NCC announces 2018 Emerging Artist Residents and Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awardees

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of its 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 an opportunity to be in residence for one year at NCC. Due to an incredibly rich applicant pool we are pleased to welcome five new resident artists this fall. Between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 the residents will have the opportunity to develop their work while exchanging ideas and knowledge with a dynamic network of ceramic artists. Among national clay art centers, NCC offers an urban experience within a diverse and supportive community. 

Fogelberg Studio Fellowships

Maia Homstad Keather Lindman

Maia Homstad (Minneapolis, MN) has been the sales gallery manager of Dock 6 Pottery Gallery since 2013, and has been an active member of the Minneapolis ceramic community for over 20 years. She is inspired by the parameters of function, stating, “To create a form that ‘works for a living’ is immensely satisfying.” She plans to focus her residency on further developing a line of wares informed by a combination of historical Shaker furniture, early American spongeware, and Scandinavian design.

Keather Lindman (Plymouth, MN) is a committed teacher, as passionate about her students as she is her own practice. She holds a BFA in Art Education and Studio Art, with a minor in Special Education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Keather creates collages of imagery upon the surface of her functional wares inspired by the tradition of still life painting, or memento mori, contrasting the abundance of service with the finality of death.

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships

Bri Burke Peter Ronan Soojin Choi

Bri Burke (Rochester, NY) is just finishing up a Post Baccalaureate year at Kansas State University, after earning her BFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. This year she also received the Zenobia Award to attend a two-week residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Bri uses “mediums underestimated in their ability to convey complex meaning, and create a quiet moment for the viewer to consider what lies in the shadow.” In this way she illuminates the unacknowledged realities she encounters as a black woman. 

Peter Ronan (Boise, ID) has most recently been an education assistant at the Clay Studio of Philadelphia. His BFA in ceramics is from Boise State University where he had the opportunity to complete a summer session in Nagoya, Japan. Peter is using function to create a tangible representation of queer culture beyond the sterilized and commodified versions created for mass consumption through pop culture.

Soojin Choi (Chang-Won, South Korea) earned her MFA at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred this May after completing a double major in Painting/Printmaking and Craft Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Soojin combines representational imagery with abstracted geometric forms to blind a viewer’s perception. She is looking forward to the challenge of conveying large concepts in a more intimate scale during her residency.   


Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award

Katie Couglin Issac Logsdon Kelsie Rudolph

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 fiscal support 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 2018 recipients of the WMAA are Katie Coughlin, Issac Logsdon, and Kelsie Rudolph.

Katie Coughlin (Brooklyn, NY) holds a MFA from the Ohio State University and a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, with a Post Baccalaureate from the University of Montana. Katie will execute in-depth research throughout Ireland, focusing on familial history and the development of the Habit and monastic work within the Benedictine Order of Nuns. She will, with this research be able to deepen her investigations on how objects of labor extend personal identity. 

Issac Logsdon (Central/Northern New Mexico) is curious about how history is portrayed through artificial museum display, selective archiving, and one-sided written accounts. Thusly he is motivated to visit museums and cultural centers of the southwest to study the relationship between architecture and “the land it rests on” as a way to talk about Mestizo culture through material and place. Issac just completed his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute and will be a fellow at Ox-Bow School of Art in 2018.

Kelsie Rudolph (Bozeman, MT) is an MFA Candidate at Montana State University with a BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She also apprenticed with Simon Levin in 2013. Kelsie makes “large scale sculpture and utilitarian objects to celebrate simple architectural space, as well as our relationships with and within it.” She will be using the grant to return to a country that inspired her imagination during a 2016 residency at Tainan National University of the Arts where she has been offered an internship with sculptor and designer Hun Chung Lee outside of Seoul, Korea.  

Additional information, including application instructions for the 2019 awards, is available on our website at