Northern Clay Center is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Opened in 1990, it has served as a gallery, studio, and workshop space for the state representing local, national, and international ceramic artists.
I have had the pleasure of visiting the Center during The American Pottery Festival. This event is a annual exchange of ideas between established studio artists, students, community members and collectors. Artist attending this event in 2009 include, Sequoia Miller, Marty Feilding, Davie Reneau, Shoko Teruyama, Josh DeWeese, Betsy Williams, Chuck Aydlett, Wayne Branum, Sam Chung, Naomi Cleary, Steven Colby, Paul Eshelman, Marlene Jack, Julie Johnson, Gail Kendall, Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Warren MacKenzie, Matthew, Joseph Pintz, Kari Radasch, Steven C. Rolf, Hide Sadohara, Albion Stafford, and Shoko Teruyama.
During the festival you are allowed to wander about the three gallery spaces touching and photographing beautiful ware, you can take in a few slide lectures, and you're able to watch hands-on demonstrations done in the educational studio space. One of the coolest parts of the festival was being able to wander around the center poking about the studio booths.
Throughout the year Northern Clay provides wonderful educational oppurtunities for people to learn about clay. Whether you have young children interested in mucking about mud, or you are an elderly person looking to expand your horizons, Northern Clay Center has something for everyone.