Nate began working with clay at age 5 at the Edina Art Center taking classes from Adam Sow. After starting school he attended Art Academy with Anne Spooner and Molly Blotz and decided that he enjoyed wheel throwing.
Nate began taking classes from Grace Pass where he learned more about ceramics and improving his skills.
In 2011 he was the Summer Camp Assistant and is now the intern for the Pottery Department where he makes clay and glazes and helps out wherever he can.
Nate enjoys making functional pots for everyday use and exploring all the possibilities for creating things with clay – experimenting with different techniques, forms and glazes. His goal is to make functional pieces that are visually interesting and also extremely practical.
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.
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