The 2017 International Polymer Clay Association Awards

Call for Entry

Theme: To Boldly Go...


  • April 1, 2017 - June 12, 2017 - Submissions Accepted.
  • June 22-July 7, 2017 – Online Voting.
  • July/August IPCA Publication – winners announced.
  • August 16, 2017 – Synergy4, Presentation of the winners and awards.


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

  • IPCA Adult member: $30 for 3 entries.
  • Students pay a lower rate of $20 for 3 entries , including 1 free student membership year.
    Only 1 membership year will be added.


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

Digital File Requirements


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: 2017_first initial_lastname_number of entry.
  • Submit two images of each entry.

The Digital Image Composition of Your Entries

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. Kindly do not use props and keep to a plain background.

A Submission Includes

Two digital images of the submission, 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 (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 (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 (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 predominate 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 membership and events.

Jurors for the 2017 IPCA Awards Competition – are to be announced.

April 1st, 2017 12:00 AM   through   June 12th, 2017 11:59 PM
International Polymer Clay Association
4445 Corporation Lane
Ste 264
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
United States
Entry Categories and Fees
Student $ 20.00
IPCA Member $ 30.00
IPCA Individual Membership $ 35.00

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