ICAN Members Juried Exhibition Opportunities

Call for entry CLOSED for the
2020 ICAN Online Juried Exhibition: Spring Form 

Dates to know:
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2020
Exhibition Dates: June 14–July 12, 2020


  • Best in Show: A feature in Pottery Making Illustrated.
  • All finalist’s pieces will be shown online in the ICAN Exhibition Gallery. Following the conclusion of the show, they will be stored permanently online in the ICAN Exhibition Archives.
  • All winning pieces will be for sale on the ICAN website for the duration of the exhibition!

The 2020 ICAN Online Juried Exhibition Spring Form contest is open to all current and new ICAN members. All entries must be constructed primarily of clay. Juried from digital only. A maximum of three entries per member.

All entries must be submitted through Submittable, along with a $10 processing fee. No late entries accepted.

Contest policies & how to submit:

  1. The Online Juried Exhibition is open to all current ICAN members that are 18 years of age or older.
  2. 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 (or at least 5×7 inches in print size). *Please be sure that when you submit you images of work that the ceramic artwork fills the frame and that the background is simple without distractions.
  3. All entries must be completed through this Submittable form. All other entries will not be accepted.
  4. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration, and upload up to 2 images of each piece of artwork.
  5. A $10 Submittable processing fee will be charged for each person’s submission ($10 for three entries).
  6. Artists must provide complete caption information for each image, including: title, dimensions, materials, firing temperature, and date created.
  7. All entries must be constructed primarily of clay.
  8. All submitted work must be for sale, excluding international entries. Purchased artwork can only be shipped to the US and Canada at this time. Members from outside of the US and Canada can still participate, but their items will not be made available for sale.
  9. Artists must have a PayPal account in order for payments to be processed.
  10. All artwork for sale must remain available for the full duration of the exhibition.
  11. The artwork sold must be the exact same piece entered into the contest.
  12. If sold through ICAN and the Online Juried Exhibition, the artwork should be prepared for professional shipment by the artist. Artists are responsible for cost of preparing and shipping selected work(s) to the buyer.
  13. Artists are responsible for their own insurance for shipping should their piece be sold. Artists must provide ICAN with confirmation of shipment within 5 business days of the artwork being sold.

Entry Fee The cost of entering Spring Form! is an administrative fee of $10 USD for up to 3 images. All major credit cards and PayPal are acceptable payments.

Pricing and Sales Commission Artists are free to set the price on their artwork. Artists will receive a commission of 70% of the selling price for their work sold during the exhibition, while ICAN will retain a 30% commission.

The Selling Process Available artwork will be listed on a first come, first served basis. Buyers will need to email ICAN (earbogast@ceramics.org) to select a piece for purchase. Once the payment is received from the Buyer by ICAN, ICAN will inform the Artist to ship the item. Once the item is received in good condition by the Buyer, ICAN will transfer the sales commission directly to the Artist. Should the purchased item be received by the Buyer broken or in an altered condition, ICAN will refund the Buyer the full purchase price unless a resolution can be brokered between the Buyer and Seller.

The 2020 ICAN Juried Exhibition: Short and Stout


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; so please click the link below and check out the winning teapots.

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.

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.

Want to see more?

Click the links below to see the ICAN Online Juried Exhibition winners from previous years:

2019 ICAN Online Juried Exhibition: Bottoms Up! Gallery

Click the links below to see the ICAN Juried Exhibition 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