MN NICE Exhibition
Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) is an NCC intensive certificate program, launched in Fall 2014. The curriculum gives students an overview of ceramic history, provides advanced technical and materials training, and encourages awareness and debate around larger questions in the field of ceramics. The program also focuses on critical dialogue to help students build a body of work reflecting their own ideas as makers.
This exhibition featured the work of seven emerging artists from the inaugural class. Their work ranges from functional pots to handbuilt sculptural vessels to sand-cast installations. These bodies of work evolved through one-on-one dialogue with mentoring artists, individual research, and lively group critiques. Work in the exhibition is the result of yearlong investigations into each artist’s questions, motivations, and perspectives.