What is your relationship with NCC?
We attend the American Pottery Festival each year as part of the Collector Adventures. We live in Ohio. We also donate to support NCC. For the past 15 years, we have focused on collecting contemporary functional and figurative ceramics.
Why did you get involved initially?
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.
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.
Save the date and join us for our 17th annual fundraising benefit and celebration of the art of the pot. The 2015 American Pottery Festival will take place September 11 – 13. The Festival is a three-day extravaganza that brings together collectors, local and national artists, students of all ages and interests, and clay lovers, providing all with a unique opportunity to share their love of clay. It also serves as NCC’s primary fundraiser and supports dozens of artists.
Thank you to the 2014 American Pottery Festival artists for immersing yourselves into the NCC community over our fundraiser weekend, and for sharing your expertise and techniques, your big ideas, and your great work. Thank you volunteers — for chauffeuring artists and food, sweeping the courtyard, assisting shoppers, and unpacking (and packing) pots.
First-time students, at any level, mention the "Newfoundland" promotion to receive 10% off your first class. Members and current students, register a friend and receive an additional 10% off your class. Applies to 6- or 12- week classes only. All promotions must be applied at the time of registration and will not be applied retroactively.
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?