2018 Ceramics Competition

The Midwest Ceramic Association is holding their Annual Show
and Competition on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st.
Entries must be submitted on Wednesday, April 18th by 5:00 p.m.
Jim and I are unable to attend the show this year.
However, Laura Gilbert will be taking our entries. 

This information was downloaded from www.midwestceramics.org and a copy is posted in the studio. 

Competition Classifications [the painter]

  1. PRE-SCHOOL – Categories A, B, C, and D only.
  2. ELEMENTARY – Grades 1 thru 3.
  3. ELEMENTARY – Grades 4 thru 6.
  4. JUNIOR HIGH – Grades 7 thru 9.
  5. HIGH SCHOOL – Grades 10 thru 12.
  6. ADA DISABILITY – A. Adults.
  7. ADA DISABILITY – B. Child.
  8. NOVICE – Doing ceramics 1 year or less.
  9. AMATEUR – Doing ceramics 1 year or more.
  10. SENIOR CITIZEN – 62 years young who have not taught.
  11. SEMI-PROFESSIONAL – Employees who work in a shop other than a teaching capacity, who sell or have sold finished ceramics and/or supplies.
  12. PROFESSIONAL – Shop owners, store front or home, teacher, past or present, which have or have had a license to sell.
  13. SENIOR PROFESSIONAL – 62 years young, shop owners, home or store front, teachers, licensed sellers, past or present.
  14. MASTERS – Has a degree in Art, has authored a book or has won three major awards such as Peggy, Best of Show, Masters, etc.
  15. BLUE RIBBON – Any Blue Ribbon Winner from any show since January of Previous Year. Must Have Ribbon Attached.

Most of our painters will be in these categories.

Categories and Subdivisions  [the pieces]

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Entry Fees

Midwest Ceramic Show VCompetition Entry Fees

Entry form

This entry form must be completed and submitted with the appropriate fees to Laura Gilbert. Please put the form and cash in an envelope marked with your name and what pieces you are entering. Entry forms are printed and available for pickup in the studio. Please note that each painter needs their own form BUT there is room for five pieces from each painter. Laura and I will help you complete the form.

 entry form


Do not be afraid to enter because you think your work is not good enough.
Last year our studio received many ribbons and several trophies.

First place trophies went to:

  • Judy Collingwood (ADA adult) for her ladybug shoe planter
  • Bianca Rumbalski (preschool) for her crystal-glazed leaf dish
  • Carol Warneke (senior professional) for her mixed media fruit basket teapot.
    This piece also won the Peggy Award.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

CC logoSo let’s get those entries ready.
We have all of February and March to paint something new.
Pick something you have done since last year’s competition.

April 1 is our studio deadline.

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Gift Certificates Mailed

The winner of our “Follow the Carousel” Drawing was Jessica Briggs. Congratulations! Gift certificates were sent to the email addresses following the blog before Christmas.

If you did not receive yours, I may have mistyped the address so please leave a reply or send a PM.

Also note the expiration date is April 1st so get your orders in as soon as you can.

Thank you all for participating.

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This Week in the Studio

(posted on Facebook January 21, 2018)

Open Classes Monday Wednesday Friday 6:00-10:00

  • let me know if you are coming
  • let me know if you need something to work on
  • no new bisque on the shelf
  • pouring boxes for next week
We can do Mancala OR Glaze Raking OR Snowman silkscreen plate or mug OR Cranberry Bubbles OR Clay Angels.

We are not scheduling and advertising any special workshops at this time but would love to do these techniques during regular class times.  Just ask.

Bring the kids and bring your friends!

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

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Happy New Year 2018

I am finally back online and will update this blog as soon as possible.


