One of my vine tumblers was accepted into this years Orton Cone Box show. I had totally forgotten about it until one of my Twitter friends emailed me to say she bought the cup. I love how small our clay world is. Here is more info from the Lawrence Arts Center's spot on the show. It will also be on display at NCECA this year.
Lawrence Arts Center also has a clay symposium happening October 22-23rd. It features Linda Christensen, Matt Long, Julia Galloway, Mark Burns, David Hiltner, and Tom Bartel. That sounds like a fantastic group to hang out with for the weekend. For more info click here
The International ConeBox Show reaches every part of the world. The 287 pieces submitted for the 2010 show came from 11 countries, including 40 USA states and 3 Canadian provinces.
The 147 pieces selected for the show were chosen for creativity, humor, imagination, craftsmanship and aesthetic excellence in combination with the artist’s knowledge of the clay medium. It is often heard that making ceramic art to fit the 3x3x6 inch dimension of the Orton Cone Box and still have work with a presence is a challenge.
Since 1994, Inge G. Balch, Professor of Art at Baker University in Baldwin City Kansas, has been the curator of the show and the show became international. The ConeBox Show is generously supported by The Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation.
The high quality of the show is maintained by inviting national and international jurors, who are recognized in the field of ceramics, to jury the show. Jurors for the 2010 ConeBox Show were Peter Callas, Malcolm Davis and Inge G. Balch. Past jurors have represented USA, Australia, England, Japan, Cuba and Denmark.
During the nine bi-annual shows from 1994-2010, artists from 36 countries, all fifty USA states, Puerto Rico, Washington DC, eight Canadian provinces and US army personnel stationed in Germany have been part of the exhibition. The artists have made 3680 entries resulting in 6050 pieces of art work.
The ConeBox Show was started by Bill Bracker in 1975, while teaching at Perdue University, as a way to encourage and promote creativity and excellence in the ceramics art. The standard Orton Cone Box, 3x3x6 inches, was chosen as the size limitation for the pieces in the show. The show continued in 1977 and 1979 but lay dormant from 1979 to 1994.
Inge G. Balch