International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art
The 51st International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, returning to the traditional formula, was organized for individual and associated artists without age limits, with the aim of helping to stimulate research, renewal of techniques and materials, forms and modes of expression.
Each competitor could submit a maximum of three works, executed with any ceramic technique.
At the Competition, awarding a main prize, the Faenza Prize of 20,000,000 Italian Lira, and five individual medals, 805 artists representing 58 nations competed, with a total of 1.890 works. A first selection of the works, based on the images sent, was made on August 31st, 1st and 2nd September 1998 by the international jury, composed of experts in the field of art, ceramics and culture. 53 works submitted by 41 artists from 17 countries (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Spain, the United States of America, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela) were admitted to the second selection. A very strict selection that has focused on a high standard of quality, specifically taking into account also the research trend using porcelain, which tends to be less preferred than glazed terracotta..
The second selection, with the awarding of prizes, took place on February 13th evaluating directly the works received, with the exclusion of those seriously damaged during the expedition. The winning work of the Faenza Prize remained the property of the city of Faenza and deposited at the MIC.
The award ceremony took place at the MIC on 14th May to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. The works were exhibited from 15th May to 2nd January 2000.