Q & A with NCC's New Director

Posted on October 21, 2019

As of this newsletter production, NCC was in the thick of its leadership transition, with our new director, Leah Hughes, slowly taking the reins from Sarah Millfelt. Amidst the transition, we teased out some fun facts from...

Posted in Community Interviews, Director's Report, Press

Artist Spotlight: Tom Bartel

Posted on October 15, 2019

Tom Bartel was a McKnight Ceramic Artist Resident at NCC in 2015 and we have been proudly representing his smaller works wherein he, “…aims to condense what is present in larger works to a smaller bite-sized scale.” We deviate from our usual Q & A format to share the essay Janet Koplos wrote for the 2016 exhibition, Six McKnight Artists...

Posted in Sales Gallery

Artist Spotlight: Birdie Boone

Posted on October 2, 2019

Birdie Boone wants to make us “act upon the domestic spaces we occupy.” Anyone who has held one of her wares in their hands knows she achieves this goal consistently. Everything about her work is comforting and a pleasure to use. 

Boone works in a modest detached home studio in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest...

Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews

Artist Spotlight: Hidemi Tokutake, McKnight Resident Artist

Posted on September 23, 2019

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...

Posted in Artist Services, Artist Grants, Artist in Residence

The Board of Directors of Northern Clay Center announces the appointment of Leah Hughes to succeed NCC Director, Sarah Millfelt.

Posted on September 3, 2019

After eight years at the helm and 20 years of service, Board Chair Craig Bishop reflected on the legacy she is passing to Hughes, “Through Sarah’s advocacy for ceramic arts, her desire to see Northern Clay...

Posted in Director's Report, Press

Artist Spotlight: Sunshine Cobb

Posted on August 27, 2019


Sunshine Cobb’s creative journey has taken her all over the country. She is constantly on the move – creating magically saturated wares and sharing her experience and techniques with other makers who are eager to learn. On Friday, September 6...

Posted in American Pottery Festival, Education, Sales Gallery

Teaching Artist Spotlight: Lauren Karle

Posted on August 1, 2019

NCC is excited to welcome teaching artist Lauren Karle to the NCC community! Karle spent the last five years living on a national wildlife refuge with a herd of bison in rural New Mexico. For the last two years, she taught Art and Design in Santa Fe. Karle is “thrilled to be back in civilization, ready to meet people, and make a life!” We are...

Posted in Education, Community Interviews

Artist Spotlight: Candice Methe

Posted on July 30, 2019

“I am guilty of romanticizing the past.” 

Candice Methe’s work invokes a slower time, slower processes, and a slower way of life. Her philosophy is a vote for depth over breadth. It seems to be a guiding principle and it seems to be serving her well. We benefit from her methodology via consumption, visual or literally through...

Posted in Sales Gallery

Announcing the Recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowship and Residency for Ceramic Artists Award

Posted on July 10, 2019

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....

Posted in Artist Services, Artist Grants, Artist in Residence, Press

Teaching Artist Spotlight: Casey Beck

Posted on July 9, 2019

NCC is excited to welcome Casey Beck to our teaching artist roster! Beck is a ceramic artist who has a passion for atmospheric firing. Of his work created through atmospheric firing methods he says, “the final...

Posted in Education, Community Interviews