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The Art League of Lincoln 


Small Feats of Clay

A Legacy Reimagined



Show Description:

The Art League of Lincoln is rekindling the FEATS OF CLAY Show and Competition in West Placer County, CA.  The show legacy celebrates the rich history in clay competitions and was formerly held at Gladding McBean Clay Manufacturing Company in Lincoln, CA.  For 2021, this year's Show and Competition will be a scaled-back MINI Version of previous years in the form of a 'Small-Feats of Clay' bridging us to a larger venue in years to come.  In prior years, our shows have had entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia, and we hope to return to that soon, as we are already planning the 2022 show for March/April. 

We are hosting TWO separate shows, one INPERSON Show, which will be showcased live at the 580 Sixth St. Lincoln California art gallery location.  The second show is an ONLINE Only option.  Both will be showing from May 1 to June 26, 2021.  We are excited about and fortunate to have an outstanding regional clay artist/juror selecting the pieces for our shows, Gary Dinnen.

Entry Instructions:

  1. The Small Feats of Clay (FOC) show is open to all Ceramic Artists worldwide and is hosted by the Art League of Lincoln (ALL).

  2. We are hosting TWO separate shows,
    One INPERSON Show presented live at the 580 Sixth St. Lincoln Ca, gallery location.
    The second show is an ONLINE Only option. 

  3. Artists may submit up to three (3) entries that are original pieces and are made up of at least 70% clay as the primary medium for both shows. Up to Three (3) Images (views - front, back, top) per Art ENTRY may be submitted.

  4. INPERSON Show has a MAXIMUM ENTRY SIZE/WEIGHT LIMIT: Works must not exceed 12 inches high, 6 inches in width or depth and not weigh more than 20 pounds. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  5. The ONLINE ONLY Showdoes not have a size limit.  

  6. Accepted work which differs significantly from work represented upon entry will be disqualified.

  7. Submission of all works will be done via online application and entry form. All images must be clearly labeled with a title. YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON THE IMAGE OR IN THE FILE NAME ITSELF. All images must be submitted as .jpg files. Save all images at 300 dpi.

  8. All works submitted must have been created after January 2016. All works must not have been previously shown or displayed in any former Feats of Clay.

  9. Works entered and selected must be properly prepared and presented 'ready' and 'safe' for display viewing, including ONLINE Only option entries as they may be called in to show in person at a future time.

  10. This is an 'open jurying', and all images are/will be viewed in an anonymous manner by our juror.

  11. It is expected that no accepted entry will be withdrawn or sold outside of the show prior to the completion of the exhibition, which is June 26, 2021.

  12. All accepted artwork must be available for sale during the show.  

  13. All artists whose work is accepted will receive shipping instructions along with an acceptance notice. Those not accepted will be notified as such.

  14. Note: Applicants are allotted a max of three (3) entries per show for a total of six (6).

Important Dates and Information:

There will be a total of 35 pieces selected from the entries to the FOC INPERSON LIVE show.

There will be a total of 30 pieces selected from the entries to the FOC ONLINE ONLY show.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:59pm,   Deadline for ALL submissions 

Friday & Saturday, April 23-24, 2021 - Juror selection process.

Juror will jury digitally by April 24, 8pm.

Sunday, April 25, 2021 - Acceptance/Rejection notices will be sent by Administrator

Selected works will be physically received on two dates and times. 

   Monday April 26, 5-7pm, 

   Tuesday April 27, 12-2pm.

Selected works of art must be physically received no later than Tuesday April 27, 2pm.

Show opens May 1, 2021
Open house Saturday, May 8th, daytime reception 12-2pm
Special Artists Reception Thursday, May 13th 5-7pm                                                                                


Non-refundable entry fees are as follows for member and non-member pricing:
            In-Person Show:
                  Members: $30 for one (1), & $5 for each additional piece for up to (3) entries total.
                  Non-Members: $40 for one (1), & $10 each additional piece for up to (3) entries total.

            Online-Only Show:
                 Members: $25 for one (1), & $5 for each additional piece for up to (3) entries total.
                 Non-Members: $35 for one (1), & $10 each additional piece for up to (3) entries total.


All work accepted must be for sale. The Art League of Lincoln is responsible for all sales and will collect California sales tax. In addition, The Art League of Lincoln will retain 40% of the selling price for its services and 60% will be paid to the artist. All commission payments will be made within 30 days of the close of the show. All prices quoted must be in US Dollars.

Terms Of Entry For Entrants: All entries will be done using the online application process. Payment is in US Dollars only and is payable through the online entry form. All payments are non-refundable once the entry is received.


All entries must be paid through Credit Card. There are no other options.

*** CASH AWARD Prizes for FIRST, SECOND, THIRD Places & a Special Juror Award *** 

JUROR: We are honored to have Gary Dinnen participate as the juror in the 2021 “Small Feats of Clay “ show.  Gary grew up in Bell, California near the Watts region of Los Angeles. It was there he was introduced to art by his famous neighbor, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and Rat Fink, “Big Daddy's” hot rod driving monster. When he moved to Northern California, he was instantly grafted onto the art scene because of an anti-Disney upbringing. For the past 30  years, he has focused mainly on ceramics. And by using colorful slips and glazes he can still satisfy his painterly instincts and convey the joy he has for life. He simply finds ceramics fun and hopes it shows up in the work.

Read his full 'Interview with self' .     View more of Gary Dinnen's artwork online. 

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