The objective of the Quality Control Team at Sarnia Artists' Workshop (SAW) is to
present well-crafted pottery of original design for exhibition and sale. Objects
submitted to SAW for display or sale will be selected with the following guidlelines
in mind. The Quality Control Team reserves the right to select pottery for display
or sale, on the basis of quality under these guidelines.
SAW encourages original design. The object should perform the function for
which it is intended. Clays, glazes and decorations should be suitable to the
function of the object.
Forming Process - SAW accepts coil,slab, wheel, etc. and the use of handmade
moulds or any combination thereof. Commercial moulds, bisques or greenware
Glazes - Glaze flaws, e.g., crazing, crawling, pinholing, blistering, pitting,
shivering, where detrimental to function are unacceptable. (Refer to Daniel
Rhodes' book Clay and Glazes for the Potter).
Lead Glazes are NOT Acceptable.
Clay and glazes are to be fired to maturing point. Bloating is unacceptable. Bases
must be smooth and steady, handles must be able to be held, and containers must
hold liquid if meant to do so.
NON-FUNCTIONAL POTTERY AND CERAMIC SCULPTURE
Non-utilitarian Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture including raku, smoke fired and
other Alternative fired objects will be selected by the Quality Control Team on
the basis of its technical qualities. Raku pieces are not ideal for foods - in fact
could be potentially dangerous. Each Raku pot is required to have a sticker or
label applied stating that this work is for decorative use only. Sculptural Pieces must
also have the same smooth bottoms that are required for functional ware; we
encourage the same for masks, planters, animals, figures, wall plaques, vessels,
etsc Extra time needs to be spent smoothing rough edges and secuing joints. No
body wants customers to cut themselves while handling our pieces.
May 31, 2010