Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire

MARCH 9 – APRIL 29, 2012
Emily Galusha Gallery

Northern Clay Center hosted Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire, an exhibition documenting how ceramic art is passed on from one artist to another in an effort to keep Minnesota’s vibrant ceramic tradition and community flourishing. The exhibition featured work by Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson, Guillermo Cuellar, Jil Franke, Steven Lemke, Warren MacKenzieJason Trebs. Spearheaded by Mark Lambert of Anoka Ramsey Community College, the Sharing the Fire exhibition was part of a larger roster of programming, which documented the work of select Minnesota ceramic artists, their methods of working with clay, and the way in which they pass on their skills.

In addition to this exhibition, a documentary screening and a lecture by Janet Koplos was held at Anoka Ramsey Community College on Saturday March 10, 2012. The documentary provided a view into the lives and work of eight Minnesota potters—four pairs of artists whose unique relationships celebrate some of the many ways that knowledge, experience and spirit are passed from person to person in this field. This documentary tracks the amazing sphere of these potters’ stories with each other— exposing the challenge of becoming and subsisting as a practicing potter, detailing many of their processes, and, through the clear voice of art critic and cultural specialist Janet Koplas, offering insight into the bigger Minnesota potters’ narrative. A series of evening gallery conversations and artist talks took place to support the exhibition.

Additional Resources

Robert Briscoe’s website: www.robertbriscoe.com
Linda Christianson’s website: www.christiansonpottery.com
Guillermo Cuellar’s website: www.guillermopottery.com
Jason Trebs’ website: www.jasontrebspottery.com

In partnership with Northern Clay Center, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of a Folk and Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/support.htm.