In the late spring of 2019, NCC turns its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices) with a juried exhibition. We invite you to view the array of talent of our member-artists who represent the foundation of our organization with their commitment to and support of Northern Clay Center. Comprised of work from dozens of artists, the exhibition includes a wide variety of functional and sculptural forms, with surfaces ranging from room temperature “glaze” to wood fired. The exhibition was juried by artists Lisa Buck (Afton, Minnesota) and Paul Briggs (Northfield, Minnesota).
Featuring the work of:
Andriana Abariotes, Clarice Allgood, Heather Barr, Anna Beadle, Casey Beck, Pamela Belding, Bradley W. M. Benn, Evelyn Browne, Andrea Leila Denecke, Susan Dunwell, Katharine Eksuzian, Susan Feigenbaum, Kate Fisher, Jil Franke, Guillermo Guardia, Lisa Himmelstrup, Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet, Norman Holen, Glynnis Lessing, Rob Lieder, Lee Love, Kirk Lyttle, Dawn Malcolm, Katie Mattis, Kate Maury, Lotte Melman, Ernest Miller, Jim Mulfinger, Polonia Odahara Novack, Robyn Peterson, Emily Price, Martha Rehkamp, Brenda Ryan, Juliane Shibata, Chris Singewald, Beth Thompson, Judith Yourman
Lisa Buck is a potter and educator living and working along the St. Croix River Valley, in Afton, Minnesota. She holds degrees in art education and ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Buck uses a combination of wheel-throwing, handbuilding, and carving to produce her pieces that feature generous forms, hardy feet, and lots of heart. The interplay of glazed and unglazed areas characterizes her electric-fired functional work. Buck has been the recipient of a Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant and an educational grant to study historic pottery in La Borne, France. She’s been greatly influenced by the years she spent living in Morocco, as well as by North African and French cooking pots; the folk pots and textiles of Asia, Africa, and South America; and the rich Mingei-sota tradition that has surrounded her in Minnesota. Buck’s work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide and can be found in numerous publications. She splits time between studio work and teaching art at Mounds Park Academy.
Paul Briggs recently relocated to Minnesota from Massachusetts, when he accepted a position at St. Olaf College in Northfield. He says of his journey in the arts, “After a circuitous and fortuitous journey, I teach ceramics, art education, and art making as spiritual practice.” Briggs and his partner share a studio and spend their evenings working and discussing sewing/quilting, ceramics/sculpture, and how far away their three children live. His work has been included in exhibitions around the country, including the Potters Council Juried Show at NCECA 2017, Portland, Oregon; the 2016 International Ceramics Exhibition at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville; Through Other People’s Eyes, at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (ICA-MECA) Portland, Maine; and a venue-originated 2019 NCECA solo exhibition, Cell Persona: Incarceration and Black Lives, at the Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, Minnesota. Briggs holds a BSEd, MSEd, an MFA in ceramics, as well as a PhD in art education and educational theory and policy.