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 during the months of October, 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.
Prize money is awarded for first, second and third places. Additional purchase awards will be made and the chosen pieces will be added to the Margaret H. Harlow Collection at BSU.