Jewelry and Metal Clay Competitions

On this page, we'll list any competitions that are running for metal clay artists. If you know of a competition that's not listed, please let us know through the contact page.

If you're looking for competitions to enter a good place to start, particularly for the US competitions, is the All Things Metal Clay website.

Saul Bell Design Award

For more than a decade, SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD competition has recognized jewelry designers from all over the world for distinction in jewelry design. We invite you to challenge yourself, stretch your boundaries and push your most innovative ideas into the spotlight.

The EMERGING JEWELRY ARTIST competition celebrates the fresh ideas, creative spark and unbridled energy of young, aspiring students, 18 years of age and younger. There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment.

2017 Saul Bell Design Award Finalists

The finalists for this year's award have been announced. See them all here.


2016 Saul Bell Design Award Winners

Here are the winners in the metal clay category for 2016

"Adore" by Rodica Frunze, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Rodica Frunze Saul Bell Winner

"Memory Interrupted" by Patrik Kusek, Fairfield, CA, USA

Patrik Kusek Saul Bell Winner

2015 Saul Bell Design Award Winners

The winners in the 2015 awards.

Ivy Solomon - First Place in the Metal Clay Category

Read an interview with Ivy Solomon on the Creative Fire Blog here.

Ivy Solomon

Holly Gage- Je T'Aime - Second Place in the Metal Clay Category

Read an interview with Holly Gage on the Creative Fire Blog here.

Je T'Aime by Holly Gage


Presented by Rio Grande.

The 2014 finalists and winners can be seen here

The 2013 finalists and winners can be seen here

The 2012 finalists and winners can be seen here

The 2011 finalists and winners can be seen here

The 2010 finalists and winners can be seen here

The 2009 finalists and winners can be seen here

The 2008 Saul Bell winners can be seen here


Craft and Design Selected Awards

These highly regarded national awards, first launched in 2009, are based on an Online Public Vote for British and Irish designer makers with work represented in Selected, craft&design’s prestigious online gallery at The Public Vote determines six finalists in each of six categories. Specialist Invited Judges, together with the craft&design panel, subsequently assess the work of the finalists to establish one Gold Award Winner, two Silver Award Winners and three Finalists in each category, with just one person being awarded the top accolade of craft&design Maker of the Year Award.


Tales of the Heart Competition Winners 2013

The winners of the Tales of the Heart competition sponsored by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation were announced on 14th February 2013. Well done everyone! Click on the images to see bigger versions.

First place: $1000 winner: Kimberly Nogueira, ‘Reliquary of Childhood Memories’

Kimberly Nogueria Kimberly Nogueria

Second place: $750 winner: Meenu Devrani, ‘My Heart is My Refuge’

Meenu Devrani

Third place: $500 winner: Catherine Witherell, ‘My Heart’s Golden Secret Gives Me Hope’

Catherine Witherell Catherine Witherell


Art Clay Club, Japan 2010

Art Clay Club, Japan 2009

Art Clay Club, Japan 2008

Art Clay Club, Japan has been holding the Silver Accessories Contest every year since 2002. These links show you the winners for the past few years. You can also see the winners from before these years from any of the links.


UK Opportunities - Benchpeg

The Benchpeg website lists all kinds of opportunities for UK based jewellers. Competitions, publications, internships, funding and grants, exhibitions, commissions and awards.