The Nova Scotia Potters Guild: Quaff Call For Entry

The executive of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild is happy to announce the 2018 members exhibition at Government House, the office and residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, located near Barrington and Spring Garden Road. We are honoured to have been granted the opportunity to show our work September 20 to October 24, 2018 and participate with Government House for Nocturne 2018.

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QUAFF : To Drink Deeply

Works by the members of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild

QUAFF is defined as: to drink copiously and with hearty enjoyment.

This show is open to both functional as well as sculptural works. We encourage you to think outside the box, challenge your creativity, and create work that inspires.


Open to all individual members of the NSPG.  Individuals who are not currently members of the guild may participate in the exhibition by paying membership dues. This will be open to all Maritime ceramic artists including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. For more information about joining the guild please go here. JOIN

There will be two categories of work. A blind juried component, and an open (non-juried) component. The jurors will be considering content, craftsmanship, and concept. Our jury panel will not assess the open component, however the work will still be assessed for craftsmanship. If the jury declines work, it still may be considered for the open component subject to space limitations.


Entry Fees

There will be a fee of $10 for each entry in either category up to a maximum of three items by any one member by the submission deadline. A set (i.e: tea service, drink set) would be considered one item. Cheques, money order, cash, and e-transfers are all accepted.


Entry Rules & Documentation

Each entrant may submit up to three entries total in any category.  We are asking you to submit high-resolution digital images of your submissions on a plain white background with good lighting. Your work will be juried from these photographs, so they must be good. (300ppi and approximately 4” X 6” – this usually equals 2.1 megapixels). You are permitted to submit one additional image per entry if needing to include detail image or a second view. Any work submitted may be selected for promotional material.

To be considered, entries must have been fabricated after September 2017.  All entries must fit through a standard doorway.  Entries must not require unusual care. Objects cannot be hung on a wall, hung from a ceiling, or include water. However, electricity for lighting is possible.  Please contact the Exhibition committee to make arrangements for entries weighing over 22 kg (50 lbs).


Pricing, Sales and Insurance

Work cannot be sold at Government House; however, we will create a directory of names and contact information of participating members. This directory will be available and accessible throughout the exhibition, so the public can contact the artist directly if interested in the work.

Insurance information to follow.


The Juried component will be selected by blind assessment by a panel of three jurors.  Works will be identified only by number to the jury to ensure a fair and unbiased selection.  Jurors will be asked to select works bearing in mind:  (a) the exhibition theme; (b) craftsmanship and quality; and (c) concept. Jurors will not be asked to explain their selections.  The jurors’ choice will be made independently of each other, and the jurors’ choices will be final.  When the work is seen in person, it may still be refused if it is found to be unsafe or poor craftsmanship.

Brandt Eisner has agreed to do the installation of the works at Government House.


Mariko Paterson

Mariko Paterson has been around the ceramic block. Born and raised in Vancouver, she skedaddled after a stint at Langara College to pursue a degree at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and then Kent State University in Ohio to complete her MFA degree. While New York, Michigan, Ohio and Manitoba have served as some points of professional pursuits, Halifax now serves as the world ceramic headquarters for Forage Studios.

Forage Studios presents a ceramic style not intended for the faint of heart. Historical interests mingle and meld with handbuilding techniques when it comes to satisfying Mariko’s sculptural wants. Her dalliance with the pottery wheel has resulted in functional forms that explore Mariko’s love of creamy clay bodies and curious illustration.


Sandra Alfoldy

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy is Professor of Craft History at NSCAD University and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft (2012), Crafting Identity (2005), editor of NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts (2007), and co-editor with Janice Helland of Craft, Space and Interior Design (2008). She curated the Canadian Craft exhibition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, and co-curated with Rachel Gotlieb 2007’s On the Table.  Dr. Alfoldy received her Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2001 and is still hoping to earn a diploma in hot glue gun design.


Louise Pentz

Louise operated Pentz Pottery from her studio and retail outlet in Pentz, NS for over 30 years. The production of both functional and smoke fired pottery was followed by a decade of addressing issues of social justice for women through figurative clay sculpture.


People’s Choice Award

The public will be asked to select one work from amongst the entire show to receive the People’s Choice Award.  Voting will be continuous, but especially heavy during the night of Nocturne, where in the past over 3000 people have visited Government House. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the maker of the winning work.


Inquiries and Questions

Individuals with questions concerning any of the information in this Call for Entry are encouraged to contact the NSPG Exhibition Committee:
Sharon Fiske 902-471-8429
Gerri Frager
Shauna MacLeod
Nancy Roberts 902-461-1986 or

Members are requested to not contact Government House directly.


QUAFF Calendar

Exhibition dates: September 20 –October 24, 2018

Deadline for submission and entry fees
June 25, 2018

Jurors given the entries to assess and select works
July 2, 2018

Deadline for Jury to submit decisions
July 30, 2018

Notification to members of Jury decisions
August 6, 2018

Delivery of work to pick up spots throughout the Maritimes
September 10-13

Exhibition Installation
September 18, 19

Opening reception
September 20

Nocturne at Government House
October 13

Exhibition closes
October 24

Tear down & Pickup of works
October 25