Submission Deadlines

This Section gives last dates for applying to fairs and other ceramic events, grants, residences etc. To submit notifications for events to be added to these pages contact: . It may be worth contacting the event/award if you are a few days late to submit as sometimes they are prepared to be forgiving.

Craft Pottery Charitable Trust

Deadline: December 15th every year

Applications must be submitted by 15th December each year. The Trustees meet early the following year and will inform the applicants of the outcome as soon as is possible.

The Trust was set up in 1991.
It makes grants in line with the following criteria:
• awards are made to persons involved in ceramics
• those who are resident in the UK for tax purposes
• the benefit should apply as widely as possible
• to assist in the preparation of books, travel, film, conference attendance and organisation, and other projects relevant to ceramics at the discretion of the Trustees
The Trustees will not support the following:
• grants towards formal education
• student exhibitions
• subsistence and living expenses other than during a period of grant aided travel or conference attendance
• students who are in full time education

The scheme is open to all ceramists, whether or not members of the CPA. The Trust has an annual grant scheme in which awards of up to £1,000 in value are made.  Application guidelines are available from email: to whom applications should be sent.

International Ceramics Studio - Hungary - Artist in Residence

Deadline: Ongoing

The ICS Artist-in-residence program allows artists to work in the context of a different country and culture.
The Artist in Residence Programme provides artists with the space to create new works, experiment with innovative ideas and research new and different ways of making. Artists are encouraged to explore all our facilities to open up new possibilities and directions for the contemporary ceramicist.
The program is open to all artists who wish to work independently on their own projects. Artists may use the residency to accomplish a specific project or to work in a creative and supportive atmosphere alongside other international ceramic artists.

On average the are up to ten artists in residence at the ICS at any one time. There are plenty of opportunities to interact with the other artists but enough space to be quiet and reflective.

Making an application for the Artist in Residence Programme: There is no application deadline and applications will be considered throughout the year. We require slides, photographs or digital images on cd or by email, accompanyied by a current CV (Resumé) and biography. A brief outline of your intended work during your residency would be helpful for us to consider your application. Please give us an indication of your preferred dates for your residency.

See the website for more detail:

If you are interested in making an application please email for further information and an application form.:


Deadline: Ongoing

Although applications for residencies are accepted throughout the year, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible as places are limited.
There are five different residency dates to choose from.

If you are interested in making an application please email for further information and an application form.:

To receive an application, contact us at:

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park - Park Life event Sunday 25 June 2017

Deadline: ?

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, in Warwickshire
Following the success of previous years, we have developed the 2017 ‘Park Life’ programme to include a new music stage which will showcase folk music and we are expanding our fun programme for the arena. There will be plenty of demonstrations and activities which showcase and celebrate traditional, rural and heritage skills, as well as the best of crafts and artisan products.

All of this will take place in our beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown grounds, by the lake and Georgian mansion house.

If you would like to join us and are interested in having a trade stand (only £40), please contact me directly.


35th International Ceramics Fair Oldenburg (Germany) 5. – 6. August 2017

Deadline: 15 January 2017

About 120 booth spaces are available for this leading European fair from all areas of ceramics. The market program gives exhibitors the opportunity to submit work on a theme for an exhibition in the Oldenburg State Museum for Art and Cultural History, at which three Cash prizes, decided by jury, are awarded in addition to a prize voted on by the public. In addition, for the 9th time, the " NEW CERAMICS” prize an award for outstanding achievement in the field of ceramic art will be given. The winner of this prize is also decided by a jury.

The Fair is the central event of the International Ceramics Days Oldenburg (INTERNATIONALE KERAMIKTAGE OLDENBURG)

Deadline to submit applications: 15 January 2017


Information & Application: Werkschule e. V., Rosenstraße 41, 26122 Oldenburg; Fon ++49 (0) 441 9990840:

The British Craft Trade Fair is a TRADE ONLY fair: Harrogate 2-4 April 2017; London 10-12 September 2017

Deadline: not specified

If you are a designer-maker, living in the British Isles and producing handmade giftware (i.e. no mass-manufacturing) you can complete our Makers Registration Form and your details will be added to our database. Once registered, you will receive as noted below information in regards to our application process.

Application forms via email for BCTF Harrogate and London should you wish to apply.


British Craft Trade Fair, Hammonds Barn, London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH159QJ
Tel: 01444 246 446

Earth & Fire at Welbeck on 23, 24 & 25 June 2017

Deadline: 17:00 January 6th 2017

After 22 years at Rufford, Earth & Fire is hitting the road and moving to a new home. Over the years much has changed and by June Rufford will be under new management. Looking to the future we have decided its time for Earth & Fire to move on. We are not going far – we are moving to Welbeck, home of the Harley Gallery and the Portland Collection - a beautiful site just 10 miles north of Rufford.

