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Northern Clay Center

2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States

February 2020

February Featured Artists: Casey Beck, Matt Kelleher, David Swenson, Lars Voltz

February 1 - March 1
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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February’s featured artists invite you to bring your love of pottery onto your table full-time. Regardless of what you eat, take the time to design how your meal is served. Do you prefer the warm hues, designed to evolve and carry memory, of Beck’s wood-fired pots? Perhaps you crave the subtle soda-fired surface playing off of the strong forms and thoughtful textures of Kelleher’s pots. It may be that you’re drawn to the alluring clash of history, imagination, and elegant…

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March 2020

March Featured Artists: Dresang, Miller, Nameth Bren, Tani, Wisner

March 3 - April 5
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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March’s featured artists bring consistently strong voices in clay to the gallery. Dresang brings his mastery of the craft and years of generous instruction to his nationally sought-after work; Miller and Tani offer functional wares with forms that demand appreciation; Wisner’s repetitive pattern surface treatment on simple vessels defy comprehension; and Nameth Bren brings thoughtful human tendencies and experiences to fruition with her 3-dimensional tiles. View and buy a selection of the work here on March 3: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/featured-artists/

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Artists’ Talk with Angelica Pozo and Kristen Cliffel

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Sit down and listen in on a conversation with exhibition curator and participating artists Angelica Pozo and Kristen Cliffel, featured in the current exhibition Triaxial Blends. Register for your free spot: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/artists-talk-with-angelica-pozo-and-kristen-cliffe.html Triaxial Blends is on view March 6 - April 19. Learn more about the exhibition: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/exhibition/triaxial-blend

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Exhibition Opening: Triaxial Blends & It’s Still Political

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Join NCC to celebrate the opening of our exhibitions Triaxial Blends and It's Still Political: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics. A triaxial blend is a method of testing glaze ratios to develop new surfaces. Angelica Pozo, curator of the exhibition, will parallel this concept, bringing three pairs of established ceramic sculptors together in collaboration. The artist pairs—Susan Beiner and Christine Golden, Kristen Cliffel and Angelica Pozo, and Syd Carpenter and Sana Musasama—will mine each other’s influences, studio habits,…

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Kristen Cliffel Artist Demonstration

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Exhibiting artist Kristen Cliffel will share her techniques and the tools of her trade in this half-day demonstration workshop. Cliffel says, "My work is an exploration of 'Domestic Mythologies.' Our culture surrounds us with pervasive archetypal myths and fairytales." Register for your free spot: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/artists-talk-with-angelica-pozo-and-kristen-cliffe.html The exhibition Triaxial Blends is on view March 6 - April 19. Learn more about the exhibition: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/exhibition/triaxial-blend

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April 2020

Artist Talk and Demo: Sana Musasama

April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Sana Musasama’s (participating artist in Triaxial Blends) work speaks of the systems that deny women their right to free expression and a complete realization of their lives and bodies. She uses her craft to bring attention to issues of human rights violations. Join us for the first hour to hear her story. A story that has taken her to West Africa, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Mexico, Israel, and various places throughout the United States. Stay for her workshop and learn…

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April Featured Artists: Caufield, Franke, Rolf, Jewelry Spotlight

April 7 - May 3
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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These three Midwestern artists represent a range of experience, technique, and firing method. Caufield celebrates the everyday—and special occasion—with his elevated dinnerware collections; Franke’s sublime treatment of form, decoration, and firing method is practical, yet softly perfect; Rolf never fails to introduce strong forms with soft-to-the-touch glazes that evoke an appreciation for the history of clay on the dining table. This month, we’ll also highlight the ceramic jewelry offerings of several gallery artists who offer adornment ranging from delicate to…

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Tour of Exhibitions

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Stop in for a guided tour of NCC’s exhibitions Triaxial Blends and It’s Still Political. Triaxial Blends features artists who have been paired together to create collaborative pieces that hold aspects of each artist’s work. These creations are unique in their evolution as the artists influence each other through the exchange of ideas. In, It’s Still Political: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics, artists and artworks deliberate the topics of gender and sexuality in society, through ceramic forms and…

