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Roadside Attractions—Next 5 Exits, Exhibition Opening and Artists Talks at Northern Clay Center


Patty Chambers

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Mar 10 to Apr 30

Opening reception: Friday, March 10, 6 – 8 pm

Guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, Roadside Attractions — Next 5 Exits reveals a vision of the allure of the wayside through the work of five artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko Paterson, and Nathan Prouty—create works that depict the recollection of travels, a portrayal of collected memories, nostalgia for past Americana, and the desire to contain an experience within an object. Viewers will recognize the expression of journeys made and imagined, and they will be able to connect through their shared experience.


Patty Chambers

Related Events

Northern Clay is sponsoring a public artist talk by curator and participating artist Pattie Chalmers, and artist Peter Morgan, on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm in NCC’s library. Register for your free seat here.

In addition, Peter Morgan will demonstrate on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am – 4 pm. Register for your free seat here.


Clair de Loon –  Peter Chambers

Mariko Paterson will join us for a free workshop and slide lecture during the closing week of the exhibition on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am – 4 pm. She will present her techniques and discuss her work. Register for your free seat here.

All of these educational events are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating for all events, pre-registration is encouraged.


Klondike Bear – Peter Morgan


American ‘Holy Grail’ Porcelain Punch Bowl to Go on Display

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This bowl dates from about 1770 and is the earliest known example of American hard-paste porcelain. It will be at the Museum of the American Revolution, which is to open in Philadelphia on April 19.

Who would have thought that the story of porcelain would be such a rousing tale of wealth, intrigue and outrageous greed and gluttony?  In spite of porcelain being used in China for hundreds of years, it’s formula was a closely guarded secret by the Chinese. Recently arrived from the Orient to 17th century Europe, porcelain quickly became a symbol of power, prestige, and good taste. Porcelain by weight was worth as much as gold in many parts of Europe in the 18th century. A colonial-era, porcelain, American made, punch bowl that has been called the “Holy Grail” of American ceramics is to go on public display for the first time in Philadelphia in April after its discovery during excavation on the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution.

The ceramic bowl, dating from about 1770, is the earliest known example of American hard-paste porcelain, a technique that was perfected by the Chinese hundreds of years earlier but which eluded European china makers. Although scholars have found documents indicating that the porcelain was made in America during the Revolutionary period, no such objects had previously been discovered.

“It’s the first physical evidence of what we call hard-paste porcelain being produced in America,” said Robert Hunter, an archaeologist and the editor of the journal Ceramics in America. “I’ve used the term ‘Holy Grail of American ceramics.’”

The bowl was found in 2014 among some 85,000 other items on the museum site. It was initially thought to be stoneware but later determined to be porcelain that was probably made in Philadelphia.

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Check out this interesting read on the history of Porcelain.

Kingfield Empty Bowls, Thursday February 9th, 4-8 P.M. Martin Luther King Park

empty_bowlsOn Thursday, February 9th, from 4-8 PM Kingfield will host the sixth annual Kingfield Empty Bowls! Empty Bowls is a single day event that combines art, food, local businesses, nonprofits, and lots and lots of neighbors raising awareness and funds to combat hunger in our neighborhood. Your support of this project will again benefit Nicollet Square, an organization that provides affordable housing and a supportive environment for young adults who have experienced homelessness or have been in the foster care system. Last year we were able to donate over $10,000 to Nicollet Square through this single evening event!

The concept of Kingfield Empty Bowls is simple: Attendees donate (suggested at $20 per bowl), select a beautiful handmade bowl donated by a local pottery artist, enjoy a hearty meal of soup prepared by volunteers, and then keep their bowl as a reminder that many of our neighbors need food and housing.

For more info and to share info with your friends and neighbors, visit and join the Facebook Event at

Imperial Chinese Teapot Sells for 3.5 Million at Auction

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An 18th-century teapot sold at Sotheby’s for $3.5 million with fees.

Back in September, this Chinese teapot was one of the star lots in Sotheby’s biannual “Asia Week” auctions when it sold for $3.5 million dollars of the sales total $60.4 million.

Brexit, the U.S. presidential election and general macroeconomic jitters might have cooled demand for European and American art, but the market for historic Chinese artifacts seems to be warming up again – at least at auction.  In the case of the 18th-century famille-rose “Hui Mountain Retreat” teapot, more than half a dozen bidders competed before it was bought by an Asian collector.

Finely painted with a scene of tea being served in a garden, it bore a poem by the Qianlong emperor celebrating his fondness for the brew. The pot had been owned by the renowned American collector Murrell Rickards Bowden Werth, who died in 2014. Things with an imperial connection have real pulling-power for the Chinese,” Mr. Howard-Sneyd of Sotheby’s said. “And if it has been in a Western collection 30 or more years, it can’t be a recent fake, which gives them confidence.

