The Cone Box Show is an ongoing example of the legacy of William Bracker.  In 1974, while doing a workshop at Drake University, Bill was encouraged by Lee Ferber and Richard Peeler, fellow ceramic teachers, to pursue the idea of a juried show for miniature ceramic pieces. A potter can have great slides of a not-so-great pot or lousy slides of a great pot, but a juror may never know until the actual piece is seen in person. A show of miniatures would be a perfect opportunity for a juror to adjudicate the actual pieces while still keeping shipping and handling costs down for artist entries. The question of size limitation was almost a foregone decision because of Bills history with storing little pots in the Orton Standard Cone Boxes, a 3 x 3 x 6 box that potters quickly accumulated in almost every studio. Although he could get some support for the show through Purdue University (where he still taught), he knew he needed additional sponsorship. Approaching Orton Ceramic Foundation was the next logical step, both for sponsorship as well as approval for the size designation. The proposal was funded and the Orton Cone Box Show became a reality in 1975. 

On November 21, 2019, Winnie Owens-Hart took on the challenging task of selecting the 2020 International Cone Box Show.  In her jurying process, she maintained her vision of the show and selected works both sculptural and functional to embody that.  It was fascinating to watch as she carefully examined each piece, making difficult decisions.  The result was a beautiful and balanced show of work from artists across the world and we are excited to share it with you here online The show enjoyed a small opening reception on January 18th during Bracker’s regular hours.

 We are excited to be hosting a closing reception on

February 27th from 5-8pm

in conjuction with Lawrence’s Final Fridays Gallery Night.  

We hope you can join us!

If you can not join us here in Lawrence, we hope to see you in Richmond, VA for the NCECA conference March 24-28, 2020.  We are excited to display the show right in the Convention Center, in room E11C. Our NCECA reception will be Tuesday night from 6:00-8:00pm.  The show will be available for viewing Wednesday, & Thursday from 9am-6pm and Friday from 9am-4:30pm. Pieces purchased  may be picked up between 4:30-5:30pm Friday, or they will be shipped following their return from NCECA

Can’t make it to see the show her in Lawrence OR in Virginia?  Get an overview in the video below, and then head over to The Cone Box Show Websiteand look at images of each individual piece.  Many are still available for sale!


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