Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education is celebrating its 5th Anniversary on Friday, March 8, from 6 – 8 pm with a reception for the Ideal Made Real: MN NICE exhibition. The exhibition is supported by Northern Clay Center and will be on view from March 8 – April 6, 2019 at the Vine Arts Center.
The story of NCC Student Sara Goettsch begins with an invitation to take a class. Join us as she relates the tale:
Last November, we celebrated our fourth graduating class of Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE). The program is currently in its fifth year with another diverse and lively student body. Students enrolled in the 2018 program include: Clarice Allgood, Chris Bond, Shelli Burns, Mariah Greenhoff, Rob Kohlmeyer, Nick Kosack, Jamie Parrish, and Joan Vande Kamp.
Kat Wheeler is a potter from Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2008, she received her BFA in Ceramics from the Appalachian Center for Crafts at Tennessee Tech University. While working towards her degree, Wheeler worked part-time for two established studio potters, Peter Rose and Judy Brater. Under their guidance, she helped fire the wood kiln and maintain the studio while learning studio practice and production techniques.
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.
“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.
We are more than half-way through the Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant award year with just over a month to their exhibition, Three Jerome Artists. We’ve checked in on our 2018 recipients to hear about their progress.
Priya Thoresen will be joining the roster of teaching artists at Northern Clay Center in the new year. You may already be familiar with Priya’s work and not know it as she was featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly when she was named one of their 2018 Emerging Artists. Get to know her a little better in the conversation to follow and consider signing up for her class.
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.
It’s Raku, an ancient Japanese tradition modified over centuries and across borders to become something of a standard experience for entry level ceramic students. Raku has borne the critical rebuke familiar to other flashy finishes across various industries, think about ruffles, velvet, red lipstick, sequins, or glitter. However, in the right hands, Raku surfaces celebrate the alchemy of carbon and mineral, reflecting all the colors of nature.