The Inaugural National K-12 Student Ceramics Competition



Karen King, Felicity Wood Ceramics Art + Perception 109 2018 Art + Perception Home

In this age of shiny digital technologies and the imperative of STEM, the ancient medium and processes of ceramics are often regarded in schools as a remnant from another time. Almost in spite of this unwarranted reputation, recent years have seen a renaissance of this medium in schools.

The launch of the National K-12 Student Ceramics Competition at Clay Gulgong 2018 is a timely initiative that acknowledges and celebrates student work across Australia.

The launch of the National K-12 Student Ceramics Competition at Clay Gulgong 2018 is a timely initiative that acknowledges and celebrates student work across Australia.

Based on the highly successful National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) US competition, the inaugural competition invited teachers and students to submit ceramic works from Kindergarten to Year 12. While the number of submissions in this first year were relatively small, there was a wide range of ceramic forms including groups of vessels, functional pieces, sculptural works and installation pieces from schools across all sectors and a number of States.

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