Jan McKeachie Johnston has a laugh that is instantly familiar. Her vessels carry familiarity too, when our hand grasps a basket her touch has shaped, our hand already knows the form. She has been active since 1979 teaching workshops and demonstrations while maintaining her studio practice in Wisconsin. For the past 15 years she has participated in distinguished exhibitions throughout the United States.
Sarah Chenoweth Davis has been a welcome addition to past lineups of the American Pottery Festival and NCC is proud to represent her work in our sales gallery. She is part of the 112- year legacy the Oregon College of Art and Craft [OCAC] created.
Today we turn our artist spotlight toward River Falls, WI, where Steve (SC) Rolf pursues the balance of two loves – clay and family. On a cool September morning, as the leaves start to turn, we shared an insightful conversation. One which will, hopefully, inform your use of his wares in your own pursuits.
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.
Visit us in the Sales Gallery this spring for a sneak peek at work by our current emerging artist grant recipients. During the months of April and May, we’ll represent the work of our Fogelberg Fellowship and Anonymous Artist grant recipients — Maia Homstad, Keather Lindman, Bri Burke, Soojin Choi, and Peter Ronan — as they near the halfway point in their year-long residencies.
Join us for the 21st Annual American Pottery Festival, September 6 – 8, 2019. Our annual fundraiser will once again gather national artists representing the best in their fields and offer a diverse array of ideations, processes, and forms and surfaces. The event kicks off with our Opening Night Party on Friday, September 6, 2019.
Peter Jadoonath will tell us about his 20-year love affair with a Max Beckmann painting in a moment. Perhaps, if we are already familiar with Beckmann, we could have guessed it. There is something reminiscent in Jadoonath’s wares. He gives us dynamic fields of patterned surface against uninterrupted curves of form. Sometimes he activates the work with stylized figures and engages the user on multiple aesthetic and narrative levels.
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.
This year’s epic American Pottery Festival left all of us here pinching ourselves as we reflected on the accomplishments of everyone who helped us pull off the most enthusiastic and entertaining fundraiser to date.
From 2001 – 2011 Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy taught in the NCC classrooms and was much beloved by students and administration alike. When she left, she didn’t go far. Her considerable gifts have been in play at the Edina Art Center where she has been the Pottery Supervisor. The ever-expanding concentric rings of the ceramic community continue because of her contributions to the field.