MaryJane Basket Form
arion Peters Angelica
I was raised in Torrington, Connecticut. I double majored in Fine Art (Sculpture) and Biology at Mt. Holyoke College and earned an MFA Degree in Ceramics from State University of New York-New Paltz. After more than 25 years of working in arts administration I returned to the studio and now have studio space and teach at The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is it different from past projects?
Thanks to the Jerome Foundation and the MN State Arts Board, I was able to spend time in the high desert of New Mexico studying the land formations that have always intrigued me. I am currently making ceramic pieces that reflect those land formations and their textures. I also make a line of functional work out of hand-built porcelain. This is the work I sell through galleries nationally. I love to design functional pieces and am looking for ways to integrate the high desert project into my functional line.
Blue and White Calla Wine Stems
How did you become an artist?
As a pre-med major in college I signed up for Art Foundations 101 as a relief from all my science classes and found I loved it. As a science-oriented kid, I won several science fairs throughout grammar and high school by carving skeletons out of Ivory soap bars or building things from toothpicks or balsa wood. I never considered it art. In college I did stone carving, welding and bronze casting, but never touched clay until I took a pottery class at a nearby college as a “gut” in my senior year. The moment I touched clay I knew it was the media for me.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
I did not get this advice directly, but this quotation has been a very strong influence on my studio practice. Chuck Close said, “ Inspiration is for amateurs. Artists just go to the studio and work every day.”
Teapot with Stacked Lid
Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?
I have a website www.marionangelica.com
. I also have relationships with about a dozen craft galleries throughout the US who sell my work. I sell directly from my studio and am in the process of setting up a small gallery in my home so I can sell from there. I spend time researching galleries and contact those who carry work that seems compatible with mine. Every month I send out information and photos to three galleries. Largely it falls into a black hole, but occasionally a gallery interested in my work responds. I enter competitive juried shows nationally and locally to get my work in front of the jurors, new audiences and build my resume.
Who are the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Julie Timm—ceramic artist
Colleen Riley –ceramic artist
Kipp O’Krongly—ceramic artist kipokrongly.blogspot.com
If I were to follow you around in Minnesota to see art, which places would we go? What would we see?
The Walker Art Center
The Russian Museum
Minneapolis Art Institute
The Grand Hand Gallery
The Northern Clay Center
The Duluth Art Institute
The American Craft Council Show
The Jungle Theatre
The Moving Company
A Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls
Framed/Footed Serving Platter
In addition to www.local-artist-
interviews.com, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artists, or to see what is going on in the art world locally or otherwise?
American Craft Council
MN Women Ceramic Artists
Many galleries nationally who have on-line shows.
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
Three Jerome Artists @ The Northern Clay Center Jan 18—March 3, 2013
The House We Built @ Nash Gallery, University of MN Jan 22—February 23, 2013
Northfield Art Guild, Northfield, MN
Feb. 13—March 13, 2013
American Craft Council Show, St. Paul, MN April 19—21, 2013
Homewood Gallery, Minneapolis
M ay 10—May 25, 2013