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. 2018 American Pottery Festival

    2018 American Pottery Festival

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

    Join Northern Clay Center for the 20th iteration of NCC’s American Pottery Festival, September 7 – 9, 2018. NCC's annual fundraiser will once again gather national artists representing the best in their fields, and offer a diverse array of ideations, processes, and forms & surfaces. The event kicks off with the Opening Night Party on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

    The American Pottery Festival is a three-day event that serves as NCC's largest fundraising event each year. This mindfully forged platform brings together makers, clay lovers, learners, collectors, and simply the curious, to play and to be inspired.

    Each year, the event includes artists from large and small markets around the country, artists from all career stages and ages, and some local gems. The richness of experience, knowledge, and generosity represented by 2018’s artists will provide learning opportunities for everyone—from student to collector to fellow maker. The weekend is always filled with chances to engage directly with artists during image presentations, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and casual gallery chats.

    For more information and the schedule of events, visit: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/apf

  2. August Featured Artists Exhibition: Christianson, Cuellar, Rolf

    August Featured Artists Exhibition: Christianson, Cuellar, Rolf

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

    August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists Linda Christianson, Guillermo Cuellar, and S.C. Rolf. Linda Christianson lulls us with wood-fired pots, featuring natural contours and evidence of her touch. Guillermo Cuellar’s history and ties to our region are evinced in his well-honed forms and distinct glaze treatment. S.C. Rolf offers mindful work with a calm feel and a constitution revered by master makers and novices alike.

    Learn more and view their work after August 7: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/featured-artists/

  3. Betty Woodman: Thinking Out Loud & NCC Regis Masters Series

    Betty Woodman: Thinking Out Loud & NCC Regis Masters Series

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

    Take a journey through the late Betty Woodman’s studio and explore her world of influence in this evening viewing of two videos. Everyone is welcome to join as Northern Clay Center celebrates the “sculptural paintings” of this iconic figure of contemporary ceramics. Mike Helke, an accomplished potter who has been influenced by Betty Woodman's work, will facilitate the evening.

  4. City Sine Cera and WMAA Recipients

    City Sine Cera and WMAA Recipients

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

    City Sine Cera is guest curated by Heather Nameth Bren, ceramic artist and educator. “Sine Cera” is the root form of "sincerity", from the Latin meaning “without wax”. When Romans made pots, they often sealed the base with wax, claiming they were watertight, but in time the wax melted or wore away, rendering the pots useless for liquids. Pots not finished with wax were inscribed “Sine Cera” to prove that they were sound, and from this evolved the word “Sincere”. City Sine Cera’s exhibiting artists will scrutinize the conceptual and material language inspired by a sincere inquiry into the urban landscape.

    The Clay Center’s spring exhibition of Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award (WMAA) alumni artists will share with our constituents the successes, challenges, and new directions in creative pursuits of this unique and beneficial granting program.

    May 4th from 6-8pm -
    Join Northern Clay Center for fun, food, and fellowship at the opening reception for the exhibitions City Sine Cera and Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award Recipients. Several of the artists will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

  5. July Featured Artists Exhibition: Caufield, Severson, Shaw, & Spotlight on Jewelry

    July Featured Artists Exhibition: Caufield, Severson, Shaw, & Spotlight on Jewelry

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

    Visit Northern Clay Center to view the July Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring jewelers and functional potters Kevin Caufield, Johanna Severson, and Andy Shaw. In addition to a focus on the work of NCC’s jewelers, this month’s featured artists help us explore the maker-to-table movement: Caufield, through his work with local chefs and James Beard projects; Severson, with wares made for generations of discerning home cooks; and Shaw, with vibrant serving platters & subtly-textured porcelain to elevate your plating endeavors.

    Learn more and view their work after July 3: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/featured-artists/

  6. June Featured Artists Exhibition: Dresang, Eshelman, Holden, Jensen

    June Featured Artists Exhibition: Dresang, Eshelman, Holden, Jensen

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

    "Summer is in full bloom, and it’s traditionally a season for honoring couples and their commitment to a future together. Help them celebrate, or celebrate your own home, with the gift of functional art for use in everyday life. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the current June Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists Paul Dresang, Paul Eshelman, and Butch Holden. Paul Dresang brings to the table the smooth comfort of Shino and celadon glazes on satisfying forms. With a distinctly modern feel, Paul Eshelman takes a more orchestrated approach to sets, with vibrant color on red stoneware. Butch Holden uses texture and a vivid palette that never fails to make a home more artful. Eric Jensen’s deceptively resilient slab-built tableware is full of contradiction: soft and angular, light and robust, pale and radiant.

    Learn more and view their work after June 5: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/featured-artists/"

  7. May Featured Artists: Denecke, Spates, Swenson

    May Featured Artists: Denecke, Spates, Swenson

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

    May is the month to soak in ceramics in this region, and these three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing methods. Denecke brings Japanese tradition and a lifetime of experience to her forms whether they are small drinking vessels or monolithic sculptures. Spates’ functional work evokes tactile memories of the crags and smooth planes of mountain climbing and is brought to life in wood-fire kilns on his property. Swenson’s talent with the brush is as frenzied, yet purposeful, as the multitude of ways he creates his thrown, slipcast, handbuilt, and press-molded pottery.

  8. McKnight Artist Resident Talk: Zach Tate

    McKnight Artist Resident Talk: Zach Tate

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

    Join Northern Clay Center as Summer McKnight Artist Resident, Zach Tate discusses his work. This event is free and open to the public, please reserve your seat as space is limited. Often satirical and on the edge of absurdity, Tate's work is influenced by his interest in history, civics, popular culture, current events, and comic books.

  9. Northern Clay Center’s Annual Studio Artist Sale

    Northern Clay Center’s Annual Studio Artist Sale

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

    Join Northern Clay Center's talented group of studio artists in the recently updated studio area for the 11th Annual Studio Artist Sale on Saturday, July 14, from 10 am to 5 pm. A wide range of sculpture, tableware, and serving pieces will be featured from over 50 of NCC's in-house, talented artists. Enrich 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!

    See the works of talented mid-career artists from across the country and the world! Partake in picnic food, play with clay, and compete in clay-themed games and contests. Tour NCC's annual Studio Artist Sale featuring artwork by several dozen artists who work, glaze, and fire at the Clay Center. Celebrate the Clay Center and its constituents, the artists, and the amazing Seward Neighborhood that is NCC's home!

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