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Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the 2019 International Polymer Clay Awards has been extended to January 31, 2019.

Jurors for the 2018 International Polymer Clay Awards

The International Polymer Clay Association is honored to introduce you to our jurors for the 2018 International Polymer Clay Awards: Lena Vigna, John McKinnon and Georg Dinkel! 

Lena Vigna is currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum, where she oversees the production and implementation of 10-15 exhibitions per year, Lena Vigna has a particular interest in the contemporary fields of adornment, sculpture, fiber, and installation. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions and written several essays that explore issues relevant to contemporary art and society.

John McKinnon is Executive Director of the Elmhurst Art Museum. He has over ten years of curatorial and administrative experience at major art institutions. He has introduced a number of new initiatives and projects at EAM including restorations and site­-specific exhibitions in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House. Previously he was the Program Director for the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2007 to 2010, McKinnon was the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. He has independently curated exhibitions at a variety of non­profit spaces and written for publications such as Artforum, Art Papers, X­TRA, and Flash Art.

Georg Dinkel is a polymer clay artist and professional photographer living in Franconia, Germany. He is known for his unique PMC work including big shrines for digital devices and medieval inspired sculptures. 

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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.

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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

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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).