Community Interviews

Student Spotlight: Emiliano Cerna-Rios

Northern Clay Center community student Emiliano Cerna-Rios maintains a studio in Northeast Minneapolis and is an avid runner and cyclist. His first training in art was in painting. 

He began to experiment with three dimensional work in the winter of 2016, which led him to take his first class at NCC, “…just out of curiosity.” The handbuilding class he enrolled in grabbed his imagination and he has been working in clay ever since!

Artist Spotlight: Guillermo Guardia

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. 

25th Anniversary Interview: Janet Williams

How did you get involved with NCC?
I was living in Nebraska and NCC was the biggest regional ceramics center. I applied and participated in a show with Steve Thurston in 1997. But, I was introduced to NCC through Deborah Sigel around 1995, at which time I applied for a show. That is back when NCC was in the old building. And then, of course, I came back in 2003 to do the McKnight Fellowship and again in 2012.

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