We’re a sponsor for the 1st Annual Cannon River Clay Tour!

Thrown terracotta mugs with cows by Kip O'Krongly

The Northfield Arts Guild is proud to be a sponsor of the 1st Annual Cannon River Clay Tour! This new event, spearheaded by several NAG members, will showcase the wide array of ceramics and pottery that this the artists of this region produce! For more information, read their press release below!

Location:    Four artist’s studios in and around Northfield, Minnesota

  • Eureka Pots:  27607 Grenada Ave, Farmington, MN 55024
  • Larchill Farm:  21679 Dahomey Ave, Northfield, MN 55057
  • Holmquist Pottery:  11780 90th St E, Northfield, MN 55057
  • LaChance Studio:  9860 Decker Ave, Northfield, MN 55057

Dates:          Saturday, June 18, 2016  10am – 6pm

Sunday, June 19, 2016  11am – 5pm

Twenty-one clay artists, many of whom exhibit nationally, will be showcasing their work this June during the Cannon River Clay Tour in Southeastern Minnesota. The free, self-guided studio tour will take place on Father’s Day weekend (June 18-19, 2016) and will consist of four stops located near the city of Northfield.

The tour is hosted by the Cannon Clay Cooperative, a group established in 2014 comprised of ten professional ceramicists from the Northfield area. Eleven guest potters from around the country will join them in the inaugural tour. The event includes functional potters, sculptors, and installation artists working in porcelain, stoneware, and terracotta. There will be a rich diversity of work represented: carved vessels, wood-fired and soda-fired pottery, sculpted animals, colorful and whimsical functional ware, botanically-inspired works, screen-printed pots, and pieces embellished with a myriad of patterns, natural scenes, and narratives.

In conjunction with the tour, the artists will be partnering with local food businesses, as well as organizing several clay workshops. More information on these partnerships and related events will be posted on the tour website this spring.

Participating artists include:

Members of the Cannon Clay Cooperative  Kelly Connole, Joel Froehle*, Chris & Sue Holmquist, James LaChance, Glynnis Lessing*, Kip O’Krongly*, Donovan Palmquist*, Colleen Riley*, Juliane Shibata*, and Barbara Zaveruha*

*NAG member

Guest Artists  Linda Day (WI), Chandra DeBuse (MO), Maggie Finlayson (MT), Tommy Frank (MO), Peder Hegland (MN), Tom Jaszczak (MT), Jay Jensen (WI), Sam Johnson (MN), Becky Lloyd (NC), Megan Mitchell (MN), and Kristin Pavelka (MN)

Collectively, the artists featured on the 2016 tour have been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Arts Daily and American Ceramics Society publications; received McKnight Artist Fellowships, Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative grants; participated in a number of residencies across the states; and have taught at area colleges and national craft schools such as Penland and Arrowmont.

The heart of Cannon River Clay Tour lies 35 miles south of the Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis. Northfield boasts many attractions, including a historic downtown that offers visitors a selection of restaurants and charming boutiques, as well as views of the Cannon River. Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges reside on the east and west sides of town, while the Riverwalk Market Fair hosts artists and farmers June through October.

Image information: Thrown terracotta mugs by Kip O’Krongly