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.
Brett Freund has been a regular in the NCC sales gallery and the NCC classroom for a few years now. An unassuming character with a genuine love of the material. We invite you to enjoy a quick Q & A with Brett and hope that his voice informs your experience of his wares in the gallery and then in your home. Not everyone has easy access to their voice and demeanor through written word, but we think Brett delivers on both accounts. We are proud to represent his work and equally pleased that the 2018 McKnight Jury chose him as a Fellow this summer.
Steven Godfrey lives in the largest state in the union, where he has plenty of room to consider the smaller, significant moments that can get taken for granted. Things like the light of day, or lack thereof, become familiar points of reflection. Steve will be leading a workshop at the American Pottery Festival next week with Sam Chung. Register here.
Guillermo Guardia is a relatively recent addition to the alchemy of ceramic artists in the Twin Cities and NCC has been delighted to have his talents represented on our teaching roster, in the sales gallery, and as a 2018 American Pottery Festival artist. Guardia creates colorful figures and functional wares emblazoned with glyphs representing his Peruvian and Japanese heritage. Born in Peru, he has lived in the US since 2002 and remains in active pursuit of his artistic endeavors throughout his life journey.
“How was NCECA 2018 you might be asking?” The short, Minnesota, answer is “Great!”. The real answer is much longer and more heartfelt.
We are humbled by the convergence of 6,000+ artists, educators, enthusiasts, collectors, and students.
We are inspired by the speaking and creative talents of contributing makers and the savvy curiosity of each visitor.
We are endlessly entertained by stories, personalities, and all of those moments that occur organically during a week of togetherness with your work family.