Announcing the 2019 Emerging Artist Fellowship Awardees

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of its Emerging Artist Residencies, Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards, Red Wing Award, and BISQUE Residency.

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. Between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 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. 

Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowships
Alyce Carrier (Minneapolis, MN), who moved to Minnesota from Utah last year, creates porcelain forms imbued with primitive electricity. Earning her BFA in 2014 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Carrier has been developing her practice steadily with a Post-Baccalaureate at the University of Arkansas; an assistantship at Rat City Studios in Seattle, WA; and residencies at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, WA; Zentrum fur Keramik in Berlin, Germany; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Her enthusiasm for her work is contagious, “I am wholeheartedly dedicated to life as an artist and I am truly excited about the work I am making. I feel that I have all the working parts, all I want to do is continue investigating in the work I am currently making.”

Natalie Nicholson (Iowa City, IA) just earned her BFA in ceramics at the University of Iowa. Her sculpture follows a process which allows structures to repeatedly rise, verge on collapse, and accumulate debris until they take on their final form. Nicholson is looking forward to being part of the NCC studio program community, imagining how it will positively impact her practice she says, “I [will] observe new perspectives of artwork and conceptual endeavors to broaden my own way of thinking and dissect my own processes.” 

Alyce Carrier
You go/I go, 2019, porcelain,
32” x 14” x 8”

Natalie Nicholson
Orange Loop, 2019, earthenware,
glaze, coffee, acrylic, 11” x 8” x 3”

Fogelberg Studio Fellowship
Chris Singewald (Minneapolis, MN) left his position as NCC’s Outreach Manager in 2017 to pursue his studio practice full-time. In the studio he seeks answers to form and surface through explorations in materials and firings that forge a path of expression, accomplishment, and understanding, “I desire to become more adventurous and intentional with my surfaces.” NCC is pleased to welcome him back in an artistic capacity and delighted the 2019 jury saw the potential in Singewald those at the Center have long admired. “I am excited to establish a new type of rapport with staff at Northern Clay and to continue investing in my own professional development as a ceramic artist.” 

Chris Singewald
Yellow Textured Pitcher, 2018, cone 10 soda-fired stoneware, glaze, 7.25” x 7” x 6”

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 2019 recipients of the WMAA are Aaron Caldwell and Elliot Corbett.

Aaron Caldwell (Carbondale, IL) just completed his BA in studio art with a minor in art history at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has been researching various ways of telling Black American narratives with ceramics through imagery, texture, and finishing techniques by learning about central and west coastal African tribes, African American history, and European conquest/invasion history. Caldwell will attend Penland School of Crafts to study Traditional Pottery Making of Nigeria and Ghana with Winnie Owens-Hart. He will supplement his research through travels to all-Black populations in search of valuable, primary source information about the lives of unsung Black American leaders, innovators and pioneers. These unearthed narratives about Black American history will then inform his ceramic practice.

Elliot Corbett (River Falls, WI) uses inspiration from the fluidity of natural cycles and physical formations in the landscape to inform their sculptural and functional forms. Corbett pursues, through art created parallel to nature, an understanding of personal identity and acceptance of the fluid and constant changing nature of identity. Through the WMAA grant, Corbett will expand their perspective with a journey west where, “…there are more extremes of temperature, and quick and dramatic weather changes. I am extremely interested in experiencing a vastly different climate and environment, and see how I can incorporate that change in my concepts of queer identity.”

Aaron Caldwell
Twin Ballerinas Urn, 2019,
terracotta, underglaze, glaze, luster,
15” x 9" x 8" 

Elliot Corbett
Horizon, 2019, cone 04 earthenware,
terra sigilatta, mason stain, soda wash,
8” x 8” x 7.5”

2019 Red Wing Award
This award is made possible by the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation, and is presented by Northern Clay Center to a deserving individual pursuing a career in pottery, or studying or researching the historical aspects of the pottery industry. The Foundation endeavors to broaden appreciation of pottery, past and present, for the general public and maintains the Red Wing Pottery Museum in Red Wing, Minnesota. This is the eleventh year in which the Clay Center has awarded the grant.

Nick Earl (Stillwater, MN) received his BA in Art from the University of Vermont, Burlington in 2011, and apprenticed with potter Dick Cooter in Two Harbors, MN from 2012 - 2014. Nick currently maintains his studio at Abnet Farm just north of Stillwater. His wheel-thrown pots are influenced by medieval Korean, Japanese, and English pottery, as well as by nature, food, and imperfection. 

Nick Earl
Wheel-thrown Vase, 2018, reduction-fired stoneware, Chün glaze,
5” x 5” x 9”

2019 BISQUE Residency
BISQUE stands for Believe, Include, Sustain, Question, Understand, and Evolve. BISQUE is also a metaphor for makers in the early stages of development. NCC is proud to announce the creation of an experimental residency program inspired by our desire to cultivate new voices in the field. As a community-based ceramic art center, NCC is in a unique position to have access to pre-emergent talent. The BISQUE Residency will offer time, space, and professional development resources for one-year, plus participation in a group exhibition in January and February, 2021. The future of this program will be dependent on funding.

NCC issued an invitation to Donna Ray (Bloomington, MN) to be the first BISQUE Resident Artist. Ray has been exhibiting around the Twin Cities since 2010 and taking classes at the Bloomington Art Center since 2001. A 2019 recipient of a POCI Scholarship to attend the NCECA Conference, Ray commented, “Networking and meeting other emerging artists…at the NCECA conference helped me realize how much I would benefit from more education in my studio building practices.” Ray intends to use her residency to holistically and professionally concentrate on developing her ceramic skills to create works related to social issues surrounding home.

Donna Ray
Rebel the Malabar Squirrel, 2018, cone 6, 12” x 12” x 7”

Additional information, including application instructions for the 2020 awards, is available on our website