Sandhill Crane Plate, Matt Krousey

Fish Platter, Matt Krousey

Dogwood Oval Vase, Matt Krousey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss the 14th annual It’s Only Clay (IOC) national juried ceramics exhibit & competition, held November 2 – December 22, 2018 at Watermark Art Center. This exhibit 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.

Artists interested in applying must download the 2018 It’s Only Clay prospectus and application form. A $30 application fee is required. Submission deadline: Sept. 22, 2018.

In addition to the exhibit, additional events associated with It’s Only Clay include:

  • November 2: Exhibit reception and awards ceremony at Watermark Art Center, 5 – 7 p.m.
  • November 3: Ceramic Studio Crawl in downtown Bemidji, Time TBD

Meet 2018 Juror

Matthew Krousey received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2008. He served for 9 years in the military and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Krousey’s ceramic vessels and sculptures have been exhibited locally and internationally, including an exhibition at Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. He has received numerous awards including a 2018 Artist Initiative Grant, 2014 Jerome Project Grant and was a 2010 Folgelberg Fellowship artist. Growing up in a rural region of Minnesota he has a deep connection with the land and its native flora and fauna. Learn more about him at his website.

 

Artist Statement:

The preservation of a disappearing landscape through imagery on ceramics is the reason I create. Inspired conceptually by the regionalist painters of the early 20th century who sought to document the rural landscapes of America, I see myself as a modern regionalist working with clay. I make pottery, murals, and sculpture decorated with the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the Midwest. My hope is that the daily use and viewing of the work will be a gentle reminder to the public of the vanishing natural world around us.


IOC 2018 is co-sponsored by the Watermark Art Center and BSU Department of Technology Art & Design. Support is also provided by the BSU Foundation. IOC 2018 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.