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.
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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?
The Holiday Sale is a great time to re-connect with artists who have previously sold pottery at NCC. It is also an exciting opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery—keeping the cupboard full of fresh ideas and pots for our shoppers. NCC’s Gallery Manager, Karen McPherson (KM), interviewed a few of this year’s featured holiday artists.
This January, new artists will join the year-round gallery roster. These artists were juried into the gallery last summer, selected out of a pool of over 50 applicants. Some of these artists have been making pots for years, some are very young, some we have invited to be past Featured Artists, and some have been with us at a past holiday show or American Pottery Festival. All of these artists will send a new group of pots to the gallery in January of 2014.
Photos: Guillermo Cuillar bowls from his high fire reduction kiln (left) and new soda/salt kiln (right)