It’s Only Clay

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The It’s Only Clay (IOC) exhibit is a juried competition focusing on, and dedicated to, functional clay vessels. Juried by a select committee of artists, each submission for It’s Only Clay is judged in four areas: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship, and surface design. Selected works will be a part of the exhibit at the Watermark for six weeks during the months of  November and December.

This annual event is a collaboration sponsored by the Watermark and Bemidji State University. IOC features a lecture and workshop on the campus of Bemidji State University, a guest artist, and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by Watermark Art Center. Previous jurors include Andrea Leila Denecke, Guillermo Cuellar, Simon Levin, Richard Bresnahan, Linda Christianson, Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman, and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

In 2015, we will be hosting our 13th annual It’s Only Clay event, featuring John (Butch) Holden as juror. We are accepting applications now - 2014 IOC Application.  Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes equal $1,600. Purchase awards will be made for BSU Margaret Harlow Collection. Application fee is $30 for 3 entries. Postmark deadline September 12, 2015. Please read the 2014 Prospectus for more guidelines on submitting for jury.

Sponsors of It’s Only Clay are the BSU Department of Technology, Art and Design and the BSU Foundation.

It’s Only Clay is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.