Ceramics Competition: Call for Potters

Pottery Throw Down
Potters have 30 minutes to throw a pottery piece on the potter’s wheel. including cleaning off the wheel.

Pottery Hand-Building Competition
Potters have one hour to create a hand-built piece, including cleaning off their table. 

Ten (10) participants will be selected for each competition.  Participants must be at least 15 years old and have prior ceramics experience.

Date & Time
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Noon – 5:00 pm

Studio Lab Gallery at MuseumLab

What’s Included?

  • Potter’s wheel or canvas covered table
  • 5 lbs clay (153 Stoneware)
  • Basic toolkit (needle tool, wooden rib, metal rib, wire cutter, wooden modeling tool, wire ribbon tool, wire loop tool, small sponge)
  • Water bucket
  • Large sponge
  • Towel
  • Heat gun
  • Newspaper
  • Bat

*Potters may bring additional tools if they desire.

First Place – $100
Runner Up – $50

Judging for both competitions will take place on Sunday, February 20, 3:30 pm

To sign up for the Pottery Throw Down Competition click here.

To sign up for the Pottery Hand-Building Competition click here.

Tough Art 2022

Tough Art 2022 Call for Artists is Open

Now accepting applications through March 13, 2022

The summer in-person Tough Art Residency is back for 2022 after a two year hiatus. Artists work collaboratively with Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh staff to create and develop an engaging work of art tough enough to withstand the enthusiasm of our audience and to be exhibited in the museum.

Learn more here.

Tough Art @ Home

The virtual version of our Tough Art residency was introduced in Summer 2020 and it yielded such interesting work that we continued it in 2021.  Selected artists each created an art-making activity related to and inspired by their artwork/process for people to engage with at home or wherever they might be.

Check out projects from artists selected in 2020 and 2021: