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2018 International Polymer Clay Awards

IPCAwardsIt is with great excitement that we launch the 2018 IPCA Awards Call for Entry. This year’s theme is “themeless”. Yes, that’s right there is no theme.

The jurors fors this years competition are Georg Dinkel, John McKinnon and Lena Vigna.

A catalog of all submissions will be published following the voting. We look forward to seeing the works of art that you choose to share with us.


•September 10, 2018 through January 4, 2019 Submissions of Entries Accepted.

•January 14-28, 2019 jurors evaluate work, elect category winners and best of show

•Feb 4-22, 2017 Online Voting by IPCA members for “members’ favorite”


Open to all IPCA members, visit this link to join in advance.

•IPCA member or student: $15 for the first entry - $10 each for an additional entry – maximum 3 entries total

•Non members: $25 for the first entry - $10 each for an additional entry – maximum 3 entries total


The entries submitted must be recent work, within the last 12 months.

Digital File Requirements

Important Works that have been published elsewhere, by image or video, on print, digital media or other calls for entry exhibit are not eligible and will be disqualified. Once the voting has closed, then images (or videos) of the entries can be posted, but not until after the voting had ended.

•JPG files at 300 dpi that do not exceed 800 pixels wide or tall.

•The Naming Convention for Your Image Files: 2018_first initial_lastname_number of entry.

•You may submit up to two images of each entry. Please make sure your images are clear, in focus and of professional quality. These are images for juror evaluation and not for retail sale or promotion. Do not use a logo or name identification and keep the background plain. An Entry Includes Two digital images of your piece, title, description (200 words or less), list of materials used and dimensions of the work of art. Please take time to prepare a concise and interesting description of your piece. The jurors will be taking this into consideration during their evaluation process.


•Student – aged 16 – 22, must provide proof of enrollment in school.

•Emerging Artist - this is their first juried exhibition.

•Applicant Artist- has participated in other juried exhibitions


Wearable Jewelry

Examples (including but not limited to): pendants, earrings, brooches, bracelets, ensembles, diadems, hair ornaments and rings. Works must be functional and fabricated predominately from polymer.

Functional Containers

Examples (including but not limited to): hollow vessels, boxes, receptacles, reliquaries, bowls and purses. The use of an internal armature is accepted in this category. Completed works must be fabricated predominately from polymer.

Non-functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

Examples (including but not limited to): sculpture (figurative and non-figurative), polymer mural wall pieces, portraits, landscapes or as mosaic compositions. The use of an internal armature is accepted in this category. Completed works must be fabricated predominately from polymer.

Mixed Media

This category combines polymer with other fabrication techniques such as wood working, steel/iron forging, metalsmithing, fashion/clothing and furniture. Although the use of polymer isn’t necessarily predominant in this category, it must be recognizable as such in the finished piece of work.


Jurors will select winners for:

•Best of Category, by entry level

•Best of Show - will receive a cash prize of $500. IPCA members will vote for the Members’ Favorite.

•Members’ Favorite - will receive a cash prize of $250.

All winners will receive the International Polymer Clay Association Award for Excellence

All entries will be featured in the on-line version of the International Polymer Clay Awards catalog, available to only IPCA members. Also a printed version of the International Polymer Clay Association Awards catalog will be available for anyone to purchase. All jury selected artists’ entries will be featured in IPCA promotional PR releases for the International Polymer Awards as well as magazine ads promoting IPCA member

2017 International Polymer Clay Awards Results

View the Galleries of all participants by clicking this link.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants.

Best In Show

 1922 AA MM 2a 1922 AA NSHA 1a 

Best in Show       Juror’s Choice >> TIE

Georg Dinkel       Day of Judgement

Best in Show       Juror’s and Member’s Choice >> TIE

Georg Dinkel       The Rat Ship

Overall                    Best in Show       Member’s Choice

Georg Dinkel       The Rat Ship

2017 IPCA Awards – Emerging Artists

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2017 International Polymer Clay Awards Gallery

IPCAwardsIt is with great excitement that we launch the 2017 IPCA Awards Gallery

This year’s theme was “To Boldly Go.”  There were 28 competitors from 11 countries. The juror and members' choice winners will be announced on August 16 at the Synergy4 closing banquet. The winners will be posted here shortly thereafter.

Click here to view the galleries.

Congratulations to all these bold artists:

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IPCA Announcing the 2015 International Polymer Clay Award Winners

Grand Prize Winner

Wendy Jorre de St Jorre


 WendyJorredestjorre 002 - final

Members' Choice Grand Prize Winner

Georg Dinkel

TV Schrein – TV Shrine

 2015 G Dinkel 1a  2015 G Dinkel 1b 

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Emerging Artists - Non-functional Sculpture and Hanging Art

Hover your cursor over each image to see the artist's name and information about the work.

Click the Details button to view a second image of the work, if available.

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Nikolina Otržan

Nikolina Otržan

To boldly go where no cats have gone before... - collection

It's 2350 and cats decided it was a high time they started exploring the Universe themselves. They'd built their first Cruiser and off they went. Their first colony was in the Alpha quadrant. They wanted to keep close to Federation since they'd heard that they are creatures out there even scarier than humans, so they figured out it's better to stick to already known enemies.

And, of course, they wanted to get their hands on Federation's replicators, so they never had to worry about having enough food again. Next ship they built was a Napper. Napper's never gotten a replicator, but it had a huge supplies of catnip. By the way, catnip was a ticket if you wanted to visit those cats, they would never receive anybody without it. Once dog delegation came knocking without catnip. Cats let them in, took them hostages and made their relatives build them a brand new docking station. :) Then they built the Explorer. It's not that they really needed it, but some older cats were getting really fed up with those kittens constantly running around, so that was the perfect way to get rid of them. For a while, at least. And when they thought they can finally enjoy some peace and quiet, the Borg came. So they needed another ship… and another…“

All those pieces were made only out of polymer clay and they are completely hollow. Napper is also a brooch and Cruiser is a pendant. Cruiser has a little round about inside, so the cord is fed around it. Defender also has 2 round abouts, so basically it could be transformed into a pendant. Size wise, Cruiser measures 8x5 cm, Napper 9,5x3 cm, Explorer 11x2 cm, Defender 16x3 cm and the Docking station is 11x5x10.

Fiona Abel-Smith

Fiona Abel-Smith

One small step....one giant leap

Dreams of flight aren’t restricted to man, and preparing to take that first step into the unknown has called to many a soul. In this case, tales of wondrous dragons inspire a humble lizard to take to the skies. He builds a hang glider from twigs, leaves and petals ready to launch into the air, to boldly go where dragons went before. The top of the glider is covered in leaves, the bottom made up with a colourful array of petals, he clings on tight to the frame and takes that one small step. Made completely from Polymer Clay on a wired frame with a small hidden brick base for ballast, the whole piece is precariously balanced on one point, as the lizard takes that final step. The weight of the hang glider needed to be kept to a minimum in order to maintain the balance, but the overall feeling of launching off the stones was paramount.

The piece is 13 x 11.5 x 12 inches, (33 x 29 x 30cm).