American Pottery Festival 2014 Wrap-up

Posted on September 23, 2014

Thank you to the 2014 American Pottery Festival artists for immersing yourselves into the NCC community over our fundraiser weekend, and for sharing your expertise and techniques, your big ideas, and your great work.  Thank you volunteers — for chauffeuring artists and food, sweeping the courtyard, assisting shoppers, and unpacking (...

Posted in American Pottery Festival, Sales Gallery

Fall 2014 Director's Report

Posted on July 16, 2014

Fall remains my favorite time of year… both personally and professionally. Fall marks the return to jeans and jackets, the change in light and the smell of the air, the excuse to bake with pumpkin, the need for hot coffee and cocoa. Fall forces us to live in the moment as it is our reminder of what lies ahead: another winter. 

Fall is...

Newfoundland Promotion 2014

Posted on July 16, 2014

First-time students, at any level, mention the "Newfoundland" promotion to receive 10% off your first class. Members and current students, register a friend and receive an...

Posted in Education, Sales Gallery

Summer 2014 Director's Report

Posted on April 28, 2014

In the midst of NCC’s continued growth and development and improvement, we pause to acknowledge the recent passing of some tremendous individuals whose contributions to the Clay Center, the greater community, and the world in general will be difficult to match by most of us in our lifetime.  Northern Clay Center exists because of the shared...

Restlessness: Jan McKeachie Johnston

Posted on April 16, 2014

Jan McKeachie Johnston (JMC) has been a Northern Clay Center year-round gallery artist since the organization formed in 1990.  She is a widely-respected potter whose stoneware forms range from tall, primitive baskets to squared, striped luncheon plates.  She lives in River Falls, WI, with her husband and fellow potter, Randy...

Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews

Artist Interview: Karin Kraemer

Posted on March 17, 2014

Karin Kramer is a studio potter in Superior, WI. Her majolica-style, earthenware pottery was recently juried into NCC’s sales gallery. As a “welcome to the gallery,” Sales Gallery Manager Karen McPherson contacted Karin to discuss her work and her history. 

KM: Can you introduce us to your pots?


Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews

Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE)

Posted on February 27, 2014

Northern Clay Center is thrilled to announce Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education—MN NICE. Offered in collaboration with ceramic artist and educator, Ursula Hargens, this advanced ceramics studio program will provide up to 8...

Joan Mondale

Posted on February 4, 2014

One of NCC’s founding members and a long-time advocate for the arts, Joan Mondale, passed away February 3, at the age of 83.  She was often called “Joan of Art” for her tireless efforts to promote, advance, support the arts, both close to home and on a national scale.  Her work with Northern Clay Center began during the Center’s formative years...

Spring 2014 Director's Report

Posted on February 4, 2014

Internally, we refer to it as “strategic objective #2”; the second of our four recently adopted operational objectives for the next 3 – 5 years of NCC’s existence; the objective whose success or failure is the most visible to our constituents. “Increase visitors, sales, and organizational visibility through renovation of physical facility and a...