Watermark Art Center, First National Bank Bemidji, and Bemidji State University present the 13th annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibit. Dedicated to functional clay vessels, It’s Only Clay showcases work created by artists from around the United States. This year’s show features handmade mugs, platters, bowls, tea pots, and more for viewers to appreciate or purchase. The exhibit will be on display through December 22.

Awards for It’s Only Clay include prize money distributed for 1st2nd and 3rd place. In addition, BSU offers purchase awards, choosing pieces to be included in their Margaret H. Harlow Teaching Collection.


John ‘Butch’ Holden.

This year’s It’s Only Clay event brought four days of ceramics-related activities to Bemidji. In addition to the exhibit at Watermark, be sure and check out the following events and exhibits at BSU. All events are free and open to the public:

Tuesday, November 3: “Optimism,” an exhibit featuring work by Butch Holden, opens at the Talley Gallery at BSU. Reception: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., with artist talk at 12:30. There will also be a continuing ceramics exhibit in Gallery X – “Ceramics: Past and Present” by Tim Brockman.

Wednesday, November 4: TAD Talk and Harlow Collection Exhibit. Reception will be the Ramsey Gallery at 6:30 p.m., featuring work from the Margaret H. Harlow Teaching Collection. TAD Talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Art Complex, BSU. TAD Talk will feature Holden speaking on “A Brief History of Butch Holden Ceramics: Fifty Years of Making Art.”

Thursday, November 5: Workshop with Butch Holden, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio, Bensen Hall 105, BSU. Demonstrations will include wheel and hand forming, and surface techniques, such as texturizing and glazing.

Legacy Logo ColorFinalWe are very grateful to this year’s It’s Only Clay sponsors. Our event is made possible, in part, by First National Bank Bemidji. It is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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