Ceramics Art Symposium Gmunden 2018

Call for Entries

From March 12, 2018 until March 31, 2018
Apply for a dense five weeks - working in the natural atmosphere of an innovative industrial ceramic manufactory, using the means of digital product development or to traditionally build up the ceramics by hand. Sharing experiences and competencies between generations and positions is programmatic for this seminar. Application ends 31 March.
“The love of handcraft is not to be viewed as a sentimental inclination, but rather as the most ideal possibility for people to engage with matter. This is an engagement that creative people cannot avoid if they do not wish to remain stuck at the surface level of phenomena… Our task is to study and shape the foundation of handcraft, to rediscover the wealth of matter for all of us and to continue to impart it without reservation. One must call into question both the character and artistry of anyone who does not submit to the labour of mastering matter… So I tear my earth open, melt it down, let it smolder and hope to escape loneliness through the realisation of dreams and connections…”. Kurt Ohnsorg
Initiated in 1963 by the renowned Austrian artist Kurt Ohnsorg, this Ceramic Symposium in Gmunden was the first to seek an international audience. Having had artistic guests for several weeks from all over the world such as Nigeria, India, Israel, the USA and Central Europe already 55 years ago, Dr. Conrad H. Lester, former Laufen group part owner and dedicated patron of the arts, has made this possible.
2018 will be the first year when the artists in residence programme will also be hosted in the Laufen manufactory, Laufen`s leading development center, in Gmunden again.
This programme is open for established artists as well as emerging talents. Artists will have our full support to explore the materiality and aesthetics in the high-temperature range. You are free to choose to work with the innovative SaphirKeramik amongst other ceramic materials and colors.
Deadline for submitting applications sent to eva.fuertbauer@gmunden.ooe.gv.at is the end of March. An international panel of experts will decide on the participants.