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“Follow the Carousel” Drawing

Christmas Day arrives

— in Northeast Ohio it is a quiet day with a little snow on the ground. The Warneke Family celebrated yesterday with our Annual Christmas Eve Day Brunch. Twenty four guests were seated around the very long brunch table in the living-dining room. With an elaborate follow-the-leader trek around both the hot food table and the Christmas breads table, all enjoyed a brunch of ham, cheesy scrambled eggs, tater tots, and a variety of muffins, kolache, and cookies.  Following the meal all retired to the family room for gift giving and later, a game of Trivial Pursuit.   So today it is sleep late, take down the tables and take out the trash. Then watch some movies and just relax.

Christmas Day Drawing

Follow the Carousel DrawingAnd the winner is MuppetPower76@gmail.com. Now I have no idea who this is or I could actually announce a name. This person just won a $25.00 gift certificate to Carousel Creations, This certificate is good for lessons, bisque, or a finished piece; buyer pays for special order items such as music boxes and for shipping if items need to be mailed. Congratulations!

And all the other entries win a $5.00 gift certificate for participating. Note to all — check out the catalog and let me know what you need poured. Then let me know when you want to come.

Upcoming Events

This week is Kids Krafts Christmas Break Ceramics Camp.

  • Tuesday — Play with Clay

  • Wednesday — Glaze Raking

  • Thursday — Bubbles in a Bowl

  • Friday — Silkscreen Snowman Cocoa Mug (or plate)

Pictures may not reflect actual project but show the technique being taught.
All workshops are $10. Buy three and get one free (all four days for $30).
All ages, starting with three-year-olds. Preschoolers will need parent help.
Parents can  make their own piece and may choose something from the shelf.
All workshops begin at 6:00 p.m. and are scheduled for about 2-1/2 hours.
MUST call for reservations

No Limits Ceramic Workshop

Thursday, January 4th at 9:30. Clients from the No Limits workshop (where Jeremy works) will be coming to the studio and making silkscreen snowman mugs and/or plates.

If you know someone who attends a workshop for the disabled, or a senior center, or lives in a nursing home, or  you know someone who works in one of these facilities, let them know about our private workshops. And don’t forget that the Party Van will take the workshop to their facility.

Christina & Cory Baby Shower

Saturday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m. we are having a baby shower for our next great-grandchild.  Friends and Family members will each paint something for the baby. The shower will be Skyped between Austintown and Green Bay as there will be painters at both locations.

Carousel Creations students are invited to participate as we can use some extra painters. There is no cost to you (Great-Grandma & Great-Grandpa are footing the bill.) You don’t get to take anything home as they are all baby gifts. But you get to come and paint and have a good time.  I must know that you are coming so we pour enough pieces.

Ceramic Studio Owners/Teachers of Northeast Ohio & Western PA

Sunday, January 7th, 2:00 to 6:00 Charter / organizational meeting of this group. Bring questions, ideas, and suggestions of how we can network to help each other in our businesses without being competitive. If you are a teacher, or run your own ceramics business even if you don’t teach, consider joining us. If you know of someone who should be part of our group, please let me know.

North Coast Clay Pots Chapter of I.A.D.C.C.T.

Sunday, January 14th 10:00 – 2:00 (at Nancy’s near Toledo) Duncan Country Keepsakes Box is the project. Since it is not an official meeting, we may be able to bring a couple of guests. If you are interested in going with us please let me know and I will inquire.

Ceramic Box Fashenhues Workshop

  • Sunday, January 21st, 1:00 – 5:00
  • Monday, January 22nd, 6:00 – 10:00 (also Open Class)
  • Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00 – 10:00

$20.00 workshop fee. Older children and teens can do these as well
Please register so we pour enough boxes. Selection show will be available. These are the gifts we made the grandsons for Christmas — called them a Pocket Saver, for keys, coins, cuff links, and more.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Where having Fun is why we come!

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Christmas Drawing

There are only 25 people signed up
for the Christmas Day drawing.
Are You one of them?

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Christmas Give-Away

Don’t forget to “Follow the Carousel”. Only a few days left.
Winner to receive $25 gift certificate, everyone else gets $5.
What’s keeping you?clipart gift certificate

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