Community Interviews

25th Anniversary Interview: Mike Norman, Sales Gallery Artist

How would you describe your current relationship with NCC?

It's a loving relationship.

How did you get involved in NCC?

I knew of Peter Leach, Gary Crawford, and Warren MacKenzie; Andy Boss and Joan Mondale as well… I knew they were chartering the organization. I was not directly involved, but I knew it was happening. When NCC was in its first home in St. Paul, I became a member and started selling work.

Artist Interview: Laurie Shaman

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

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?

Restlessness: Jan McKeachie Johnston

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.

Artist Interviews

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. 

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