Earth and Water 4: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley
Atrium Gallery, Phipps Center for the Arts
The Phipps Center for the Arts was in partnership with Northern Clay Center and presented Joe Samuelson
Northern Clay Center (NCC) and The Phipps joined forces on a three-year exhibition partnership aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists located throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This cross-state collaboration featured two to three ceramic artists annually in the Atrium Gallery at The Phipps. In addition, featured artists presented an artist talk prior to each opening reception and a workshop or demonstration event.
Joe Samuelson was the fourth artist to participate in this collaboration. In 1981, after graduating with an MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota, Samuelson established his studio in Stillwater, Minnesota, painting and making pots. He taught art at Stillwater High School, retiring in 2008.
Samuelson’s pots are simple forms—some are wheel-thrown and some are hand-built. The wood ash, slips and glazes that interact with the clay produce a variety of surfaces and colors. The pots are meant to appeal to the tactile sense, and are intended to be subtle with no attempt to hide how they were formed.
Samuelson’s functional pots are fired in a wood kiln and have subtle surfaces produced by the interaction of the flame and the pots. All of the pots are dishwasher and oven safe.
The Phipps presents professional visual arts and music programming, theater, and dance to audiences drawn from the Twin Cities area, Western Wisconsin, and beyond. The $7 million facility was built and funded by the William H. Phipps Foundation, area individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations. Northern Clay Center is excited to have The Phipps as a partner, as well as the opportunity to advance the ceramic arts, while expanding its reach into Wisconsin.
The Phipps Center for the Arts is located at:
109 Locust St Hudson, WI 54016
Samuelson's exhibition opens on Friday, April 18. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 pm at the Phipps Center for the Arts.
Joe Samuelson's website: www.josephsamuelson.com