Again — Sharing the Fire!!
A few months ago (early December), I posted about a wonderful workshop with Minnesota Potters. Now, again, I just attended the ‘second installment’ of Sharing the Fire — Another great workshop with two more Minnesota potters — Linda Christianson and Jil Franke. Another day of Mingei-sota potting!
Linda and Jil are good pottery friends. Linda creates wheel-thrown work; Jil creates hand-built work. They fire their work together in Linda’s wood fire kiln. And, together, they provided a great workshop!
Linda is known for her lovely, thoughtful wood fired work — Visually engaging, always wonderful to hold and use. Her work offers such an honest, comfortable ‘country’ look — Perfect for food, for morning coffee, for delicious meals with friends!
As she works, she studies and critiques and considers each piece — For aesthetics, for intended usage. She provides a wonderful, delightful, think-about-your-work perspective for any potter or pottery student.
Jil Franke, creates hand-built pieces — With a strong utilitarian statement, inspired by Midwestern farm structures. Her work is very precise with deliberate constructional elements. I quite enjoy her square bowls and boxes; her lidded jars with ‘silo’ tops; and of course, her very geometric surface treatments — The muted stripes and ‘checkerboard’ glazing with the lovely wood and ash firing.
A few more Photos: I so enjoyed watching Linda and Jil work together and share their stories, their thoughts and ceramics-world insights. Again, it was a great Workshop!!
Finally — A major THANK YOU to Anoka-Ramsey Community College for sponsoring BOTH Sharing the Fire Workshops!!
And, just in case you missed my posting on the last Workshop — Here are Links:
– Blog Post — Workshop with Warren MacKenzie & Guillermo Cuellar
– Workshop-I Slide Show — Sharing the Fire
Final Note: Both Linda Christianson and Guillermo Cuellar are Host Artists with the St. Croix Pottery Tour held every May – www.MinnesotaPotters.com