About the Exhibition

Small Favors engages artists' creativity in new and exciting ways with the challenge of making pieces on a very small scale. For some artists, the work they create is similar to what they normally make, but at a reduced scale. Others use it as an opportunity to break away from what they create in their daily studio practice. The works exhibited are incredibly varied in material, form, and aesthetics. Though small in scale the artworks created for this exhibition are huge in impact.

Exhibition Dates: March 6, 2020 - April 26, 2020.

Preview Reception: Thursday, March 5, 5-7pm

15th Anniversary: Expanding the Field

To celebrate the 15th edition of Small Favors we have expanded the call to include artists working in other media. To reflect the generous spirit of the ceramics art community we have expanded the parameters of Small Favors to include all media, and look forward to the boundary crossing inspiration that is sure to ensue.

Guest Juror

Leila Cartier, Executive Director of Craft NOW Philadelphia has agreed to act as our Guest Juror for this special edition of Small Favors celebrating the exhibition's 15th anniversary.

Leila Cartier is the Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, which unites organizations to promote the historic and contemporary role of the city in the fields of craft and making. Her studio practice is located in 1241 Carpenter Studios + Project Space in South Philadelphia and she is represented by SchmidtDean Gallery.

From 2010 – 2015, Cartier was the Director of Exhibitions at the William King Museum of Art in her hometown of Abingdon, Virginia, an underserved area of the Appalachian coalfields with little to no other access to the arts. Her curatorial projects consisted of bringing art from around the world to the region, documenting and exhibiting material culture from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, and presenting regional contemporary art in all media.

She holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her BFA in Art and Art History from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia included a year spent with Temple University Rome, Italy.

Application Deadline

Applications CLOSED


  • Each work submitted must fit within a 4 inch cube.
  • Size limit is 3.75" x 3.75" x 3.75"
  • Artists may submit up to 3 objects
  • Each object will be judged individually
  • Image file names should not have any spaces in them
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How to Apply

Click on the link in the button at the top of the page to reach the application.

A complete application must include the following:

  • Personal contact information
  • Artist Statement
  • Website (if available)
  • Three digital images (3 different pieces, or an overall and details of 1)
  • Click Submit info button to continue to upload photos
  • Click Upload button after each image is selected
  • $25 application fee will be charged when your application upload is complete
  • Your application will not be considered until your fee has been paid.

Please email any questions to Jennifer Zwilling at jzwilling@theclaystudio.org

Subject line: Small Favors Question

Selection Process

Our Guest Juror, Leila Cartier, and Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio, Jennifer Zwilling, will jury the applicants and choose objects to be shown in the exhibition.

Notification, Delivery, Pick Up, etc.

Notification will be made via email by February 3rd

Work is due to the Gallery by February 21st

The Clay Studio commission is 50% and will ship back any unsold work free of charge. Payments for sold work will be issued within 45 days of the end of the exhibition. The Clay Studio reserves the right not to show any work that does not fit inside the cube, or does not reflect what was represented in the application.

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