Salt Spring Island Potters Guild is inviting potters from across Vancouver Island to submit entries for the inaugural Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards beginning Jan. 15.

Salt Spring Island Potters Guild is inviting potters from across Vancouver Island to submit entries for the inaugural Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards beginning Jan. 15.

Potters offered shot at prizes

Salt Spring Island guild invites entries into inaugural ceramic awards exhibit

The Salt Spring Island Potters Guild is inviting potters from across Vancouver Island to enter their best work in its inaugural ceramic awards competition. And members are putting their money where their mouths are.

The first Salt Spring Island Ceramics Award (SSICA) will offer $4,200 in prize money to creators of the region’s best works made from clay.

Entries, which will be accepted from Jan. 15 to May 31, will be placed in a biennial, juried regional exhibition at Mahon Hall in Ganges, Salt Spring Island, from Oct. 6-16.

Emerging and established artists from Vancouver Island and The Gulf Islands are invited to submit their sculptural and/or functional ceramic works for consideration. Works will be judged anonymously by a three-member jury who will judge works on their originality, creativity and technical skill.

The top prize of $3,000 will go to the best work by an established artist. There is also a $500 prize for best beginning artist, a $200 People’s Choice Award and additional possible honourable mention prizes up to a total of $500, at the discretion of the judges.

The awards will be presented in a gala event Sunday, Oct. 16, beginning at 2 p.m. at Mahon Hall.

Online entries open Jan. 15 at saltspringpottersguild.com. Awards rules and criteria are already available at the site, and more information can be obtained by emailing ssica@saltspringpottersguild.com.

— Submitted by Salt Spring Potters Guild