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March 2021

March Featured Artists: Ani Kasten, Jamie Lang, Ian Petrie, and Laurie Shaman

March 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - April 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Free

Each of March’s featured artists offers a snapshot, sometimes literally, of a life. These explorations can be highly personal, but also familiar within the context of shared human experience. Ani Kasten’s work captures nature, and sometimes grief, through relatable abstraction. Jamie Lang creates adobe bricks small enough to hold in your hand with images and designs that evoke sentimentality. Ian Petrie’s original comic drawings get to the core of our vulnerability, frustration, and self-deprecation. And Laurie Shaman’s expressive imagery on…

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Secret Life of Objects and Mike Norman

March 5, 2021 - April 18, 2021
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Free and open to the public

In this Secret Life of Objects, our curators bring together artists who imagine the life of a ceramic object beyond the pedestal through drawing, collage, and film. The Secret Life of Objects will share the most compelling clay work crossing material boundaries and will draw in new audiences to engage in the role of voyeuristic observer. The representational object, presented in a frozen moment, will be re-presented through various narrative devices—a non-traditional approach to interrupt our process of perception. Artist…

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April 2021

April Featured Artists: Bren, Dobbratz, Pechacek, Schmidt, Shaughnessy, and Jewelry Focus

April 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - May 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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April brings the opportunity to celebrate five local artists with a collective experience spanning over a century and 1000s of students. There is a strength in artistic voice in each of their bodies of work matched only by their ongoing generosity in service to the community of clay. This month, we’ll also highlight their ceramic jewelry offerings, as well as those of several other gallery artists, that offer personal adornment ranging from delicate to brazen to sensible.

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Garden Plant Markers Clay Workshop

April 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Get ready for your annual spring planting with handmade plant markers. Create clay tiles for your flora that will last year after year. Whether it’s herbs, fruits, vegetables, shrubs, or flowers that make you smile, clearly label your leafed friends with a ceramic marker created with an NCC teaching artist over Zoom.

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Artist Demonstration: Mike Norman

April 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join Mike Norman on his 82nd birthday as he shares a demonstration live from his studio, including a casual conversation about his life and the development of his body of work. Mike Norman’s work is part allegory, alchemy, poetry, and Minge-sota. Norman grew up in Duluth near the shore of Lake Superior with his artist parents about whom the neighbors would whisper, “they are Bohemians.” He and his sister spent their childhood reading, painting, building forts, and creating imagined adventures…

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Artist Talk: Ashwini Bhat

April 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Please join Northern Clay Center in welcoming Ashwini Bhat as part of the NCC community from April through June. She will present an artist talk via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 6 pm CT. This presentation is free to the public but early registration is appreciated. Exploring the deep relationship between the human and non-human, between the constructed and the inherited, Ashwini Bhat (Petaluma, CA) creates sculptures inviting viewers to interact with the revealed and the hidden. Trained…

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Looking & Learning: Ashwini Bhat and Ani Kasten

April 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join us via Zoom for the 16th installment of this "show-and-tell” series, featuring Ashwini Bhat, McKnight artist visiting from California, and Ani Kasten, a studio potter working in the St. Croix Valley. The presenters will share and discuss objects that have inspired and influenced their making from each of their personal collections. This event will provide a glimpse into the lives and stories of each artist. You don’t want to miss it!

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May 2021

May Featured Artists: American Pottery Festival Preview

May 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - May 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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The American Pottery Festival Preview is your ONLY chance to see and buy work by our visiting APF artists in person until APF Opening Night on Friday, September 3. Join us for this special opportunity— while we may not know what autumn will hold for our in-person APF event, we do know that May is your month to visit the gallery and enjoy a sneak peek!

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Creatures for Your Garden Clay Workshop

May 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Add an extra layer of fun to your garden by decorating with clay creatures! Whether your petunias are protected by a penguin, your onions have an ogre guardian, or your ginkgo tree has a gecko playing hide and seek—your garden can become a place of wonder. This all-ages activity is led by an NCC teaching artist over Zoom. Let’s get creative with clay!

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Creatures for Your Garden Clay Workshop

May 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Free

Add an extra layer of fun to your garden by decorating with clay creatures! Whether your petunias are protected by a penguin, your onions have an ogre guardian, or your ginkgo tree has a gecko playing hide and seek—your garden can become a place of wonder. This all-ages activity is led by an NCC teaching artist over Zoom. Let’s get creative with clay!

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June 2021

June Featured Artists

June 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - July 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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It's finally summer and time to consider a little pottery self-care or gift for another. Please welcome this month's featured artists by bringing their artwork to your (or someone's) table, hoe office, or maybe that's the same thing? Perhaps it's a complete new set of contemporary ceramic dinnerware by Rudquist or Wert you crave after dining at home for months, or perhaps you learned you prefer a table full of Mingei-sota wares by several different artists like Love, or that…

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June Featured Artists

June 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - July 3, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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It's finally summer and time to consider a little pottery self-care or gift for another. Please welcome this month's featured artists by bringing their artwork to your (or someone's) table, hoe office, or maybe that's the same thing? Perhaps it's a complete new set of contemporary ceramic dinnerware by Rudquist or Wert you crave after dining at home for months, or perhaps you learned you prefer a table full of Mingei-sota wares by several different artists like Love, or that…

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July 2021

July Featured Artists

July 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - August 1, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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The height of warm weather is the perfect time to change a bit of your surroundings by starting, or adding to, your ceramic collection. Erives draws upon her heritage and imbues her own sense of humor with color to create tiles and functional vessels with engaging graphic sensibilities. Gruetzmacher offers contemporary and strong forms serving as host to deliberate, monochromatic surfaces. Jaszczak brings a quieter body of work with calm, but powerful, wares glazed in a soft, organic palette. Even…

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Summer Fun Virtual Workshop

July 10, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join NCC for an afternoon of clay- centric fun–from the comfort of your own home! Get creative with clay as we engage in some clay games over the internet culminating with a creation that NCC will fire for you! Join us over zoom for this summer activity!

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McKnight Artist Resident Lecture: Hyang Jin Cho

July 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join us remotely on Tuesday, July 13, at 6pm CT, where Cho will present a free lecture on her work.

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McKnight Artist Resident Lecture: Roberta Massuch

July 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join us remotely on Tuesday, July 20, at 6pm CT, where Massuch will present a free lecture on her work.

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McKnight Artist Resident Lecture: Roberta Massuch

July 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join us remotely on Tuesday, July 20, at 6pm CT, where Massuch will present a free lecture on her work.

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Wednesday Clay Creativity Afternoon (Virtual!)

July 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - July 28, 2021 @ 2:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Join NCC teaching artists this summer as they provide 6-clay activities to bring a spark of inventiveness to the middle of the week! Sign up for all the sessions and engage with clay over zoom from wherever you are! Limited to 20 participants.

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McKnight Artists Virtual Guided Tour

July 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Enjoy a virtual guided tour of NCC's McKnight Artists from the past two years. There is so much to see and learn from the resident and fellowship artists—this show is packed with amazing works of art!

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August 2021

August Featured Artists

August 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - August 29, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis,55405
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Take a deep breath. Look around. There is always a place in your life for one more perfect pot. It might be a bright and sassy piece by Bray. Or is it one of Kraemer's majolica pots with celebratory images of pollinators and garden bounty? Gruchalla and Rosetti offer raku works decorated with stunning patterns or saturated, serene landscapes, and Swanson provides solid functional wares with the unmistakable and legendary forms born of decades of mastering the craft.

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