Artist Challenges

Sea & Sky Challenge
Fall 2019

 

Thanks for your interest in entering AMCAW’s second worldwide metal clay jewelry competition! The theme for this Challenge is Sea & Sky.

New! We have simplified the categories.

This Challenge has just two categories:

  1. Jewelry
  2. Non-jewelry – This category could be a box, vase, tool or utensil, in fact, anything that isn’t jewelry!

We challenge you to create an original piece that reflects your interpretation of the theme.

Challenge closed on October 4th, 2019. Scroll down for winners!

Each category will have a winner and Certificate of Merit awards. There will also be a People’s Choice Award.

People’s Choice Award

The criteria for the People’s Choice award has changed. Once the winners in each category have been selected, we’re asking our jurors to select several entries to be awarded a Certificate of Merit. These will be pieces that just missed out on being winners but the jury felt were particularly good examples of metal clay work. These pieces have been put forward for the People’s Choice award. 

The People’s Choice Award voting has now closed and the winner will be announced on December, 5. 

Interested in who won the Flash & Fire Spring 19 challenge?

Check out the Winner’s Gallery

Juror’s comments on Sea & Sky challenge entries:

After December 5, we will enable the juror’s comments on Artcall so the individual can view the comments about their entry. This information will only be available to the person who entered the piece by logging into their Artcall account and viewing their submission.

Winners

WINNER Jewelry

Liz Sabol, USA

Man in the Moon pendant
With glow in the dark resin

 

WINNER Non Jewelry

Bretworth Apthorp, USA

Dancing Anemone candle holder

Juror comments:

Nice design, balance, visual flow & execution. Great use of materials. Back complements the front & invites the viewer to look again ( and learn the story …)  Meets all criteria for challenge. Original design with clever special effect (moon glow). Impeccable workmanship and attention to detail. Pleasing composition. Great use and control of color. Good use of line, pattern and space. Front, back and sides all complement each other with unified theme. 

Photo credit: Artist’s own

Juror comments:

Good use of repetition using sculpted shapes to create rhythm and movement. Contrast created with use of smooth gold on rough silver.  Nice concept & use of materials! Well balanced & uplifting! 

Photo credit: Artist’s own

People’s Choice Award

People’s Choice Award

Kim Rumberger, USA

Freedom of Expression
The lid is a detachable medallion which can also be worn as a pendant.

Juror comments:

Excellent composition and placement of elements. Contrast is created using size, texture, and patina. Craftsmanship is neat and precise. Incorporation of stones creates focal point. All parts of piece work together with purpose and intention.

Photo credit: Artist’s own

Certificates of Merit

Bretworth Apthorp, Margate Necklace

Bretworth Apthorp, Seaweed Splendour

Evelyn Dombkowski, By the Light of the Moon

Marianne Donohoe, It's Everywhere

Susan Hushin, This is Bob

Carol-Ann Michaelson, Silver Stingray

Laura Moore, So Many Fishes

Kim Rumberger, Freedom of Expression

Ana Townsend, Sea and Sky

Stephanie Zier, This Land is Your Land

Juror’s comments on Sea & Sky challenge entries:

After December 5, we will enable the juror’s comments on Artcall so the individual can view the comments about their entry. This information will only be available to the person who entered the piece by logging into their Artcall account and viewing their submission.

Prizes

Jewelry

50 gm PMC Flex (Rio)

2 x 50 gm packages Goldie Bronze Hard

2 X 50 gm packages Goldie Bronze Soft

2 X 50 gm packages Goldie White Iron

Package of dichroic glass cabochons (made & donated by Lisel Crowley)

Non Jewelry

50 gm EZ960 (Cool Tools)

2 x 50 gm packages Goldie Bronze Hard

2 X 50 gm packages Goldie Bronze Soft

2 X 50 gm packages Goldie White Iron

Package of dichroic glass cabochons (made & donated by Lisel Crowley)

People’s Choice Award

2 x 15 gm packages PMC3 (Rio)

2 x 50 gm packages Goldie Bronze Hard

2 X 50 gm packages Goldie Bronze Soft

2 X 50 gm packages Goldie White Iron

Set of sculpting tools (donated by Jan Coussens)

Sponsors

Jan Coussens

Jan Coussens

Jurors

Randi Harper

Randi Harper

Randi describes herself as a Possibilitarian!

