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Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize

The Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is funded by Mud Australia, the iconic Australian ceramic design company founded by Shelley Simpson.

For Shelley Simpson, creating this Prize is about nurturing the next generation of Australian artists and encouraging innovation within the craft of Ceramics:

“The visual arts are an integral part of our culture and overall social wellbeing. The sector has long been under-valued and poorly funded. With no change in sight it’s up to individuals and businesses with the foresight and capital to step up and do what they can to reverse the decline. This generation of ceramicists is really inspiring. Their work touches all the right areas: environmental, social, visual and useful! After personally watching my daughter financially struggle with her investment in her final year of fine art studies, despite our support, I realised others may not be so lucky. It is my hope that this award will nurture and support some of our brightest ceramicists in the years to come.”

What’s it about?

The mission of the Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is to support the next generation of Australian ceramicists. These emerging artists may be working across functional, small scale, fine art, handcrafted or more complex commercial pursuits with ceramics.

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize to support their studies. This money may be used for tuition fees or however the student sees fit to complete their studies successfully.

The SSCP is open to students studying ceramics as an elective or major in Australia. Students studying alternative disciplines as their major may still apply. Mud Australia is committed to achieving a diverse community and strongly encourages applications from First Australian peoples.

View 2022 finalists


First Prize: $10,000

Second Prize: $2,000

Third Prize: $1,000

All prize winners will be offered a mentor-mentee relationship with Shelley Simpson to commence in 2022.

Winning the SSCP has given me a confidence boost and a sense of reassurance that I am on the right track. In winning the prize, I have been able to work with materials and purchase equipment that I previously couldn’t afford. This has allowed me to focus and refine what my work explores rather than having to worry about how to achieve a certain aesthetic without the right materials.
Isobel CarverRecipient of 2021 Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize