ARTIST CALL “Form + Function: The Tea Cup as Useful Art Object”

Tea Cups

Entries are now being accepted for the juried show, “Form + Function: The Tea Cup as Useful Art Object,” which will be on display in the gallery during the month of November, 2016.

The tea cup is a nearly universal functional object, manifesting in a wide variety of forms and styles among the tea drinking cultures throughout the world. Some cups are very specifically designed to work with the teas of a certain type or region, and some are designed to work more broadly with multiple kinds and traditions. Within the one basic form of the tea cup there are a number of variables that impact how well the cup does its job of delivering good tea to the drinker, and how pleasurable that cup is for the tea drinker to use. The pieces in this show will all be used during the preparation and serving of tea by a group of tea professionals and/or passionate, knowledgeable, non-professional tea people. Each cup or cup set will be evaluated, and three entries will be chosen as best in show (1st, 2nd, 3rd place).


  1. Tea cups must be functional and safe for use.
  2. Cups may be submitted either singly, or in sets of 3 or 5.
  3. Multiple separate pieces (or sets) may be submitted to the show, but in the case of multiple submissions some pieces may not be on display during the full duration of the show.
  4. All work must be available for purchase by the public.
  5. The ideal cups for use with high quality, specialty teas are small and handle-less, used for focused serial tastings over multiple infusions of the same tea leaf. Large mugs and cups are not as suitable for a concentrated tea experience, which will be reflected in the judging.

There is no entry fee to participate. During the show the pieces will be available for sale under our standard commission structure.

Submissions can be made by filling out the form below and uploading 2-5 photos of relevant work to the link below, or by providing links to photos of work online.

Upload files here. Before uploading, create a folder with your name to post the files into, or upload a single compressed file with your name.