Artist Spotlight: Tom Bartel

Posted on October 15, 2019

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...

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Artist Spotlight: Birdie Boone

Posted on October 2, 2019

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. 

Boone works in a modest detached home studio in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest...

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Artist Spotlight: Hidemi Tokutake, McKnight Resident Artist

Posted on September 23, 2019

Hidemi Tokutake is from the city of Kariya in the Aichi prefecture of Japan, which is just south of Nagoya. Her ceramic research began at the Seto Ceramic School in Seto, Japan. Seto-city is one...

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Artist Spotlight: Sunshine Cobb

Posted on August 27, 2019


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...

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Lauren Karle

Posted on August 1, 2019

NCC is excited to welcome teaching artist Lauren Karle to the NCC community! Karle spent the last five years living on a national wildlife refuge with a herd of bison in rural New Mexico. For the last two years, she taught Art and Design in Santa Fe. Karle is “thrilled to be back in civilization, ready to meet people, and make a life!” We are...

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Artist Spotlight: Candice Methe

Posted on July 30, 2019

“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...

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Announcing the Recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowship and Residency for Ceramic Artists Award

Posted on July 10, 2019

Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships: Kelly Connole (Northfield, MN) and Guillermo Guardia (Saint Paul, MN). Connole investigates memories, raw instinct, and elements of the natural world to create work that celebrates the tactile temperament of clay and connection to other beings....

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Casey Beck

Posted on July 9, 2019

NCC is excited to welcome Casey Beck to our teaching artist roster! Beck is a ceramic artist who has a passion for atmospheric firing. Of his work created through atmospheric firing methods he says, “the final...

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Artist Spotlight: Linda Christianson

Posted on June 27, 2019

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,...

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Artist Spotlight: Ron Rael and Virginia San Fratello

Posted on June 12, 2019

Through any one of Northern Clay Center’s programming legs, exhibitions, residencies, events, etc. there are opportunities to learn about makers and methods that fall outside of our traditional definitions of clay as a material and a process. NCC’s 2016 exhibition...

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