Marian has been teaching watercolor for over 30 years. Her students laughingly call her the "Watercolor Guru." Her years of study with well-known professional painters has given her a strong background in technique, design and color.
"I encourage my students to try new subjects in order to stretch their skills. I also use my experience as a counselor to support and encourage their efforts. That must be why so many return year after year.New students are always welcomed with open arms," she said.
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Harriet Campe had the wonderful good fortune to grow up on a farm in southern Minnesota where she spent many happy childhood hours making mud pies. Later, she earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Bemidji State University and worked in research labs for many years. She went to law school for awhile, got married and had two children. Evenutally, she returned to mud – porcelain this time.
Her pots are either hand built from slabs or thrown on the wheel. She decorates them with colored slips, impresses them with stamps or needlework, or carves directly on the pots. She loves working with porcelain.
"It is truly beautiful and elegant," she said. "Despite its delicate appearance, porcelain is very durable and does not chip easily. My goal is to make high-quality pots that convey the special qualities of porcelain pots that others will be happy to own and use.”
Harriet teaches pottery for all skill levels at Edina Art Center.
Don Clay has worked at the Edina Art Center’s Peggy Kelly Media Studio since 2004 and truly loves it. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in many areas, including photography, award-winning video production, computer programming, teaching and sales. Don is well versed in numerous computer applications and in the mid-1980s started Richfield High Schools’ first video yearbook. In the mid-1990s , Don helped open Best Buy in Richfield, where he started many corporate pilot programs, was a regional repair technician and also acted as a Department Senior.
Don keeps up to date with the latest technologies and has studied video editing at the Minnesota School of Business. He is also a member of the Crosstown Camera Club which began here at Edina Art Center. In addition to teaching at the Edina Art Center where is clients know him for his patient and encouraging attitude, Don also works at Edina Public Schools as the district Media Technician and Edina Community Center as Theatre Technician. He is currently learning Windows 7.
Sandra's clay experience began as a young woman in Iowa.
Currently, Sandra's clay work focuses on soda-fired functional ware.
She describes her clay work as “ceremoniously functional,” meaning that there is an element of ritual in using her handmade work. Many of her pieces have a soft altered quality that also expresses the softness of the clay and the atmospheric firing process.
"My studio work is an integral part of my life-generating rhythm, expression, mindfulness and a never-ending desire to create," she said.
Sandra sells and displays her beautiful and distinct soda fired pottery at regional art galleries, exhibitions and fairs.
Sandra studied clay at the University of Northern Iowa, University of New Mexico and Eastern Michigan University, achieving a master's degree in ceramics in 1986.
She has taught clay classes at numerous art centers, universities and regional clay workshops. Since 1998, she has taught at the Edina Art Center and is currently the Pottery Studio Manager there.
She currently teaches Advanced Soda-fired Pottery and Pottery for Intermediates at EAC.
In addition to being Edina Art Center’s Program & Gallery Coordinator, Anne started her career at the Edina Art Center as a youth art Instructor 11 years ago. For the last four years, she has been an Instructor for Art Academy, a program for focused young artists.
Children have a natural tendency to include animal imagery in their art; Anne’s recent work shows this influence. She is currently exploring simplified bird forms in various media. Anne’s artwork is in private collections and she has exhibited locally and nationally. She is a graduate with a degree in art from the college of St. Catherine, St. Paul.
“It has been rewarding to see my students grow and flourish in their art," she said. "It has been amazing to see their progress over time. I feel that I have learned so much from them which is an added bonus as an art instructor and also as an artist. Working at Edina Art Center really is my dream job. There is such a strong support from the community and so many talented instructors and staff here. It is truly a great environment to be in every day.”
Anne teaches Art Academy on Monday and Wednesdays at the Edina Art Center.