Read more about Randi…

Sherri Haab

Sherri Haab

Sherri is a best selling craft author who specializes in metal clay.

Read more about Sherri…

Corina Gheorghe

Corina Gheorghe

Corina is a metal clay teacher, and Chair of the AMCAW Education committee.

Read more about Corina…

Artist Information

Please read the rules below carefully before creating your piece; we’ve also provided guidelines to help you select your category and prepare your entry.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:-

  • Design innovation and originality
  • Successful incorporation of materials
  • Quality of workmanship

Cost

There is no cost to enter the 2019 Sea & Sky Challenge, you simply need to be a current member of AMCAW. All submissions will be checked against our member database before entry into the Challenge. Click here for more information about membership.

Key Dates

October 4, 2019 – Submission deadline for all entries
October 29, 2019 – Winners of the first two categories announced
November 1, 2019 – General public voting opens for the People’s Choice award
December 1, 2019 – Voting closes for the People’s Choice award
December 5, 2019 – Winner of the People’s Choice award announced

 

Submission Guidelines

How to Submit your Entry 

  • Submit one photograph of your piece following the rules for submitting photographs. 
  • Fill in the form that accompanies your photograph. 
  • Accept the terms and the privacy requirements. 

Rules on Submitting Photographs 

The only thing the jury will see when they are making their deliberations is the photograph of your submission. It is vitally important that your photograph represents your work in the very best way possible. Here are the rules for submitting your photographs: 

  • Use a high-quality photograph with a plain, black, graduated or white, smooth, uncluttered background and no additional props (plants, rocks, ring stands, busts etc.)
  • Do not show jewelry on a model or hold the piece in your hand.
  • Jewelry must be complete and ready to wear.
  • Details of the piece should be clearly visible in the image.
  • The photograph must be in focus and well lit.
  • Images should be 300-dpi, JPEG format and no larger than 4MB.
  • Only two photographs of the same piece may be entered per person. The second photograph should show detail not seen in the first photograph
  • Do not list your name, company name or logo or any other information that may identify you in your photograph.

Information about your submission 

Each submission must include the following information: 

  • The category. 
  • The name of the piece. 
  • What the piece is – necklace, earrings, hair clip, box, sculpture etc. 
  • The dimensions of the piece. 
  • Type of metal clay used – fine silver, sterling silver, 960/950, bronze, copper etc. Do not include the brand. 
  • Other materials used – type of metal, stones, beads, other media etc.
  • Photographer credit if applicable.

Categories for Entry 

  • Jewelry 
  • Non-jewelry

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:- 

  • Design innovation and originality. 
  • Successful incorporation of materials. 
  • Quality of workmanship. 

Key Dates 

October 4, 2019 Submission deadline for all entries

October 29, 2019 Winners of the first two categories announced

October 29, 2019 General public voting opens for the People’s Choice award

December 1, 2019 Voting closes for the People’s Choice award

December 5, 2019 Winner of the People’s Choice award announced

Juror’s comments

After December 5, we will enable the juror’s comments on Artcall so the individual can view the comments about their entry. This information will only be available to the person who entered the piece by logging into their Artcall account and viewing their submission. 

Sea & Sky Challenge FAQs and things to clarify

 

Q: Who can enter, and who can’t?

A: Anyone can enter, except AMCAW board members, advisory board, and committee chairmen.  You just need to become a member of AMCAW before entering and can join anytime right up to the entry deadline. Membership will be checked on the closing date to ensure the artist is still a current member. Entries for anyone with a lapsed membership will not be accepted.  

Q: I can’t afford a professional photographer. How can I get a good image of my piece?

A: There are many free online tutorials about taking jewelry photographs; try Googling “taking jewelry photos” to find one. One key thing is lighting; it’s not all about the camera you’re using. Good images are possible with the newer phones, but you do need to use good lighting to get a clear picture and remember to save the image at the largest possible size.

Q: I can’t upload my image, it’s telling me the size is wrong. How do I resize my image?

