Clay Gulgong 2021 to host 2nd  K-12 Competition

K-12 Competition


Clay Gulgong 2021 to host the second K-12 Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Clay Gulgong will host the second K-12 Competition, a ceramic competition for Australian students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

Designed to showcase the breadth of young ceramics talent in the country, the competition is intended to run in conjunction with the Clay Gulgong Ceramics Festival.

The premise of the Clay Gulgong K-12 Exhibition is to support and promote the magnificent work of ceramics teachers in schools across Australia. We believe it is important to recognise their positive impact upon students in art classrooms across every state and territory on the national and international stage.

The organising committee at Clay Gulgong invite teachers from schools across all systems to submit entries from their best and brightest ceramics
students. Conditions of entry and the processes for submitting entries are detailed below.

We are indebted to our colleagues in the US who inaugurated and continue to manage the highly successful NCECA K-12 and who are generously advising us.

Exhibition selection and Judges
due to the growing interest in this competition, the finalists for the competition and exhibition in Gulgong will be selected by the Clay Gulgong exhibition committee. The finalists will be notified and then these works will be exhibited and judged at Clay Gulgong.

This year, we are delighted that judging the Clay Gulgong K-12 competition is a panel of expert judges:

Keith Brymer-Jones, Britain
Keith is a working potter for over three decades, founder and CEO of MAKE, and co-judge of the BBC television series The Great Pottery Throw Down. Keith is also the Patron of the National Society of Education in Art and Design, Britain.

Merran Esson, Australia
Merran is a nationally and internationally recognised ceramic artist. As the former head of Ceramics at the National Art School, Sydney, Merran has worked extensively with students in ceramics education.

Certificates and Prizes
All finalist will receive certificates. Winners in each year group will be awarded gift vouchers provided by Clay Gulgong sponsors.

Conditions of Entry

Here is the K-12 information that you need to know:

The K-12 competition is open to K-12 students within Australia only;

  • Teachers must enter existing and finished works made primarily of clay and glaze. Works must have been made since the last Clay Gulgong 2018 and created exclusively by the student;
  • Schools can enter no more than 3 works from any year group category.
  • Works could be wheel thrown, hand built, cast or any combination of these techniques.
  • Teachers must submit 1 work, or body of work* per student for consideration by our jurors.
  • Entry is free.
  • If a submitted work from your school is selected as a finalist, you will have to pay postage or deliver to our Sydney office. Finalist works will then be transported from the Sydney office to Gulgong. Please be aware that organising the transport of selected work to the Sydney office is the responsibility of the teacher. We will provide you with details of our preferred shipping company. Please also see our advice about packing and labelling works.
  • Teachers must complete 1 form for each student entered.
  • Please note that arond 40 – 50 works will be selected for the exhibition across all groups from K-12.
  • Teachers will be notified via email of the Clay Gulgong’s committees decisions for the finalists. No discussion will be entered into regarding the committee’s decisions or or the judges’ final decisions for prizes.
  • *A Body of work can be up to three pieces in a series of related works

Please complete the K-12 ENTRY FORM below.


Will finalists / entries be shown at Clay Gulgong or will it be an internet gallery?

 – The works will be exhibited during the Clay Gulgong festival and also on our website as an e-gallery. There will be formal opening during the festival with judges comments provided.

Will you be having any kind of exhibition of student work at Clay Gulgong?

 – The K-12 exhibition will be the only student exhibition at Clay Gulgong.

Does the work have to have been produced in the last 12 months or 2 years?

 – The work does need to have been made in the last 2 years since the previous Clay Gulgong

Can one “artwork” be several pieces – many senior student works are multiples and they consider them to be one work?

 – There is a limit of three pieces of work to a ‘series’ to be judged, critiqued and exhibited as ‘one work’.

What is the closing date for Entries?

– You must complete the online form by March 15 2021. You will be notified about finalists by the end of March

Are there restrictions on the number of pieces entered by one school?

 – Schools can enter no more than 3 works from any year group category.

Who is responsible for getting the works to Gulgong?

– Teachers and their schools are responsible for the packaging and transport costs to the Sydney office. We will provide you with details of our preferred shipping company. Please also see our advice about packing and labelling works.

Is there a size limit on the image upload to your site?

 – Yes, it is 3 megabytes per image

What will the prizes be and how are they structured – each year group or Stage (eg: Stage 5 is Year 9 and 10 and Stage 6 is Year 11 and 12) or Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary?

 – The prize structure for High School students is by year and not stage: Years 7 to 12 will be six separate categories. For the K to 6 students, we are going to have six separate categories too. 

 – All the advice we have received supports this structure, and that is to not judge, critique and exhibit within Stages.