2019 CERAMIC ARTISTS
Yvonne Asp-grahn (map #78)
Prior Lake, MN
Pleasant Street Pottery offers handmade, functional ceramic work with a strong organic influence. While the natural design of flora gives this pottery its visual elegance, the demand to grow is the source of inspiration in PSP forms. George Carlin put it perfectly: “I like it when a little flower… grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so (bleeping) heroic.” Each PSP piece is meant to embody the push to flourish despite the odds and obstacles.
William Kaufmann (map #24)
All of our work is collaborative. We have translated sumi-e techniques to three dimensional surfaces using ceramic stains. We are interested in working with function as one of several motives, putting art into the everyday life of the user. Expression thru color, simplicity of form and exquisite brushwork is our aim. We are continually experimenting with color and form and are interested in the effect of light on color. For this reason, our work is subtly changing all the time.
Richard Robertson (map #87)
I work with several different clay bodies. Most pieces are made with the wheel but I also explore large thick slab sculptural forms. I cut into the slabs creating both texture and linear patterns. I use glaze that shaved away exposing these patterns or stains that are rubbed to highlight the textures. I fire in both gas reduction as well as electric oxidation.
Steven Showalter (map #120)
Steven Showalter is an artist and educator in Eagan, Minn. dedicated to creating functional pottery that pairs modern design with traditional form. His signature look consists of flowing glazes over textured functional forms, resulting in a surprising mix of stunning colors. Visit StevenShowalter.com to view the latest work and learn about upcoming events, including the annual studio sale on 12/7.
Stephen & Leslie Schroeder (map #51)
We have been making pottery for over forty years. Our studio is currently located in Waconia, Mn. Our pottery offers a full line of functional pottery for the home, garden and corporate settings. We also offer a unique line of Fine Art pottery done in the styles of Naked Raku, Pit Fire and Saggar Fired
John Steger (map #103)
John J. Steger attended Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. John completed an Art degree with emphasis on pottery and an Education minor in March 1993. In May of that same year he was selected to participate in the Winona State Senior Art Show.
After graduating college, John became involved with teaching Art at every level of education with positions with Winona, Minnesota; Galesville, Wisconsin; and Waukesha, Wisconsin school districts.
After the 1997-98 school year, John decided it was time to go back to his art of pottery and opened Riverwest Potteryworks in Mequon, Wisconsin. John offered classes for all skill levels and also worked on his own creations. After two years of running the studio and traveling the art show circuit to sell and promote his work, John has relocated his studio to Shakopee, Minnesota and has turned his focus to the art shows and his studio work.
In 2016, John rejoined the Education field as a Ceramics instructor at Chanhassen High School while continuing his own pottery career as well.
dan & Cindy Wilson (map #82)
Dan & Cindy Wilson are a husband/wife team from a small town in southern MN. They have been doing custom tile artwork for more than 10 years. Specializing in custom tile designs in homes, as well as ceramic pottery pieces and antique furniture.
Janine Schwendinger (map #7)
Pine Island, MN
Wolf Tracks Clay. Choosing to leave the medical field to pursue my love of ceramics has been rewarding and humbling. Drawing inspiration from slip trail and sgraffito artists, I use these techniques to tell my story. Nature is my palette and inspiration, combining color, texture and balance in my work. Clay is a timeless beautiful medium, beckoning me to roll up my sleeves and get muddy.
Katie Teesdale (Map #109)
Howard Lake, MN
Originally from Chicago, Katie Teesdale received a BFA from University of Iowa. Katie has taught and supported various ceramic programs in the midwest and the east coast. Katie is driven to create work inspired by habits, rituals and shared interactions. Currently, Katie teaches ceramics at Dassel-Cokato High School and runs her own small business, Teesdale Studios.