Clay Feild Trip with Michelle Ettrick

t’s time for our next Talking Clay Field Trip Webinar! Hosted by Simon Levin and Jennifer Harnetty, this field trip will be heading to Tyrone, Pennsylvania, to chat with artist and educator Michelle Ettrick! This free webinar will be held on Monday, October 5th at 1 pm EDT USA.

Michelle’s work spreads a message of empowerment—of never giving up, even when the odds are stacked are against you. We’ll discuss how her own story reflects that message. She’ll also demonstrate some of her techniques for drawing on the clay surface!

Did we mention, it’s free? Save your spot today!

The Talking Clay Field Trip series was started in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as a learning tool for potters who were suddenly left without access to a studio, or students and teachers who found themselves thrust into remote learning. We hope it helps provide a sense of connection with your fellow clay artists! Find other installments of the Talking Clay Field Trip series on CLAYflicks!

Clay Week 2020 – submit by OCT 2nd to be included!

Time is running out to get your events listed for CLAY WEEK 2020!

Deadline is October 2nd.

Full details of all the daily themes, events and how you can get involved are all on the Clay Week Website.

Host an open studio, do a live demo, give an artist talk, or tour an exhibition, the possibilities are endless.

Event runs OCT 5-11th

Everything is online this year to really accessible for everyone to participate! What are you waiting for???


(oh and did I mention there are a ton of great prizes this year???)


call for entry: The Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize

The Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is funded by Mud Australia, the iconic Australian ceramic design company founded by Shelley Simpson.

For Shelley Simpson, creating this Prize is about nurturing the next generation of Australian artists and encouraging innovation within the craft of Ceramics:

“The visual arts are an integral part of our culture and overall social wellbeing. The sector has long been under-valued and poorly funded. With no change in sight it’s up to individuals and businesses with the foresight and capital to step up and do what they can to reverse the decline.

This generation of ceramicists is really inspiring. Their work touches all the right areas: environmental, social, visual and useful! After personally watching my daughter financially struggle with her investment in her final year of fine art studies, despite our support, I realised others may not be so lucky. It is my hope that this award will nurture and support some of our brightest ceramicists in the years to come.”

What’s it about?

The mission of the Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is to support the next generation of Australian ceramicists. These emerging artists may be working across functional, small scale, fine art, handcrafted or more complex commercial pursuits with ceramics.

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize to support their studies. This money may be used for tuition fees or however the student sees fit to complete their studies successfully.

This annual Prize is open to all Australian students studying Ceramics as an elective or major. Students studying alternative disciplines as their major may still apply.


First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

All prize winners will be offered a 3 month paid internship with Mud Australia’s Production to complete in 2021.

History of Mud

Established in 1994, Mud Australia is a highly-considered range of porcelain tableware and lighting designed by Shelley Simpson.

Mud is known for producing collections that neatly intersect a minimalist aesthetic with an artisan finish, in a refined colour palette.

All Mud collections are ethically handmade in their Sydney studio with the intention of bringing an organic joy to built spaces.

Loved by many in the design and food worlds, including Nigella Lawson who describes Mud as:

“Mud is the most beautiful contemporary ceramic crockery anywhere in the world. Design, feel, colour, mood: everything is exquisite—and practical with it.”

Mud Australia’s flagship stores are located in Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York City and London.

Mud Australia can also be purchased online at

The SSCP is open to students studying ceramics as an elective or major in Australia. Mud Australia is committed to achieving a diverse community and strongly encourages applications from First Australian peoples.