Let’s face it, it’s been a long year. When COVID hit last spring, I moved my pottery space into my basement. There were so many unknowns and I wanted to keep throwing, no matter what. After the initial few months in my basement, I moved back into the studio. The time away reminded me just how much I love having a separate space to create and the collaborative aspects of pottery. It is a very personal art, but it is also a social art. Pottery is meant to be used and often in the company of others.
Flash forward to May 2021. We are gearing up for Art A Whirl and I am excited to show some new work and spend more time creating new forms. I have been watching The Great Pottery Throw Down and it is beyond inspiring. What strikes me most about the show is that there is a special kinship amongst potters. They share a deep love for clay and for the success of their fellow potters. We cheer each other on and console each other when things go wrong.
Summers for me is all about slowing down my process, trying new forms, new glazes and enjoying the time I can spend in the studio.
There have been a lot of transitions this year. In January I moved into a new studio with 7 other potters. Together we started the Minneapolis Clay Collective. We have a beautiful space in the Q.arma building. We have a gas kiln, lots of natural light and a wonderful relationship with each other.
Five of us showed our work at the Powderhorn Art Fair. Despite rain on Saturday, people came out and supported our work. We had a lot of fun meeting people and selling pots.
Now to get into the studio and see what new pieces I can create.
It’s almost the end of summer and that means my pots have been fired, they’re packed into tubs and ready to be displayed at the Powderhorn Art Fair. It has been a wonderfully productive summer, but also bittersweet because come January 1, 2018 we will no longer be able to rent our studio space and the North Prairie Tile gas kiln will be dismantled. I am optimistic that I will find another great place to work and another gas kiln to fire, but I am also realistic that this will take time. Uptown Clay, formerly Fire on the Greenway, has been an incredible place to make pots for the last 10 years. I have learned a lot about form, function, firing and glazing. I have gotten to work with incredibly talented artists and friends and continue to be inspired by their work.
Some of my energy will go into envisioning what I want out of the next 10 years of making pots. Perhaps it would be nice to have a smaller number of studio mates and more control over how the space functions. I know I definitely want access to a gas kiln, but I am not opposed to putting more energy into cone 6 electric firing.