International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art
The 56th International Ceramics Competition, repeating the formula of the previous edition, was reserved for artists no older than 40 years of age, with the aim of helping to stimulate research, renewal of techniques and materials, forms and modes of expression, to become a sort of collector of emerging trends in the ceramic field.
Each competitor, single or associated, could present a maximum of three works without thematic restriction, executed with any ceramic technique, also using other materials if not predominantly. The works had to be of exclusive ownership of the artist, made in the previous two years and not submitted to other competitions.
At the Competition, with € 37,000.00 of prizes, in addition to the honorary ones, 315 artists representing 39 nations competed, with a total of 642 works. A first choice of works, based on the images submitted, was made on 24th and 25th October 2008 by the international jury, composed of experts in the field of art, ceramics and culture. 61 works submitted by 44 artists from 17 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, South Korea, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, Serbia, Spain, the United States of America, Switzerland and Taiwan) were admitted to the second degree selection.
The second selection, with the awarding of prizes, took place on May 9th and 10th evaluating directly the works at MIC, with the exclusion of those seriously damaged during the expedition. The works winning 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 at the MIC on 27th June in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition. The works remained on display from 28th June to 20th September 2009.