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Curator talk: Mac Star McCusker

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Join the curator of It’s Still Political: Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary Ceramics, Mac Star McCusker, for a lecture and conversation surrounding topics of the associated exhibition. This exhibition features works by artists who actively engage in and promote insightful dialogue about gender expression and identity and provides much-needed current perspectives on the subject within the context of both human experience and ceramics. Register for your free place here: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/curator-talk-with-mac-star-mccusker.html

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McKnight Resident Artist Talk: Jin Cho

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Northern Clay Center welcomes Spring McKnight Artist Resident Hyang Jin Cho as part of the NCC community from April through June. She will present an artist talk on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 6 pm in NCC's library. A ceramic artist, researcher, and educator, Cho has been developing her practice, knowledge, and understanding of the arts in academia since 1991. Exploring themes of diversity and community, Cho’s work is composed of modules that suggest human relations and interdependency in our…

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Family Clay Workshop: Whip It Up

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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$55

You make it and we bake it! Create your own personalized kitchen items including a utensil holder and spoon rest. Learn basic slab building techniques and decorate your projects with color slips to brighten your culinary workspace. All skill levels welcome. Ages 6 & up. Register here: 10 am - 1 pm: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/whip-it-up.html 2 - 5 pm: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/whip-it-up-25225280.html

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Looking & Learning

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Join Northern Clay Center for the 15th installment of this "show-and-tell” series, featuring Jin Cho, visiting McKnight Artist Resident from Colorado, and Heather Nameth Bren, an artist and professor at Bethel University. The presenters will each share and discuss objects from their personal collections that have inspired and influenced their making. This event will provide a glimpse into the lives and stories of each artist. You don’t want to miss it! Register for your free spot: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/looking-learning-25225346.html

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May 2020

Exhibition opening: Influence and Creativity & Inspiration and Discovery

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Join Northern Clay Center for the opening reception of exhibitions Influence and Creativity: A Retrospective of Rock Creek Pottery & Inspiration and Discovery: Pathways to Expression. Co-curated by Michael Hunt and Shawn Ireland, Influence and Creativity: A Retrospective of Rock Creek Pottery offers an intimate look into, and a respectful celebration of, Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin and their nearly 30 years of creating wood-fired pots at Rock Creek Pottery in Buladean, North Carolina. The exhibition in the main gallery…

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Gallery Talk: Influence & Creativity: A Retrospective of Rock Creek Pottery

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Join Northern Clay Center in the exhibition galleries, to be part of a casual conversation about the work and the exhibitions, Influence and Creativity and Inspiration and Discovery, with artists Will Ruggles and Douglass Rankin, and exhibition curators Michael Hunt and Shawn Ireland. Register for your free spot: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/gallery-talk-influence-creativity-a-retrospective.html

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May Featured Artists: American Pottery Festival Preview

May 5 - May 31
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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The American Pottery Festival Preview is your ONLY chance to see and buy work by our visiting APF artists until APF Opening Night on Friday, September 4. Don't miss this special opportunity! View and purchase the work here after May 5: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/featured-artists/

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Garden Plant Markers

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Get ready for your annual spring planting with handmade plant markers. Create small clay signs that will last year after year for favorite plants in your garden. Whether it is herbs, fruits, vegetables, or flowers that make you smile, clearly denote your leafed friend with a ceramic marker created with an NCC teaching artist. Register for your free spot: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/garden-plant-markers.html

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Mother’s Day in Clay

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis,55406United States
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Celebrate Mother’s Day with your favorite mom! Work side by side while creating a vase for flowers or a bowl for her favorite candy. You can work collaboratively or independently while you learn the basics of handbuilding and decorating techniques to make something mom is sure to love. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 6 & up. Register here: 10 am - 1 pm: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/mothers-day-in-clay.html 2 - 5 pm: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/mothers-day-in-clay-25225282.html

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