Director's Report: Autumn 2020

Through a period of incredible chance and evolving circumstance, Northern Clay Center has remained strong and dedicated to the pursuit of its mission to advance the ceramic arts for artists, learners, and the community through education, exhibitions, and artist services. Finding new meaning in this statement with each new challenge, we have remained nimble and open minded while exploring new avenues to build upon the existing strengths that compose the core of NCC’s purpose and identifying areas for further development. Bringing with them incredible opportunities to make programming, exhibitions, and artist opportunities more adaptable and accessible, these reimagined approaches and additional tools will allow for the cultivation of new connections to grow our community while serving those who are already a part of the organization.

As we embark on a path to carefully and strategically reopen the facility, we have been afforded the opportunity to reflect upon some of the great strides made in the last several months. Under new leadership by two familiar faces, we navigated the difficult decisions to close the facility and redirect efforts to developing new and safe tactics to stay connected to the community.

This includes:

  • developing remote programming and resources to connect learners and educators with opportunities to facilitate their continued development
  • ongoing expansion of our digital platforms to connect everyone with the makers in the sales gallery and exhibition spaces
  • integrating these new additions with existing tactics to provide robust opportunity to connect with audiences remotely and in-person.

Carrying forward in our roles as Interim Co-Executive Directors of Northern Clay Center, Tippy Maurant and I continue to find new strength in our complimentary and cohesive skillsets. Through the development of programming, platforms, and protocols to protect the health and well-being of those who will come to the Center, our guiding principals have been built upon trust and transparency in every avenue. While many aspects of NCC will look different and continue to evolve to meet the world around us, we are certain that all of us have the capacity and determination to persevere and maintain the strength of this organization.

I could not be more proud of our staff who have embraced and facilitated incredible change, thankful for the continued support from our Board of Directors, beholden to Tippy and our symbiotic undertaking of this great responsibility, or humbled by the unprecedented support from every area of the Center’s community. It is with a great sense of optimism that I look ahead to the future developments and achievements for the organization.

Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp
Interim Co-Executive Director

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