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A Kangxi vase from the Metropolitan Museum of Art sold for $2 million. Credit Christie’s Images

Later that day Christie’s offered 204 lots of Chinese ceramics that American collectors had gifted over the last 100 years or so to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum deaccessions can be controversial, but the Met made it clear that the works being offered were mainly duplicates unlikely to be ever displayed and that the money raised would be used to fund other purchases.

The prestige of the Met provenance proved irresistible. All the lots sold, raising $12.1 million against a low estimate of $3.5 million. A Kangxi period (1662-1722) peach bloom-glazed vase topped the auction at $2 million, more than double its high estimate, while a blue and white jar of the same period — of a common type that dealers struggle to sell for $2,000 — took $20,000.

Those peach bloom vases were made in eight shapes in the Kangxi period,” said James Lally, a specialist dealer in historic Chinese art based in New York, adding that they were popular in the United States at the turn of the century. “The Met had 108 of them.”

Brynne’s Work is Featured at Gallery 360′ in South Minneapolis

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Gallery 360′ featuring the ceramic work of Brynne Macosko Paguyo

Gallery 360  is a contemporary retail gallery located at the corner of 50th and Xerxes in Southwest Minneapolis. Opened by owner Merry Beck in the summer of 2000, this neighborhood gallery is situated amongst an eclectic array of independently owned boutique shops. With exhibitions rotating every six weeks, Merry Beck and her staff are able to recreate the space with an ever-changing collection of local and national talent. The gallery’s tag line “art in every degree”, sums up the extensive variety of fine art and handmade product available within. While representing traditional art media, such as painting, photography, and sculpture Gallery 360 is also known to take an offbeat approach by offering contemporary art jewelry, locally designed fashions, and multi media window installations. Although the gallery carries investment quality artwork to purchase, affordable, local art is the focus. Stop by this month to see Uptown Clay’s own Brynne Macosko Paguyo’s interesting lamps, hanging planters, and functional pottery.

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Pottery: What’s “Hot” for 2017

As artists, who are looking for inspiration, do we try to follow current trends to make our work commercial, or do we follow our inner “voice” and make things that feed our creativity, regardless of whether they sell? This has always been questions I ask myself when starting a new year at the studio. I think it’s always nice to do a little research on current trends, whether we want to follow them.  They may provide some type of inspiration.


The good news is that handmade goods and artisan items are making their way into our homes and our hearts, and as potters we could not be more pleased. Shopping local is growing nonstop, and small businesses and artists now have a chance to compete with the big guys. The hand-made feel provides extra warmth and coziness in our homes. This trend is a complete contrast to the sterility of the sleek, shiny pieces of furniture that were very popular a few years ago.


Pottery is making a huge comeback (did it ever really leave or did people just stop paying as much attention to it??), and now we want it everywhere. Custom pieces with imperfections and patterns are absolute favorites. This isn’t breaking news, but pottery will continue to be a popular trend in the new year, along with anything sculptural or handmade. People are looking for unique home accents, real art to make their space feel personalized to them.


Over the last several years’ people are starting to move away from their love of “shiny”, hard surfaces. Highly polished granite, glass, mirrors and cold steel surfaces are giving way to more “homey” materials like weathered wood, rusted metals and matt finishes.  How do we translate that aesthetic to our work?  Matt glazes and imperfect earthenware finishes? Earthy colors, wood fire finishes and “crater” glazes? It’s all food for thought as 2017 looks to be another good year for pottery and ceramics.


Benjamin Krikava, Hi fire, reduction stoneware

Exhibition Opening: Three Jerome Artists and Fogelberg, Anonymous Potter, and Red Wing Artists at Northern Clay Center


Bianka Groves, porcelain with inlaid mishima design

The upcoming exhibition at Northern Clay Center Three Jerome Artists features the work of the 2016 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant recipients: Bianka Groves, Brady McLearen, and Elizabeth Pechacek. Each artist spent the past 8+ months pursuing a unique project, the results of which will be featured in the exhibition.

Also at Northern Clay Center in the gallery are The Fogelberg, Anonymous Potter, and Red Wing Artists grant recipients exhibition features the work of Megan Mitchell and Joshua Woof, 2015 recipients of the Fogelberg Studio Fellowship; David Swenson, the 2016 Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award recipient; and Pat Barnick and Amanda Dobbratz, recipients of the 2015 Anonymous Potter Studio Fellowship award.


David Swenson, low fire earthenware

On January 13, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, join these artists at Northern Clay Center for a marathon of presentations by the emerging artists in Three Jerome Artists and Fogelberg, Red Wing, and Anonymous Potter Studio Fellowship Artists. A detailed schedule of talks will follow.

Friday, January 13, 4 pm
NCC Library — Free
Registration is required, as seating is limited.


Megan Mitchell