Northern Clay Center

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  • No charge for tours; small charge for short workshops, artists' demos; regular class/workshop fees listed on website

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  • Go south at the Riverside/25th Ave.exit from I94, to Franklin Avenue; go west one block; parking on the street and in lot at west end of building

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  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 6pm, Thursday: 10am - 7pm, Sunday: 12pm - 4pm. Exhibition openings, special events throughout year

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. A Conversation with Namita Gupta Wiggers

    A Conversation with Namita Gupta Wiggers

    1224 Marshall St NE, Ste 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55413
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Join curator, writer, and Critical Craft Forum co-founder and director Namita Gupta Wiggers as she discusses her recent projects in the fields of ceramics and craft. Wiggers’ worked as curator for the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, and as a juror for the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (2015, 2017). European Ceramic Context (2014), among other events, has made her a leading critical voice on community and equity in craft. She is interested in new ways to discuss and exhibit ceramics, as seen in Across the Table, Across the Land, which she curated with Michael Strand in 2016 for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference. Co-sponsored by the American Craft Council, the conversation will be held June 8 in the American Craft Council Library at 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200, in Minneapolis.

  2. American Pottery Festival

    American Pottery Festival

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Join us as we kick off our fall season with the 19th annual American Pottery Festival, our annual fundraising benefit. Heavyweight artists from across the country will offer a sneak peek inside their wheelhouses with crowd-worthy lectures and panel discussions, rousing gallery chats, slam-dunk demonstrations, and outstanding ceramic wares. NCC promises another round of rewarding interactions with some of your favorite clay makers, as well as some legends in the making.

    Each year, the event includes artists from large and small markets around the country, from all career stages and ages, and some local gems. The richness of experience, knowledge, and generosity represented by 2017’s artists will provide learning opportunities for everyone, from student to collector to fellow maker. The weekend is always filled opportunities to engage directly with artists during image presentations, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and casual gallery chats.

    24 Guest Artists
    Workshops, Artist-led Slide Lectures, and Panel Discussions
    OPENING NIGHT PARTY
    Friday, September 8, 6 – 9 pm
    Members Only Preview Hour, 5 – 6 pm

  3. Amy Sabrina Retrospective

    Amy Sabrina Retrospective

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Bringing together examples from a lifetime of work, this exhibition honors the late Amy Sabrina (Myers), 1956 – 2013, and gives light to her imagination and talent. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she lived and worked on her 35-acre farm, called Sweetgrass Farm, in Dalbo, Minnesota, until the end of her life. There she made pottery that celebrated, with unique wit, her love of nature.

  4. Annual Studio Artist Sale

    Annual Studio Artist Sale

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Join our talented group of studio artists for the 10th Annual Studio Artist Sale on Saturday, July 8, from 10 am to 6 pm. A wide range of sculpture, tableware, and serving pieces will be featured from over 50 in-house talents. Start your summer with a stroll through the studios—chat with local artists and become part of the NCC Community! Stick around for the McKnight Open House event from 1 - 4 pm and make a day of it.

  5. ART@HAND Movie Night: Craft in America: Crossroads

    ART@HAND Movie Night: Craft in America: Crossroads

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of Craft in America: Crossroads. This episode of the Peabody Award-winning PBS Craft in America series explores “the intersections of craft, global influences, and modern technology” and features local legendary potters, Warren MacKenzie and Jeffrey Oestreich, along with our Iowa-neighbor, potter Clary Illian.

  6. ART@HAND Six McKnight Artists Tour and Hands-on Workshop

    ART@HAND Six McKnight Artists Tour and Hands-on Workshop

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Bring a friend or a family member for a 30-minute tour of the exhibition Six McKnight Artists, featuring artwork of two, 2016 Minnesota McKnight Fellowship recipients, and four past McKnight Resident artists. The remaining time will be spent learning handbuilding and decorating techniques to create a one-of-a-kind creature pot!

