18th Annual "It's Only Clay" National Competition and Exhibit

2023 Placement and Harlow Award Winners

Green glazed coffee mug. Wheel thrown and altered mid range porcelain. Cone 6 electric fired. -Nick DeVries
1st Place "Green Mug" Wheel thrown and altered mid range porcelain. Cone 6 electric fired. -Nick DeVries
2nd Place "Distressed Oil and Vinegar Set" Bmix clay fired to Cone 10 in reduction, with iron and layered ash glazes. -Cyrus Swann
2nd Place "Distressed Oil and Vinegar Set" Bmix clay fired to Cone 10 in reduction, with iron and layered ash glazes. -Cyrus Swann
3rd Place "Turquoise Sling Bread Tray" Hand-built of Grolleg porcelain. Fired to cone 10 reduction. Breaking turquoise glaze. -Marion Angelica
3rd Place "Turquoise Sling Bread Tray" Hand-built of Grolleg porcelain. Fired to cone 10 reduction. Breaking turquoise glaze. -Marion Angelica
Harlow Purchase "SUPPLE" Stoneware / porcelain bowl with glaze, underglaze and naked clay. -John F Shaw
Harlow Award "SUPPLE" Stoneware / porcelain bowl with glaze, underglaze and naked clay. -John F Shaw
Harlow Award "Sycamore Oval Screw Top Jar" Stoneware with Shino slip. Bourry Box woodfired to Cone 11 and reduction cooled. Woodfired for three days. -Loren Scherbak
Harlow Award "Sycamore Oval Screw Top Jar" Stoneware with Shino slip. Bourry Box woodfired to Cone 11 and reduction cooled. Woodfired for three days. -Loren Scherbak
Harlow Purchase "Brown Antler Bowl" Thrown and altered midrange clay, antler shed attached with sinew. -Betsy Saurdiff
Harlow Award "Brown Antler Bowl" Thrown and altered midrange clay, antler shed attached with sinew. -Betsy Saurdiff

Additional purchases were made for the Harlow Collection that included two items made by the Juror, Brad Bachmeier.

Harlow Purchase "Striations" Seed pot with glaze and stain, rock-handled lid - Brad Bachmeier
Harlow Purchase "Striations" Seed pot with glaze and stain, rock-handled lid - Brad Bachmeier
Harlow Purchase "Obvarra fired wall plate" - Brad Bachmeier
Harlow Purchase "Obvarra fired wall plate" - Brad Bachmeier

Reception Friday, November 3, 2023  from 5 to 7pm.
Awards and presentations begin at 6pm.
Exhibit November 3 – December 23, 2023

Brad Bachmeier, 2023 IOC Jury & Featured Artist →
Alternative Firing Workshop →

The 18th Annual “It’s Only Clay” event is a partnership between the Watermark Art Center and Bemidji State University Department of Technology Art and Design.  Along with the juried exhibit, IOC 2023 features presentations, a workshop and select works on display by Guest Artist and 2023 Juror, Brad Bachmeier.

The juried ceramics competition focuses on and is dedicated to functional clay vessels. Each submission for IOC is judged in four areas: function, form/aesthetic, craftsmanship, and surface design.

Prize money is awarded for first, second and third places. Additional purchase awards are made for work to be added to the Margaret H. Harlow Collection at BSU.

 2023 Prospectus & Timeline (closed Sep 23, 2023)→

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Additional funding comes from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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