CALL for ARTISTS Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2021

Battle of the Rings, otherwise known as the Ring Smackdown, is a head-to-head, single-elimination juried ring competition and virtual event with a top prize of $500. 64 rings will be selected, paired into matches and posted to the Danaca Design Instagram story for a nail-biting public vote, at 9am PST, May 1-28, 2021. The ring with the most points, advances into the next round and the last ring standing wins! #maythebestringwin. Please share this call.  


  • One submission per artist 
  • The ring must be an original design created by submitting artist 
  • The ring must not exceed 4x4x4 inches 
  • The ring must fit fingers between sizes 5-10
  • No restriction on the nature of material used or shape within above parameters. 
  • The ring must be for sale: 50/50 split; all selected rings will be available on the Danaca Design Online Gallery for the duration of the tournament and circumstances permitting, be part of a special exhibition in the Seattle studio gallery. 
  • The retail price of the ring must not exceed $1,200 
  • Suggested entry fee of $5-$25 


Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021 

Artist Notification Date: April 7, 2021 

Selected Rings Due to Gallery: April 15, 2021 

Competition/Show Dates: May 1-28, 2021 

Esteemed Jurors: Cappy Counard and Kirk Lang 



Q: Can I submit and older ring?
A: Sure! Just not a previous contestant

Q: Can I submit a ring from overseas?
A: Yes! We've put together guidelines for this. Please READ THIS.

Q: Can I submit a multiple finger ring?
A: Yes! As long as it fit fingers 5-10.


The Battle of the Rings 2021 application is now closed. 


Battle of the Rings: Ring Smackdown 2021 Jury 

The competition was fierce in 2020. Last year 164 rings were submitted for competition and no doubt we will see as many, if not more, again this year. With only 64 possible slots in the head-to-head battle, the jury has a true challenge in front of them. What will strike their fancy? Who will stand out among the crowd? You never know! Toss your ring into the ring, what have you got to lose?! 

We are honored to have Cappy Counard and Kirk Lang representing us as jurors for the Ring Smackdown 2021.


Cappy earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1999 and a BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1992. She exhibits, lectures and demonstrates throughout the United States and her work is featured in several books including, SNAG Jams 2019Narrative Jewelry and Behind the Brooch. Recently, Cappy curated an exhibition titled Forging a Link: Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA, and her jewelry became part of both the Helen Drutt English Collection in New York, NY as well as the Porter-Price Collection in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Cappy resides in Edinboro, Pennsylvania where she has been a Professor of Metals and Jewelry at Edinboro University since 1999. Teaching is as integral to her practice as making.  The act of building community and sharing knowledge contributes greatly to the evolution of her work. 

Cappy writes: 

In my own history, the kitchen has always been the hub and heart of home. It is the domain of mothers and grandmothers, a place of gathering, offering and warmth. My work references tools of nourishment found in the kitchen as a metaphor for shared experience. By utilizing the bowl form these Objects of Connection reflect my desire to bridge divides and honor relationship. 

Finding the capacity for interconnection requires both intention and care, and so I engage in meticulous repetitive acts of making while I think about mending and uniting. Through incremental change I build a space where differences merge into something in-between. It is in this place of interaction that we can find possibility, connection and even belonging. 


Kirk Lang is a Seattle based goldsmith, sculptor and educator. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Jewelry & Metals. Kirk has taught regionally and nationally at the University of Washington, North Seattle College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Danaca Design and Penland. His work can be seen in such publications as MJSA Journal, 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings and Metalsmith Magazine. He was selected for a solo exhibition at the Metals Museum in 2014 and for inclusion in the 2016 Biennial at the Bellevue Arts Museum. He has received several awards including an Artist Trust Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Grant and an Individual Project Grant from 4Culture. Most recently, he received a Saul Bell Design Award for his jewelry in both 2019 and 2020. Recurring themes in his work include time, space and mythology, in the form of mechanical interactive objects. 

Kirk writes: 

The wearable objects I create directly reflect my interest in astronomy and space exploration. The shapes, textures, materials and color palette found in the celestial environment are all elements that find their way into my work. Specific materials such as titanium, niobium and meteorite are chosen, as they are often used to construct components to explore space or naturally exist in space itself. In addition, softer and more malleable metals such as silver, gold or platinum are selected to compliment the rigid qualities of the aforementioned materials. The intended result is to make one of a kind wearable pieces that are functional, durable and evoke a sense of curiosity.