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.
After eight years at the helm and 20 years of service, Board Chair Craig Bishop reflected on the legacy she is passing to Hughes, “Through Sarah’s advocacy for ceramic arts, her desire to see Northern Clay Center scale new heights, her love and empathy for her colleagues, a desire for equity, and sound fiscal management she has created a magical institution.”
Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Kelly Connole (Northfield, MN) and Guillermo Guardia (Saint Paul, MN). Connole investigates memories, raw instinct, and elements of the natural world to create work that celebrates the tactile temperament of clay and connection to other beings. Guardia explores political and social issues relevant to his personal experiences, informed by the events in his life and the places he has lived.
It is with mixed emotions that I publicly announce my pending departure from Northern Clay Center (NCC), effective October 31, 2019. I have devoted the past 20 years of my life to advancing the ceramic arts and have been privileged to do so on behalf of Northern Clay Center. My time here has been a true and constant source of energy, challenge, love, satisfaction, and motivation.
Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Lynn Wadsworth, Zoe Powell, and Erin Paradis. The Foundation supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City who, among other qualifications:
Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Donovan Palmquist (Farmington, MN) and Brett Freund (Minneapolis, MN). The recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Residency are: Alessandro Gallo (Helena, MT), Ted Adler (Wichita, KS), Leandra Urrutia (Memphis, TN) and Hidemi Tokutake (Kariya, Japan). These four artists will each be in residence at Northern Clay Center for three consecutive months.
Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Heather Barr, Alex Chinn, and Mitch Iburg.
April showers will bring a whole lot more than May flowers for NCC in 2018; we anticipate a lot of growth for NCC’s outreach program. In the fall of 2017, NCC embarked on a sizeable building remodel to create an outreach prep zone within our existing building — a private space for teaching artists to manage the cumbersome tasks of preparation, firing, and glazing. Additionally, this space will house special outreach and education classes, ultimately freeing up our existing classroom space to support our adult education program.
The ceramics and broader art world lost one of the greats on January 2nd : Betty Woodman, an inspiration to countless ceramic artists and a two-time NEA Fellow.
In 1999 Northern Clay Center had the pleasure of naming Ms. Woodman a Regis Master Artist, honoring her for her contributions to the development of 20th and 21st Century ceramics.
Audra Smith (Minneapolis, MN) is the 2017 recipient of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award through Northern Clay Center. Smith received a BA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has been a staff member and teaching artist at Northern Clay Center since 2010. Smith’s goals for her work are to make well-made, utilitarian pottery.