Marion Angelica 
The Northern Clay Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota



Artist Statement
I hand build functional ware in high-fire porcelain. My inspiration is drawn from the forms and textures in nature. Recently I have been creating work that evokes the forces of wind and water as they sculpt our planet.

Studio Description
My studio is in the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. I also teach there and offer workshops nationally.

What type of clay do you use?
Grolleg porcelain

What temperature do you fire to?
Cone 10

What is your primary forming method?
Hand building soft slabs and coils

What is your favorite surface treatment?
Textured clay around which glaze flows and pools

Do you make any of your own tools?
I make texture rollers and stamps.

What one word would you use to describe your work?

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
A combination of privacy and community

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
My Dolan knife

What are your top three studio wishes?
More horizontal surfaces for work and storage
A smaller cone 10 kiln
A hammock for naps

What’s on your current reading list?
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

How do you save money on materials and supplies?
I recycle all my clay.

How do you recharge creatively?
I visit museums, read, and attend theater.

Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
I make lists.

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
I am currently working on a project to illuminate porcelain sculptures, working with a new, difficult porcelain and learning to electrify pieces.

What did you first piece look like?
It was a box made by squeezing clay between wooden slats. I still have it and like it because it clearly illustrates the plastic nature of clay.

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
“No cracking” power

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Margaret Bohls. She taught be a great deal about porcelain and glaze formulation.

What is your studio playlist?
Minnesota Public Radio

Why do you create art?
It is spiritual… it gives me meditation, insights and pleasure. I want to share the experience.

What is your best studio tip?
Work, work, work.

If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
No cracking.


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