Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire

Ceramics Exhibition

Guillermo Cuellar Pottery         Square Jar          Christianson Red Striped Plates          Franke

The Arts Center of Saint Peter will feature an exhibition of work by a number of noted Minnesota ceramic artists, beginning April 6th.  A reception for “Minnesota Potters” will be held from 1-5 p.m. on April 6th.  The Arts Center also will feature a free ceramics workshop and gallery talk with Linda Christianson and Guillermo Cuellar on April 6th from 1-5pm.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire,” will exhibit the work of four of the best-known potters in Minnesota: Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson and Warren McKenzie; and potters with whom those four have shared their knowledge and expertise: Guillermo Cuellar, Steven Lemke, Jason Trebs and Jil Franke.  The exhibit celebrates the ways that knowledge, experience and spirit, and pottery as a tradition, are passed from person to person.

The vision of “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire” is to document how ceramic art is passed on from artist to artist to keep this vibrant tradition and community flourishing. The project documents the work of representative Minnesota ceramic artists, their methods of working with clay, and the way they pass on their skills. The project’s goal was to develop an understanding of the Minnesota ceramics community to share with the public, cultivating broader participation in and enjoyment of the ceramic arts.

“Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire” has engaged the support of a crucial set of artists and collaborators to ensure the success of the project and was spearheaded by Anoka-Ramsey Community College professor, Mark Lambert.

“We really have something unique here in Minnesota in terms of the clay world,” said Mark Lambert, project coordinator and ceramics teacher at ARCC. “I want to share that with everybody so they can appreciate what’s here.”

A documentary film titled “Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire” offers a rare view into the lives and works of eight prominent Minnesota potters.  Featured potters paired in the film are: Warren MacKenzie and Guillermo Cuellar, Linda Christianson and Jil Franke, Bob Briscoe and Jason Trebs and Richard Bresnahan and Steven Lemke.

“You get to see an art form and the artists themselves,” Lambert said. Attendees to the events “will gain new insight and knowledge, to experience what these potters have gone through,” he said.



Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of a Folk and Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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