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Superbly Sintered
Masterful Designs in Metal Clay

How would you like a piece of your best work exhibited to an international gathering of metal clay enthusiasts at our first conference? Superbly Sintered: Masterful Designs in Metal Clay will be a celebration of the very best designs from metal clay artists around the world.

Up to 25 pieces of exceptional work will be chosen by a distinguished jury for entry into this exhibition so the competition will be fierce.

And you have the chance of winning our Best in Show Award! The prize is $500 and the winner will be announced at the conference’s Closing Celebration.

Voting for the Best in Show Award will be open to everyone in the metal clay community as the vote will be online. It will also be heavily promoted via social media, exposing your work to a wide audience of people interested in all kinds of metal work.

Every piece selected will have a unique display created by Robert Dancik so you know your piece will be shown in its best light. All the chosen pieces will also be presented in a virtual exhibition on the AMCAW conference website with a link to the artist’s website, social media or selling page. This will be heavily promoted not just to conference delegates but to the wider metal clay community via social media, providing significant promotion for you.

So, are you interested? Read on to find out how to submit a piece for consideration.

What are we looking for?

  • Exceptional work in metal clay
  • A unique and original design
  • Excellent craftsmanship
  • Something that uses the unique properties of metal clay

How do I submit my entry?

We will use the ArtCall system that’s used for our challenges and calendar submissions. If you already have an ArtCall account, you can use that to log into the exhibition submission site.

The entry fee – see below – covers up to three image submissions per artist. You have one main image to show the jury the piece so make sure it is clear, in focus and well lit. The jury need to see the whole piece from the front as everything will be displayed that way in the exhibition. You can upload a second image to show detail if necessary.

You can submit jewelry, body adornment or decorative items using any type or brand of metal clay.

Remember, this exhibition is for exceptional work so make sure you submit your absolute best piece(s), well photographed and wow the jury.

Who can submit pieces for this exhibition?

This exhibition is open to everyone working in metal clay. 

What is the deadline for entry?

  • Submission opens – 1st October 2021
  • Submission closes – 31st December 2021

What is the cost of entry?

There is a flat rate of $10 for both AMCAW members and non-members. This allows you to submit up to three entries.

What else do I need to know?

The jury selection process will run in early January 2022 and successful artists will be informed by late January 2022. The piece will need to be with Robert Dancik in the USA by mid-March so he can create the displays.

Artists are responsible for all costs associated with shipping their piece by secure, insured courier with all customs and import duties paid. They must also arrange for insured return shipping and include a return shipping label with customs documentation when they send their piece.

Successful artists who are attending the conference can retrieve their pieces on the evening of the last day and the display will also be available for artists to take if they want it. If you know someone attending the conference you can have them retrieve your piece for you, but you must let AMCAW know this when you send in your piece. Pieces returned to the artist by post will be packaged as they were received.

Please read the full terms and conditions for this exhibition before submitting something for jury consideration.


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Tim McCreight

Tim McCreight is a designer, teacher, author and metalsmith.

Read more about Tim here…

Erin Harris

Donna Penoyer

Donna, known affectionately as ‘The Whistle Lady’, has been working in metal clay since 2005.

Read more about Donna here…

may bartrum

Terry Kovalcik

Terry brings almost 45 years of experience as an artist/maker to his metal clay jewelry.

Read more about Terry here…