Call for Entries

Michigan Ceramics 2024: Juried Exhibition

The Michigan Ceramics show is open to all Michigan-affiliated ceramic artists, with prizes awarded in the following categories:

  1. Functional/Utilitarian Expression
  2. Sculptural Expression

There will be 10 Cash AWARDS – All accepted entries eligible

Ceramics as Functional/Utilitarian Expression

  • Best of Functional/Utilitarian $300
  • Honorable Mentions 3X $100

Ceramics as Sculptural Expression 

  • Best of Functional/Utilitarian $300,
    Honorable Mentions 3X $100
  • Juror’s Choice $300
  • Members Choice Award
    (QR code ballot onsite)

In addition to a cash award, winners will receive hand-made ceramic trophies from juror George Rodriguez. 

Entry Deadline: 7/1/24
Entry Fee: $40 (includes 12 month membership in MCAA ) 

Work Sample Requirements:

  • Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
  • Total Samples – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6

 5+ Sponsor awards will also be available!


Open to all visual artists who have lived, studied or worked within the State of Michigan.  This is not limited to but includes current and former residents, those who have completed studies within any form of higher education throughout the state, and those who maintain professional affiliations with entities in the state. The mission of MCAA is to expand and strengthen the network of community members.

Artist Identities

Artists are asked to self-identify in one of 5 categories that best describes their current practice, goals and or activities in the field of ceramic arts. Sponsor awards will be used to recognize one artist in each category.

  • Established Artist – Artists who have been practicing or working in the field for 10 or more years.
  • Emerging Artist – Artists who have been practicing or working in the field for less than 10 years. 
  • Enthusiast – Individuals who create for pure pleasure over any span of time with no business or academic involvement. If you have a personal business in the field, you would be considered in either the emerging or established artist category.  
  • Educator – Individuals who teach as a profession within K-12 schools, colleges, universities, art centers, private/public studios. This includes individuals who also provide instruction for either degree seeking or non degree seeking individuals with knowledge that informs and betters ones practice and craft.
  • Student – Individuals actively enrolled in classes through private/public studios, art centers, colleges, and universities. Degree seeking or full time status are NOT requirements for student classification. 

An additional category celebrates K-12 students currently in the Michigan public and private school systems. Individual awards will be given to one student from each level, including elementary, middle, and high school. In-kind prizes will be to both the students and schools.  Teachers are asked to assist students with the application process.

Application Procedure & Requirements

All entries must be completed online by 11:59 EST on July 1, 2024 through CaFÈ. You will need to set up a free account at (Questions? Contact

All works must be made of a minimum 51% clay and must be the original work of the artist. Works must have been completed within the last two calendar years. 

A nonrefundable $40 entry fee is required at the time of application. The fee includes a 12-month MCAA membership or extends current memberships by 12 months (value: $30).

Artists may submit up to 2 works, with up to two additional views/details of each piece.

Image files should be named with this nomenclature:  LastFirst_category_


  • GrahamPam_Functional_1.jpg
  • KakasBrian_Sculptural_6.jpg

Please submit only high resolution .jpg images. Recommended file size is under 2MB.  The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will use submitted images of accepted works for the exhibit catalog and promotional materials for this exhibit. 

Physical Submission

Shipping materials will be kept for returning work. Only boxes, crates and bins with proper labels including the artist’s contact information and the name of the piece will be kept for repackaging of hand delivered works. Ship accepted works to: Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S Cranbrook Road, Birmingham, MI 48009. Shipped works will be returned to the artist at the artist’s expense. A return shipping label must be included when originally shipped for the exhibit. We strongly encourage you to insure shipping your work both ways. Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center is only responsible for damage to work while it is here on the property not while in transit. Internationally accepted, please review the country of origin shipping and customs regulations and the best way for Us customs to receive work.  Regulations and rules change frequently and can cause artwork to be delayed in customs or returned to the artist. Often a commercial invoice is required for return shipping.

Works left at Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center past the pick-up dates (November 1-2) will be charged $50/day storage fee.

Inventory: All work must include the artist’s name, phone number and email address, the title(s) of the work(s), medium and price(s). If a piece is not for sale (NFS), indicate an insurance value. Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center will retain a 45% commission on the sale price. Michigan sales tax will be applied.

All works must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.

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Important Dates


Deadline for Entries:
July 1

Juror’s Notification:
Week of Aug. 1

Delivery Deadline:
Sept. 23-24

Opening Reception, Juror Talk:
Sept. 27, 5-7pm

Exhibition Dates:
Sept 27-Oct. 31

Pick Up Dates:
Nov. 1-2

About Michigan Ceramics

Michigan Ceramics is a biennial show sponsored by the Michigan Ceramic Art Association to celebrate the ceramic arts in Michigan.

The show is open to all visual artists who have ever lived, studied, or worked in Michigan.  This includes current and former residents, those who have completed studies in any form of higher education throughout the state, those who maintain professional affiliations with entities in the state, and others. The mission of MCAA is to expand and strengthen the network of community members.

About the Juror, George Rodriguez

Born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas, George Rodriguez creates highly ornamented, figurative ceramic sculptures, often underlined by a connection to the sociopolitical issues the artist explores.

Rodriguez holds a BFA from the University of Texas El Paso and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington, Seattle. His world curiosity grew as a recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship, where he traveled the world through most of 2010.

His work has shown at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA; Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Canton Art Museum, Canton, OH; and others. His sculptures are part of the collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen College of Computer Science and Engineering, Seattle, WA; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem, OR; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; and the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

George was featured on PBS Craft in America “Storytellers” episode and has created a large public sculpture for the new Kansas City Airport which opened March 2023.