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awards, prizes, competitions

updated thu 7 jul 05

 

jim behan on wed 6 jul 05


Hi Clayarters,
I'm researching the phenomenon of Awards, Prizes,
Competitions etc insofar as it relates to workers in
clay. I want to consider whether such competitions are
of real benefit to the public perception of craft or
whether they merely seek to reinforce curatorial and
critical prejudices.
I would welcome any responses from past winners,
losers or non-combatants.
Keep the faith folks,
Jim Behan (Ireland)
dolmenpots@yahoo.com
http://www.dolmenpottery.com

From : Jim Behan (Dolmen Pottery) 113, Green Rd., Carlow Ireland. e-mail dolmenpots@yahoo.com
website http://dolmenpottery.com



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Snail Scott on wed 6 jul 05


At 10:57 AM 7/6/2005 -0700, you wrote:
>...I want to consider whether such competitions are
>of real benefit to the public perception of craft or
>whether they merely seek to reinforce curatorial and
>critical prejudices.


Public perception, I can't really judge. As soon as
we cross the fence into 'clayland' we cease to be
'the public', so I don't truly know. I suspect,
though, that most of the public doesn't even know that
such things exist.

For professional purposes, I think most competitions
don't add up to much, but since other opportunities
to separate one's self from the myriad other talented
clay artists are scarce, I'll make the most of what
competitions offer. I've never entered a show because
of an advertised prize opportunity - that's too much
of a long shot. If I enter a show for other reasons,
and do win one, you can bet it goes on my resume -
every bit of recognition helps reduce the 'who the
hell are you?' factor from both galleries and
prospective buyers.

As for reinforcing critical prejudices, I think there
are probably enough different types of jurors and
different types of shows to suit many, of not most,
prejudices. I'm curious - what flavor of bias you
are perceiving?

-Snail