The 15th annual It’s Only Clay (IOC) National Juried Ceramics Exhibit & Competition, juried by Ceramic Artist Marion Angelica will be on display October 4 – December 21, 2019.

In conjunction with Bemidji’s First Friday Artwalk, Watermark will be open the evening of October 4th so that the community will have an opportunity to view the exhibit immediately after the awards are announced.

It’s Only Clay focuses on functional ceramics, with each submission judged in the following areas: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship, and surface design. Each piece accepted into the exhibit will be eligible for first ($1,000), second ($700) and third ($300) place awards, as well as purchase awards to be included in the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection, a teaching collection at Bemidji State University.

Accepted Artists:

  • Joshua Freeman, Azusa, CA: Salt-fired stoneware
  • Haddie Hadachek, Brainard, MN: Stoneware Clay
  • Matthew Krousey, Harris, MN: Salt-fired Stoneware
  • John Holden, Bemidji, MN: Stoneware
  • Holly Noury, Brooklyn, NY: Wheel-thrown White Stoneware
  • Molly Uravitch, Minneapolis , MN: Porcelain, Cone Six Oxidation
  • John Shaw, Battle Lake, MN: Ceramics
  • John Morse, Ribera, NM: Hand-built Stoneware (oxidation)
  • Posey Bacopoulos, New York, NY: Majolica on Terracotta
  • Mike Egan, Roseville, MN: Wood-fired Stoneware
  • Mia Ishiguro Schaumburg, IL: Stoneware Clay, Glazed, Food-safe Decal Image
  • Jeff Burger, Bemidji, MN: Woodfired Stoneware
  • Andrea Leila Denecke, Scandia, MN: Soda-Fired Stoneware with Granite Inlay
  • Delores Fortuna, Galena, IL: Porcelain  
  • Brad Bachmeier, Fargo, ND: Ceramic with Copper


Marion Angelica: 2019 It’s Only Clay Juror

Marion Angelica

Marion Angelica

Marion Angelica Full Statement and Bio >>

[Excerpt] When I returned to the studio after a twenty-year hiatus, I committed to make work that people could enjoy in their own homes rather than view in public spaces. I want people to interact with my work intimately and on a regular basis — to make my pieces part of their life activities. My goal is to create an invitation to pause and savor the moment: to create a favorite cup with which to start the day, or a serving bowl used to bring friends and family together over a meal. The owner will instill personal meaning in each piece as it becomes part of their life. I believe that hand-made work invites and grounds people in the importance of direct, tactile, and authentic experiences, and that this provides a critical balance with our involvement in the technological world. more >>

IOC 2019 is co-sponsored by Watermark Art Center and BSU Department of Technology Art & Design and BSU Foundation.

Special thanks to our sponsor, First National Bank Bemidji.