Earth and Water 11: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley

The Phipps Center for the Arts – Overlook Gallery

Northern Clay Center and The Phipps continue their multi-year partnership aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists located throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This cross-state collaboration features two to three ceramic artists annually in the Atrium Gallery at The Phipps. In addition, featured artists present an artist talk prior to each opening reception and a workshop or demonstration event. 

Nick Earl attended the University of Vermont where he majored in art and studied ceramics with Hoyt Barringer. Upon graduation, he moved to Two Harbors, Minnesota, to pursue an apprenticeship with potter Dick Cooter. After two and a half years as an apprentice, he was offered the opportunity to take over the studio of the late potter Richard Abnet.

Earl writes, “Making my work in the century-old dairy barn has provided me a great setting to practice my craft and experience the trials and rewards of a working studio potter. I make pots, and am continually fascinated by the softness and reception of the clay from which they are made. When successful, these qualities translate into the finished pieces, objects that will hopefully enrich the regular ceremonies of life.”

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The Phipps Center is located at:
109 Locust St., Hudson, WI 54016