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international teapot competition

updated wed 30 may 07


Guangzhen Zhou on tue 29 may 07

Dear Friends,

Would you please pass around the information of International Teapot
Pompetition. If you can't read it, please find it in the attachment.


Big Fish, Small Pot 3 :
Third International Small Teapot
Competition and Show

Saddleback College Art Gallery
Mission Viejo, California, USA

Entry Deadline (slides): December 10, 2007
Exhibition: February 21 through March 21, 2008
Artistˇ¦s Reception: February 21, 2008, 6 to 9 pm

Guangzhen "Po" Zhou is a ceramic artist, writer and director of the Chinese
Ceramic Art Council. Mr. Zhou received his Master of Arts from the
University of Minnesota-Duluth and his Master of Fine Arts degree from San
Jose State University, San Jose, California. He is the author of over fifty
articles in both Chinese and English. He has been instrumental in the
exchange of ideas between the Chinese and American ceramics communities.

This competition is open all artists over the age of 18. All entries must
be teapots composed primarily of ceramic materials completed by the artist
within the last three years. Up to three entries may be submitted by each

This competition is specifically aimed at small teapots. The teapot as a
functional item is believed to have originated in China (perhaps the Yixing
area) as a personal drinking vessel. As such, teapots were not large. Over
time, the form evolved to suit the desires of the users. This show
celebrates the origin and diversity of the teapot. In the spirit of these
personal, functional items, all teapots entered in this competition shall
not exceed a volume of 16 ounces (approximately 500 ml).

Entry Fee
A non-refundable fee of $40 (for up to three entries) must be received by
the entry deadline. Payment should be made payable to ˇ§Saddleback College
Foundationˇ¨ in the form of a check or money order.

Entry Procedure
Each entrant may submit up to three teapots. Selections for display in the
show will be made from 35 mm slides or digital images. Two slides or
digital images will be accepted for each work. Please submit digital images
as *.jpg files, preferred dimensions are 5 inches by eight inches at 300
dpi. Both slides and digital media must be labeled with artistˇ¦s name and
title of work. If slides are to be returned a SASE must be provided by the
artist. Saddleback College Art Gallery reserves the right to use images in
promotional materials and the catalogue. The gallery reserves the right to
reject any work that differs from the slide or digital image.

All entries, including two slides (or digital images), entry fee and entry
form, must be received by December 10, 2007. These should be sent to:

Teapot Competition
Saddleback College Art Gallery
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692 USA

Entry Acceptance
Letters indicating accepted entries will be mailed by January 4, 2008. Email
will also be used, if an email address is provided on the entry form.
Instructions for shipping and hand delivery will be included in this letter.

Awards and Sales
Awards will total over $5000.

Best of Show: Trip to China in Summer 2008.
This trip is organized by Chinese Clay Art, USA. Details are available on
their website ( This trip includes visits to
Yixing, Xian, and other ceramic art sites in China. The prize includes most
expenses and airfare from California. We reserve the right to change the
itinerary as necessary.

Other prizes include cash awards, gift certificates, and books.

Sale of teapots during the show is encouraged. A sales commission of 30%
will be assessed. Please indicate the value (price) of your work and if it
is for sale on the entry form.

Every precaution will be taken for the safety of your work. However,
insurance protection is the responsibility of each artist. Saddleback
College Art Gallery, Saddleback College, its employees, students and
volunteers will not be responsible for loss or damage.

Shipping and Delivery
Do not send teapots until notified of acceptance. Initial judging is based
upon slides and digital images, only. Artists will be responsible for
payment of shipping to Saddleback College Art Gallery. Accepted entries
must be received at the gallery by February 4, 2008. Shipping and hand
delivery information will be provided in the acceptance letter. Entries will
be returned in the shipping containers in which they arrive. Return
shipping must be paid by the artist. This fee must accompany the accepted
pieces. This fee will be waived in cases where the piece will be hand
delivered and picked up at the gallery.