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Marion Angelica received her MFA in ceramics from SUNY-New Paltz and holds a BA in studio art and biology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She currently maintains a studio at Northern Clay Center, where she creates hand-built functional work in porcelain. She is a 2012 recipient of a Jerome Ceramic Artists Project grant and a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative award. Her work can be seen in local and national galleries and shows.

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Ryan Archibald was a 2013 Anonymous Potter Studio Fellow at NCC. He received his BFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and works full-time as a potter at Grey Fox Pottery in Minneapolis. His work is driven by the contrast of geometry and line with the unpredictable nature of soda firing.

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Kevin Caufield has been making functional pots for over 30 years. He apprenticed with Bob Eckles in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and currently creates work in his St. Paul studio. Caufield's work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and may be found in galleries throughout Minnesota, including NCC's sales gallery. Additionally, he sells his wares at art fairs across the state and has been a long-time participant in the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. 

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Eileen Cohen received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University in Bloomington and her BFA in ceramics from the University of Delaware in Newark. She was a 2005 McKnight Resident Artist at NCC, following a residency at Mendocino Art Center in California. Cohen's nationally exhibited sculptures represent her love of animals, and her admiration of alternative surface treatments. She is an arts educator and exhibitions coordinator at Silverwood Park, part of the Three Rivers Park District.

Elizabeth Coleman received her MFA in ceramics from Ohio State University and a BFA in ceramics and glass from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She was a 2010 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipient and currently is a Northern Clay Center studio artist, where she creates monumental-scale relief-carvings. Coleman is also NCC’s publications assistant.

Leila Denecke received her MFA from Louisiana State University after four years of study in Japan at the Tekisui Museum of Art and the Ceramic Art Research Institute. Denecke received 2008 and 2004 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellowships from NCC and participated in the artist-in-residence program in Seto, Japan in fall 2001. Additionally, she completed a residency at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Taylor's Falls. Her pots and sculpture can be found in NCC's sales gallery.

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Amanda Dobbratz graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, UK, with a Masters in Research in Creative Practice. Previously, she received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin­­–Stout. Amanda makes functional, complex ceramics, which marry the whimsical with the pragmatic, often conveying a sense of play and humor. The sources she references for surface treatments include: the desert landscape, body ornamentation, and historical textiles. She distills the shapes and colors from her sources into a personal taxonomy of symbols— drawing the lobes of a cactus into the form of a basket, or the dot patterns found in traditional tattooing into a glaze treatment. Amanda is a 2015 Anonymous Potter Studio Fellow and currently works as Northern Clay Center’s Digital and Marketing Manager.

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Brett Freund recently completed a year as the Lormina Salter Fellow at Baltimore Clayworks and earning his MFA at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Freund has been teaching at multiple art centers since 2006 and has exhibited nationally, including in this year’s American Pottery Festival.

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Joel Froehle earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts­–Dartmouth and his BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Froehle’s work is inspired by the idea that the pot is one of the few objects we are asked to touch, thus, resulting in work that is heavily carved and tactile. Froehle also believes that handmade objects provide the user with a heightened awareness of the daily rituals of eating and drinking. It is his hope that his work functions as well in the hand as it does on the shelf. Currently, Joel Froehle is an adjunct professor at Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College, as well as a teaching artist at Northern Clay Center. joelfroehle.com

Bianka Groves currently lives in Minneapolis where she makes work out of her home studio.  She has lived in California, South Dakota, Illinois, and in the mountains of Colorado.  Groves received her BFA from Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C.  Her work is simple and calm; it is intended to add balance to a fast-paced world.  There is a bold contrast between the white of the porcelain and the incised black lines, but her sense of touch is very delicate.  Each piece shows Groves’ hand at play.  She uses a mishima process, which entails covering the piece in wax, and drawing through it with razors or acupuncture needles to achieve a thin, constant line, painting the carved areas in black glaze and wiping off anything that is not in the lines.  This creates a tattoo-like effect on the clay.  Her high-fire porcelain wares are polished after firing to create a satiny, soft touch.

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Adam Gruetzmacher received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in Menomonie. He worked as a teaching assistant and lab tech while a student, along with serving as the president of the art department’s ceramics guild. He was a 2010 Fogelberg Fellowship recipient through Northern Clay Center.

