Community Interviews

Student Spotlight: Meg Swanson

At the time Meg Swanson retired, she had enrolled in a class at NCC on a whim, hoping for an activity that would engage her practically and creatively. Somewhat to her surprise, she was immediately compelled by clay and has been fervently engaged in the process ever since. While she still considers herself a novice, she is dedicated to her craft and absorbing as much knowledge and practice as she can through classes at NCC.

Student Spotlight: Joseph Tashjian

Joseph Tashjian sunk his hands deep into clay after finding NCC two years ago. A retired physician, Tashjian deeply values the opportunity to learn about and work with clay—something he didn’t have while working. The community at NCC provides him with a community of like-minded people who are interesting, friendly, and dedicated to their craft.

Teaching Artist Spotlight: Lauren Karle

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 so glad she decided to make her life here in Minnesota. 

Student Spotlight: Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson started taking classes at NCC in 1991 and has been thriving in clay ever since. Janet says, “NCC is a stimulating place for me to enjoy creating all sorts of ceramic forms.” She taught high school art with a focus on drawing and painting, and since retiring has blossomed in the world of ceramics. She has enjoyed taking handbuilding classes with teaching artist Marion Angelica.

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