  7. Artist Talk: Anthony Stellaccio

    Artist Talk: Anthony Stellaccio

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Join us for a free artist talk by summer McKnight Artist Anthony Stellaccio

    Anthony Stellaccio’s creative process begins “at [a] site of memory and of mourning—a cemetery, the home of a loved one, or a historical site to which I can connect emotionally or spiritually. I collect earth and objects from these spaces, sometimes leaving what I can in their place.” He refers to his objects as confrontational and cathartic, acknowledging “the creation of beauty and art is mostly incidental”.

  8. August Featured Artists: By Reccomendation

    August Featured Artists: By Reccomendation

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Participating artists and recommenders: Megan Bauman via Randy Johnston @ UWRF | Joelle Ferrara via Andy Shaw @ LSU | Gabby Gawreluk via Kate Maury @ UW–Stout | Dorae Hankin via Kelly Connole @ Carleton College | Rachel O’Flannagan via Amy Santoferraro @ KSU | Austin Riddle via Ernest Gentry @ University of Utah

    By Recommendation is intended to highlight the work of recent graduates from local and national college ceramic programs. NCC nurtures relationships with a plethora of college professors and instructors through sales gallery representation, artist grant and fellowship opportunities, studio space, our MN NICE program, and exhibitions. A select group of these individuals were invited to recommend recent graduates from their own programs that have shown great promise in the field of ceramics. The artists in our biennial By Recommendation show are chosen from a large and very talented pool of emerging artists who are making functional pots or sculptural vessels.

  9. Fall Featured Artists: Elizabeth Pechacek, Forrest Middelton, Bill Gossman

    Fall Featured Artists: Elizabeth Pechacek, Forrest Middelton, Bill Gossman

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Elizabeth Pechacek, Forrest Middelton, and Bill Gossman will be NCC's Fall Featured Artists.

  10. Fall Featured Artists: Tom Bartel, Matthew Krousey, Jamie Lang, Mike Norman, McKenzie Smith

    Fall Featured Artists: Tom Bartel, Matthew Krousey, Jamie Lang, Mike Norman, McKenzie Smith

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Tom Bartel, Matthew Krousey, Jamie Lang, Mike Norman, and McKenzie Smith will be NCC's Fall Featured Artists.

  11. Holiday Exhibition

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Join us this year in the gift-giving treasure hunt as the NCC sales gallery expands into the main exhibition space during the holiday season.

    The people on your holiday shopping list likely range from the love of your life, to great friends, to awkward in-laws, to… you! We have something for everyone—from precious, to silly, to graceful, to practical, to decorative, and more. We are always happy to see old friends in the gallery over the holidays, and welcome our seasonal shoppers as well!

    Shop from thousands of pots in our gallery and visit 50+ artist studios at NCC. Enjoy a festive open house, complete with coffee, cider, cake, and free hands-on clay activities. Bring an old friend or introduce someone who is new to gift-giving in clay!

  12. July Featured Artists: With Regards, DeWeese, Helke, Kelleher, Wisner

    July Featured Artists: With Regards, DeWeese, Helke, Kelleher, Wisner

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Regarding Inspiration: “The language of pottery is the language of the body, with necks and feet, bellies and shoulders, and lips to touch our lips. The intimate relationship that develops with use strengthens this association.” —Josh DeWeese

    Regarding Form: “Unpredictability prevents a sense of austerity and instead gives the work an unassuming but active sensibility. This can inspire a sensory response, visually and tactilely, offering a sense of pleasure.” —Mike Helke

    Regarding Surface: “Moods are suggested with warmth, fluidity, and translucency. Atmospheres are veiled with fog and cool mist. Pouring and layering slip, I respond intuitively to the qualities of liquid.” —Matt Kelleher

  13. June Featured Artists: Gruetzmacher, McKeachie Johnston, Shaman

    June Featured Artists: Gruetzmacher, McKeachie Johnston, Shaman

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    It’s summer, and the pots in this month’s show will pair well with the season’s bounty. Gruetzmacher combines earthy grit with clean, modern lines to create wares that provide a luscious backdrop for summer berries and herbs. McKeachie Johnson builds vases resembling tiny rocks to towering baskets, as well as exquisite and comfortable kitchen cupboard pots—all of which beg to be employed in everyday life. Shaman’s imagery evokes the warmth of summers past on vase forms with a casual formality that invites even the wildest of flowers.

