Holiday Exhibition

NOVEMBER 14 – DECEMBER 30
Main Gallery
Virtual Tour available November 18

Annual ART@HAND Holiday Open House, Sunday, November 14, 12 – 4 pm, appointments required
Member Preview Hour, 11 am – 12 pm

Help us launch the giving spirit of the season, nurture your creativity, and celebrate the opening of the Holiday Exhibition and MN NICE Graduates.

Make this the season you share your curiosity and clay appreciation with those you love! We’ll have over 1000 pots to use during everyday—or special—moments; from a single mug for quiet morning coffee to a home-office vase for winter greens. Take the time to choose a memorable gift for the friend who didn’t get to see enough of you this year, and give them a reason to smile each time they reach for their new wares!

We can help you choose the perfect present, gift-wrap for you, and even ship! 

*We invite you to sign up for your open house gallery appointment online to ensure we maintain attendance throughout the event at a level that facilitates proper social distancing. NCC may need to cancel the event in order to ensure the good health and safety of our community.

Shop for Gifts

  • Pots, sculpture, ceramic jewelry, and handmade studio tools from over 85 artists 
  • Free gift wrapping available 
  • We ship!

Member Holiday Benefits
Member Preview Hour: November 14, 11 am – 12 pm

Enjoy your membership perks! NCC Members enjoy special early access to the galleries an hour before the public. Remember to use your member discount during checkout!

Share your member discount in the gallery with a friend! Invite a friend to join you for the Open House, and they will receive your discount in the check-out line as well!

Holiday Guest Artists

Clarice Allgood, Minneapolis, MN
From a free spirited, traveling childhood and her academic education in philosophy come a perspective rooted in thoughtfulness and curiosity. Though Allgood’s ceramics are often grounded in practicality, they maintain a particular whimsy and environmental aesthetic.

Ian Bassett, Concord, CA
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ian Bassett grew up in Connecticut on Long Island Sound. Bassett’s work is often atmospherically fired and focuses on fusing craft and traditional folk pottery practices with more contemporary aesthetics and ideas.

Casey Beck, Lincoln, NE
Beck creates utilitarian vessels and has a profound interest in researching the interaction between ceramic materials and the process of soda-firing. His vessels capture moments of the making process which are recognized through daily use, creating a dialogue between maker and user.

Laura Casas, Raleigh, NC
Casas’ ceramic work is hand built from earthenware and decorated with vibrant slips, washes and underglazes. Through form, material, color, and illustration, her work expresses and explores her identity as a contemporary Latine individual while engaging with inherited cultural memories and indigenous history/influences.

Kate Fisher, St. Louis Park, MN
Fisher is inspired by the evolving domestic landscape, mundanity, rituals of home life, intimacy and finding beauty in the work of personal housekeeping. Her artistic objective is primarily preoccupied with creating and observing connections, implicit and explicit, between objects and humans.

Delores Fortuna, Galena, IL
Fortuna enjoys the scientific nature of ceramics and formulates her own porcelain clay body and glazes. Her work continues to involve the gestural movement she initially fell in love with. Through layering historical context, natural colors, and her experiences, Fortuna reimagines the staples of everyday use.

Lauren Karle, White Bear Township, MN
Karle’s work is involved with cultivating compassion and understanding between different peoples, cultures, foods, and places. Both Karle’s surfaces and forms are influenced and inspired by the people she has met and places she has interacted with around the world.

Rita Panton, Minneapolis, MN
Inspired by her drawings, Panton’s ceramic sculptures playfully explore balance and hyperbole, hanging off walls or resting on overly large heads with tiny feet dangling in the air. Developing a hybrid sculpting method that merges flat and three-dimensional work, she captures figures in her unique illustrative style to tell stories about her generation’s experiences of the world.

Randy Schutt, St. Paul, MN
Schutt’s ceramic work resists the fast pace of society by encouraging space for exploration of symbolic inner mysteries and development. His work is playful and invites others to pause, wonder, and find peace.

Gift Ideas

Mystery Gifts
Not sure what to choose in our gallery? Want to give a little surprise gift to yourself? Each gift-wrapped box contains a mug or cup from one of our gallery artists. This may include work from our year-round gallery artists, visiting artists, or American Pottery Festival artists. Your mug fate or cup destiny awaits! 


Holiday Mugs
This year’s holiday mugs were created by two highly-respected and well-loved artists from our local art community: Andrew Rivera and Audra Smith. 

Each mug is just $29, gift wrapped and includes the artist’s favorite mug-worthy recipe! It’s the perfect gift for corporate clients, friends, teachers, family, or your very own mug collection!


Related Events

Shop in Person at the Holiday Open House
Sunday, November 14, 11 – 4 pm

Make this the season you share your curiosity and clay appreciation with those you love! We’ll have over 1000 pots to use during everyday—or special—moments; from a single mug for quiet morning coffee to a home-office vase for winter greens. Take the time to choose a memorable gift for the friend who didn’t get to see enough of you this year, and give them a reason to smile each time they reach for their new wares!

We can help you choose the perfect present, gift-wrap for you, and even ship!

FREE ticketed shopping appointments are available each hour, beginning at 11 am for NCC members, and 12 pm for the public, with a maximum of 10 tickets per time frame. There is no limit on purchases, and, as in years past, we will assist you by storing pieces near the register. 


ART@HAND Holiday Open House Workshop
Sunday, November 14, 2 – 4 pm

Join us in the VIRTUAL studio for some good old-fashioned holiday fun during our 31st annual Holiday Open House! Create decorative clay creatures during this free, hands-on workshop for this year’s celebration. Pick up a free clay kit at NCC and join us for the live VIRTUAL workshop at 2 pm CT on November 14. Then, return your completed projects to be fired in NCC’s kilns. All projects will be fired and ready to give as gifts by December 12! Open to all ages and skill levels.

Virtual Tour

Purchase Work

A selection of work from the exhibition will be available to purchase directly from our website. If you would like to ask about work not online, please contact us at 612.339.8007, or salesgallery@northernclaycenter.org, we’ll be happy to help!