THE ART OF POTTERY, CERAMICS & GLASS
Tom Daly – Tom’s Aquatic Ceramics
Tom Daly has been working with clay for over 30 years seeking to create pieces that are enjoyable to use and display. His observations of natures’ sights and sounds are an infinite source of inspiration for him. He regularly uses sticks, stones, and other found objects as tools.
Incorporating a mix of hand building and wheel throwing techniques, his work tends to be playful, rhythmic, and organic. Lately, he has been using driftwood and stone as part of certain pieces.
When throwing on the wheel he often pushes the clay to the limits of what it will take without collapsing by stretching, scraping, smearing, smashing, slapping, and slicing. He likes when his work has a good mix of grace and tension, yet he still enjoys making straight up traditional forms.
Some of the glazes he uses are pre-mixed commercial. Others he mixes himself including ash glazes that use clays he has collected from different places in Minnesota. He usually doesn’t worry about glazing till he’s faced with the prospect of doing it. As far as how to do that he lets each piece speak to him. There are certain glaze combinations he’s been doing for years and continues to find ways to vary these. He also is always passively or actively searching for new glazes. He still finds it thrilling to be able to make objects in this wonderful medium that others are drawn to and find comfort in.
Sue & Ross Cornelison
Sue Cornelison is a children’s book illustrator, illustrating many books for children for over two decades. Along with painting and drawing, recently she has rediscovered her love for clay and uses a whimsical approach to her sculptures as well as utilitarian pieces.
She and her husband, Ross, collaborated on creating pull toys this past ‘covid’ year. She designed and painted and he did all the woodworking. Sue also likes to spin wool and creates felt hats and hand bags. Sue and Ross are new to selling their creations but have enjoyed attending the Art Crawl for many years. They have a seasonal cabin and spend their summers in Hackensack MN.
Mike Weiss, Dan Sievers – Crow Wing Studios
Crow Wing Studio creates handmade one-of-a-kind pottery. Starting with locally sourced clay, artists Dan Siverson and Mike Weiss, throw and sculpt pieces in their Pine River studio. The mostly unglazed pieces are then wood-fired in the kiln they designed and built, where the flame creates the unique coloration and patterning. In some pieces, they hand-pour soy wax candles.
One of the driving factors of Crow Wing Studio is to create art that represents the place where it was made and to let the materials’ essence come through to the final product. The artists start with local clay bodies that are formed into both functional and sculptural pieces. Each clay body responds in a unique way to the heat from the kiln. If they use glazes at all, they create their own from recipes honed from years of experience. These glazes contain local materials such as wild rice hull ash or poplar tree to further establish a sense of place.
The approximately 6-feet wide, 7-feet tall, and 11-feet deep wood-fired kiln takes about four days to fire, uses about three cords of wood, and is fired in three shifts of one or two people. Since the kiln needs to be constantly monitored, Dan and Mike invite other potters from around the state to participate in the firing. The way the pieces are loaded into the kiln, the direction of the flame, and the timing of stoking the kiln all also affect the final look of the piece.
All of these factors combined result in truly unique pieces that represent the artists that create them and the place where they are created.
Tanner Talbot – Tanner Talbot Pottery
Tanner Talbott graduated from St. John’s University with degrees in Communication and Art. He started two of his own businesses as a pottery artist and a fishing guide. Tanner grew up living and fishing on the Mississippi River in Minnesota. His work is influenced by his love for fishing, nature, and the outdoors.
In his pottery, Tanner likes to incorporate many aspects of Minnesota including fish, bobbers, bear paws, northern lights colors, and whiskey barrels. He also makes many other items including spatula holders, plate and bowl sets, hand warmer mugs, braided handle mugs, vases, chip and dip bowls/platters, and heart shaped syrup holders. Tanner’s pottery is handmade, thrown on the potter’s wheel, and glazed with many combinations. All of Tanner’s pieces display uniqueness, functionality, and creativity.
Over the last decade, Jeff Burger has been working with wood firing in conjunction with soda glazing. Working with forms that range from table tops to kitchenware, he explores the endless variety of surface that wood and soda has to offer. The range of surface and color is compounded by the multiple clay bodies in use at the studio located on the family farm site in northern Minnesota.
Marg Richards – Pottery, Stone, Metals
Marg Richards has been creating art for 25 years. She mostly works with clay, but has added hand-etched tile designs, alcohol ink, and works with metals, copper and elements of nature to create mobiles and indoor and outdoor decor.
Marg’s clay creations are all hand made. They are made by a means of “playing“ with the clay through means of sculpting, molding, rolling and trimming to create the perceived piece.
She is thankful for offering this opportunity to all artists wishing to share their creations.