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Clay Artists at the Duluth Art Institute

John Steffl GalleryApril 1 – May 3

Image Credit (from left to right)

Dave Lynas, Stoneware Mug of Trees, Clay fired to cone 10, shino glaze over porcelain slip with underglaze painting — $80

Jen Jones, Pair of Drinking Cups, stoneware — $20

Karen KeenanChange & Transition, ochre stoneware — $65   

Nancy Jesperson, Figure Vase, stoneware — NFS

Throughout the pandemic artist have continued to create new work, pushing beyond the current barriers of isolation and unrest, finding solace despite feeling thrown from normalcy. To celebrate ceramicists resiliency, tenacity, creativity and skill, the Duluth Art Institute is excited and proud to present a selection of work created by the DAI Lincoln Park Building Ceramic Artists.

Ceramicists at the Lincoln Park Building are inspired by their community, their natural surroundings and by the act of working with their hands. They come together to build, critique, fire kilns and to celebrate their passion for making. Operating from an historic Carnegie Library, renters enjoy expansive ceilings in a building infused with natural light. Multiple electric and pedal wheels line cement block walls that surround sturdy work surfaces and wedging tables. The studio boasts a slab roller, pug mill, a spray booth, a glazing room and floor to ceiling shelves holding tools and drying pottery. Merlin, the large gas kiln, is at times the heart of this community, especially when artists gather to unload and appreciate their hard work.

Ceramicist Linda Christianson juries this collection that includes functional, sculptural, and abstract pottery using a variety of techniques and processes. On view are wheel thrown vessels, hand-built sculptures, and decorative ceramics
with painted and glazed surfaces fired in electric, gas and woodfired kilns.



Craig Bruce - Juror's Choice Award Recipient

Robert DeArmond

Ashley Hise - Juror's Choice Award Recipient

Nancy Jesperson

Jen Jones

Karen Keenan

Dave Lynas - Juror's Choice Award Recipient

Rita Morris & Barry Sands

Robin Murphy - Juror's Choice Award Recipient

Tim Riley

Sharon Rogers

Ray Shelerud

Sheila Staubus

Julie Zenner


Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. Her woodfired pottery is housed in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. Christianson aims to make a better cup each day and explains that she enjoys firing with wood because the technique “offers the forms a quiet surface that hopefully retains the essence of the clay itself.” She studied at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has taught at Carleton College, Hartford Art School, and the University of Georgia – Athens and strives to build pots that are functional while standing on their own as visual objects.


Robin Murphy, Marked, earthenware — $800  

For me figurative work can be a mirror of reflection into self, identity, and history and that's why it continues to surprise and hold my interest."

—Robin Murphy

Ashley Hise, Desirelinesceramic — $695  

“I have always been drawn in by the growth patterns found in shells and bones—they evoke for me that intuitive feeling of a spiritual ordering principle at work; the ancient, reassuring relationship between transfiguration and time.”

—Ashley Hise

Dave Lynas, Stoneware Bowl of Trees, Clay fired to cone 10, shino glaze over porcelain slip with underglaze painting — $125  

“I can’t stop making art. I’m addicted. It’s what I do best.”

—Dave Lynas

Craig Bruce, Bone Ash Bowl, stoneware — $35   

"I want my pottery to convey quiet energy and robustness. I throw most of my pots on a kick wheel in series of shapes to establish a rhythm.”

—Craig Bruce




  The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible in part through the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2018.

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