We're delighted to announce that Skylark artist Deana Lee (left) has been short-listed for the inaugural Potclays Emerging Makers Award. This international competition was open to ceramic artists/potters who had completed their studies within the past five years. The finalists consist of four British artists, one American and one Australian.
Deana and the other shortlisted artists have been invited to the 2011 International Ceramics Festival, held in Aberystwyth from 1-3 July, where they will each give 15-minute presentations to the professional and amateur ceramic audience, who will then select the winner of the award.
The International Ceramics Festival is one of the world's most prestigious biennial events for professional and amateur potters, and features demonstrations, kiln building and firings, slideshows, films and lectures, exhibitions, trade stands and bookstalls. The festival attracts more than 800 visitors from across the globe who gather for the weekend to discuss techniques, watch demonstrations and share ideas. At the 2009 festival, Deana worked for Tom Barnett, the well-known kiln maker, helping to create the Fire Capsule.
We all wish Deana the best of luck — check this blog in July to see how she got on in Wales.
You can read more about the International Ceramics Festival here.
Pictured: Sensual Abundances I by Deana Lee