Artist Services

Artist Spotlight: Peter Jadoonath

Peter Jadoonath will tell us about his 20-year love affair with a Max Beckmann painting in a moment. Perhaps, if we are already familiar with Beckmann, we could have guessed it. There is something reminiscent in Jadoonath’s wares. He gives us dynamic fields of patterned surface against uninterrupted curves of form. Sometimes he activates the work with stylized figures and engages the user on multiple aesthetic and narrative levels.

Artist Spotlight: Brett Freund, McKnight Artist Fellow

Brett Freund’s work incorporates color, sketching, and repetition. He intuitively constructs from slip cast parts. The result is a single product that communicates preciousness, but is manipulated with a chaotic energy. Although he essentially uses prototypes and reproducible parts, he creates decorative objects with personal, interior spaces.

Freund is a 2018 recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists and NCC is proud to be part of his professional and creative journey.

Artist Spotlight: Bryan Czibesz, McKnight Artist Resident

“I am at heart a tinkerer, and regularly working with my hands is at the core of how I engage with the world.”

Bryan Czibesz came to NCC’s McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists from the Hudson Valley, where he teaches at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Grounded in the tradition of object making, he asks questions of authorship and authenticity through varying degrees of engagement and dislocation between the hand and material manipulation. 

Artist Spotlight: Melissa Mencini

It really is the rare bird who can traipse back and forth between the world of sculpture and functional pottery with ease. Perhaps therein lies the misconception, “ease” plays no part in it. Rather a dedication to content and artisanship are the constant companion to a maker who keeps every tool sharpened and at the ready to explore and express and create as needed when needed. These are the makers we can rely upon as keepers of the craft. Melissa Menicini is such a maker.

Artist Spotlight: Brett Freund

Brett Freund has been a regular in the NCC sales gallery and the NCC classroom for a few years now. An unassuming character with a genuine love of the material. We invite you to enjoy a quick Q & A with Brett and hope that his voice informs your experience of his wares in the gallery and then in your home. Not everyone has easy access to their voice and demeanor through written word, but we think Brett delivers on both accounts. We are proud to represent his work and equally pleased that the 2018 McKnight Jury chose him as a Fellow this summer.

Announcing the Recipients of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowship and Residency for Ceramic Artists Award

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Donovan Palmquist (Farmington, MN) and Brett Freund (Minneapolis, MN).  The recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Residency are: Alessandro Gallo (Helena, MT), Ted Adler (Wichita, KS), Leandra Urrutia (Memphis, TN) and Hidemi Tokutake (Kariya, Japan). These four artists will each be in residence at Northern Clay Center for three consecutive months.

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