Colleen Riley

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I fell in love with ceramics in 1990, when on a whim I took the first class ever offered at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Fifteen years later I transitioned from a graphic design career to full-time ceramic artist, living and working in southern Dakota County. From the beginning I have pursued a non-traditional approach to ceramics learning. In addition to coursework at the Northern Clay Center, I have worked with accomplished artists in intensive workshops throughout the US. I feel fortunate to enjoy the camaraderie of – and be challenged by – many of the talented ceramic artists in our area. In 2008, in response to working in a more isolated rural setting, I founded Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists (MNWCA). MNWCA is a non-profit professional organization that hosts events, sponsors exhibitions and provides support to its 70+ members. My work is primarily functional high-fire light stoneware, with a current emphasis on serving pieces and vessels. My recent work merges the subtle patterns, colors and textures found in my rural setting with the graceful forms of early-mid 20th-century design. My rich colors and subtle layered surfaces are achieved through a variety of high-temperature firing methods. I also create sculptural pieces that are stacked for display in the garden or home. “Layering Techniques for Sumptuous Surfaces,” a full-length DVD featuring Colleen demonstrating her methods, was recently released by Ceramic Arts Daily.

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