Teaching Artist Spotlight: Jennica Kruse

Posted on June 21, 2018

Jennica Kruse began teaching children’s summer classes at NCC nine years ago, moving into teaching adult classes in 2013. She says, “Hanging out with our awesome students is my favorite part of teaching!” If you take a class with Jennica you will be supported in developing your persistence, because, as she says, “Time spent at the wheel pays...

Posted in Community Interviews, Education

The Five W's of Woodfiring

Posted on May 31, 2018

With typical Midwestern aplomb, NCC builds on community friendships to ensure our ceramic educational offerings reach every possible interest, regardless of onsite facilities. Our region is rich with possibilities and our partners are generous. You asked for it, and we delivered this spring with an amazing wood firing experience! 

Posted in Education

NCC announces 2018 Emerging Artist Residents and Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awardees

Posted on May 17, 2018

Each year, numerous courageous souls step into the world to better define their lives as makers and begin to forge their individualized creative paths. This year more applicants than ever applied for our Emerging Artist Grants and it was a great competition to witness. Northern Clay Center remains proud to offer these opportunities for emerging...

Posted in Artist Grants

Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant Recipients

Posted on April 11, 2018

Northern Clay Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants. Three grants in the amount of $6,000 each have been awarded to Heather Barr, Alex Chinn, and Mitch Iburg.

Posted in Press, Artist Grants, Artist Services

NCECA Conference in Pittsburgh

Posted on April 4, 2018

“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...

Posted in Sales Gallery

Become an NCC Tour Guide!

Posted on April 4, 2018

Are you looking for a dynamic volunteer position in the arts? Are you passionate about ceramic art? Share your knowledge and enthusiasm as a Northern Clay Center Tour Guide.  NCC is accepting applications for its Volunteer Tour Guide Program through July 27th, 2018. The course provides a survey of Minnesota ceramics and the history of Northern...

Posted in Outreach

Say YES! To the Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant Deadline

Posted on February 12, 2018

Minnesota provides artists more fiscal support, per capita, than any other state in the country—by a significant margin. Northern Clay Center is proud to be part of this legacy. In 2017 NCC paid out some $557,000 in support to artists, bringing the total artist payout since 1995 to $8.6 million!

This impressive support for ceramic...

Posted in Artist Grants, Artist Services

MN NICE: Year Four

Posted on January 23, 2018

Last November, we celebrated our third graduating class of the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE). The program is currently in its fourth year with another diverse and lively student body already hard at work. Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp, the new Manager of Education and Studio Programs at Northern Clay Center, interviewed the new...

Posted in MN NICE, Education

Construction Update

Posted on January 23, 2018

April showers will bring a whole lot more than May flowers for NCC in 2018; we anticipate a lot of growth for NCC’s outreach program. In the fall of 2017, NCC embarked on a sizeable building remodel to create an outreach prep zone within our existing building — a private space for teaching artists to manage the cumbersome tasks of preparation,...

Posted in Press, Director's Report


Posted on January 23, 2018

Northern Clay Center staff travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to participate in the 52nd annual conference held by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from March 14 - 17.

During the four-day conference, the theme for which is CrossCurrents, NCC...

Posted in Sales Gallery, MN NICE, Artist Grants, Education, Artist Services