Author: jloer

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

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, …

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

On 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

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. Later that …

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

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.

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

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. 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.