Last November, we celebrated our fifth graduating class of Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE). The program is currently in its sixth year with another diverse and lively student body. Students enrolled in the 2019 program include: Liane Bromer, Paola Evangelista, Billy Hicks, Rylie Lawrence, Joy Newmann, Marni Oberpriller, Chris Salas, Brent Titcomb, and Sydney Willcox.
Aaron Caldwell is a recipient of a 2019 Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award. More information on the award and how to apply is on our website. Read on to learn more about Aaron’s research.
Introducing Nat Nicholson, a 2019 - 20 Emerging Artist Resident! Nat 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 their final form.
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 of this new 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 and invited Donna Ray to be the first BISQUE Resident Artist.
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.
Alyce Carrier creates porcelain forms imbued with primitive electricity. She moved to Minneapolis last year from Utah to utilize the many resources Minnesota has to offer ceramic artists, and was selected by our jurors to receive an Anonymous Artist Studio Fellowship for 2019 - 20.
Hidemi Tokutake is from the city of Kariya in the Aichi prefecture of Japan, which is just south of Nagoya. Her ceramic research began at the Seto Ceramic School in Seto, Japan. Seto-city is one of the main centers for the production of Japanese ceramics; the history reaches back to the 13th century.
Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Kelly Connole (Northfield, MN) and Guillermo Guardia (Saint Paul, MN). Connole investigates memories, raw instinct, and elements of the natural world to create work that celebrates the tactile temperament of clay and connection to other beings. Guardia explores political and social issues relevant to his personal experiences, informed by the events in his life and the places he has lived.
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.