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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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”.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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 www.northernclaycenter.org for updates and volunteer opportunities.

  9. 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

  10. Looking & Learning

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

    Join us for the 11th installment in this “show and tell” series, featuring NCC’s fall McKnight Resident Artist Kosmas Ballis and 2016 McKnight Fellow Nicolas Darcourt. The presenters will each share and discuss objects from their personal collections that have influenced their artwork. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/calendar to learn more!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. October/November Featured Artists: Bartel, Krousey, Lang, Norman, Smith

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

    The saturated imagery of this month’s featured artists, during a typically eerie time of year, sets a consummate backdrop for late fall. Tom Bartel brings sublime creep with his sculptures that evoke both carny and carnivorous response. Matthew Krousey explores the farm and prairie with functional work decorated with barbed wire and fowl. Jamie Lang tells tales through image transfer onto adobe tile, covered in encaustic, and the result is the impression of a sharp memory shrouded by the haunting film of time and perception. Mike Norman’s figures and pots are at once evocative and curiously comfortable, and leave the audience both enamored by the sweet and captivated by the weird. To round out the offering of this month’s show is McKenzie Smith’s soda-fired work with deep, brown-orange surfaces decorated by strong, dark swaths of stain representing the lines in nature. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/calendar to learn more!

  14. September/October: Gossman, Lesch-Middelton, Pechacek

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

    Sometimes the surface is the result of deliberate gesture and the aggression of the fire, as in the stoneware and porcelain work of Bill Gossman. Sometimes the surface shows evidence of years of storytelling, the merging of ancient and modern text with culturally relevant patterns, as carefully orchestrated in the work of Forrest Lesch-Middelton. And, sometimes, the surface marries two creative voices —one linear and one gestural— to illustrate a body of work created by Liz Pechacek and completed in tandem with painter, Caroline Mecklin.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Tempered Beasts artist talk: Adriel Tong

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

    NCC welcomes Adriel Tong as one of our visiting artists in conjunction with the Tempered Beasts exhibition. Tong visits NCC September 15 – 23 for an intensive residency, during which time he will make work for inclusion in the exhibition. Join him on Thursday, September 21, at 6 pm in NCC’s library for an artist talk. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Register here.

  18. Tempered Beasts artist talk: Alessandro Gallo and Russell Wrankle

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

    NCC welcomes Alessandro Gallo and Russell Wrankle as visiting artists in conjunction with the Tempered Beasts exhibition.

    Gallo and Wrankle will be visiting in conjunction with the exhibition opening and will present artist talks on Thursday, October 19, at 6 pm in NCC’s library. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Additionally, both will be guest presenters as part of NCC’s October MEA Weekend: Art Educator Extravaganza (nominal fees apply). Are you a local art educator interested in learning about this exciting weekend of hands-on and demonstration workshops? Contact our education department at alisonbeech@northernclaycenter.org. Visit www.northernclaycenter.org/calendar to learn more!

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