Want to see your work in the September issue of Ceramics Monthly? This year’s contest theme, “For a Feast,” will showcase ceramic vessels and functional objects that encourage gathering, sharing a meal, or celebrating a special occasion. Apply now to the Ceramics Monthly annual readership-wide contest!

To be considered for the "For a Feast" competition, please submit the following materials and a $10 processing fee via Submittable by June 23, 2024:

  • Up to five total images. The images can show five different works, or they can be a combination of overall and detail shots of fewer than five works/installations/performances. 
  • Up to five high-resolution (300 ppi) digital images that are at least 2500 pixels in the largest dimension (or at least 5x7 inches in print size at 300 dpi resolution). 
  • Complete caption information for each image including materials, processes used, firing temperature, dimensions, and date completed. Please include any relevant photo credit information as well. Photo credits not sent in the original submitted caption document cannot be guaranteed inclusion for finalists. 
  • Contact information (including email address and physical mailing address) 
  • Current artist statement and résumé saved as a PDF, Word, or .txt document.

Note on image editing: Please do not downsample, blow up/enlarge, or otherwise alter images, including color correction or altering the background (such as outlining the objects). All selected images will be edited by the production staff prior to publication. 

See your name in lights on CLAYflicks!

Submit a video of your best tips and techniques!

Do you have a great tip or technique that you would like to share with other passionate artists? Have you figured out a McGyver-like solution to a common studio problem? Or do you just have a really cool process that you think others would like to see?

Submit a high-quality video to us for possible inclusion on CLAYflicks! We are starting a new user-submitted video section on CLAYflicks, and we’d love to see what you’re doing in the studio. This is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure for your work and share your knowledge with like-minded artists.

Important Guidelines for Video Submissions

  • Videos should be no more than 5-8 minutes in length.
  • We are accepting videos in the following categories: Clay Sculpture, Glaze Chemistry, Glazing & Decorating, Handbuilding, Kilns & Firing, Mold Making, Wheel Throwing, Interviews & Conversations, and FUNflicks (FUNflicks are videos that don’t quite fit into our other topic areas and are here purely for entertainment or food for thought).
  • Our audience is largely made up of intermediate-to-advanced-level artists, but we also serve a lot of educators teaching at the beginner and intermediate levels, so the videos can be geared toward beginner through advanced skill levels. 
  • Like the other instructional videos on CLAYflicks, instructional videos should follow the step-by-step “cooking show” model. 
  • Videos do not need to be shot by a professional film crew, but need to be of high quality: Close up shots, good lighting, detailed instruction/narration, clear pronunciation, good audio, shot on a tripod. 
  • High quality videos shot on cell phones are acceptable, but should be shot in landscape orientation using a tripod. 
  • If you have any videographer friends, ask them for help! 
  • Commercial suppliers are not eligible to submit videos featuring their products.

Video File Types

We accept many common file formats, but for the most consistent performance we recommend exporting files in MP4 format (suggested) with the H.264 codec (required). 

Other file types accepted: MOV, MPG, AVI, FLV, F4V, M4V, ASF, WMV, VOB, MOD, 3GP, MKV, DIVX, XVID, WEBM

Video File Size

Videos must be under 400mb to be uploaded and reviewed. If you need to compress your video to reduce the file size, save the original version in case quality is degraded - depending on quality, we may request the original file for videos that are selected for streaming on CLAYflicks. We recommend using Handbrake, a free compression tool available online, to compress your video if needed.

Music in Videos

If you wish to use music in your video, you must obtain the appropriate licenses and permissions, or use non-copyrighted music. IMPORTANT: If you are unsure about copyright, do not use music!

Evaluation and Acceptance

Video submissions will be evaluated by the editorial staff at Ceramic Arts Network. All submissions will be reviewed on a once-per-month basis. By agreeing to the Terms of Use below, you agree to publication of your video on CLAYflicks. Submissions not accepted will be notified via email. Please do not contact our offices regarding the status of your submission.


2025 ICAN Wall Calendar Contest

    It’s that time of year again for the ICAN member’s popular Wall Calendar contest! The ICAN calendars are a great way for you to get your work in print and up on other members’ studio walls. The ICAN Wall Calendar call for entries is a members-only exclusive contest, so mark your calendars and submit your work!

     Calendar contest submission is $10 (admin fee) and is juried by the editorial staff from Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated! Submissions are open now and will end on July 28, 2024, at 11:59pm EDT.

Here are this year's categories:

      • Functional Collection: Everything from mugs to vases and from plates to gravy boats!
      • Sculptural Collection: Everything from flora to fauna and from installation to jewelry!
2025 Calendar Submission

    You may submit up 3 different art piece photos in the following file extensions: JPEG, JPG, TIF; no need to select a category. 

     Landscape-orientated images are preferred over profile views for better fit in a wall-calendar format.

To produce the calendars, we require high-resolution, digital images:
      • 300 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution
      • tif or jpg
      • Minimum print size of 8.5 inches (22 cm) x 11 inches (28 cm)
      • Neutral, clean, uncluttered backgrounds
      • Even lighting

      • A mobile phone can be used to take quality images, but the camera must be set to shoot high-resolution images.

    Photos MUST be saved as: lastname.phototitle. (For example, smith.muggyday.) Photos not submitted in this format will NOT be considered.

    All entries including the form and images must be submitted online at Submittable.com. Emailed entries to Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, or ICAN will not be considered.

Acceptance and decline notifications will be sent by October 1, 2024.

Ceramics Arts Network