Artist Spotlight: Chris Singewald, Fogelberg Studio Fellow
Chris Singewald’s life, if it wasn’t always, has become one of intention. After six-plus years working in arts administration he chose to step out from behind his desk to put all of his energy into developing his craft. He has kept the spirit of intention alive in his studio to pursue new horizons. In his successful proposal to earn a Fogelberg Studio Fellowship at Northern Clay Center, Singewald wrote, “Time and again, I have received feedback that my wares are ‘quiet, subtle, and safe.’ I desire to become more adventurous and intentional with my surfaces to create unmistakable character in my wares and highlight important elements of surface/form.”
We are proud to bear witness to Singewald’s evolution and are delighted the 2019 jurors chose to award this opportunity to him! His warmth and drive are a contagious combination and we are looking forward to his creative, community-minded spirtit create alchemy in the NCC studio program this year.
NCC: You have been in residence at NCC for a month now, how are you settling to the studio artist community? Would you please share how the residency is matching up with your anticipated expectations.
CS: It has been busy! After getting settled into my studio, I volunteered as an assistant for Jan McKeachie Johnston’s and Linda Christianson’s workshop Hygge in Clay during American Pottery Festival. The next two weeks were spent making pots for a soda firing with a MN NICE participant and two studio artists. At the end of September, I had the fantastic opportunity to sell pots at the Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour! Lastly, I started making pots for an anagama woodfiring workshop in October at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Doug Casebeer, and Chris Gustin.
My studio space is located near the new MN NICE participants so it has been wonderful to get to know them and see what they are up to in their studios. I wanted to hit the ground running with the residency and it has matched my anticipated expectations.
NCC: What are you working on in your studio to kick off your year at NCC?
CS: I am building on ideas about form, stacking, and volume in my studio. These ideas were sparked while I was a technical assistant for Suze Lindsay's workshop Altering Form/Designing Surface at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME. I am making basket forms after a nearly five-year break!
NCC: What event are you most looking forward to this year?
CS: There are too many to list because so many great things happen at Northern Clay Center each month. Honestly, I always look forward to the Holiday Open House in November, and the annual Chili Cook-off in February because the galleries and studios feel so cozy and inviting during those events.