Colleen Riley

We welcome back Colleen Riley of Eureka Pots to the festival this year. Here is what she has to say about her work.

“I fell in love with ceramics in 1990 while taking the first class ever offered at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. For several years, I worked in clay part-time, while running a Twin Cities graphic design business. In late 2004 I made the transition into full-time ceramics work, after moving to a new home and studio in rural southern Dakota County.

From the beginning I have pursued a non-traditional approach to ceramics learning. I have worked with accomplished artists in intensive workshops in the region and throughout the US. My work is exhibited in art fairs, exhibitions and galleries throughout the region.

My work is primarily functional high-fire light stoneware, with a current emphasis on serving pieces, vessels, and garden sculptures. I draw upon pattern, color, and texture from my rural surroundings, incorporating themes from historic decorative arts and textiles. Soda firing enhances the textures and gives a rich, tactile quality to the clay’s surface.  It adds an element of surprise that keeps the work interesting and ensures that each piece is lively and unique.”

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