Artists have long brought the joy of art to everyday life through the application of their creative force to Minnesota's material culture. We have a rich craft heritage and generations of Minnesotans have found pleasure in the use of functional and beautiful objects that provide sensory experiences and add vigor to everyday life. The Minnesota Historical Society has been collecting contemporary fine crafts for about 25 years and our region is recognized nationally particularly for the quality, creativity and influence of its ceramic artists. The six clay objects illustrated here are in the Society's collections and were acquired between 1988 and 2005.
From top left and moving clockwise:
- Ceramic vase, Kirk Freeman. 2002 MCF Purchase Award. 2002.170.2.
- Raku ceramic vase, Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti. 1993 MCF Purchase Award. 1993.207.1.
- Porcelain platter, Chris Holmquist, 1988. 1988.213.1.
- Ceramic jar with cover, Joe Christensen and Judith Ryan Reiling, 2001. TD133.1.2001.
- Stoneware platter, Peder Hegland, 1990. 1990.339.1.
- Carved porcelain vessel, Becky Lloyd, 2005. TD005.1.2005.