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Ursula Hargens received a MFA from Alfred University and a MA in Art & Art Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. Ursula also studied ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. She has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation, most recently receiving a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists.

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Autumn Higgins earned her MFA from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, before moving north to Minneapolis. Her work features casual drawings on a variety of themes observed from her surroundings. 

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Karin Holen received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in Art and Visual Communications. She currently teaches for NCC's ClayToGo outreach program and has been involved with NCC's Clay Camps since Summer 2008. She continues to enroll in classes and workshops to inform her teaching practice. She enjoys developing thoughtful programming that educates and inspires and often incorporates her passion for art, nature and the 4 elements. She currently makes work at NCC and in her home studio in St. Paul.

Erin Holt has been teaching in NCC’s clay camp and outreach programs since 2011, and she graduated from Macalester College in 2013. She is currently a technician at Cretin-Derham Hall Ceramics Studio. Her skills include printmaking, anthropology, and “some Klingon.”

Franny Hyde received her BA in studio art from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. After a career in teaching and marketing, she now has a studio at Northern Clay Center where she does non-functional, hand-built clay work. She has loved animals—and drawn them—since she was three years old, and now focuses on her work on pets and wild animals, appreciating their unique personalities and senses of humor. 

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Peter Jadoonath received his BFA in painting and ceramics from Bemidji State University. Jadoonath was a 2007 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipient and a 2009 Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award recipient. He recently relocated to Schafer, Minnesota where he lives and makes work.  “I don't take myself too seriously,” he says, “but I do take my craft very seriously. Through my craft, I honor timelessness, tradition, ancestors, and predecessors. I strive for this by following my intuition, seeking self-realization, working hard, and gathering patience to take risks.”

JD Jorgenson received his BFA from the University of Iowa and taught ceramics courses at the Clay Center between 2000 and 2002. He was a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist and the head apprentice at the St. John’s Pottery in Collegeville, where he worked closely with Richard Bresnahan. He is the 2011 recipient of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award. He maintains a studio, Jorgenson Pottery, in Avon and sells his wood-fired pots in St. Cloud and Bismarck, North Dakota.

Matthew Krousey received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.  Krousey's ceramic vessels and murals have been exhibited locally and internationally, including an exhibition at Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China.  He is a 2010 Folgelberg Fellowship recipient through Northern Clay Center and a 2014 Jerome Grant recipient. Krousey’s work preserves memories and emotions evoked by the disappearing Minnesota landscape. “This region is being vastly altered by human hands, which is the reason I seek to preserve it upon the durable ceramic surface,” he explains.

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Jennica Kruse has taken classes at the Northern Clay Center since fourth grade. Since then she has studied ceramics at the University of Minnesota, and through the University of Georgia's study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 and since then has exhibited at many spaces around the Midwest, including Prøve gallery in Duluth, Flow Art Space in St. Paul, and Rosalux in Minneapolis, to name a few. 

Glynnis Lessing studied at Macalester college and earned her BFA from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She has been teaching ceramics for over 20 years and regularly shows her work at galleries and art fairs around the Midwest. Before relocating to Minnesota, Lessing was active with several arts organizations, schools, and museums in the Chicago area, and taught at the Lillstreet Art Center.

Lee Love received his BSW from the Central Michigan University and studied ceramics at the University of Minnesota. He has been a studio artist at Northern Clay Center, and received a Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant in 1996 and a Jerome Travel/Study Grant in 1999. From 2000-2003, he apprenticed with Tatsuzo Shimaoka in Mashiko, Japan, and subsequently established his studio there. Love now resides in Minnesota and is an NCC Sales Gallery Artist. He visits Korea annually. 

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Brady McLearen came to NCC after completing a studio assistantship at the Wood Fire Exchange with JD Jorgenson in St. Joseph, MN. He holds a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, with a minor in architecture. Through his assemblages, he questions the transcendental quality of everyday purposeful objects. Brady is a recipient of a 2016 Jerome Project Grant for Ceramic Artists, a 2014 Fogelberg Studio Fellow, and is Exhibitions Assistant at NCC.

