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.

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.

Ceramics Arts Network