One of the great joys in my work as the Sales Gallery Manager is having the opportunity to get to know the great clay makers we represent in the gallery. There are several artists from outside of Minneapolis with whom I have a steady, professional relationship, but really don’t know too much about. Laurie Shaman is one such artist.
Bill Gossman (BG) is a potter living in New London, MN. His wood-fired stoneware has been sold through NCC’s gallery since 1996. Sales Gallery Manager, Karen McPherson (KM), took an afternoon to speak with Bill about his path to clay, his travels around the globe, and his ongoing political career as mayor of New London.
KM: How did you become a potter?
Jan McKeachie Johnston (JMC) has been a Northern Clay Center year-round gallery artist since the organization formed in 1990. She is a widely-respected potter whose stoneware forms range from tall, primitive baskets to squared, striped luncheon plates. She lives in River Falls, WI, with her husband and fellow potter, Randy Johnston. In January, Jan broke her tibia (shinbone). Regaining mobility and function after such an incident is a long process. NCC gallery manager Karen McPherson (KM) called on Jan at her home one month after her surgery.
Karin Kramer is a studio potter in Superior, WI. Her majolica-style, earthenware pottery was recently juried into NCC’s sales gallery. As a “welcome to the gallery,” Sales Gallery Manager Karen McPherson contacted Karin to discuss her work and her history.
KM: Can you introduce us to your pots?
The Holiday Sale is a great time to re-connect with artists who have previously sold pottery at NCC. It is also an exciting opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery—keeping the cupboard full of fresh ideas and pots for our shoppers. NCC’s Gallery Manager, Karen McPherson (KM), interviewed a few of this year’s featured holiday artists.
Photos: Guillermo Cuillar bowls from his high fire reduction kiln (left) and new soda/salt kiln (right)
Community Member Profile
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota (or as she often refers to it, San Pablo)
Years as a ceramic artist: 11
Matthew Krousey has worn many hats at Northern Clay Center over the past 4 years: studio fellowship recipient, teacher, gallery and exhibitions assistant, studio artist, and more. As of January 2013, Matt is a new addition to NCC’s sales gallery. Throughout his tenure in these many positions, he has also served steadily in the military. Gallery Manager Karen McPherson sat down with Matt to discuss his experience in the military, how this experience influences his ceramic practice, and affects his current role as a teaching artist with NCC’s collaboration with Veterans in the Arts.
“Somebody recently called my work ‘eye candy’ and I find that liberating….Why not create a visual crescendo?!”
Munemitsu Taguchi is featured as one of our March Artists of the Month. For this show, on view March 1 - April 1, Taguchi sent in all new work and asked that we send his old work back. I spoke with him about his new line of work.
NCC: What do you think are the biggest markers of this transition--new forms, new glazes, new markets?