The first one was in 2008 in the 500 tiles book, for this book there were 1500 submissions so very happy to be one of the lucky ones.
The second book only just came out this year. for this book there were 2100 submissions so lucky again.
A few words from the judge: In selecting pieces for the book, i considered more than 2100 submissions. I gravitated towards work that seemed to preserve the custom of raku while pushing it to new frontiers.The selected artist have dramatically expanded the technique's aesthetic vocabulary while demonstrating astounding skill with surface, form, and firing. Their reverence for tradition combined with their thirst for experimentation ensures that raku will continue to flourish for years to come. I'm proud to share their work with you.
Jim Romberg, juror.
professor emeritus of ceramics, studio artist, and director of Eagleheart Center for Art and Inquiry.