Northern Clay Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Awards: Patrick Kingshill (Lincoln, NE) and Candice Methe (Santa Fe, NM). The grant period for each artist’s research and continued education is through May 2017.
The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award program is designed to provide emerging ceramic artists/students with an opportunity to continue their ceramic research and education for a period of up to twelve consecutive months within a grant year, further expanding their professional development. During the grant year, the recipients can research a new technique or process, study with a mentor or in an apprenticeship setting, visit other ceramic art centers or institutions for classes and workshops, collaborate with artists of another media, and travel.
Kingshill will work with artist Takeshi Yasuda in Jingdezhen, China, as he establishes a new studio. In Yasuda’s work, Kingshill finds inspiration in the manipulation of form in bright porcelain, and a kindred philosophy of making functional pots. Kingshill is currently enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Methe, who earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2015, will work with Sirigu Woman’s Organization for Pottery and Art (SWOPA) to travel to Sirigu, Ghana. Through SWOPA, she will learn from women in the village about the construction of their dwellings, mining clay, local pigments, firing methods, and cooking and collecting water with clay pots. Her own ceramic work investigates the domestic role of pottery for use and storage.
Progress from both artists will be captured through regular contributions to NCC’s social media.
This year’s selection panel consisted of Mary Barringer, potter, writer, and former editor of Studio Potter magazine; Joan Bruneau, potter and instructor at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and visiting artist in conjunction with NCC’s exhibition Florilegium; and Mark Shapiro, a potter, curator, and apprenticeship leader.
The Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award is made possible through the support of generous individual and institutional donors, including TRAX Gallery (
Berkeley, CA), Lacoste Gallery (Concord, MA), Schaller Gallery (St. Joseph, MI), Minnesota Potters of the upper St. Croix River, and Northern Clay Center. Additional donations from select individuals help support this program. These include: Dan and Caroline Anderson, Posey Bacopoulos, George and Annie Beers, Wayne Branum, Susie Goodin, Carl Herbert, Randy Johnston and Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Gail Kendall and Kent Miller, Mark Pharis, and Michael Simon and Susan Stokes Roberts. If you are interested in supporting this award, please contact us at nccinfo@northernclaycenter. org.
Information on the 2017 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award, including application deadlines and details is available online: https://www.
northernclaycenter.org/artist- services/artist-fellowships/ warren-mackenzie-advancement- award