Collector Adventure

Thursday, September 7 - Sunday, September 10.
The 2017 American Pottery Festival Collector Adventure is designed to engage and educate ceramic devotees of all backgrounds—from new buyers, students, and educators, to long-time collectors, and enthusiasts of all kind. Taking part in the Collector Adventure provides you with superior access to APF activities, both at NCC and around the city.  The Adventure includes special viewings of private collections, exclusive tours of corporate collections and museums, and artist studios in intimate settings. 

$300 includes all APF workshops, museum, and Opening Night ticket fees, as well as transportation to each tour venue. Our Collector Adventure guests will travel together in a passenger van, driven by an NCC representative, and accompanied by a tour leader.  Thanks to the generous support from two long-time Collector Adventure attendees, NCC has two tour spots available at $120 for full-time university or college students with a valid ID. The Collector Adventure fee does not include lunch on Friday or Saturday, or transportation to and from the airport.

Register here

The Collector Adventure includes:

Social Gatherings

  • Kickoff Cocktail Party and Artist Reception
  • Opening Night Benefit Sale, Members Only Preview Hour, and NCC “Celly” of the Year
  • Saturday Overtime Happy Hour with artists and the NCC team of volunteers and staff

Private Collections and Exhibitions in the Twin Cities and Surrounding Area
Each and every collection was recruited because it includes ceramic art, but clay may or may not be the playmaker or focus of the collection. Generations of makers from across the country help us celebrate the lineage of talent that springs from and leads to the Midwest. In addition to a few other slam-dunks, collectors will view:

  • A private collection focused on first-string studio potters largely from, but not limited to, the Midwest. Meticulously recorded as well as utilized everyday.
  • Tour of St. Olaf’s esteemed Ron Gallas Cup Library
  • Studio visit and demonstration with the legendary and local Kip O’Krongly

Sunday Artist Demonstrations and Lectures

  • Raku Tailgate Party with Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti
  • The Sweet Rewards of Repetitive Strain with Ernest Gentry & Matt Repsher
  • The Closers with Suze Lindsay & Kent McLaughlin

Full Schedule:

Thursday, September 7

5:45 pm: Pick up at hotel by NCC driver for ride to cocktail reception
6 – 8 pm: Collector and Artist Welcome Party
8 pm:  Return ride to hotel by NCC driver

Friday, September 8

9 am:  Pick up at hotel by NCC driver for ride to NCC
9:15 – 9:45 am: Coffee and preview of APF
9:45 am: Depart NCC
10:30 – 11:15 am: Private collection of Ruth and Doug Crane
11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Private tour of Ron Gallas Cup Library at St. Olaf
12:15 – 1 pm: Lunch with Kate Fisher at St. Olaf
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Tour and demonstration at the studio of Kip O’Krongly
3 pm: Arrive at NCC, then return to hotel to dress for the opening night event
5:00 – 5:45 pm Arrive at the Opening Night Party during Member Preview Hour
6 – 9 pm APF Opening Night Benefit Sale and Party
8 – 9 pm (flexible) Return ride to hotel by NCC driver

Saturday, September 9

10 am: Pick up at hotel by NCC driver
10:30 am: Leave NCC (Please note, some collectors prefer to meet at NCC for coffee and shopping at 9:30 am, but it’s not necessary.)
11:00 – 12:00 pm: Docent-led tour of Walker Sculpture Garden
12:15 – 12:40 pm: Picnic in Loring Park– NCC will provide lunch
1 – 2 pm: Docent-led tour at Weisman Art Museum – A Culture of Pots: The 25th Anniversary of the St. Croix Pottery Tour
3 – 4 pm: Private collection of Evelyn and Bill Browne
4:30 pm: Back to NCC to freshen up and shop
5 – 7 pm: Thank You Happy Hour for Collectors, Artists, Board, Staff, and Volunteers
6:45 pm – 7 pm (flexible) Return ride to hotel by NCC driver

Sunday, September 10

TBD: Hotel check out and pick up at hotel by NCC driver
9:30 am – 2:30 pm: APF Benefit Sale, slide talks, and workshops

  • 9:30 – 11:15 am: Raku Tailgate Party with Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti
  • 10 – 11 am: The Sweet Rewards of Repetitive Strain with Ernest Gentry & Matt Repsher
  • 11 – 11:45 am: Lunch provided by NCC
  • 11:45 am – 1:45 pm: The Closers with Suze Lindsay & Kent Mclaughlin

Depart NCC – (Rides are the responsibility of each of the collectors)

Register here

Please direct all questions about the 2017 American Pottery Festival Collector Tour to:
Tippy Maurant, Director of Galleries and Events
612.339.8007 x304