2014 - 2nd Place Award

“Teapot” by Anthony Millette, 2014 2nd Place Award

Breakaway Bottles by Cyrus Swann - 2014 Harlow Purchase Award

“Breakaway Bottles” by Cyrus Swann – 2014 Harlow Purchase Award

Vase by Ai Yamamoto, Harlow Purchase Award 2009

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

This annual event is a collaboration sponsored by Watermark and Bemidji State University Department of Technology Art and Design. IOC features a lecture and workshop on the campus of BSU, a guest artist, and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by Watermark Art Center.

Jurors for It’s Only Clay include some of the most familiar names in the Ceramic Arts. Previous jurors have been: Butch Holden, Karin Kraemer, Andrea Leila Denecke, Guillermo Cuellar, Simon Levin, Richard Bresnahan, Linda Christianson, Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman, and Bob and Cheryl Husby.

Awards: There will be prize money for 1st place ($1,000), 2nd place ($700) and 3rd place ($300), plus additional purchase awards will be made, with chosen pieces going towards the Margaret H. Harlow Collection at BSU.

Details regarding the 2018 IOC can be found here.