Jurors select Quadra Island potter for
the Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards (SSICA)
Congratulations to Quadra Island Artist Martha James, who has been selected as a finalist
A three-member jury has selected (anonymously) 63 pieces from the works of regional island potters and ceramic artists for The Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards’ (SSICA) biennial competition. These awards offer artists the opportunity to compete for up to $4,200 in prize money, with the winner in the 'established artist' category taking home $3,000, and in the 'emerging artist' category, $500.
Artist exposure will be extensive, for these original works will be exhibited and for sale at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, one of Canada’s premier art communities, from October 6 to October 16, 2016. Winners shall be announced at the Gala Awards on October 16, 2016.
As one of the oldest potters guilds in Canada, the intent behind the awards is to honour and promote these ancient traditions practiced with such excellence in this region. Jurors have noted that the caliber, uniqueness and technical skill submitted for consideration were beyond expectations, making the decision to choose amongst the submissions a difficult one. Both established and emerging artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands submitted pieces for consideration via SSICA’s submission process from January to May, 2016. Salt Spring Potters Guild member Judy Weeden wishes to extend the guild’s congratulations to these potters, and expresses that this year’s inaugural show promises to be fantastic.
Further to the exhibit, several events are forthcoming in October associated with the Awards. The Canada Council for the Arts has provided The Salt Spring Arts Council with a grant to bring master potter Bruce Cochrane, whose works are exhibited globally, to Salt Spring Island for a workshop for both emerging and established potters. Artist panel discussions, a pottery show by Salt Spring Guild members at the Salt Spring Gallery, and pottery workshops for children also to be announced.
For more information about SSICA, including artist selection, jury bios and event dates, please visit www.saltspringpottersguild.com
Congratulations to the following finalists by region:
SALT SPRING ISLAND
Faro Annie Sullivan
The Salt Spring Island Ceramics Award: Regional juried show featuring the best in Ceramic Art from Vancouver Island and The Gulf Islands, sponsored by the Salt Spring Island Potters Guildhttp://www.saltspringpottersguild.com