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 artists. The life of NCC’s programming is always enriched in return by the annual contributions of new creative energy entering our community.
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.
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!
After the residency I am headed for my hometown of Newton, Massachusetts, where I will continue to make work.
Next year, I am going to be a resident artist at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville, NC starting in October. It is a minimum 18-month commitment, so I’ll be settling down there for the next year or so! I didn't expect to take off from Minneapolis and NCC so soon, but as I am sure you know, sometimes things fall into place faster than expected.
I will be going back home to New York when the residency ends. My plan is to find a job and save up to go to Hong Kong for a while. I'm also considering looking for work there. I will continue making art at home and fire elsewhere. Regarding possible ceramics related jobs, I’ve emailed a couple of places, but haven't heard back yet.
Audra Smith (Minneapolis, MN) is the 2017 recipient of the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award through Northern Clay Center. Smith received a BA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and has been a staff member and teaching artist at Northern Clay Center since 2010. Smith’s goals for her work are to make well-made, utilitarian pottery.