A: There are a number of free image resizing programs online which can help.  Try Googling “resize photos” or try one of these free sites:  resizeimage.net, pixlr.com, or paint.net. If your computer uses Windows 10, your Paint application is also a good resource.  Tip:  It’s best to upload your photo a few days before the deadline so you can submit another photo if the first one isn’t sized correctly or is in the wrong format.

Q: I don’t understand the image size requirements.  What is 1000px?

A: Px means pixels; your photo should be between 1000 pixels and 4000 pixels in size.  Most photo resizing applications allow you to adjust the pixel size, as well as save it in a .jpeg format.  

Q: Help!  I think I’m a member of AMCAW but none of my emails or passwords are being recognized online.  

A: Just send an email to hello@amcaw.org and we will help you.

Q: Can I enter now and join AMCAW later?

A: All entries will be verified for membership on October 4, 2019. If you’re new to AMCAW, you must join prior to October 4 so you are showing on our membership list prior to the entries being checked on October 4.  If you’re a renewing member, please make sure you’ve renewed your membership prior to October 4.   

Q: I always wait until the last minute!  Can I enter on the last day?

A: Yes, but if anything is wrong with your entry, such as the photo, you won’t have time to resubmit it.  Don’t risk it!  We know time is always tight for artists, so go ahead and start the entry process with your basic information at your earliest convenience; your info will wait safely in the system until you’re ready to upload your photo.      

Q: What happens if my piece is rejected for some reason – can I resubmit?

A: Yes.  If anything doesn’t meet the guidelines, you will be sent an email saying your entry has not been accepted, giving you details of why (for example, photo isn’t clear enough). You can then correct and resubmit it, but keep in mind that your resubmitted entry must be received by the deadline. Anything received after the October 4 deadline can’t be accepted.

Q: The theme of this challenge is not for me. Will there be other challenges in the future?

A: Yes, we intend to have at least two challenges a year. We are also planning a number of other opportunities for members of AMCAW to get their work published – raising your profile not just in the metal clay community, but also in the wider metal working world. 

Sea & Sky Challenge rules
  1. This competition is only open to members of AMCAW. All submissions will be checked against our member database on the date the Challenge closes, October 4, 2019 (midnight Pacific time), before entry into the Challenge. Submissions from non-members or members whose membership has lapsed will not be accepted or acknowledged. 
  2. Please read the submission and photograph guidelines carefully and ensure you follow them. Submissions which do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted and you will be informed that your entry is not in an acceptable format. You may resubmit the entry using the correct format before the deadline, so it’s to your advantage to enter the Challenge early. 
  3. Members can submit up to three entries, but each entry must be submitted separately and must follow the submission guidelines. 
  4. All entries must be submitted by the deadline of October 4, 2019, there will be no exceptions. Late entries will be notified that they will not be considered for the competition. 
  5. All entries must be the work of the AMCAW member submitting it, and must be a unique and original design. 
  6. All entries must use metal clay in part or in full. Mixed media work is acceptable, but the entry should use metal clay as a significant element in the design. 
  7. Entries should not have won an award in any other competition prior to January 2019. 
  8. There are two categories of entry, jewelry and non-jewelry. 
  9. The jury will be looking for design innovation and originality, successful incorporation of materials and quality of workmanship.
  10. Photographs should be high resolution, between 1,000 and 4,000 pixels, in .jpeg format, and no larger than 4 MB.
  11. The jury will evaluate each photographic entry anonymously – in other words, without knowing the name of the member who submitted it. Do not show your name, company name or logo or any other information that may identify you in your photograph. 
  12. When you enter a piece in this challenge, you agree to AMCAW using the image of your piece in publicity, sharing your name and image with our sponsors – who may use it in their publicity – sharing it with other members of AMCAW and the general public. AMCAW reserves the right to use the image on their website, in their advertising and on social media. By entering this challenge, you are agreeing to these conditions. 
  13. Employees of AMCAW, members of the AMCAW board and the Advisory Panel, committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs and their immediate family members may not participate.
  14. Winners in either category are not eligible for the People’s Choice Award.
  15. All shipping, import tax, duty and handling charges for prizes sent will be paid by AMCAW. Duty, tax, etc., may need to be paid by the recipient (depending on your local tax and import rules) but AMCAW will reimburse you upon receiving official receipts for payment.
  16. The decision of the jury is final. 
  17. Winners will be notified by email.