Paul Donnelly wins Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Paul Donnelly's winning tray

Paul Donnelly, Tray (first prize)

Paul Donnelly was recently awarded the first place (5,000 dollar award) Zanesville Prize for 2015 for his piece titled Tray.

According to the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics website, “the idea for the [exhibition] came after a group from Zanesville, sponsored by The Muskingum County Community Foundation (MCCF), visited Paducah, Kentucky, where the city hosts an annual quilt competition.” The prize is now the largest best of show in ceramics in the Western Hemisphere.

The statement that Paul paired with Tray: “I am interested in functional pottery because of its long history and close proximity to humankind. Most of the works that I make are created as systems to coordinate the manner in which the object operates. I like finding a balance within my work where the evidence of the “hand” is at times present and other times fleeting yet all of the pieces speak of one of the potter’s greatest strengths…individuality.”