MN NICE Graduates
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 will feature the work of seven emerging artists from the third graduating MN NICE class. Their work ranges from functional pots to multi-media sculpture. 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.
Matt Cawley is a graduate of Lawrence University. He has taught ceramics at the high school level at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, worked as a production potter at Dock 6 Pottery, and performed multiple roles at Northern Clay Center. He actively creates work at his studio in the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis.
Carol Elizabeth Hanson is an artist from the city of Ramsey, Minnesota. After a career in Language Arts Education she returned to her early ceramic influences. She creates functional wares and decorative jars for homes as well as gardens. Working primarily with stoneware, she seeks a consistent line and feelings of calm in her wares.
Audrey Jellison’s work is greatly influenced by the style of Fauvism. Her mixed-media sculptures form energetic and often distorted pieces of fervent emotion. She has a BFA in painting and drawing and seeks to infuse 2D techniques into 3D form. Working through difficult experiences from her past, Audrey is willing to experiment with honest emotion for healing.
Erin Parker began working in clay at an early age and took every clay class she could from grade school through college. With a BFA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, her career began in the nonprofit education sector. She makes wheel-thrown functional wares with significant attention paid to form and silhouette.
Marjorie Pitz’s love of land influences her ceramic interpretations of human landscapes that may place the earth in peril. Her sculpture has been exhibited at Edina Art Center, Redwing’s Depot Gallery, and at the MN State Fair the last five years. There she won first place and the Northern Clay Center Prize in 2016, and the Tweed Museum Prize in 2017.
Kathryn Schroeder is a studio potter working to instill contemplation, ingenuity, and joy into the objects of our daily routines and domestic spaces. She earned a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in the heartland, valuing things made smartly by hand.
Heather Tietz’s work investigates how objects hold memory and how our connections to our past experiences evolve over time. Tietz shares a studio in the Northrup King Building. She recently created an installation for Made Here in downtown Minneapolis, exhibited in Fresh Work at the Arts Center of Saint Peter, and is represented in the Minneapolis Art Lending Library.