Earth and Water 13: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley

DECEMBER 8, 2017 – JANUARY 14, 2018
The Phipps Center for the Arts

Northern Clay Center and The Phipps Center for the Arts 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. 

In December of 2017, we celebrate the talents of Casey Beck, Emily Romens, and Lisa Vang.The three ceramic artists featured in this exhibit are students or recent graduates of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Their work represents diverse takes on the use of clay.

Lisa Vang, Cottage Grove, MN  “I am second generation Hmong American born in the ghetto and raised in the suburbs… By taking the symbols and stylistic imagery from Hmong textiles and translating them onto mediums not well known to Hmong art, I hope to build a bridge between both worlds…”

Casey Beck, River Falls, WI “Working in the mid-west, my work is inspired by both the flat landscapes and humble pots of local potters. These flat landscapes allow for snow to fall freely and create a blanket over the landscape. The snowy landscapes are picked up by wind and beautiful textural and gradated wind drifts are formed. The work relates back to this…the flat plains of the pots are textured and gradations of atmosphere are created on the pots by the kiln.”

Emily Romens, River Falls, WI  “This is an observation of patterns and behaviors; learned and taught from my life. This is a collection of objects investigating the right to womanliness. This is a physical manifestation of my definition of womanliness.”

Questions?  Please contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at 715.386.2305 or visit

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