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Pots: Passion and Profession
with Robert Briscoe
November 8–9, 2014

This two-day hands-on workshop will be an opportunity to explore simple, functional pottery making. Briscoe’s work begins with the idea that pots are basically for food and flowers, and function is an inseparable element in the pot's composition. ‘Form first’ is the idea governing his pots and will be the primary theme of the workshop. Participants will discuss the continuing relevance of this idea in the 21st century. Topics will be range widely, from studio processes, equipment needs and work flow to the always touchy subject of selling pots for income and where and how to create a life in pots with a minimum of compromise. Participants will have a chance to try Briscoe’s throwing techniques for themselves.

Briscoe will give a public artist talk on Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.



Robert Briscoe, Green Cookie Jar
Green Cookie Jar

Robert Briscoe, Fluted Sugar Jar
Fluted Sugar Jar

Robert Briscoe

Robert Briscoe lives in rural Harris, Minnesota, and has been a potter for over 44 years making functional stoneware. His work is collected throughout North America. Selected collections include the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis Minnesota; the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin; the Margaret Harlow Collection, at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota; the Coleen and Dennis Bindley Collection of Wisconsin; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; and The Arizona State Ceramic Research Center. Briscoe has exhibited in numerous one-person shows, group exhibitions and at art festivals such as the Smithsonian Craft Fair; the Cherry Creek Arts Festival; the Philadelphia Craft Fair; as well as the Washington Craft Show. Some of his awards include 2001 and 2006 McKnight Fellowships; Awards of Excellence from the Clay National Exhibition, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania; and ceramics awards at the Winter Park Festival of Art; Winter Park, Florida; Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver Colorado; The Founders award at the American Craft Expo, Evanston, Illinois; The Collectors Award at the Washington Craft Show, Washington DC; and the Jerome Foundation Award, St. Paul, Minnesota. He regularly teaches workshops throughout the US and Canada.