International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art
The 46th International Competition for Ceramic Art became a biennial event for the first time. It has always had the aim of stimulating the search for new fantasies, new techniques and new materials, with an interest in the renewal of forms and modes of expression. The competition, announced by the municipal administration and organized by a technical committee under the authority of the Ente Settimana Faentina, could compete artists and ceramists, individuals or associates, presenting a maximum of three works performed with any technique.
At the event, with prizes of 34,000,000 lire, in addition to the honorary ones, 909 artists representing 51 nations with a total of 2.188 works competed.
An initial selection of the works, based on the images submitted, was made on 28th and 29th March by an international jury composed of experts in the field of art, ceramics and culture. The second selection included 190 works submitted by 146 artists from 36 countries (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Yugoslavia, Mexico, New Zealand, Holland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe).
The second selection, with the awarding of the prizes, was carried out on 24th June by a second international jury, directly evaluating the works received, with the exclusion of those seriously damaged during the expedition. The works that won the Faenza Prize and the purchase awards remained the property of the city of Faenza and deposited at the MIC.
The award ceremony took place on 22nd September to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. The works were exhibited at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni from 23th September to 22nd October.