Guillermo Guardia is a relatively recent addition to the alchemy of ceramic artists in the Twin Cities and NCC has been delighted to have his talents represented on our teaching roster, in the sales gallery, and as a 2018 American Pottery Festival artist. Guardia creates colorful figures and functional wares emblazoned with glyphs representing his Peruvian and Japanese heritage. Born in Peru, he has lived in the US since 2002 and remains in active pursuit of his artistic endeavors throughout his life journey.
“How was NCECA 2018 you might be asking?” The short, Minnesota, answer is “Great!”. The real answer is much longer and more heartfelt.
We are humbled by the convergence of 6,000+ artists, educators, enthusiasts, collectors, and students.
We are inspired by the speaking and creative talents of contributing makers and the savvy curiosity of each visitor.
We are endlessly entertained by stories, personalities, and all of those moments that occur organically during a week of togetherness with your work family.
In the wake of the American Pottery Festival, which brings with it packing, shipping, clean up, and notes of gratitude sent across the country, we here at NCC are still catching our collective breath and reflecting on the accomplishments of everyone who helped us pull off the most successful fundraiser to date. Here’s the highlight reel:
“Did you have fun at NCECA?” just spilled out of the mouth of another curious Northern Clay Center constituent. Those of you who have attended the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference know that while “fun” is the operative word for most attendees (I mean, how could you not have fun with thousands of your closest clay friends?), for those of us on the service side of the conference (with our offsite galleries and resource tables), there are other words seemingly more apropos.
Many warm-hearted and well-fed thanks to all of the participants in this year’s Chili Cook-off! Some were brave enough to sample chilis and vote; some contributed through volunteerism; some threw caution to the February winds and tried their hands at wheel-throwing and handbuilding; and then there were those who toiled, boiled, experimented, and schlepped their chili contenders in crock pots to be judged by friends and strangers alike. The event grows in size and popularity ever year, and we are grateful to all of you for this.
What is your relationship with NCC?
Right now, I’m a donor and I support NCC because I love ceramics. I buy quite a bit, but NCC is such a big part of my life that it’s difficult to say where one role ends and another begins.
Sarah’s take on a single-serving German Chocolate cake…perfectly sized in a 6-inch cake pan…shown here on a Jeff Oestreich dessert plate.
My favorite holiday recipe is for German Chocolate Cake, adapted from my Grandma Betty Jo’s old recipe card, which my father has refused to give to me…so I rely on an old Xerox copy.