Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant Recipients

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. The $6,000 project grants will be awarded to:

Brett Freund uses these verbs to describe his studio practice: “cut, stamp, attach, alter, glaze, sand, stack, mishima, make molds, cast, and fire.” To this list of skills, he intends to add a 3D printer, capable of extruding plastic clay to render components in a new method.

Adam Gruetzmacher will expand on his consistent line of work by outfitting a high-functioning studio and exploring depth and variety in his surfaces. Gruetzmacher will also make a weeklong residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts a part of his career growth.

Joe Singewald will pursue a line of handbuilt pottery with the same “qualities of form, texture, volume, and surface” as his past work in wood-fired, wheel-thrown forms. Singewald will also update his studio equipment, including his kiln, ventilation, and extruder.

This year’s selection panel consisted of Mark Burns, an artist featured in the exhibition Sexual Politics, and a former professor of art at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas; Paul Eshelman, a studio potter based in Elizabeth, Illinois, who is also an NCC sales gallery artist; and Jae Won Lee, our Winter McKnight Resident Artist and a professor of art at Michigan State University. Our thanks to each of them for their thoughtful discussion on a wide variety of applications.

2015 marks the 25th year of support for this program from the Jerome Foundation. The Foundation supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City, who, among other qualifications:

  • take risks and embrace challenges
  • who are rigorous in their approached to creation and production
  • who are under-recognized by their peers
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