Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

2024 Clay Awards

Entries Open: 1 AUGUST 2024 @ 00:01
Close: 18 AUGUST 2024 @ 23:59

The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum was recently accepted as an affiliate member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC), an organisation affiliated to Unesco and devoted to Ceramics excellence.  In response to the newly acquired IAC affiliation the Clay Museum’s curators have proposed a new biennale awards exhibition starting in November 2024, the South African Clay Awards. This exhibition will recognise ceramic excellence.

The works entered will be digitally presented to a panel of 10 national and international selectors chosen for their expertise in the field of ceramics. A unique feature of the Clay Award is that the sponsored awards money will be equally shared between the creators of the 40 selected clay pieces that will be on display at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum from 2 November until 7 December 2024.

All South African artists working in clay are encouraged to enter the awards exhibition.  Entry is free and can be made online between 1 and 18 August 2024 .



The Selectors

Magdalene Odundo

(UK/ Kenya)

Janet DeBoos


Guangzhen Zhou

(USA/ China)

Stanis Mbwanga


Elizabeth Perrill

(USA/ Switzerland)

Ronnie Watt

(Canada/ South Africa)

Andre Hess

(UK/ South Africa)

Andile Dyalvane

(South Africa)

Digby Hoets

(South Africa)

Olivia Barrell

(South Africa)

More Information

Enter online at from 00h01 on Thursday 1 August 2024 until 23h59 on Sunday 18 August 2024.

A seperate entry form must be completed for each work entered (Maximum of two entries per person).

Entry Form Example:

Entry Rules

  1. The Clay Awards is open to all entrants who are permanently resident in South Africa and 18 years of age or older on 1 January 2024. Those not eligible for entry are employees of the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum, the sponsors, the selectors and members of the organising committee.
  2. Entries are to be submitted online at from 00h01 on Thursday 1 August 2024 until 23h59 on Sunday 18 August 2024.
  3. Only two entries per person are allowed. A seperate entry form must be completed for each work entered.
  4. Entry is free (kindly sponsored by Reinders Kilns and Clay).
  5. Selection is by high resolution image only. (Minimum size 800 x 600 px and max 2 MB).
  6. All work to be photographed against a white or grey background.
  7. Works submitted for the awards must have been created by the entrant i.e. their original work and remain their property for the duration of the exhibition until such time as the work has been collected by, or returned to the entrant, or sold during the exhibition.
  8. All entries shall be for sale. The entrant must provide an appropriate market-related and not inflated selling price for the work.
    1. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum as the appointed agent will deduct a 30% commission on all sales.
    2. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum is not VAT registered and therefore VAT is not charged. The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum’s appointment shall automatically terminate when the work has been collected by the entrant, courier, or buyer.
  9. Size and exhibition requirements:
    1. Maximum size: 90cm width x 150cm height. Works larger than this will be disqualified.
    2. Weight restriction: A single work may not exceed 30kg in weight.
    3. Installations may not exceed an area of 90cm X 90cm.
    4. Wall pieces must be hang-ready and not exceed 90cm X 90cm with a maximum weight of 15kg.
    5. All work must have been subjected to a firing process.
    6. Work must be 100% clay (no mixed media), excluding the base or hanging mechanism.
    7. Once a work has been entered it may not be altered in any way.
  10. All works will be judged anonymously.
  11. Work previously submitted for a competition or exhibited in the public domain, including but not limited to, in electronic media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on a website, may not be entered into this awards exhibition.
  12. The personal data supplied by the artist will only be used in the process of administering the Clay Awards and will not be transferred to any third party. The selected artists’ full names and details of their work submitted for the awards may be made public after the final selection. By entering this awards exhibition, the selected entrant hereby consents to the disclosure of his/her personal information.
  13. An ID number / Passport Number is necessary to complete your entry. 
  14. All images will be viewed by a panel of 10 selectors. The selectors will choose 40 works from the digital entries. All correspondence with the entrants will be via email. Successful entrants will be notified by 27 September 2024.
  15. The 40 selected works are to be delivered to the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum by the artists or their personal courier at their own expense.
  16. The 40 selected works will be displayed at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum.
  17. The decision of the selectors is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Artists should be aware that all works are judged on an equal and anonymous basis.
  18. The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum reserves the right to disqualify any work selected if the artist has not adhered to the rules as stipulated, or if the work was altered after selection, or if the work is damaged during transport.
  19. The responsibility for damage or loss, however caused, lies with the entrant.
    Entrants are therefore advised to arrange adequate insurance cover against all
    risks. The sponsor, any other subcontractor, agent, or Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum as the organiser of the Clay Awards, shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence.
  20. The 40 selected works will be exhibited at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum from Saturday 2 November 2024. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 7 December 2024 13h00.
  21. The 40 selected works cannot be collected before the end of the exhibition.
  22. The copyright of all works exhibited in the Clay Awards will remain the property of the entrant. By entering the exhibition, the entrant agrees on an irrevocable basis that the organisers and/or the sponsors may reproduce any image of the exhibited work, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, merchandising, discussion and education, including by means of promotional catalogues, publications, posters, prints, postcards, the internet or in television documentaries.
  23. The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum reserves the right to withdraw, suspend, extend or modify the Clay Awards and these rules of entry, at any time, without any prior notice in case of any unforeseen circumstances outside its reasonable control.

Important Dates

  • SUBMISSION OF DIGITAL ENTRIES: Thursday 1 August @ 00h01 – Sunday 18 August 2024 by 23h59
  • DELIVERY OF SELECTED WORKS: Monday 21 October – Saturday 26 October 2024.
  • AWARD CEREMONY: 2 November 2024.
  • EXHIBITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC @ Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum, 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville: From Saturday 2 November  (on show until Saturday 7 December 2024).
  • COLLECTION OF WORK FROM RUST-EN-VREDE GALLERY + CLAY MUSEUM: Monday 9 December – Wednesday 11 December 2024.

Further information

  • Hamlin Jansen van Vuuren / Donavan Mynhardt
  • Rust-en-Vrede Gallery + Clay Museum, 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville, 7550
  • 068 457 8589