ART@HAND Program schedule

Vital Aging Programs

ART@HAND is NCC’s series of accessible programs for enjoyment of the ceramic arts. Intended for individuals 55 years old or greater (and their families), ART@HAND incorporates lectures and tours, drop-in workshops, and hands-on activities. Supported by the Wallace Excellence Award and the Minnesota State Arts Board, the program aims to increase access to the ceramic arts for adults 55+. Whether you’re curious about clay or have worked with clay for years, these programs are a fun way to expand your knowledge with Northern Clay Center’s experts and exhibitions. Most events are free and open to the public unless a low-cost fee is noted below. Some events are especially for parents, grandparents, and kids to attend together. Unless otherwise noted, you must be 55+ to register for all of the following programs. Additional seats may be available at the door. Join us for a snack—all events include refreshments.

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Firing Information

All projects made during these workshop will be fired and ready for pick up approximately two weeks after the event. Pots with clear glaze are food-safe and can be put in the microwave and dishwasher.

January 29: Drop-in Tour of Exhibitions and Studios

Bring your friends and family for a special tour of the 3 Jerome Artists and Fogelberg, Red Wing, and APS Artists exhibitions, featuring sculpture and pottery from emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota and across the country. You will also venture into the classrooms and studios of Northern Clay Center for a peek at the transformative process of clay. Led by NCC’s Outreach Manager, Chris Singewald.

January 29, 2016, 11 am – 2 pm​, FREE

Register here.

February 6: Chili Bowl Workshop

Join us for the 25th Anniversary Edition of NCC’s Annual Chili Cook-Off and stop by the teaching studios to whip up a bowl or mug for your favorite soup or stew. Between 1 and 3 pm, we will provide materials for families to make and decorate clay bowls or mugs. Stick around for the party, from 3 – 5 pm, and vote for your favorite chili! $5 to eat; free to compete (and to have some hands-on clay fun), so consider entering your own famous chili into the eighth year of this exciting competition.

February 6, 1 – 3 pm​


March 8: Movie Night: Don’t Know, We’ll See: The Work of Karen Karnes

Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of Don’t Know, We’ll See: The Work of Karen Karnes, a film by Lucy Massie Phenix that features the legacy and work of Karen Karnes. Learn about Karnes’ inspirations, hear interviews from friends, and see her dedication to a life as a clay artist, amidst challenges and the loss of her home and studio. 

March 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

April 6: Looking & Learning

Join us for the eighth installation in this "show-and-tell” series, featuring Jan McKeachie Johnston, a studio potter from River Falls, WI, and Samuel Johnson, Associate Professor of Art at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. The presenters will each share and discuss objects from their personal collections that have inspired and influenced their pottery.

April 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

May 17: Master Gardener: Small Space Vegetable Gardening

Through this collaboration between NCC and the Master Gardener Program of Hennepin County, you will learn to create highly-productive flower and vegetable gardens in small spaces. This class will jump start your plan for urban gardening as you consider activating small spaces with trellises, containers, and raised beds. Create small planters with an NCC teaching artist from 5:30 – 6:30 pm and enjoy the presentation by a master gardener from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

May 17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm