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  • Now entering its fourth year, MN NICE is an advanced certificate program that provides rigorous, personalized instruction for artists who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education. The program is designed to respond to the changing needs of students and give non-traditional students high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practice. Through instruction and individual mentorship, students build skills, knowledge, and insight nec…
  • Join Northern Clay Center for the 20th iteration of NCC’s American Pottery Festival, September 7 – 9, 2018. NCC's annual fundraiser will once again gather national artists representing the best in their fields, and offer a diverse array of ideations, processes, and forms & surfaces. The event kicks off with the Opening Night Party on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM. The American Pottery Festival is a three-day event that serves as NCC's largest fundraising event each year. This min…
  • Take a journey through the late Betty Woodman’s studio and explore her world of influence in this evening viewing of two videos. Everyone is welcome to join as Northern Clay Center celebrates the “sculptural paintings” of this iconic figure of contemporary ceramics. Mike Helke, an accomplished potter who has been influenced by Betty Woodman's work, will facilitate the evening.
  • August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists Linda Christianson, Guillermo Cuellar, and S.C. Rolf. Linda Christianson lulls us with wood-fired pots, featuring natural contours and evidence of her touch. Guillermo Cuellar’s history and ties to our region are evinced in his well-honed forms and distinct glaze treatment. S.C. Rolf offers mindful w…
  • August 3 – 5, Northern Clay Center staff and teaching artists can be found at the annual Uptown Art Fair, providing hands-on clay activities to all ages. Take a few moments and stop by NCC’s booth, watch potter’s wheel demonstrations throughout the day, and get your hands in some clay with the guidance of ClayToGo teaching artists at the Family Imagination Station. Creatives of all ages are invited to make and decorate a unique work of clay art while being inspired by the energy, atmospher…
  • Join Northern Clay Center as Summer McKnight Artist Resident, Zach Tate discusses his work. This event is free and open to the public, please reserve your seat as space is limited. Often satirical and on the edge of absurdity, Tate's work is influenced by his interest in history, civics, popular culture, current events, and comic books. Reserve your free spot: https://www.northernclaycenter.org/calendar/event/mcknight-artist-resident-talk-zach-tate
  • Come celebrate the opening of Northern Clay Center’s annual Six McKnight Artists exhibition and its featured artists. Join NCC for an afternoon open house on Saturday, July 14, from 1 – 4 pm. See the works of talented mid-career artists from across the country and the world! Partake in picnic food, play with clay, and compete in clay-themed games and contests. Tour NCC's annual Studio Artist Sale featuring artwork by several dozen artists who work, glaze, and fire at the Clay Center. Celebra…
  • Summer is in full bloom, and it’s traditionally a season for honoring couples and their commitment to a future together. Help them celebrate, or celebrate your own home, with the gift of functional art for use in everyday life. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the current June Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists Paul Dresang, Paul Eshelman, and Butch Holden. Paul Dresang brings to the table the smooth comfort of Shino and celadon glazes on satisfying forms. With a distinct…
  • Join Northern Clay Center's talented group of studio artists in the recently updated studio area for the 11th Annual Studio Artist Sale on Saturday, July 14, from 10 am to 5 pm. A wide range of sculpture, tableware, and serving pieces will be featured from over 50 of NCC's in-house, talented artists. Enrich your summer with a stroll through the studios—chat with local artists and become part of the NCC Community! Stick around for the McKnight Open House event from 1 – 4 pm and make a day of …
  • Visit Northern Clay Center to view the July Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring jewelers and functional potters Kevin Caufield, Johanna Severson, and Andy Shaw. In addition to a focus on the work of NCC’s jewelers, this month’s featured artists help us explore the maker-to-table movement: Caufield, through his work with local chefs and James Beard projects; Severson, with wares made for generations of discerning home cooks; and Shaw, with vibrant serving platters & subtly-textured por…