Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence 2025

Ceramic Arts Queensland (CAQ) is the umbrella organisation for potters and ceramic artists in Queensland and northern NSW.  CAQ is one of Australia’s oldest arts organisations and has a long and proud history of fostering and supporting clay workers.   

 In 2015, CAQ established the Siliceous Award to recognise artistic excellence in ceramics. The Award has grown in profile and now receives local, national, and international media coverage. The award comes with a $7,000 prize and is acquisitive, with the winning piece added to CAQ’s Permanent Collection. 

 In 2023, CAQ welcomed the inclusion of the Gywn Hanssen Pigott Wood Fired Ceramics Award supported by the Australian Wood Firers United. This is a cash prize of $2,500 and is non-acquisitive. 

 The Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence encourages work of technical and artistic excellence in the ceramic arts.  Entries can be in any format but must be at least 70% ceramic material. The artwork should explore the distinctive qualities of clay and/or glaze with forms and concepts that engage the viewer and encourage a deeper appreciation of the art of ceramics.  

The next Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence exhibition will be held at the Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art (Windsor) from 8 March until Tuesday 25 March 2025. Opening night and announcement of the winners will be on Saturday 8 March 2025. The Award will be judged by Dr Julie Bartholomew.

Entries to the Siliceous Award will open on Friday 25 October 2024 and close on Friday 10 January 2025. Further details will be posted on this page. To stay up to date with the latest news follow us on Instagram 


Highlights from Siliceous 2023

Ray Cavill Siliceous Finalist 2023 Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Award
Dark Fruit Astrid Salomon Siliceous Winner 2023