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. ART@HAND Glass and Porcelain Presentation

    ART@HAND Glass and Porcelain Presentation

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

    Join us for a presentation by Elizabeth Coleman, as she discusses her explorations with glass and porcelain. A 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant recipient, Elizabeth will present an image talk about her recent work in translucent porcelain and glass, and discuss her past residencies at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, in 2012 and 2014. Come learn about the town of Kecskemet, the International Ceramics Studio, and Elizabeth's work. She will bring samples of Hungarian porcelain for you to examine. To register for a free place, visit our website.

  2. ART@HAND Tour of Exhibition

    ART@HAND Tour of Exhibition

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

    Bring your friends and family for a guided tour of the Four Jerome Artists and the Fogelberg, Anonymous Artists, and Red Wing Artist exhibitions, featuring sculpture and pottery from local artists. Following the tour, venture into the education classrooms for a free handbuilding workshop to create a unique animal creature with 2017–2018 Anonymous Artist Austyn Taylor.

    Limit 15 participants. Register for your free place.

  3. Chili Cook-off

    Chili Cook-off

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

    What better way to warm your February day than to taste over 25 different versions of homemade chili and vote for your favorite?! We promise creative competitors, fair judges in several categories, opportunities to play in clay, and wheel-throwing demonstrations.

    $5 to Eat/Free to Compete

    Sign up to compete in our Big Blowout Chili Cook-off. Join the pros, hobbyists, and those who simply like to dream big in the kitchen.

    Vote for your favorite chili and purchase your new favorite chili bowl or whiskey cup from the sales gallery. Try your hand at the wheel from 1:30 – 4 pm for a free Chili Bowl Workshop. Visit our website to register for your free spot.

    Talk with Featured Artist Chris Cooley. Shop for a whiskey cup (or four) made by a selection of beloved local artists.

  4. Expatriate Ceramics & NCC Residential

    Expatriate Ceramics & NCC Residential

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

    Join us for the opening reception for Expatriate Ceramics and NCC Residential. The exhibitions run March 9 to April 22.

    Curated by Ursula Hargens, Expatriate Ceramics will explore how place informs an artist’s body of work and highlight five artists—four Americans and one Canadian—who spent time in residence at influential ceramic centers around the world, or lived abroad for a significant time. Some of these artists launched their careers with this singular experience; others helped to build an institution’s notoriety and create opportunities for the next generation of makers; still others were part of a long lineage of experiential creating in places steeped with history and making. The exhibition will showcase work created before, during, and after their experiences, demonstrating the impact of location on materials, process, culture, and concepts.

    Guest artists include Derek Au, Rebecca Harvey, Jeff Oestreich, Amelie Proulx, and George Timock, with select works by two of Timock’s former students, Emily Connell and Maura Wright.

    Over the past 25+ years, Northern Clay Center has acquired examples of stunning ceramic art from makers across the state, country, and the world. Each artist was at some point in residence at the Center—in conjunction with an exhibition, through an emerging artist residency, or through the McKnight Foundation’s Residency for Ceramic Artists. NCC Residential highlights dozens of makers who’ve shared their vision, time, and talents with the Center and its constituents as artists-in-residence.

    Featured artists include: Edith Garcia, Juss Heinsalu, Tony Hepburn, Nina Hole, Satoru Hoshino, Cindy Kolodziejski, Andrew Martin, Deborah Sigel, Akio Takamori, and Kurt Webb, among others.

  5. February Featured Artists: Chris Cooley and Locals We Love

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

    Local artists and the work of Chris Cooley from Leesburg, Virginia? He majored in art at Utah State University, before being drafted to the NFL in the third round. He currently owns The Cooley Gallery and is a potter, painter, and radio host for ESPN.

    Join the artists at our Annual Chili Cook-off, February 3, from 1 – 5 pm.

  6. Four Jerome Artists & Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Artists

    Four Jerome Artists & Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Artists

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

    Join us for a marathon of presentations by these eight emerging artists at 4 pm in the NCC Library, followed by the opening reception from 6 - 8 pm for Four Jerome Artists & Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Artists.

    Participating artists include: Susan Feigenbaum, Autumn Higgins, Lisa Truax, Ellie Bryan, Gregory Palombo, Gillan Doty, Lily Fein, Valerie Ling, and Audra Smith.

    The exhibition runs January 12 to February 25.

  7. Guest Artist Conversation and Demonstration with Derek Au and George Timock

    Guest Artist Conversation and Demonstration with Derek Au and George Timock

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

    Join Au and Timock for an inside look at their making practices—from studio inspiration to technologies employed, this half-day intensive will include conversation, images, and demonstrations. (includes a half-hour break for lunch; bring your own or eat at any of our local Seward restaurants)

    Register for your free place by visiting our website.

    Derek Au will deliver three free presentations at NCC about his work. The first will encompass an overview of his career as part of his McKnight Artist Residency on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6 pm in NCC’s library. The second is a panel discussion pertaining to Expatriate Ceramics on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6 pm, in NCC’s library. The third is a conversation and demonstration with George Timock giving an inside look at each of their practices, on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am - 2:30 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

  8. Guest Artist Panel Discussion with Derek Au, Jeff Oestreich, George Timock

    Guest Artist Panel Discussion with Derek Au, Jeff Oestreich, George Timock

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

    Derek Au, Jeff Oestreich, and George Timock will discuss their work in Expatriate Ceramics.

    To register for your free place, visit our website.

    Derek Au will deliver three free presentations at NCC about his work. The first will encompass an overview of his career as part of his McKnight Artist Residency on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6 pm in NCC’s library. The second is a panel discussion pertaining to Expatriate Ceramics on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6 pm, in NCC’s library. The third is a conversation and demonstration with George Timock giving an inside look at each of their practices, on Saturday, March 10 from 10 am - 2:30 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

  9. January Featured Artists: Foote-Hutton, Martin, Mercer, Orr

    January Featured Artists: Foote-Hutton, Martin, Mercer, Orr

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

    The palette outside this time of year is decidedly monochrome, so we invite you to immerse yourself in the dense colors and textures of the work of January’s featured artists. Foote-Hutton’s forms personify the approachable and fearsome qualities in us and in nature, while Martin’s sculptures take an innocent and colorful approach to the humor in our humanity. Mercer invites you to treat yourself to a new cup, possibly deep emerald with a butterscotch glaze, and Orr’s pottery arrives from a sunnier land with sprigged texture, fluid forms, and garden-colored glazes.

  10. Movie Night: Pottery of Mexico Vol. II: TREES OF LIFE

    Movie Night: Pottery of Mexico Vol. II: TREES OF LIFE

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

    Everyone is welcome to join us for a screening of Pottery of Mexico Vol. II: TREES OF LIFE. This 45-minute video details the role that the tree of life plays in Mexican folk art. Learn how the tree of life has been used historically and today by looking at three different narratives from current makers.

    Register for your free place.

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