Current Awards

Speedball Art Products Wheel Award

The Wheel Award is a potter's wheel given to a student of the highest order. Selection for this award is made by the juror from all work in the exhibition. Supplied by Walt Glazer, CEO, Speedball Art Products.

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Created by Speedball Art Products
Paragon Industries Test Kiln Award

One school in the US will receive a top of the line, digital test kiln based upon the work of students and teachers as selected by the juror. Supplied by Arnold Howard of Paragon Industries, L.P. - Better Designed Kilns.

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Created by Paragon Industries
Val Cushing Teaching Award

This is a $500 honorarium given to a ceramic student whose work is of the highest order. Selection for this award is made by the juror and the scholarship committee from all work in the exhibition. Award donated by Dick Wukich of Slippery Rock, PA to honor the teaching legacy and profound impact upon the field of American ceramic education by Val Cushing.

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Created by Dick Wukich
Teacher Award honoring Daniel Rhodes

This $500 award, to an outstanding K-12 teacher, provided by Dick Wukich of Slippery Rock, PA , celebrates Daniel Rhodes’ contribution to the advancement of ceramics, particularly through the written word. Selection is by the scholarship committee from all work in the exhibition.

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Created by Dick Wukich
Bailey Pottery Equipment Award

Jim and Anne Bailey of Bailey Ceramic Supply select 16 students for cash awards and certificates of recognition.

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Created by Bailey Ceramic Supply
Regina Brown Teacher Development Award

Because knowledge imbued through precept is the long distance goal we hope to encourage, this award was originally created by Dan Hammett in 2007. It is given to a ceramics teacher to benefit the health of the clay community by aiding in the development of teachers of ceramics. A teacher's eagerness and excitement and comfort of expression in a medium can relate more to a student than the step-by-step skill set training sessions. Selected by the juror, the recipient of this award will, via the k12clay.org website, in any manner (such as by exhibition, a studio or travel journal, report or images) communicate the beneficial value of supporting teachers through this K12 Clay Foundation.

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Created by The National K12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation
NCECA Board Regina Brown Teaching Award

The NCECA board of trustees awards a collection of prizes to one excellent teacher to honor the memory of longtime NCECA secretary, Regina Brown. Award includes membership and conference fees for one year and a collection of media from the NCECA collection. Chosen by the Juror.

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Created by NCECA BOARD
The Shadow Award

The Shadow Award for best representation of an animal in ceramics for $250, given by Kim Ernst and Alex Solorzano, is chosen by the Scholarship Committee with recommendation of the juror.

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Created by Kim Ernst and Alex Solorzano Solorzano
Richard Notkin Award for Narrative Ceramic Art for the Student

This award will be chosen by Richard Notkin at the annual NCECA K-12 Clay Exhibition. Criteria to determine the awardee will include conceptual depth and technical skill in ceramic sculpture and pottery which connects to issues of concern on our fragile planet. Social and political commentary, and freedom of expression, are the driving force behind much work in ceramics today. Current K-12 students are tomorrow’s future. What are you concerned about, and how can you express this in

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Created by Richard Notkin Studio
Richard Notkin Award for Narrative Ceramic Art for the Teacher

This award will be chosen by Richard Notkin at the annual NCECA K-12 Clay Exhibition. Criteria to determine the awardee will include conceptual depth and technical skill in ceramic sculpture and pottery which connects to issues of concern on our fragile planet. Social and political commentary, and freedom of expression, are the driving force behind much work in ceramics today. Current K-12 students are tomorrow’s future. What are you concerned about, and how can you express this in clay?

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Created by Richard Notkin Studio
Aardvark Teaching Award

Presented to a ceramics teacher by Rick MacPherson of Aardvark Clay and Supply to foster quality ceramics education in the K-12 setting.

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Created by Aardvark Clay and Supply
Orton Foundation Cash Award

The Edward Orton Jr. Foundation, the charitable arm of the original manufacturer of pyrometric cones, awards ten $25. cash awards and certificates of merit to students in the exhibition. Provided by Jim Litzinger on behalf the Edward Orton Jr. Foundation.

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Created by The Edward Orton Jr Foundation
HyperGlaze Software Award

Two awards of HyperGlaze Software are given to students based upon the decision of the juror after reviewing all work included in the exhibition. Donated by Professor Richard Burkett, San Diego State University.

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Created by HyperGlaze
Giffin Grip - Teacher

The selected teacher will receive one Giffin grip for the school. The award is selected by Brian Giffin.