  14. May Featured Artists: Bianka Groves, Lee Love, Deb Schwartzkopf

    May Featured Artists: Bianka Groves, Lee Love, Deb Schwartzkopf

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    May is the month to soak in ceramics in Minnesota. Each of this month’s artists approach clay differently and speak through the medium with mindful determination. Groves is exploring a high contrast shift in her simple forms and calm, repetitive surface treatments, while Love draws on decades of making based on traditional Korean, Chinese, and Japanese everyday pots. Schwartzkopf marries the soft asymmetry of contours found in nature with modern architectural lines to create wares that are both animated and functional.

  15. MN NICE Students

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Opening reception: Sunday, November 19

    This exhibition will feature the work of eight emerging artists from the graduating MN NICE class. Their work ranges from functional pots to handbuilt sculptural vessels to installations. These bodies of work evolved through one-on-one dialogue with mentoring artists, individual research, and lively group critiques. Work in the exhibition is the result of yearlong investigations into each artist’s questions, motivations, and perspectives.

    Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE) is an NCC intensive certificate program, launched in Fall 2014. The curriculum gives students an overview of ceramic history, provides advanced technical and materials training, and encourages awareness and debate around larger questions in the field of ceramics. The program also focuses on critical dialogue to help students build a body of work reflecting their own ideas as makers.

  16. NCC Members Exhibition

    NCC Members Exhibition

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    In the summer of 2017, NCC turns its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members (comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices). We invite you to view the array of talent of our member-artists who represent the foundation of our organization with their commitment to and support of Northern Clay Center. Comprised of work from 44 artists, the exhibition will span the wide variety of work being made in the field of ceramics: sculpture, low and high-fire, soda and wood-fired. The exhibition was juried by artists Ron Gallas (Minneapolis, MN) and Amy Smith (Lincoln, NE).

  17. Norman Holan & Alisa Holan

    Norman Holan & Alisa Holan

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Opening reception: Friday, September 22, 6 - 8 pm

    Participating artists: Norman Holan, Alisa Holan

  18. Six McKnight Artists

    Six McKnight Artists

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    The opening reception for the Six McKnight Artists is July 8th from 1 pm - 4pm.

    The annual exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, features new work by 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipients Nicolas Darcourt (Minnetonka, Minnesota) and Sheryl McRoberts (Plymouth, Minnesota), as well as 2015 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipients Kathryn Finnerty (Oregon), Lung-Chieh Lin (Taiwan), Helen Otterson (Kentucky), and Joseph Pintz (Missouri). This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist’s fellowship or residency.

  19. Summer Open House and Six McKnight Artists Exhibition Reception

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    NCC’s annual Six McKnight Artists exhibition will open on Saturday, July 8, with a public celebration and open house from 1 – 4 pm. Join us, and some of the participating artists, for fellowship, food, fun, and clay-themed games. Help us celebrate the talent of our Minnesota McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows, as well as our 2016 McKnight Artists in Residence. Participating artists include 2016 Fellows, Nicolas Darcourt and Sheryl McRoberts, and our 2016 Residents, Kathryn Finnerty, Lung-Chieh Lin, Helen Otterson, and Joe Pintz.

    Dancers from The Somali Museum of Minnesota will join us for a special performance.

  20. Tempered Beasts

    Tempered Beasts

    2424 Franklin Ave E
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Call: (612) 339-8007

    Exhibition on view: Friday, September 22
    Opening reception: Friday, October 20, 6 pm - 8 pm

    Tempered Beasts will explore expressions of the human condition through the use of animal imagery. Animals permeate the ceramic lexicon in both contemporary practice and throughout history—from cave paintings to garden protectors, visceral sculptures to playful vessels. Our relationship with animal beings is complicated as their role in our collective experience shifts from food source to family member, wild creature to domesticated friend. Humans determine the value placed on life—whether of our planet or its inhabitants—while often discounting our own animal instincts. The artists included in Tempered Beasts wrestle with questions of consumption, commodification, and identification by creating animal forms that capture the very essence of what makes us human-- and animal.

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