Wednesday, June 3, 2009


$1500 Pan Gallery Award
in association with Craft Victoria

The Pan Gallery Award has been established to demonstrate excellence in ceramics produced throughout Australia. Pan Gallery supports the creation of ceramic artworks of an innovative nature and seeks to celebrate ceramic traditions as well as provide a forum for artists to challenge the boundaries of contemporary ceramic practice. We encourage the exchange of ideas between artists and a diverse audience and aim to promote public appreciation and understanding of the form.


Ceramic art requires patience, considered decisions and attention to detail. This emphasis on technique raises an important question: Is ceramic art capable of embodying sentiment? BOTTLED seeks to explore the ability of the ceramic object, in this case in the form of the bottle, to express emotion.

The bottle is a practical object: its primary purpose is to function as a vessel that contains the tangible. What happens then, when this tangibility is replaced with the impalpable – such as emotion? Is the bottle able to contain the fleeting intensity of anger, the all-encompassing feeling of euphoria or the continuous simmering of long term grief? Can a ceramic artist bottle emotion?

Pan Gallery, in association with Craft Victoria and Northcote Pottery Supplies, invites Australian ceramic artists to submit entries of significance for inclusion in an exhibition entitled Bottled. Work submitted must be new work and not previously exhibited.

Submissions are due by Friday 18 September and will be presented to a selection panel for consideration of inclusion in the exhibition.

The exhibition will open on Thursday 5 November 6-8pm and runs to 25 November with Anita Cummins and Kim Brockett from Craft Victoria as guest curators and ceramicist Jane Sawyer making the final judging decision.

Conditions of entry and a downloadable application form are available on our website.

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