K-12 Competition

Clay Gulgong K-12 2024

National K-12 Showcase and Competition

In 2024, we are excited that ceramic works from Australian students from K-12 will be showcased in two ways;

Digital K-12 Showcase

Teachers can submit up to five examples of K-12 work (images) to be included in a digital showcase of current ceramic works across all schools in Australia. The Clay Gulgong K-12 team will assemble this showcase which will be shown throughout the festival week at the beginning of each master’s presentations and other key events. At the conclusion of the festival, this comprehensive resource will be made available on the Mansfield Ceramics website as it was in 2022, via PowerPoint/Google slides using a similar format.

Submitting works for the Digital Showcase
Schools can submit up to five slides to the Digital Showcase.
Download the SAMPLE PRESENTATION -> here
You can also open this in Google Slides
Make a copy of the template and rename it with your schools name
Student names in the slide presentation should only be first names and an initial for the surname
Please use clear, well edited images of a high quality resolution
Do not put more than four images on one slide
When the set of school slides are complete, share the slides with Mansfield Ceramics (editor@mansfieldceramics.com)
Make sure that you make Mansfield Ceramics (editor@mansfieldceramics.com) an editor and that you make General Access – ‘anyone with link’
Entries for the K-12 Digital Showcase must be submitted by Wednesday 10th April, 2024

If you don’t have access to google slides please email images of student work to event@claygulgong.com and include the students first name and school name in the filename and our team will prepare the slideshow for you.

National K-12 competition

In 2024, the National K-12 competition will be re-launched after the disruption of the pandemic.

Finalists will be selected from works submitted as digital images and schools and students will be asked to make the work available for the exhibition at Clay Gulgong. Expert judges will then award the prizes.

Teachers will be able to submit individual student works in the following year group categories.
There will be a winner selected in each category. At the judges discretion, there will be one or more Highly Commended work

  • Foundation – Stage 2
  • Stage 3
  • Stage 4
  • Stage 5
  • Stage 6

Entering works for the competition

We have updated the process of submitting images.

You can now submit images and details for each student in the form below. There can be multiple images for one student but please do a separate entry for each student.

For each student you enter into the K-12 National Competition, digital image filenames need to be labeled in the following format.
School name_State_ Student surname_Stage#
Eg. Hogwarts_NSW_Potter_Stage 5

If entering multiple images for one student please add 1, 2 or 3 after the student surname in the filename.

Submitting entries for K-12 National Competition




    • It is important that the works selected as finalists can be sent to the Clay Gulgong festival so they can be exhibited during the festival.
    • Schools will need to organise transport to and from the Festival. If you need assistance for this please send an email to: editor@mansfieldceramics.com
    • Works will need to delivered by Monday, 15th April. If your student is a selected finalist, there will be further details provided.
    • They will need to be collected at the conclusion of the festival from the exhibition site no later than Saturday 20th April.

    Entries for the K-12 Competition must be submitted by Wednesday, 3rd April, 2024

    Terms and Conditions for K-12 Competition

    • Student works must have been produced in the last two years (since Clay Gulgong 2022).
    • Works can be produced using any ceramic process – thrown, cast, handbuilt etc and can be functional or sculptural
    • Works to be exhibited must be fired and be well constructed without fragile parts
    • Works to be exhibited must be made without the need for supports or hanging devices i.e. to be displayed on flat surfaces or on plinths
    • As exhibition space is limited, individual works with many multiple pieces submitted for the competition may not be considered
    • Works need to be transported to Gulgong for the exhibition and collected at the conclusion of the festival
    • Group or class works can only be presented in the National K-12 Showcase
    • Judges decisions are final

    We look forward to your submissions and are excited to continue this wonderful resource and celebration of student work from classrooms across Australia.

    Karen King and Felicity Wood are colleagues, teaching Visual Arts at Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park.

    Karen was Leader of Learning, Creative Arts at Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park for the past 25 years and is now working as an education consultant. Karen has been involved in local, state and national Visual Arts Education, working on syllabus development, HSC examinations and marking. She has worked with regional groups on professional development and advocacy for Visual Arts. In 2013, Karen was awarded the COFA NSW Premier’s Visual Arts Teaching Award enabling her to study contemporary artists and architects whose work has regenerated communities in France, United Kingdom and Japan.


    Felicity is an experienced Visual Arts teacher at Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park who has established the
    Visual Arts department at the College and instigated the programs for ceramics in the Visual Arts curriculum.
    Felicity has led colleagues in Parramatta Diocese in her work with the Visual Arts Network organising exhibitions
    of student work and other network events.



    Past K-12 Digital Showcases

    Clay Gulgong 2022