Most woodfire artists will tell you, the kiln is more than just a tool to fire your work. They are sacred places of transformation in which the artists build and deepen a relationship and dialogue from firing to firing. Their sites are often filled with ritual, community, and ceremony. Brickhouse celebrates woodfired ceramic work and the kilns they were fired in.
Juried by Ben Blackwood, Brickhouse invites all artists who create woodfired ceramics. All chosen work will be accompanied by a description of the kiln the art was fired in (please add this information in the firing section of the application form). 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.
Ben Blackwood is a ceramic artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Montana State University. Since graduating he has worked as a studio assistant to ceramic designer, Casey Zablocki, and made his work at The Clay Studio of Missoula as their Woodfire Artist-in-Residence. Blackwood makes ceramic furniture, sculpture, and vessels that are inspired by the simple elegance of contemporary design and the weight and severity of brutalist architecture. He exposes his work to the harsh atmospheres of a wood-burning kiln for over a week to allow heat, flame, and ash to decay the clay surfaces and smother them with melting glass. By working these weathered, archaic surfaces into modern forms, Blackwood presents a dystopian aesthetic indicative of the repercussions of slow violence occurring in our contemporary world.
February 12th Entry deadline
February 15th Applicants will be notified of acceptance
Feb 22nd-26th Delivery of artwork (Artwork should not be delivered before or after.)
March 5th First Friday opening
March 24th Last day open to the public.
March 25th-31st Work will be deinstalled and work that is hand-delivered must be picked up.
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 are 30 inches in any direction. If accepted, the exact piece submitted must be sent. We will send jurying results to all artists.
Artworks must be at least 50% woodfired ceramics and 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
$10 non-refundable entry fee. Follow the payment link to pay with credit card or PayPal account. Ensure that the name on your application matches the name on your entry fee payment.
Digital images must in .jpeg format and must be 300dpi and longest length of 1000 pixels. File name format: jdoe1, jdoe2, jdoe3. White or gradient backgrounds are acceptable 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.
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
The juror will award a Best of Show. This award comes with, a certificate of award.
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.