“Playground” is a show open to ceramic works which utilize stains or oxides to achieve vibrant surfaces through the use of colored clays, underglazes, slips, or glazes. All forms, functional or sculptural, will be considered.

Juried by artist Chris Alveshere! This show will be shown on our website in an online gallery format as well as an in-person show at our brick and mortar location in Missoula, MT, and a part of the Missoula First Friday Art Stroll.


Juror Bio:


In Spring 2020, Chris received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to his graduate studies, Chris spent several years as an arts educator in Minnesota and North Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education & a Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics from Minnesota State University Moorhead.



June 11th         Entry deadline

June 14th         Applicants will be notified of acceptance

June 21-25th    Delivery of artwork (Artwork should not be delivered before or after.)

July 2nd            First Friday opening

July 28th           Last day open to the public.

Please fully read the following instructions. Applications that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

General Rules

Each artist may submit 3 artworks. One image per artwork. $10 entry fee. Entry does not guarantee acceptance. Accepted work will be featured on WCS’s website and artists must provide professional quality documentation of art. Sorry, no videos will be accepted. All works must be original and completed within the last three years. The maximum dimensions for a single artwork is 30 inches in any direction. If accepted, the exact piece submitted must be sent. We will send jurying results to all artists.

• Artwork must be 50% clay.

• Artworks must include illustration and be ready to hang (no sawtooth hangers). 

• Small pedestals will be provided for 3D pieces. 

• Artists must provide any other special equipment to display work.

• All work must be for sale; the gallery retains 40% commission on work that is sold.

• Artist is responsible for following all guild lines for shipping work, as well as the cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

• Artist is responsible for insuring artwork, WCS does not hold any liability for work stolen or broken during shipping and/or while in the possession of WCS


Applications must be emailed to, titled jdoe_application in .doc or .pdf format typed, not written, with the $10 non-refundable entry fee. Follow the payment link to pay with a credit card or PayPal account. Ensure that the name on your application matches the name on your entry fee payment.

If work is accepted all corresponding documents must be submitted with jdoe_title_contract in .doc or .pdf. 



Digital images must be in .jpeg format and must be 300dpi and longest length of 1000 pixels. File name format: jdoe_title_1, jdoe_title_2, jdoe_title_ 3. Work MUST be documented on a white background unless the artwork is installation-based (Some exclusions may apply). Images that appear to have been enhanced will not be accepted.

All images that do not follow this format will be disregarded and not juried and the application fee will not be refunded.  



All accepted artworks must be for sale. There will be a 40% commission on artworks sold during the exhibition, the artist keeps 60%. Artworks that do not sell during the exhibition will be returned to the artist; the artist is responsible for the cost of return shipping.



We highly recommend that you insure your work through shipping. The artist is responsible for safe delivery and shipping costs. Artist must include a return shipping label, check, or be prepared to pay an electronic invoice for return shipping costs (NO STAMPS). Securely attach an inventory form to each accepted work. Inventory forms will be sent out along with acceptance notifications. Pack your pieces well, always double box. Damaged artworks will not be included in the exhibition. Any unsold artwork that does not have a payment for return shipping will become the property of WCS 90 days after the end of the exhibition. 


Ship accepted artworks to:

Wildfire Ceramic Studio

ATTN : "Stephanie Dishno"

Address: 430 West Franklin St.

Missoula, MT. 59801




We will do all we can to maintain the safety of the submitted artworks. However, due to the fragile nature of these artworks, WCS will not be held responsible for any damage that may occur.