In Fall 2014, I collaborated with Northern Clay Center to launch Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE). This is an advanced ceramics studio program that provides 8 months of advanced, personalized instruction for artists who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education. This pilot program is designed to respond to the changing needs of students and gives non-traditional students the same quality of information and critique found in a university program. Designed for potters and sculptors alike, the Institute supports the development of studio work and provides high-level training in ceramic materials, history and theory, and professional practices.
Participants earn a certificate of completion through a combination of instruction and individual mentoring. The 8-month program extends beyond the classroom to include artist lectures, gallery tours, and studio visits with established artists to take advantage of the rich ceramic resources throughout the Twin Cities, including those from academic and non-traditional routes of study, artists of other media, and arts administrators.