Ceramic Competition & Invitational

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All work completed within the last two years, both functional and sculptural, is eligible.

25th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition
April 19 - June 23, 2024
In Loving Memory of Darlene Williams

Call for Entries open: December 1, 2023 on www.callforentry.org
Entry deadline: January 31, 2024

Juror: Louise Rosenfield, Dallas, TX

Louise Rosenfield is a Dallas, Texas potter who enjoys playing with clay and making functional vessels for daily use.  She prefers making her work from porcelain, which she either decorates with pattern and fires in a wood kiln, or applies colorful illustrations and fires in the electric kiln. 

She proudly serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, Everson Museum of Art, in Syracuse, New York, where she is proud of her work on the Collections Committee.  Beginning in 2019, Rosenfield has participated as a member of the Archie Bray Foundation Board of Directors, in Helena, Montana.  The Bray is known internationally for it’s Artist Residency program. Rosenfield concentrates her efforts on the Development Committee. Rosenfield is also a founding organizer of the Dallas Pottery Invitational, an annual show and sale established in 2008 whose mission is to widen public knowledge about the breadth and depth of functional ceramics today.

In addition, Rosenfield has established a web site resource for scholars or others looking for inspiration, to see and appropriate images of functional pots she owns and uses. The website, rosenfieldcollection.com, offers several views of each work.  High quality images may be downloaded and used without attribution. Currently over 4,000 works, all made by artists with individual studio practices, are available to examine.


Invited Artist: Chase Kahwinhut Earles, Ada, OK

I create my tribe's traditional pottery to help educate and carry on the culture of my people. The once grand and widespread tradition of my people's Caddo pottery has now been reduced to a shadow of its former self and almost even disappeared completely. With the help of the only living Caddo pottery revivalist, I got started down the path of my artistic expression of our tribe's traditional pottery to help current and future generations of our people understand the beauty and craftsmanship and uniqueness of our ancient pottery methods and culture.

Born in Oklahoma, I have always been an artist as long as I can remember, from the day the art teacher in kindergarten pulled me aside to draw something for the school. From then on I was always drawing and painting, but until I found pottery I really didn't have a voice or a reason. Even as I decided to pursue pottery as a more hands on approach and a closer to earth approach to art, I was still lacking meaning. I had considered creating Pueblo pottery from the southwest as that is what had inspired me until I realized that because I am not a Pueblo native, I would be simply replicating Pueblo pottery and not truly creating it. That is until I connected with my tribe and my heritage and learned of the true grandeur of our tradition and how it has been lost and hidden from the public. I then set forth almost obsessively learning the methods and designs of our tribe, creating works of art that are modernized, to educate my tribe's people and the public about our tradition.

All of my tribe's ancient traditional pottery was hand coiled from clay that was handmade from the local river source, which most notably included the Red River and the Arkansas River. These pottery pieces are then hand burnished with a rock to look like glass without any glaze. The final touch before firing is the hand carving of the scrolling ancient designs which include motifs centered around the origin stories of my Caddo people. Objects in the motifs include feathers, serpents, the sun and moon, and the everlasting fire. What motivates me and challenges me to push the limits of describing our culture in my pottery art is the desire to truly educate people about what sets our tribe's tradition apart from all the other Southeastern tribes and to reveal to people the extent of which the Caddo's tradition was cherished by everyone across the nation in prehistoric and historic times.


Artwork by Chase Kahwinhut Earles 




Call for Entries:
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All work completed within the last two years, both functional and sculptural, is eligible. The exhibition opening is held in conjunction with San Angelo Ceramic Week. This event includes gallery exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops at the Concho Clay Studio and Chicken Farm Art Center, and a symposium at Angelo State University.

Call for Entries Open at www.callforentry.org on December 1, 2023

Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

The learn more about Past Ceramic Competitions click HERE.


Future Ceramic Events:

September 27, 2024 – February 2, 2025

Special Ceramics Invitational, featuring Elaine Coleman, Tom Coleman, and Frank Boyden

April 25 – June 29, 2025

San Angelo Ceramic Invitational, featuring Margarita Cabrera


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The learn more about Past Ceramic Competitions click HERE.