American Pottery Festival
Linda Christianson might not know it, but she is something of a mythological creature in the folklore of contemporary American ceramics. She cuts a romantic picture of a lone woman skiing through the Minnesota woods, towing lumber to build her home and studio against a gorgeous sunset sparkling on the snows of the northland. Thankfully, Christianson is as real as the rest of us; and it is with her usual measure of generosity, mirth, and commitment to her craft that she has chosen to share some deep insights to her practice and a bit about her personal story with us.
Not all makers can successfully walk between the worlds of utilitarian pottery, sculpture, and jewelry. Liz Pechacek does and she does it articulately, with depth and aplomb as she incorporates a variety of handbuilding and slip-casting techniques. The coil and pinch method she uses to make her prototypes and larger works is a slow, deliberate process that allows her to react and adjust to the profile as she goes.
Join us for the 21st Annual American Pottery Festival, September 6 – 8, 2019. Our annual fundraiser will once again gather national artists representing the best in their fields and offer a diverse array of ideations, processes, and forms and surfaces. The event kicks off with our Opening Night Party on Friday, September 6, 2019.
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.
Steven Godfrey lives in the largest state in the union, where he has plenty of room to consider the smaller, significant moments that can get taken for granted. Things like the light of day, or lack thereof, become familiar points of reflection. Steve will be leading a workshop at the American Pottery Festival next week with Sam Chung. Register here.
Guillermo Guardia is a relatively recent addition to the alchemy of ceramic artists in the Twin Cities and NCC has been delighted to have his talents represented on our teaching roster, in the sales gallery, and as a 2018 American Pottery Festival artist. Guardia creates colorful figures and functional wares emblazoned with glyphs representing his Peruvian and Japanese heritage. Born in Peru, he has lived in the US since 2002 and remains in active pursuit of his artistic endeavors throughout his life journey.
In the wake of the American Pottery Festival, which brings with it packing, shipping, clean up, and notes of gratitude sent across the country, we here at NCC are still catching our collective breath and reflecting on the accomplishments of everyone who helped us pull off the most successful fundraiser to date. Here’s the highlight reel:
Looking back while looking forward—never an easy task, but a requisite one in the not-for-profit world. What have we done? What had we wanted to do? What’s next? Where do we hope to be? Fourth quarter of our calendar/fiscal year is all about finding answers to these questions.
What is your relationship with NCC?
We attend the American Pottery Festival each year as part of the Collector Adventures. We live in Ohio. We also donate to support NCC. For the past 15 years, we have focused on collecting contemporary functional and figurative ceramics.
Why did you get involved initially?
Thank you to the 2014 American Pottery Festival artists for immersing yourselves into the NCC community over our fundraiser weekend, and for sharing your expertise and techniques, your big ideas, and your great work. Thank you volunteers — for chauffeuring artists and food, sweeping the courtyard, assisting shoppers, and unpacking (and packing) pots.