2018 American Pottery Festival Review

This year’s epic American Pottery Festival left all of us here pinching ourselves as we reflected on the accomplishments of everyone who helped us pull off the most enthusiastic and entertaining fundraiser to date.

Here’s a quick playlist featuring some of our favorites from 2018:

  • Of the 25 invited artists on this year’s roster, 21 traveled from burgs and hamlets from across the country — from Alaska to Arizona to Georgia — and brought along friends, students, mentees, parents, and partners;
  • All of the workshops and artist lectures graciously led by visiting artists, both at NCC and through residencies with colleges and universities, reached over 400 participants;
  • Our continued partnership with US Bank Flexperks Reward Visa and American Express brought new audiences throughout the weekend as did our social media and volunteer visibility efforts;
  • The reimagined Collector Adventure tour included a private collection; a visit, tour, and catered picnic at the studio of S.C. Rolf in River Falls, Wisconsin; a docent-led tour of the ceramic stoves at the American Swedish Institute; a visit to the Textile Center of Minnesota; early access to the APF exhibition; complimentary APF workshop attendance; and nightly soirees;
  • Chef Nettie Colón of Red Hen Gastrolab catered the Thursday night Welcome Cocktail Party for visiting artists and collectors in the gardens and art-filled Uptown home of a gracious local ceramic supporter and collector;
  • Continuous offerings of food were prepared and served by scores of tireless volunteers and generous donors, including over 200 pizzas from our wood-fired pizza oven, thousands of passed appetizers on Opening Night, and a good old-fashioned lunchbox party on Sunday, served up in perfect weather to artists, staff, and volunteers with seemingly boundless energy;
  • The support of over 160 event volunteers, artist hosts, and donors helped choreograph a 2018 APF event that felt magical and so much larger than any single one of us.

For the NCC Crew that remains at the venue after the event, while everyone else travels back home to their everyday lives, there are endless memories and a deep well of gratitude for the contributions of so many artists, businesses, collectors, volunteers, and others.  A special thank you goes out to those friends, students, and collectors who traveled from afar for the experience. If you participated in 
the festival in any way, please know you are appreciated and that this thankfulness doesn’t fade! It could be exhaustion, but we’re pretty sure these are tears of happiness.  

We are already well on our way to planning 2019 APF — be sure to mark your calendars for September 6 – 8! Watch our website and social media for more information, including our presence at the NCECA conference right here in Minneapolis, in March, as well as guest artist announcements and festival workshop opportunities.