If you have ever tried a beginner pottery class, then you know the amount of work and effort that goes into even the lamest ashtrays. Whatever you are trying to create, whether it is a bowl or vase, it's never as easy as it looks. Sometimes the only good thing that comes from all of that frustration is a new found appreciation for the hard work behind the polished pieces made by experienced pottery artists.
Thankfully, there are many local artists at your fingertips, and you don't even need to get them muddy--unless you want to. Most of these featured mud artists have established their bases outside of the Twin Cities, proving talented, creative minds, and nimble potters are spread out around the state.
First up is the Pottery Farm founder and resident artist Jessy Mahlberg Johanneck, who recently had her grand opening in Buffalo. Head out west from the Twin Cities, and you will find Jessy's beautiful work and stunning glazes displayed in the vintage-farm inspired atmosphere of her new studio. Buffalo is a gem of a town for those looking for antiques at stellar prices, and Jessy's new studio is a great fit. She offers beginner classes at her studio too, complete with demonstrations and plenty of instructor supervision.
Meghan Elizabeth of Meghan Elizabeth Pottery grew up collecting inspiration in Stillwater, and now sets up shop in Shoreview, making the rounds at various exhibits and art events throughout the Twin Cities, and always on Etsy. Her black-and-white St. Paul series is quite eye-catching, and will be featured at the upcoming Fall Fish Market in St. Paul. The collection includes bowls, plates, and vases with silhouette cityscapes of our capital, which Meghan states is a way of connecting people to their local community.
Just the term "smoosh vase" is enough reason to take a second look at the ceramic wares of Spirit Dancing's own Diana Meier. The Lake Elmo artist's unique approach to providing a pretty place for fresh cut flowers is enchanting, and is reminiscent of a country garden that little gnomes might call home. The glaze colors are rustic and pretty, and did we mention she uses the word "smoosh" to describe her pieces? Her work is available at galleries around town, including Fired Up Studios in Minneapolis, Stones Throw Gallery in St. Peter, and online at Etsy.