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Hey,
My name’s Joshua, and I run The Ceramic School.

And there’s a big problem in the pottery world at the moment.

You see, going to art fairs, workshops, and demos are all amazing.

You meet new people, learn new techniques, and most of all, have fun with old and new friends.

But traditional ceramics conferences across the world are very restrictive in terms of who can join in and consume the information.

First of all…

They are physically at one location.

Which you normally have to fly to.

This excludes a whole lot of people.

  • Ceramic artists from around the globe miss out on the opportunity to talk about their passion and share their knowledge.
  • Aspiring potters who are too far away miss out on learning new techniques and ideas.
  • Parents who can’t leave their children at home miss out.
  • Ceramic Students who can’t afford a ticket miss out.
  • People in time-intensive jobs who can’t get away from work miss out.
  • Pottery companies who can’t show off their latest products because of expensive booth fees miss out.

And even if you can take time off work, find a babysitter, book a hotel, book a flight or a train, drive for hours, pay for meals out…

On top of that, ceramics conferences normally charge an expensive entry fee for you to enter (usually a couple hundred dollars!)

This also excludes a ton of people who want simply cannot afford to attend

and so even more potters miss out on learning something new and being inspired by something different.

Secondly…

It comes as no surprise that there are some big problems with real-life conferences around the world.

Conferences are significant contributors to CO2 emissions, pollution, and wasted food and water.

  • The average conference attendee produces over 170 kilograms (375 lbs) of CO2 emissions per day.
  • At a conference with 5,000 people, almost half (41%) of rubbish will go directly to landfill. (This is despite recycling and composting program efforts.)
  • A three-day conference for 1,000 people creates on average 5,670 kilograms (12,500 lbs) of waste.

So, how could we combat these issues?

Well, imagine if you could attend a ceramics conference without traveling?

What if you could have the world’s top ceramic artists come to you, instead of you going to them?

What if we could cut out the venues, the travel, the expense?

What if you could join in the discussions and workshops and share your own experiences?

We believe that real learning comes from joining in and taking part.

We believe that you can learn something new from anyone, and your own experience and your own personal insight will benefit others if you have the possibility to share.

We believe there should be no secrets in ceramics.

These are the ideas that lead us to create The Ceramics Congress.

We have all the same features and energy of real-life events, but online.

You get to see amazing potters host inspiring talks/demonstrations…

You get to have the fun and excitement of being surrounded by other like-minded potters.

But, in a way that’s accessible as possible.

And, instead of charging a super expensive entry fee to cover the venue, the food, the staff, etc… We only charge you a small entry fee to help cover the costs of running our online software.

This is a Win-Win for everyone:

  • You get to attend the conference at a very affordable rate.
  • You get to see world-famous Ceramic Artists talk about their passion and share their insights.
  • You get to network with other like-minded potters from around the world, all from the comfort of your own home.
  • You get to see the latest and greatest pottery related products from famous pottery companies from around the world.
  • And, you have the opportunity to buy the workshop replays at 95% off.
  • We split this revenue with our speakers so that they get paid.

As you can see, it’s our aim is to Educate, Inspire and Inform people about ceramics.

We want as many people as possible, including the general public, to be able to see, and be inspired by, these great demo’s and talks (which are normally held behind closed doors)

We believe that this is the future of ceramics conferences.

Inside The Ceramics Congress you’ll find:

  • The Main Stage – for workshops, talks and demos.
  • Group Sessions – for open round-table discussions, Q&A’s and group workshops.
  • One-to-One Networking, for spontaneous video chats with random potters from around the world.
  • Online Expo Booths – full of your favorite pottery companies giving live product demos and discounts, and answering your questions.

So far, we have helped just under 100k people from around the world view ceramic-based workshops from potters they wouldn’t normally be able to.

And we’ve paid out over $15,000 to our speakers.

Sound good? I hope to see you there.
Cheers,
Josh

Joshua Collinson
Founder of The Ceramics Congress

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What is The Ceramics Congress?

What is The Ceramics Congress?Expand The Ceramics Congress is an Online Event celebrating ceramics worldwide.
It runs between October 14th and October 20th.
During the week, you get to watch over 27 pottery workshops from a diverse range ceramic artists from all over the world… from the USA, UK, Australia, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Brazil…
and without leaving the comfort of your own home Why are we organizing The Ceramics Congress?Expand

Traditional ceramics conferences across the world are very restrictive in terms of who can join in and consume the information.They are physically at one location…
Which you normally have to fly to…
This excludes a whole lot of people.

Ceramic artists miss out: Ceramic Artists from around the globe miss out on the opportunity to share their knowledge.

Aspiring potters miss out: Aspiring potters who are too far away to get to the ceramics congress miss out on learning new techniques and ideas.How much does it cost?ExpandIt’s Free to watch the workshops! Ceramics Conferences normally charge an entry fee for you to enter
(usually a couple hundred dollars) This also excludes a ton of people who want simply cannot afford to attend
and so they miss out on learning something new, and being inspired by something different!

Surely this isn’t the best way to do it? So I thought… I want to organize the same kind of event… I still want to have amazing potters host inspiring talks / demonstrations… But, I want to make it as accessible as possible…

An Online-Event would have the most potential to reach the highest number of aspiring potters.

And, instead of charging an entry fee, we would sell the replays and split the proceeds with our speakers.

This is a Win-Win for everyone:

  • You get to attend the event for free,
  • Instead of an entry fee, you will have the opportunity to buy the replays at 95% off RRP
  • We split the revenue with the speakers, so that the speakers still get paid.

What are the Goals for The Ceramics Congress?Expand

The main aim is to Educate, Inspire and Inform people about ceramics.

We want as many people as possible, including the general public, who know little about ceramics, to be able to see, and be inspired by, these great demo’s and talks (which are normally held behind closed doors)

I want the talks and Demonstrations to be free for people to watch and enjoy.

You can watch all the content without paying a penny.

Our Speakers (More To Be Announced):

Brendan Tang, Brett Kern, Cameron Williams, Carole Epp, Shampa Shah, Dirk Staschke, Eiair, Hirotsune Tashima, Hyeyoung Cho, Janet DeBoo, Kate Malone, Ken Yutdanai Sripaiboon, Laurie Steer, Liz Collinson, Shashank Nimkar, Nai Dee, Gunyoung Kim, Pepijn Nieuwendijk, Roberto Lugo, Ruby Pilven, Shirley Bhatnagar, Somchai Charoen, Vicki Grima, Yeonsoo Kim…

Our Past Speakers Include:

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