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Northern Clay Center proudly entered its 27th 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.

Advancing the ceramic arts through education, exhibitions, and artist services for artists, learners, and the community took many shapes for us in 2017. Northern Clay Center continued on its trajectory of producing thought-provoking, engaging, and relevant programming throughout the calendar year. Along the way, we have helped to foster the creative growth of thousands of aspiring makers, some of who were proud to let us share their stories with you:

Ellie Bryan, 2016 Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color recipient

Ellie Bryan joined the NCC studio community in September 2016 as the first recipient of the Jerome Ceramic Artist of Color Fellowship. Her first experience making work in a professional space within a larger clay community outside of college, Ellie found that NCC’s studio space provided by her Fellowship allowed her to focus on developing new work while taking risks. Her experience at NCC has led to numerous changes in making and new discoveries that will shape her practice for years to come. Ellie’s Fellowship formally ended in August of this year, but she opted to stay on in our studios till year’s end as she identifies future residency opportunities, outside of Minnesota. Additionally, Ellie’s work on the surface of her pots has prompted a new interest in the possibility of a future tattoo apprenticeship.

Each individual’s creative journey is unique in nature; and, each of you has had your own or creative journey with us in 2017. At Northern Clay Center, we strive to be more than just a brick and mortar building, more than a website and online resource, more than a gallery and a studio, more than an art center—we strive to be a meaningful part of your creative journey. We aspire to be a community of makers, teachers, and appreciators for the professional and the novice, for the educator and the mentor, for the collector and the devotee. I invite you to sign on for another year of making, teaching, and appreciating by making a tax-deductible, year-end donation.

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