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Created by Giffin Grip
ICAN High School Teacher Award

The teacher receives ICAN membership, Ceramics Monthly One-Year Subscription, Pottery Making Illustrated One-Year Subscription.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
ICAN Middle School Teacher Award

The teacher receives ICAN Membership, Ceramics Monthly One-Year Subscription, Pottery Making Illustrated One-Year Subscription.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
ICAN Elementary School Teacher Award

The teacher receives ICAN Membership, Ceramics Monthly One-Year Subscription, Pottery Making Illustrated One-Year Subscription. The award will be chosen by ICAN representatives.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
ICAN Top Finalist Teacher Award

Teacher receives ICAN Membership, Ceramics Monthly One-Year Subscription, Pottery Making Illustrated One-Year Subscription.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
CeramicArtsNetwork.org Teacher DVD Award

This award will include 1 DVD from Ceramic Arts Daily collection.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
Ceramics Monthly Subscription Award

This is an annual subscripton to Ceramics Monthly.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
PotteryMaking Illustrated Subscription Award

One year subscription to PotteryMaking Illustrated

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
ICAN Top Finalist Student Award

Student receives ICAN Student Membership, Potters Council T-Shirt, Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore Choice of Book or DVD.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
The Kris Bliss Award

Named in the memory of the Alaskan Potter and mentor Kris Bliss, this annual award for $100 was established by Jennifer Allen and Shoji Satake. An aspiring K-12 student’s work of the highest order is selected by Jennifer and Shoji.

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Created by Shoji Satake
Marilu Tejero Award

Encouragement for Latino students to bring out their creative passions.

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Created by Marilu Tejero
Surface Decoration Award

Given to a student at any age level with the most attention to detail and skill in decorating their piece. Award chosen by the donor.

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Created by Irene A. Lawson Ceramics
SiO2 Clay Award - 110LBS

1st SIO-2 award: 4 packets of PRAI White Stoneware clay (110 lbs) shipped to the school

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Created by Collett Clays Corporation (SiO-2)
Artaxis Award of Excellence

Artaxis.org is an evolving independent network of contemporary artists that engages the ceramics community through promotional, educational, and networking programs while celebrating diverse artistic practices and being a resource of aesthetic values. This award is selected by the Artaxis Board of Directors to support future makers in the field and help them establish a connection to other Artaxis members and the ceramics community. Award is $100 plus a piece of artwork. by an Artaxis member.

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Created by Artaxis
Watershed Ceramics Award

To honor a student selected by the jurors whose work demonstrates an interest in experimentation and exploration of a theme, material or process.

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Created by Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
Lookout Mountain Pottery Award

Mark Issenberg will select one student for a $100. award for functional ceramics.

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Created by Lookout Mountain Pottery
ICAN High School Student Award

The student receives ICAN Student Membership, ICAN T-Shirt.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
ICAN Middle School Student Award

The student receives ICAN Student Membership,Potters Council T-Shirt.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
ICAN Elementary School Student Award

The student receives ICAN Student Membership, ICAN T-Shirt.

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Created by Ceramic Arts Network
SiO2 Clay Award - 55 LBS

2nd SIO-2 award: 2 packets of PRAI White Stoneware clay (55 lbs)shipped to the school

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Created by Collett Clays Corporation (SiO-2)
Studio Potter Subscription Award

These awards are student awards for a one-year subscription to Studio Potter magazine. Selection is made by the journal after reviewing all work on display in the exhibition.

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Created by Studio Potter
Clay & Print Award, Paul Andrew Wandless

Given annually by ceramic artist and author, Paul Andrew Wandless, to a student who uses an image transfer technique.

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Created by Studio 3 Art Company
SiO2 Clay Award - 27 LBS

3rd SIO-2 award: 1 packet of PRAI White Stoneware clay (27 lbs) shipped to the school

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Created by Collett Clays Corporation (SiO-2)
Chris Campbell Color in Clay Student Award

The award will be a one-year subscription to Pottery Making Illustrated for the student.

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Created by Chris Campbell Pottery
Artistic Achievement Award

These three awards are given to students whose work was deemed of high artistic achievement. Selected by the juror at the exhibition.

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Created by The National K12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation
Artistic Merit Award

25 Awards of Artistic Merit are awarded to student works at the exhibition . Students receive a certificate and their display label is marked indicating this recognition. Awards by grade level as follows: gr K-5: ( 3 Artistic Merit) ; gr 6-8 (3 Artistic Merit); gr.9-10 (7 Artistic Merit); gr 11-12 (12 Artistic Merit).

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Created by The National K12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation
Honorable Mention Award

21 student awards of Honorable Mention are selected by the juror at the exhibition. Students receive a certificate and their display label is marked indicating this recognition. Awards by grade are as follows: gr K-5 ( 3 Honorable Mention); gr 6-8 (3 Honorable Mention); gr 9-10 (5 Honorable Mention); gr 11-12 (10 Honorable Mention).

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Created by The National K12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation