American Pottery Festival in Minneapolis This Weekend



The 21st Annual American Pottery Festival will start September 6th and run through the 8th at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. The annual fundraiser for the Northern Clay Center will once again gather national artists representing the best in their fields and offer a diverse array of ideations, processes, and forms and surfaces. The event kicks off with an Opening Night Party on Friday, September 6, 2019. General Admission costs $5.00 at the door.

The American Pottery Festival, an annual three-day event is the Northern Clay Center’s largest fundraiser each year — it includes artists from large and small markets around the country, artists from all career stages and ages, and some local artists. The weekend is always filled with the chance to engage directly with artists during image presentations, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and casual gallery chats.

All 25 of this year’s invited artists will travel to NCC to participate in artist-led conversations, workshops, demonstrations, and gallery talks during the festival. One- and two-day pre-festival workshops are available to those wanting a more concentrated overlap with specific artists; these wrap up in time for the Friday Opening Night party. Saturday and Sunday bring a full schedule of panel discussions and masterful demonstrations as part of a special Workshop Pass, available for purchase both online and at the door. Artist lectures take place all weekend and are always included with your $5 admission at the door. You can find out more information below in the schedule or by clicking on the link HERE to register for individual events.

The American Pottery Festival will feature Pre-Festival Workshops – please see for more information on registering for workshops and classes.



Pre-Festival Workshops

Jan McKeachie Johnston & Linda Christianson
Hygge in Clay
Thursday, September 5, 9:00am – 5:00pm
& Friday, September 6, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sunshine Cobb
Square Things & Round Things
Friday, September 6, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Sep 6, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm – Members Preview and Confab with the Artists

NCC’s Party of the Year! Passed appetizers, a cash bar, and the first look at over a thousand amazing pots. APF is NCC’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised at APF goes to support the advancement of the ceramic arts through our education, exhibitions, outreach, and artist services programming. $25.00 admission – If you purchase tickets online, you will be on an admission list at the door.


Sep 6, 2019 at 6:00pm to Sep 8, 2019 at 2:30pm – American Pottery Festival

Ceramic artists from across the country will converge on Minneapolis to offer their wares and share glimpses of their studio practice, focusing on critical insight and technical information. In panel discussions, artist talks, demonstrations, and gallery chats, we will delve into the principles and elements of design in relation to dynamic utility.


Saturday, September 7

9:30am – 5:00pm – APF Benefit Sale and Select Artist Talks
10:00am – 5:00pm –  Saturday Session Workshops

Sunday, September 8

9:30 am – 2:30pm – APF Benefit Sale and Select Artist Talks
10:00am – 2:00pm – Sunday Study Workshops



Artist in residence Kevin Rohde working on a ceramic piece at the Northern Clay Center. NCC proudly facilitates six grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists.

Updates on APF events, artist rosters, ticket prices, volunteer needs, and opportunities to purchase work online or to register for workshops are available here. This year’s pre-festival workshops will be led by Linda Christianson and Jan McKeachie Johnston (2-day workshop duo), and Sunshine Cobb (1-day workshop).

Free parking is available to NCC students and visitors in the west lot. One-hour parking is also available in front of the building

The Northern Clay Center advances the ceramic arts for artists, learners, and the community, through education, exhibitions, and artist services and proudly facilitates six grant programs for current students, recent graduates, emerging, and mid-career artists. The Northern Clay Center is located at 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN, 55406. For more information, call at 612-339-8007.

Ongoing programs include exhibitions by contemporary regional, national, and international ceramic artists, as well as historical and architectural ceramics; classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.