Megan Mitchell holds a BA in painting and printmaking from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an MFA in ceramics from Utah State. She has worked as an apprentice at Whitefish Pottery in Montana and at Hoyman-Browe Studio in California.  She completed a yearlong residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. In 2014, Megan was the Mellon Teaching Fellow in Ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. Her forms are inspired by architecture and furniture, and are altered to imply movement and instability.  Through the overlay of pattern, structure, and space, Megan creates work that conveys intimacy, as well as a sense of great distance.  Megan is a recipient of a 2015–16 Fogelberg Studio Artist Fellowship at Northern Clay Center.

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Emily Murphy received her BA Earlham College in ceramics and metalsmithing. She spent 10 years in Chicago at Lillstreet Art Center where she taught soda firing and maintained a studio. In 2009, she moved to south Minneapolis to build a home and studio. Currently, her work is primarily porcelain, c.10 oxidation. Being true to the materials and process continues to be at the heart of her work.

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Claire O'Connor teaches pottery for children, adults, and senior adults.  She has undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Educational Psychology / Adult Education as well as a master's degree in Educational Psychology / Adult Education.  Additionally she studied pottery with Randy Johnson at University of Minnesota, and Franklin Heisler, Randy Woolsey and Marilyn Levine  at University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Claire has approximately 20 years of pottery experience and currently maintains a studio at Northern Clay Center.   

Mary Otremba is a licensed Art Specialist in the MN public schools with over 18 years teaching experience. She also have over 10 years experience teaching adults and children in varying capacities for Community Art Organizations including the Northern Clay Center. She holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, and Art Ed Degree from North Carolina. She is a working potter, her current earthenware works are in galleries in MN and Wisconsin.

Angie Renee received her B.S. in art from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she concentrated on ceramics and photography. She has taught a variety of clay workshops and classes for children and adults of all abilities. Lund was a 1999 Jerome Ceramic Artists Project Grant recipient and continues to sell and exhibit her thrown and altered work throughout the Twin Cities.

Gruchalla Rosetti Pottery creates contemporary "American" RAKU consisting of wheel-thrown and hand-built clay vessels, tiles, and wall pieces.  Their work is burnished and carved to create textures as well as landscape designs reminiscent of early 1900's Arts & Crafts era pottery.  Layers of color are created by brushing, airbrushing, and pouring glazes.  Gruchalla Rosetti Pottery is a husband and wife team whose collaboration is reflected in the work.  A single piece of pottery is often passed back and forth several times before it is completed.  Details in the creation of each piece and fine, hand-glazing combine to create a "classical" as well as "jazzy" style.  Final embellishments include copper wire, metallic leaf, and small wooden pegs.

Christopher Singewald recently relocated to the Twin Cities from New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he was a studio assistant for Karen Snyder Ceramics. He received his BFA from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and was an apprentice for Gustin Ceramics LLC in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He received his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts and is NCC's Materials Technician.

Audra Smith received her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and worked with NCC's clay camp program throughout the summer of 2010. Smith formerly was a gallery assistant at Wooster Street Gallery in Wooster, Ohio. She currently teaches with NCC’s ClayToGo.

David Swenson received his BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and was a ceramic intern with David Fredrickson in 2008. He recently relocated to the Twin Cities as he received a 2009 Fogelberg Studio Fellowship. Swenson is on the NCC staff and is currently teaching for NCC's ClayToGo program.

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Brittany Trushin received her BFA in pottery in 2010 from Colorado State University, where she co-founded and served as president of the art department’s pottery guild. She has been a resident artist at Flux Studios in Mt. Rainier, Maryland and was formerly the Outreach Technician at NCC. Trushin currently works from her home studio in Richfield, MN where she hand-builds vessels and objects which she assembles into vignettes and installations that reference landscape, industry, and the sublime. 

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Joshua Woof recently completed his MFA studies in ceramics at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He received his BA in Studio Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 2012. Prior to attending graduate school, Woof taught at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College as a Ceramic Adjunct Instructor from 2012–2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including national juried exhibitions. As a community leader, he has donated works for charitable events and organized fundraisers. After completing his masters, Woof is eager to continue his career as a 2015–16 Fogelberg Studio Fellow at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.

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Lucy Yogerst has maintained a studio in the Twin Cities since 1979. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has taught youth and adults at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and through a variety of community education programs. Her work continues to be exhibited throughout the Twin Cities. Yogerst is currently a board member for the Northside Arts Council in North Minneapolis.