The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum in Durbanville was recently accepted as an affiliate member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), an organisation affiliated to Unesco and devoted to Ceramic excellence.

In response to this honour the Clay Museum’s curators are launching a new biennale awards exhibition. The Clay Awards aim to recognise and showcase exceptional ceramics being created by South African artists currently.

The works entered will be digitally presented to a panel of 10 national and  international selectors, chosen for their expertise in the field of ceramics.

Highly acclaimed Kenyan born ceramist, Prof. Magdalene Odundo, Chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts in the United Kingdom will be one of the selectors.

The other selectors are:

Janet DeBoos (Australia)
Guangzhen Zhou (USA/China)
Stanis Mbwanga (Congo)
Elizabeth Perrill (USA)
Ronnie Watt (Canada/South Africa)
Andre Hess (UK/South Africa)
Andile Dyalvane (South Africa
Digby Hoets (South Africa)
Olivia Barrell (South Africa)

These selectors will each choose 40 works from the anonymous, numbered digital images sent to them. The Clay Museum curators will tally the selection and finalise the Top 40 entered works which will be sent to the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum for the exhibition from 2 November until 7 December 2024.

A unique feature of the Clay Awards is that the sponsored awards money will be equally shared between the creators of the 40 selected clay pieces. Entry is free and can be made online between 1 and 18 August 2024.

Please find the rules and regulations of the Clay Awards on the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum website here:


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