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.
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 our incoming leader. You’ll have the wonderful opportunity to meet Hughes in the coming months, and we encourage you to stop by and see her in person and learn for yourself why we are so excited to have her at the helm.
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.
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.
NCC is excited to welcome Casey Beck to our teaching artist roster! Beck is a ceramic artist who has a passion for atmospheric firing.
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.
Glynnis Lessing’s move to Minneapolis in 2012 from Chicago was also a transition from teaching at Lillstreet Art Center, where she had been since 1989, to teaching at NCC. She reports it was a very easy transition and that she loves her NCC community. We love Glynnis and are thrilled at the interesting concepts she brings to the teaching roster.
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.