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.


It’s that time of year again for the popular ICAN member’s-only 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 contest is a members-only exclusive contest, so mark your calendars and submit your work!

Calendar contest will be juried by the editorial staff from Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated! 

All ICAN members who are selected for publication in one of the 2023 ICAN wall calendars will receive two (2) free calendars (members will only receive copies of the calendars they are published in.)

The contest ends on September 1st at 11:59PM Eastern time zone. Any submissions received after this time will be disqualified.

Here are this years categories:

• Dynamic Surfaces
• Color Bursts
• Form and Function
2023 Calendar Submission

You may submit a total of 3 different images of ceramic art (no need to select a category.)

To produce the calendars, we require high-resolution, digital images:
• 300 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution

• Minimum print size of 8.5 in. (22 cm) x 11 in. (28 cm)

• TIF, JPG, or PNG formats accepted

• Neutral backgrounds

• Horizontal images preferred (for better calendar format fit)

• Uncropped (do not crop the image too close to your ceramic piece, more background is preferred for better page fit)

• 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  with the following file format naming convention: lastname.phototitle (For example: smith.untitled01 or anderson.bluevase). Photos not submitted in this format will NOT be considered. ICAN reserves the right to adjust some images for the purpose of publication.

Contest form and photos must be submitted online at Submittable. Entries submitted by email or mailed directly to ICAN will be disqualified. All late entries will be disqualified.


The 3rd Annual ICAN Holiday Cup Show
What have you been up to in the studio? Submit your best ceramic cups to the 3rd Annual ICAN Holiday Cup Show! Send us images of your cups (mugs, yunomis, tumblers, goblets, shot glasses, and teacups are welcome, too!) to gain international exposure, including the chance to be featured in Pottery Making Illustrated! Our jury—the editors of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated—will look for works that demonstrate exemplary creativity, ingenuity, experimentation, and imagination.

Important Dates:
Call for entry opens: October 27, 2022
Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to December 4, 2022, 11:59PM EST USA
Exhibition Dates: December 8, 2022–February 2, 2023

Prizes and opportunities:
—Best in Show: A feature in an upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated!
—All finalist’s images will be shown online in the ICAN Exhibition Gallery. Following the conclusion of the show, they will be stored permanently online in the ICAN Exhibition Archives.
—Selected works may be listed for sale. ICAN will help put makers and buyers together for exclusive sales.

Contest policies & how to submit:
• The ICAN Online Exhibition is open to all current and new ICAN members that are 18 years of age or older.
• Members can submit up to 3 high-resolution (300 ppi) digital images of different artwork that are at least 2500 pixels in the largest dimension (or at least 5x7 inches when printed). *Please be sure that when you submit your images of work that the ceramic artwork fills the frame and that the background does not distract from the artwork. ICAN reserves the right to adjust some images for the purpose of publication.
• All entries must be completed through this Submittable form. All other entries will not be accepted.
• Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration, and upload up to 2 images of each piece of artwork.
• A $12 Submittable processing fee will be charged for each person’s submission ($12 for three entries).
• Artists must provide complete caption information for each image, including: title, dimensions, materials, firing temperature, and date created.
• All entries must be constructed primarily of clay. 

• Artists must provide complete caption information for each image, including: title, dimensions, materials, firing temperature, and date created. 

• All artwork for sale must be marked with a price in the caption (including shipping and handling) or marked NFS (Not For Sale).

• All artwork must remain available for the full duration of the exhibition.

Entry Fee:
The cost of entering is an administrative fee of $12 USD for up to 3 images. All major credit cards and PayPal are acceptable payments.  
Questions about your application?
For questions about submissions, please contact


All ceramic artists, both US and international, who have been actively pursuing a career in ceramics for 10 years or less are invited to apply to the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist competition.

Selected artists will have their work published in the May 2023 issue of the magazine.  

To be considered for the Emerging Artist competition, please submit the following materials via Submittable by February 10, 2023:

1. 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)

2. Complete caption information for each image including materials, processes used, firing temperature, dimensions, and date completed

3. Contact information (including email and current mailing address)

4. Current artist statement and résumé saved as a PDF, Word, or .txt document. 

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