Teaching Artist Spotlight: Priya Thoreson

Posted on December 13, 2018

Priya Thoresen will be joining the roster of teaching artists at Northern Clay Center in the new year. You may already be familiar with Priya’s work and not know it as she was featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly when she was named one of their 2018 Emerging Artists. Get to know her a little better in the conversation to...

Posted in Education, Community Interviews

Artist Spotlight: Melissa Mencini

Posted on November 13, 2018

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...

Posted in Artist Services, Community Interviews, Sales Gallery

It’s hot! It’s fast! It’s FLASHY!

Posted on November 8, 2018

It’s Raku, an ancient Japanese tradition modified over centuries and across borders to become something of a standard experience for entry level ceramic students. Raku has borne the critical rebuke familiar to other flashy finishes across various industries, think about ruffles, velvet, red lipstick, sequins, or glitter. However, in the right...

Posted in Community Interviews, Education

Student Spotlight: Billie Jean Van Knight

Posted on October 25, 2018

Billie Jean Van Knight started taking classes at NCC this summer, but she really caught our attention as a stellar volunteer during the 2018 American Pottery Festival. She seemed to be everywhere and was...

Posted in Community Interviews, Education

2018 American Pottery Festival Review

Posted on October 25, 2018

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.

Posted in American Pottery Festival, Sales Gallery

Artist Spotlight: Janel Jacobson

Posted on October 18, 2018

For over 40 years Janel Jacobson has diligently honed her craft in Sunrise, MN. Carved clay forms led her to exploring miniature wooden carvings, creating works that received national and international recognition. Now she is turning her focus fully back on clay, and specifically on porcelain. She tackles each material challenge with tenacity,...

Artist Spotlight: Nick Kosack

Posted on September 27, 2018

Nick Kosack is currently one of our September Featured Artists. NCC is proud of ceramics as a material, a process, and a community, but it is particularly joyful when we have the opportunity to share regional talent through our global stage. The heart of Nick’s practice is giving life to his ceramic objects.  When he was younger, he had the...

Artist Spotlight: Sandra Daulton Shaughnessy

Posted on September 20, 2018

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...

Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews, Education

Artist Spotlight: Brett Freund

Posted on September 12, 2018

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...

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

Artist Spotlight: Steven Godfrey

Posted on August 29, 2018

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...

Posted in Sales Gallery, American Pottery Festival, Community Interviews


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