Spoon Me!

SPOON ME! @Medalta
This year we thought we’d switch things up. It all started in September 2013 with our SExSE invitational residency (South East Alberta by South East Asia) and the talented Vipoo Srivilasa. Vipoo challenged all of our residents to a spoon competition and we were all hooked. The spoons created during this competition travelled with Vipoo’s work to the Ceramic Top 40 exhibition at Red Star Studios and are now off to Boston with his project OBJECT:SPOON.
As all this was happening we started seeing spoons everywhere. With this object – that has gone in and out of fashion – making a serious comeback in studio ceramics, we decided to extend the challenge to our international invitational exhibition. Spoons are the New Cup!


  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Exhibition: September 1 – November 29, 2014
  • Email Notification Begins July 15th, 2014
  • Accepted Work Due August 15th, 2014
  • Up to five entries accepted
  • Submission Fee: $20.00 (CAD)
  • All artists payments & sold/unsold work will be shipped in December 2014
  • Opening reception TBA

So this year send us your SPOONS, your ladles, your scoops and your servers. If a spoon is the feature of an object such as a soup tureen or a larger set, send us your soup tureens and sets too. We want to see what you come up with.
Not working in ceramics? No problem – this year we are opening it up to our friends in other craft mediums too … clay, metal, glass, wood & fibre.
We are very happy to be working again with the talented Musing About Mud blogger and Canadian ceramic rockstar, Carole Epp. She will have the hard task of Juror, narrowing down the entries and selecting the prize winners.
Speaking of Prizes! Last year we partnered up with Medicine Hat College, and together we gave away a free month long residency at Medalta with accommodation to the Grand Prize winner KyoungHwa Oh. We can’t wait to have her in the studios this June … she makes some pretty great spoons too.
This year we will have purchases prizes for the Medalta contemporary collection and several selected artists will be featured on the Musing About Mud blog. For last years featured artists & Carole’s fabulous coverage of the previous years show click here.
We’re cooking up even more prizes this year, we’ll update you here as soon as they’re cemented.. but we’re definitely offering a June 2015 residency at Medalta as our grand prize!
The entry can be done completely online below by uploading your images and information.


Carole Epp is likely best known for her work on Musing About Mud, (www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com) an online resource of ceramic related content. She is a graduate of the Australian National University, produces two distinct lines of functional and sculptural ceramics, exhibits internationally, and at the end of the day is a mother to two charming young boys.


The exhibition is open to all international artists. Work can be either functional or sculptural so long as it addresses the idea of “the spoon”. Please submit only original work that has been completed in the last two years.
You can submit up to five entries, with the $20 (CAD entry fee). Entries could include 5 separate spoons, or any of the entries can be a set.  If the entry is to be juried as a set, please put set in one photo, all sets will be priced as a set and sold together.
Front and back views are not required, but if you feel it’s necessary to properly convey your piece using a front and back view then using a side by side shot as one of the entries/uploads is recommended.
Work must not exceed 2 feet in width.
All work must be properly prepared for exhibition, be durable enough to survive shipping and display, and come with exhibition/assemblage instructions and hardware if applicable.
Medalta reserves the right to reject any work that is not suitably prepared for exhibition or that differs from the original submission. Medalta reserves the right to use images and photographs of accepted works for the purposes of promotional materials, including postcards, calendars, local media as well as online promotion.


All artwork must arrive at Medalta no later than August 15th. Artists are responsible for all shipping and insurance costs to the gallery.


  • All entries must be for sale, (priced in Canadian Dollars).
  • Medalta will receive a commission of 40% on all sales.
  • All work will be available online.


GRAND PRIZE! One lucky artist will win one month in Medalta’s June 2015 residency!
We’re cooking up even more prizes this year, we’ll update you here (and Facebook & Twitter) as soon as we have more to report. So check back often!
Purchases Prizes will be awarded for Medalta’s Contemporary Ceramics collection.
Several of the selected artists will be featured on the Musing About Mud blog.
Awards will be determined by the juror and announced at the opening reception. Artists do not need to be present to win.
For more info, click here.