Come and be a part of Earth & Fire at its new home at Welbeck on 23, 24 & 25 June 2017

Whilst the backdrop will change, the spirit of Earth & Fire will remain the same with the hustle and bustle of the market stalls; the demonstrations; trade stalls; the mayhem of the potters games and the late night campsite conversations - we would love for you to join us.

Earth & Fire 2017 will take place within the old Victorian walled kitchen garden and the surrounds of the artist studios, off the main Harley Gallery courtyard. It is a contained site with all the areas accessible to wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility so we can wave goodbye to the ramps!

Over a hundred stalls available - Apply through the website

We welcome applications from studio potters at all stages of their career with stalls available for: Individual Potters; Student Groups; Ceramic Trades; Newcomers and Ceramic Groups. Full details are available in the new Exhibitor Pack on the website.

For full details of our new home and an exhibitor pack go to our website


Earth & Fire Ltd 49 Springfield, Thringstone, Leicestershire LE67 8LT

Pots and Plants 2017: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017

Deadline: 14th February 2017

Following the successful launch of Pots and Plants this year, we are pleased to confirm Gregynog Hall will be hosting Pots and Plants 2017 on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017.

Pots and Plants aims to promote high quality studio ceramics, made for use or display in the garden, and unusual plants from specialist nurseries through a two-day weekend event in a beautiful and historic garden setting. It offers makers and nurseries a unique opportunity to reach new audiences in mid-Wales and the borders.

Gregynog Hall is a historic house with Grade 1 listed gardens set in the heart of rural Montgomeryshire. Its former owners Gwendoline and Margaret Davies established it as a centre of excellence for the arts and culture in Wales.
The formal gardens are surrounded by ancient parkland and wood-pasture habitats, which have been described by CADW as ‘one of the most important parks and gardens in Powys, dating from at least 1500’s.

The event is supported by the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, a Conservation and Heritage Organization set up to protect and conserve historic garden and park landscapes of Wales.

For further information about the event and to book a stand at next year’s event, please contact:
Joy Sisley, Pots and Plants, Street Farm, Geuffordd, Nr. Welshpool, Powys SY21 9DR. Tel: 01938 590 230

Website for info about Gregynog Hall:


Handmade at Kew: Thursday 12th October to Sunday 15th October 2017 (Private View opening on Wednesday 11th October)

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Applications now open... Welcome to the third edition of Handmade at Kew at the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew!

Handmade at Kew welcomes online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, paper and sculpture.

Application forms via email should you wish to apply.


Tel: +44(0)203 105 1682

£10,000 Woman's Hour Craft Prize (includes Ceramics)

Deadline online: 6 February 2017

We're looking to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker (of any gender) resident in the UK today.

The Woman's Hour Craft Prize 2017 is a BBC, Crafts Council and V&A initiative. Judged by experts in the craft field, twelve finalists will exhibit their work at the V&A and the overall winner will be awarded a prize of £10,000.

The Prize is open to British nationals and UK residents (of any gender) who are aged 18 years or over (on the submission deadline of the 6 February 2017). Students in full or part-time education (studying for a craft qualification) are not eligible.



SCULPT AT KEW: 9 September to Sunday 15th October 2017

Deadline: 28 February 2017

We're excited to announce the relaunch of SCULPT AT KEW in Kew Gardens for 2017! Bringing together the beautiful natural surroundings of the iconic gardens with stunning, man-made creations, this outdoor sculpture trail will provide a unique opportunity for artists to show and sell their work whilst allowing the public to enjoy both the sculptures for sale and the gardens themselves. All work exhibited will be available to purchase or commission.

Applications are invited worldwide from international contemporary artists working in: MARBLE, BRONZE CERAMICS, POTTERY, GLASS, METAL, STONE, WOOD and GARDEN, WATER & FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE.



Handmade in Britain: 10 - 12 November 2017

Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017

We welcome online applications from contemporary craft makers working in the following disciplines: furniture, metal, ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion & textiles, woodwork, paper and interior accessories. If your work does not reflect the above categories, please get in touch with us to discuss what you do.

Applications are invited anytime until Friday April 28th 2017. Selection will be announced by the selection committee in May.


All applications must be accompanied by a signed Exhibition Space Contract and Deposit Cheque. Both of these can be posted to: Handmade in Britain, Studio 31, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DX.