2017 Emerging Artist Residents and WMAA Recipients

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of our Emerging Artist Residencies and Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards.

Northern Clay Center’s Emerging Artist Residency programs, the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship and the Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship, are designed to provide emerging ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center. Here they can develop their own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. Among national clay art centers, NCC offers an urban experience within a diverse and supportive community. The following four artists will be in residence at Northern Clay Center between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018:

Fogelberg Studio Fellowships

Katie Bosley Olivia Tani

Katie Bosley (Atlanta, GA) earned her BFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. She finds beauty in repetition and symmetry. The complex layered surface decoration in her work is inspired by geometry and architecture.

Olivia Tani (Alfred, NY) recently completed her BFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work is driven by formal exploration and interest in the process of slab building. Tani blends precise building techniques with experimentation to derive her forms.

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships

Evan Hauser Austyn Taylor

Evan Hauser (West Missoula, MT) holds an MFA from the University of Montana and a BFA in Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design. He is interested in “the cultural shift in perspective of land” and how the permanence of ceramic material can extend these ideas into the future.

Austyn Taylor (Napa, CA) describes her sculpture as mischievous and tongue-in-cheek. Her work combines both high- and low-art references to highlight constructed narratives. She earned an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Warren MacKenzie Advancment Award

Adrienne Eliades Grace Tessein

The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award (WMAA) provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to a year to further expand their professional development. During the grant year, recipients are provided with a $4,000 grant to research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, travel to other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of other media, and travel. 

The 2017 recipients of the WMAA are Adrienne Eliades and Grace Tessein.

Adrienne Eliades (Vancouver, WA) creates functional tableware that aims to “encourage connection with one another and the food we eat,” through inviting forms and surfaces. She holds an MFA at the University of Florida and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Grace Tessein (Baton Rouge, LA) is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University and has a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her sculpture brings to life remnants of lives and traces of memories. She works in clay for its versatility in representing texture and ability to replace and stand in for precious objects.

Additional information, including application instructions for the 2018 awards, is available on our website at www.northernclaycenter.org/ARTIST-SERVICES.