‘It’s Only Clay’ opens Nov. 4 at Watermark

The 17th annual national competition and exhibition features functional ceramics from around the U.S. juried by Delores Fortuna.

"Teapot" by Scott Dooley (at left) and "Lost Age Ewer" by Mike Strumbas are examples of the types of artwork in the Watermark Art Center's 17th annual "It's Only Clay" national competition and exhibition, opening Nov. 4-Dec. 23, 2022.
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The 17th annual “It’s Only Clay” (IOC) national competition and exhibition opens Nov. 4 at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.

The opening starts with a reception and artist talk from 5 to 7 p.m. and awards at 6 p.m.

A collaboration between the Watermark and Bemidji State University’s Department of Technology, Art and Design, IOC is a juried exhibit of functional ceramics from around the U.S. Ranging from whimsical and unconventional works to the elegant and sophisticated, juror Delores Fortuna’s selections represent a wide range of styles and uses of material.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Dec. 23 in the Watermark’s Kaul Gallery. Watermark galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 218-444-7570 or visit


Bemidji-based grassroots organization Manidoo Ogitigaan is helping revitalize Native art forms and cultural knowledge.

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