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.
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.
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.
We wanted to thank all you art and craft supporters for stopping by Uptown Clay last weekend and supporting us. We had a great sale and enjoyed entertaining everyone in our space and sharing our work with you. We really appreciate you all shopping local and supporting artists that live and work in your community. Thanks everyone!
It’s almost time for our annual Holiday Sale. Mark your calendars! People are becoming more focused on supporting locally grown and made products. Buying art, crafts and food directly from the maker or grower, is becoming more and more popular. The art and craft of pottery evokes a simpler time and by incorporating it into daily life, pottery allows people to reconnect to the value and beauty of everyday objects.
Fourteen outstanding neighborhood potters and ceramic artists — Benjamin Krikava, Brynne Macosko Paguyo, Catherine Veigel, Danielle Fernandez, Jon Loer, Kori Parish, Linda Lim, Martha Brand, Melissa Favero, Paul Ziegler, Ryan Archibald, Sam Smith, Sheryl Grassie, Sophie Kaul, are having their annual Holiday Sale at our neighborhood pottery gallery and studio, Uptown Clay. There will be lot’s of gift items, handmade by local artist’s in your community. The artists invite you can stop by Friday December 2th from 5:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, December 3rd from 12:00-6:00 PM at the studio on 2845 Harriet Avenue. We are 1.5 blocks north of Lake St. on Harriet (a one way going North). We will be serving wine and lite snacks and would love to see you. We would love to see you.
As a leader in traditional crafts, Icheon’s ceramics have become sought after works of art and are deeply-seated in Korea’s local economy. The city’s vital role in ceramics has made it possible for Icheon to become the best and largest center in Korea’s crafts today. Icheon is the home of over 350 studios and potteries that specialize in traditional, contemporary, and high-tech applications of the ceramic body. Although technological advances constantly redefine the ceramic industry, Korean ceramic artists strive to preserve the tradition of peace, simplicity, and spiritual temperance of Korean art. Thus, this exciting exhibition epitomizes the height of a rich tradition of Korean ceramics, cemented both in the past and the future.
The first part of the video shows the technique of slip inlay where designs are scratched into the surface of the pot, and then colored slips are painted into the design and allowed to dry, with the excess being scraped off. The end of the film features a firing in a traditional Chinese dragon kiln featuring pieces glazed in a beautiful celadon glaze.
Not everyone has access to galleries, workshops, or a clay community but most have access to the internet. This is the core concept behind National Clay Week. The goal is to unite clay communities; potters, factories, engineers…. Everyone!
To accomplish this the Folks at National clay week are hosting2-3 events per day that will happen digitally and physically. Events will take place at locations all over the world while others are broadcast to those who can’t attend. Check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/nationalclayweek