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Northern Clay Center proudly entered its 26th year of operations this fall and with the support of many, continues to be a leader in the field of ceramics. In this calendar year alone, we’ve produced a dozen unique exhibitions; introduced ceramic arts education to over 5,000 school children, families, and aging adults through our ClayToGo and ART@HAND outreach programs; and welcomed over 50,000 visitors to our Franklin Avenue galleries, studios, and classrooms.

We’ve worked tirelessly to advance the ceramic arts and to support the creative endeavors of ceramic artists from across the globe. In our 25 years, we’ve touched the lives of thousands of makers—aspiring and professional. Here are a few of their stories:

Jayden, second grade student Participants in ART@HAND Kathryn Finnerty, invited visiting artist

Jayden didn’t stop smiling the whole rest of the day yesterday after you complimented him. He reads 3 words a minute and struggles mightily in school. He took to the clay like nothing else. This is wonderful for a student like him. He knows now that he’s really good at something. Thank you for doing this. —Jayden’s second grade classroom teacher

I never really liked clay; I did the class because I was here, but lately I have really fallen in love with this class and am so glad you’re here teaching. —Lois, participant in ART@HAND, NCC’s 55+ program, shared with teaching artist, Angie Renee

I feel very honored and lucky to have been present for so many beautiful events. I have never felt so feted and respected as an artist, and I appreciate all of the arrangements, introductions, and opportunities prepared specifically for me, in addition to the well-developed and delivered programming present at NCC…I credit my time at NCC for giving me the confidence and push to try anything in my practice. —Amy Santoferraro, visiting artist

It is not without trepidation that I look toward the future, but I am eager to stretch my wings using the tools, resources, and courage I have discovered through MN NICE. I feel honored and proud to have been a part of this program. —Amy Cass, recent graduate from NCC’s MN NICE program for adult learners

Northern Clay Center is a wonderful place for inspiration and learning. I am grateful for my experience as a resident artist for two months; it was a very productive and stimulating time. —Kathryn Finnerty, visiting artist

These testimonials are just several from what are thousands of individuals enriched by Northern Clay Center’s programs each year. Help us ensure more of these stories are made possible by making a tax-deductible donation.

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