one (or two) pieces into an exhibit. I've read some of the horror stories of shows that fire off blanket calls for submissions in order to attract a large number of application fees, with no intention of actually taking any of them seriously unless the submitting artists have been regulars in the associated show. I doubt that any of us want to be a part of that. On the opposite end of that, I am not sufficiently delusional to believe that the quality of my current work has reached such an amazing level that I should expect to walk away with award/prize money from a national show. OK, hang with me...I am getting to the question. I believe there needs to be a reason for even going through this process. What do you think of these objectives (which could easily be questions themselves)? Certainly, if you don't enter there will be no recognition...and (if it s a legitimate exhibit) someone else will receive recognition The experience of entering/submitting work will make that process easier to do in the future Being accepted for an exhibit, even if you are not a top award winner, may boost your standing within the arts community Submitting work forces you to be more critical/reflective of your own work compared to the work of others Exhibiting in a juried exhibit is one means of improving your marketability to galleries What drives you to submit your work? Are we nutz for doing this? What do you hope to achieve by going through this?
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