Northern Clay Center

Contact Information


  • 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

Other Date Information

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

Green Practices

  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Transportation-Related Policies or Programs
  • Organic or Local Food & Beverage Choices

Attraction Attributes

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

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  1. 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!

  2. Holiday Open House

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

    Please join us for our annual Holiday Open House the Sunday just before Thanksgiving. Help us launch the winter holiday season with cider and Somali coffee, locally-made treats, and enticing shopping in our galleries. Hands-on clay activities and artist demonstrations will both inspire you and capture your attention. Stay for just a bit or join us for the entire day!

    NCC Members are invited to attend a private viewing from 11 am – 12 noon.

    Please visit our website at for updates and volunteer opportunities.

  3. 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.

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