The Emerging Makers Competition began in 2011. Six makers will be selected to make presentations at the festival. The content of these presentations will focus on their current work and how this might develop during an international visiting artist scheme.
A visiting artist award will be given to the winners of the New and Emerging Makers Competition as voted for by the festival audience. The Archie Bray Foundation Visiting Artist Award will be awarded to a Welsh based maker. The Waikato Society of Potters Visiting Artist Award will be awarded to a UK based maker.