Restlessness: Jan McKeachie Johnston

Posted on April 16, 2014

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...

Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews

Artist Interview: Karin Kraemer

Posted on March 17, 2014

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?


Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews

Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE)

Posted on February 27, 2014

Northern Clay Center is thrilled to announce Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education—MN NICE. Offered in collaboration with ceramic artist and educator, Ursula Hargens, this advanced ceramics studio program will provide up to 8...

Joan Mondale

Posted on February 4, 2014

One of NCC’s founding members and a long-time advocate for the arts, Joan Mondale, passed away February 3, at the age of 83.  She was often called “Joan of Art” for her tireless efforts to promote, advance, support the arts, both close to home and on a national scale.  Her work with Northern Clay Center began during the Center’s formative years...

Spring 2014 Director's Report

Posted on February 4, 2014

Internally, we refer to it as “strategic objective #2”; the second of our four recently adopted operational objectives for the next 3 – 5 years of NCC’s existence; the objective whose success or failure is the most visible to our constituents. “Increase visitors, sales, and organizational visibility through renovation of physical facility and a...

Earth and Water: A Ceramic Art Workshop and Willem Gebben Exhibition at The Phipps

Posted on January 14, 2014

An exhibition of Willem Gebben's work is  on view at The Phipps through February 9 as part of a three-year exhibition partnership between Northern Clay Center and The Phipps in Hudson, WI. This project is aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists located throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This cross-state...

NCC Welcomes McKnight Resident Artist Sanam Emami

Posted on January 7, 2014

Northern Clay Center is happy to welcome 2013 McKnight Residency recipient Sanam Emami, who will join us during the cold and snowy months of January, February, and March....

Posted in Artist Grants

Sequoia Miller Lecture

Posted on December 27, 2013

Sequoia Miller presented a lecture entitled Thinking About Contemporary Pots at Northern Clay Center's 2013 American Pottery Festival. An excerpt of the lecture has been published in the 2014 Winter/Spring Studio Potter ( The entirety of the lecture can...

NCC on Heavy Table

Posted on December 12, 2013

Northern Clay Center is proud to have a sponsored post on Heavy Table's website.  The post explores the relationship between the food we eat and the wares on which we present said food, and raises the question: how do you incorporate handmade pottery into your life? Check out ...

Artist Interviews

Posted on November 25, 2013

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...

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