Bianka Groves’ path to NCC was a winding journey featuring a multitude of interests that eventually led to her centering her life on ceramics. Her work comes to life out of a 100 square foot shed in the backyard of her Santa Fe, New Mexico home. Groves has been making pots since 1996, but feels that she really hit her stride in 2011 when she picked up clay again after a 6-year hiatus.
April .D. Felipe grew up in Queens, New York with her sister and parents, who both emigrated from the Caribbean to America in their youth. She earned her BFA from Alfred University, concentrating in ceramics and sculpture. She received her MFA in ceramics from Ohio University, where she created large digital prints and mixed media installations.
Join NCC for a fabulous and fun summertime clay adventure!
Each summer, NCC offers over 15 teaching assistantships and one paid internship for college students and recent high school graduates, ages 18 and older. Last year, approximately 400 children participated in our weeklong camps, designed for all ability levels, for ages 6 and up.
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Tom Bartel was a McKnight Ceramic Artist Resident at NCC in 2015 and we have been proudly representing his smaller works wherein he, “…aims to condense what is present in larger works to a smaller bite-sized scale.” We deviate from our usual Q & A format to share the essay Janet Koplos wrote for the 2016 exhibition, Six McKnight Artists featuring work Bartel made during his residency.
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.
Sunshine Cobb’s creative journey has taken her all over the country. She is constantly on the move – creating magically saturated wares and sharing her experience and techniques with other makers who are eager to learn. On Friday, September 6 she will join us at for a pre-festival workshop as part of the American Pottery Festival.
“I am guilty of romanticizing the past.”
Candice Methe’s work invokes a slower time, slower processes, and a slower way of life. Her philosophy is a vote for depth over breadth. It seems to be a guiding principle and it seems to be serving her well. We benefit from her methodology via consumption, visual or literally through acquisition, of her forms, which can be monumental odes to hand work and function.
Linda Christianson might not know it, but she is something of a mythological creature in the folklore of contemporary American ceramics. She cuts a romantic picture of a lone woman skiing through the Minnesota woods, towing lumber to build her home and studio against a gorgeous sunset sparkling on the snows of the northland. Thankfully, Christianson is as real as the rest of us; and it is with her usual measure of generosity, mirth, and commitment to her craft that she has chosen to share some deep insights to her practice and a bit about her personal story with us.