ICAN Members Juried Exhibition Opportunities

Drumroll Please…Presenting the 2020 ICAN Juried Exhibition!

This year’s juror, Katie Sleyman, Acquisitions and Content Editor of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, has had her work cut out for her with an exceptional cast of outstanding submissions. She selected 20 ceramic works to be included in this year’s exhibition, which will be on display at the ICAN booth (#400 in the convention center) from March 25–27, at the NCECA conference in Richmond, Virginia.



2020 Juried Exhibition Winners:

Marion Angelica, Flat Iron Teapot
Hayne Bayless, Small Teapot with Hinge Lid
Fong Choo, Ameboid
Kimberly Cook, Me and My Teabird
Hannah Graeper Carver, Cobalt Teapot
William Jackson III, Sci-Fi Teapots
Swanica Ligtenberg, Horsehair Raku Mishima Teapot Set
Scott McClellan, Terra-Cotta Teapot
Brooke Millecchia, Foyer
Polina Miller, Tea Set
Stephanie Osser, Bluebird Teapot
Lora Rust, Ivory Nouveau Teapot
Shana Salaff, Chubby Teapot
Sam Scott, Black and White Teapot 1
Marcia Selsor, Botanical Vision
Ulla Sonne, The Geometric Teapot
Hayun Surl, Untitled
Leilani Trinka, Perahu Teapot
Joan Ulrich, Roundabout Tea
Adam Yungbluth, Over the Top Grand Stand Teapot

ICAN thanks all members who that submitted their work. Please join us in congratulating the winners! If you would like to see larger images of the Short and Stout artwork, head on over to the gallery page!    

JUROR: Katie Sleyman, Acquisitions and Content Editor of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated

Juror’s Biography

Katie Sleyman studied ceramics at the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated with a BA in studio art. Two years in the post-baccalaureate program at the University of Arkansas focused her studio practice and gave her the opportunity to work as a studio technician and instructor at a local community arts center. After completing her MFA in ceramics at Ohio University, Katie joined the editorial staff and currently works as acquisitions and content editor for Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Ceramic Recipes.

Outside of the office, Katie spends time making work in her home studio. Generally, projects are kept contained to the spare bedroom, but occasionally, to the dismay of her partner and cat, they spill over into other spaces. She enjoys watching competitive baking shows, exploring Columbus, and learning new crafts (most recently, small metals).

Juror’s Statement

For me, the teapot evokes feelings of warmth and comfort, along with images of steaming cups and weekend mornings. More than other functional forms that accompany the slower moments of everyday life, this vessel also reminds me of the challenge of working with clay. Each part of the teapot—its body, spout, handle, lid, and foot—must be considered, designed, and executed to work in unison.

Evaluating the many submissions to select only 20 teapots was a difficult task, and the pieces shown here reflect the skill and ingenuity of the entries as a whole. In assessing each teapot, I looked for evident confidence in the handing and craft of material, creativity in approach to form, and a certain tempting quality that sparked in me the desire to take hold of its handle and pour. The variety in construction, firing technique, surface, form, and gesture demonstrates the innumerable ways of addressing the challenge of making a teapot. Utilitarian, playful, ornate, or quiet, each teapot in this grouping invites interaction.

Call for entry is CLOSED!

2020 ICAN Juried Exhibition @ NCECA:

Short & Stout

The annual ICAN Juried Exhibition at NCECA is back for its 10th year in 2020. ICAN hosts a juried exhibition of its members’ ceramic artwork to be presented at the annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference. The event attracts approximately 6,000 ceramic potters, sculptors, collectors, students, teachers, gallery owners, industry leaders, and other prominent leaders and makers in the field. This is an excellent opportunity for ICAN members to show their work in person to who’s who in the field.

This year’s members-only, juried exhibition theme is the teapot! All functional and sculptural teapots can be submitted! This year’s juror is Katie Sleyman, acquisitions and content editor of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

In addition to the winning entries being displayed at NCECA, each piece will be showcased on the ICAN website for the remainder of the 2020 year. With your ICAN membership, you have a chance to share your work with the world!

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Dates to know:

  • November 7th, 2020: Call for entry opens
  • January 9th January 23rd, 2020: Submission deadline at 11:59PM EST
  • January 22nd, 2020: Acceptance notification
  • February 21st, 2020: Shipped artwork due at the ICAN office
  • March 25–28, 2020: Exhibition at NCECA

Contest policies & how to submit:

  1. Entrants must have an active ICAN membership both at the time of application and at the time of the exhibition.
  2. All entries must be submitted on Submittable (if you don’t have an account, it is free to join), and please use/reference the email your ICAN account is under.
  3. Works submitted for consideration may be no larger than 8 x 8 inches. Works must be suitable for pedestal display in gallery setting.
  4. Members can submit up to 3 high-resolution (300 ppi) digital images of different artwork that are at least 2500 pixels in the largest dimension, preferably square, on a neutral background. Photo quality counts!
  5. Accepted entries must be shipped to the ICAN office by February 21st, 2020. ICAN will be responsible for the return of each piece following the close of the exhibition.
  6. Absolutely no shipping crates will be accepted.

Entry Fee:
The cost of entering the 2020 ICAN Juried Exhibition is an administrative fee of $35 USD for up to 3 images. All major credit cards and PayPal are acceptable payments.

Questions about your application?
For questions about submissions, please contact earbogast@ceramics.org


Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ICAN or The American Ceramic Society, including the officers, members, employees, agents and volunteers. ICAN will exercise reasonable care in handling all artwork but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ICAN’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist.
Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright interests or claims that they have in their art. By submitting images you give ICAN the right to use and reproduce the images to market and document the exhibition and to enable the image to be part of an online exhibition.
Terms & Conditions: ICAN reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control. Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions.
Shipping Artwork: Artwork that is accepted by the juror and needs to be shipped to participate in the exhibition. The artist must pack their work professionally to ensure the pieces protection through shipment and unpacking. ICAN is not responsible for able broken artwork during the shipment to the exhibition.
Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person should pick it up on the dates and times given by ICAN. Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent within 6-8 weeks. The artist must notify ICAN in writing of any changes in their contact information, or their intended place or time of return of their art, prior to the end of the exhibition. The artist is solely responsible for any time, materials, storage, shipment, or other charges that may arise from inadequate packaging, delayed or redirected shipments, nonresponse of the artist, or any other artist requests.

The 2019 ICAN Online Juried Exhibition: Bottoms Up!

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ICAN Online Juried Exhibition

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Check out the gallery for the 2019 ICAN Juried Exhibition!

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Want to see more?

Click the links below to see winners from previous years.

2019 Juried Show Winners

2018 Juried Show Winners

2017 Juried Show Winners

2016 Juried Show WinnersSomething Old, Something New

2015 Juried Show Winners

2014 Juried Show WinnersTranscending Material

2013 Juried Show WinnersGREEN

2012 Juried Show WinnersThe Chromatic Edge

2011 Juried Show WinnersThe Shoulders We Stand On

2010 Juried Show WinnersFILL-adelphia