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  • The McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists program, in its 22nd year at NCC, intends to recognize and support ceramic artists whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit, who have already proven their abilities, and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The program is intended to provide these ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for three months at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work and, at the same time, exchange ideas and knowl…
  • The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota since 1990. The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2019 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2019. Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials; working o…
  • The Emerging Artist Residency program encompasses two unique Fellowships, designed to provide up to four ceramic artists with an opportunity to be in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center, where they can develop their own work, as well as exchange ideas and knowledge with other ceramic artists. Each residency recipient will have a shared, furnished studio space with 24/7 access to NCC’s facilities from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. In addition to the workspace, each fellowsh…
  • The WMAA, founded in 2014, provides an opportunity for students and emerging artists to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within the grant year, further expanding their professional development. This award is available to current undergraduate or graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or those who have completed a university-equivalent training in ceramics (including apprenticeships) within the year prior to the applicat…
  • NCC proudly facilitates six grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists. Learn about the application process and your eligibility at a free information session in NCC’s Library: Thursday, January 10, 6 – 7 pm. No reservations are required. If you are interested in having a presentation at your organization (in Minnesota or almost anywhere in the country), we are always happy to take our show on the road (whether in-person or electronically) to sha…
  • Welcome the New Year with a celebration of The Leach Pottery’s traditions and lineage. On view will be Leach Standard Ware and Leach Porcelain Standard Ware from across the pond, pots by current Leach potter Kat Wheeler, and the work of Jeff Oestreich, who apprenticed at Leach from 1969 to 1971. Oestriech will lead a discussion in the gallery during the Opening Night event on January 11, at 7 pm. Shop here after January 2: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/featured-artists/
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, our pots are hot, and so are you! We’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day with a weekend full of workshop opportunities. Register early for this popular pottery experience. You will cover the basics of throwing pots on the wheel and enjoy a small meal from a local restaurant, and some yummy deserts. Novices and experienced potters are welcome. All materials are included. Students can expect to make 3 – 5 pots and decorate them using colored slips or text…
  • Visiting artist Jeff Schmuki will present a public lecture about his entire body of work on Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm, which includes an amazing array of ceramics, interventions, plants, and robotics. Schmuki is a visiting artist in conjunction with NCC's exhibition "In Service: Engaging and Connecting through Clay." He will be on site at NCC to install a hydroponic garden and a custom ball mill, which will churn bisqued earthenware into growth medium for gardens. If you are interested in parti…
  • Everyone is welcome to join NCC for a screening of The Potters of Buur Heybe, Somalia. This 25-minute video, filmed in the late 1980s, details the archeological finds of the area and the pre-civil war pottery culture of Buur Heybe. Learn more about this major Somalian pottery center during the event and find out why “clay makes the food taste better.” Reserve your free seat here: https://store.northernclaycenter.org/movie-night-the-potters-of-buur-heybe-somalia.html
  • 2018 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellows Brett Freund (Minneapolis) & Donovan Palmquist (Farmington) will each give a presentation about their work and development as an artist, and then share two hours of studio time, showing their techniques and skills. Coffee & cookies will be served. This program is supported by The McKnight Foundation. Brett Freund graduated with an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, in 2011. He was an artist in residence before that at St. Petersburg…