Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes ceramic artists Glynnis Lessing, Colleen Riley and Joel Froehle of the Cannon River Clay Tour.
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Cannon River Clay Tour
Father’s Day Weekend June 18-19, 2016
Saturday 10 – 6pm, Sunday 11 – 5pm
The ceramic artists of the Northfield area invite you to join us Father’s Day weekend for our first annual Cannon River Clay tour. Hosted by 10 local clay artists and featuring 11 guest artists from around the country, this self-guided studio tour and sale will include a wide range of ceramic work. Meet the artists, see where they work and enjoy our hospitality. The four stops on the tour all surround the beautiful community of Northfield, MN.
Glynnis Lessing makes beautiful, yet highly functional pots that reflect her love of the natural world in the surface decoration. Most of her work is hand thrown on the wheel in porcelain, painted in slip, freehand drawn on and then negative spaces are carved away with a loop tool and then bisk-fired in a gas kiln. She endeavors to make forms that are balanced and beautiful but are not constructed exclusively to show off the surface. They are shaped for inherent harmony and pleasing lines; the form inspires the surface and the surface enhances the form. glynnislessing.com
Colleen Riley creates primarily functional high-fire light stoneware, with a current emphasis on serving pieces and vessels. Her recent work merges the subtle patterns, colors and textures found in historic textiles, the graceful forms of early 20th-century design, and the rich surfaces achieved in soda and wood firing. She founded the non-profit professional organization Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists that hosts events, sponsors exhibitions and provides camaraderie for its 70+ members. eurekapots.com
Joel Froehle makes ceramic pieces that emphasize the tactile experience of the work. Most of the work is carved, either from solid pieces of clay or from forms that are thrown on the wheel with thick walls. This process of removal speaks to time as it records the process and simultaneously generates textures that engage the viewer on both a visual and tactile level. Underlying all of this is the idea that the material and the process of making are both prominent in the work. joelfroehle.com