Craft Breweries

Craft Breweries

Welcome to Minneapolis where the people are nice and the craft beer scene is overflowing with delicious options.

There are many venues in the Twin Cities for sampling craft brews in and near downtown. And lucky for NCECA goers there are also a number of shows and pop-ups happening at local craft brewing venues during the 2019 Conference. Here are a few options you might want to consider:

Lakes & Legends .3 miles from the Convention Center
(M-Th 3-10pm, F 3pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10pm)
This venue will host a show/sale by The Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists (MNWCA) Heriones, Hops, Hounds
An exhibition and sale fundraiser for Hands of Hope Resource Center and Safe Hands Rescue. Vessels made by MNWCA members specifically for thirsty humans and their canine friends.
On View March 26-30
Reception Tuesday, March 26 from 8-10pm

Finnegans .5mile from the Convention Center
(M-W 2-10pm, Th 11am-10pm, F & Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-8pm)
Crisscross Pop-up Friday March 29 from 6-10pm
Featuring works by Liana Agnew, Ashley Bevington, Amanda Bury, Neil Celani, Demi Dehmlow, Autumn Higgins, Brent Pafford, Samantha Oliver, Austin Riddle, and Dustin Yager a.k.a Ceramics & Theory

ClockWerks 1.3 miles from the Convention Center
(M-Th 3-10pm, F 3pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-8pm)
A downtown Minneapolis brewery focusing on carefully crafted, well balanced, session-style beers in a steampunk-inspired setting.

Day Block Brewing1.5 from the Convention Center
(M-W 11am-10pm, Th -Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-9pm)
House-brewed beer & unique pizzas made with locally sourced ingredients in an industrial-chic space

Sisyphus Brewing 1.4 miles from the Convention Center
(M-W 3-10pm, Th3-11pm, Sat Noon-Midnight, Sun 1-6pm)
Craft beers, brewed without a purpose, for a greater purpose. One need not imagine Sisyphus happy, especially when his stomach is filled with beer!

La Dona Cerveceria 1.7 miles from the Convention Center
(11am-11pm) – a Unique brewery, taproom and entertainment space in the Harrison Neighborhood for Minneapolis that fuses Latin culture and The North.

Modist 1.7 miles from the Convention Center
(Closed Mondays, T – Th 4-10pm, F 4pm – 12am, Sat 12pm – 12am, Sun 12-6pm)
At Modist, they push past traditional brewing by embracing creativity and unconstrained experimentation.
Pop up Pot Shop sale on Friday, March 29 from 5-10pm
Featuring works by Daniel Jaffe, Jessica Dorman, Joe Kraft, Ben Fiess, and Molly Anne Bishop

Fulton 3.6 miles from the Convention Center
(Closed Mondays, T-Th 3-10pm, F 3-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-6pm)
Brewery of some of MN’s Favorites!

Pryes Brewing 3.9 miles from the Convention Center
(M-T 3-10pm, W-TH 3-11pm, F 11am – 12am, Sat 10am – 12am, Sun 10am – 10pm)
Masterfully Crafted & Thoughtfully Designed, Pryes Brewing takes its time to focus on brewing one batch at a time.

Surly 4.5 miles from the Convention Center
(Sun-Th 11am-11pm, F & Sat 11am-12am)
Surly Brewing Company’s Destination Brewery in Minneapolis is a space where folks can meet and connect over a beer. There’s a bunch to do and see: the Beer Hall & Restaurant has a rotating tap list of 25-35 Surly beers and an extensive menu of great food that pairs well with those beers. Visitors also have the chance to hop on a tour, enjoy a beer outdoors in our Beer Garden, or stop by The Company Store.


Project Space – The Mother Of All Confessions

Project Space – The Mother Of All Confessions

Beginning with the question What’s Your story?, The Mother of All Confessions is one of several works included in Project Space this year is. It is an open confessional booth for discussions that investigate issues surrounding art, maternity, and parenting. This piece will be presented on Wednesday 3/27 and Thursday 3/28 of the NCECA conference in Minneapolis. All are invited to share stories and contribute to an ongoing and developing conversation about maternity, parenting, and art.

Launched in 2014 after surveying, interviewing and documenting a cross section of artists who are also mothers, the website Both Artist and Mother examines how children, or the circumstances of their lives as they include them, changed and impacted the work these artists make and/or how they make it. Material gathered for the web based project Both Artist and Mother, particularly during interviews with artist/mothers, piqued the interests of project collaborators Kate Fisher and Erin Furimsky to delve deeper. The Both Artist and Mother site includes interviews, written and audio, with artist/mothers of all ages, accompanied by photos. Averaging 10,000 visitors annually, Fisher is overwhelmed by the outpouring of interest and the number of artist/mothers reaching out. Since founding the site, Fisher increasingly looks for ways to subversively and overtly discuss what it is to be an artist/mother. The bottom line is a desire to see the Both Artist and Mother project expand beyond a website, exhibitions, and interviews. What if it could also become a physical and interactive work of art?

This interactive artwork takes the form of a modular “confessional” booth. Participants will engage in dialogues about the stereotypes, popular beliefs/misconceptions, struggles, and the future of mothers and artist/mothers. Engaging conference participants in conversations about art and maternity is a meaningful way to expand artist/mother visibility. While this project originated from the maternal viewpoint, the project space will enable exploration on perspectives from: the artists’ child, adoptive mother’s, non-biological mothers, grandmothers, children caring for aging parents, future parents, etc. The confessional structure encourages two beings to occupy a shared space; much like the way maternity requires that women share their spaces, both internally and externally.

The sound booth will generate an audio recording of the participants as they act as confessor or confessee. This community dialogue will become an edited audio work that will be featured on the website Both Artist and Mother. The type of mom in the booth (Ex: Mom of young kids, grandma, mom who her child) will rotate and encourage connectivity and diversity in the conversations. Conference goers are encouraged to drop in and engage in conversations about being “both”.

Additionally, children are welcome to participate in the conversation too. On the exterior of the booth there will be a station for kids to visually explore the questions, “What does a mom do? What does and artist do?” With parental consent, the drawings generated by child participants will be catalogued and featured on the Both Artist and Mother site’s engagement page.

The hope of this project is to engage all generations in an exploration of this subject in an effort to promote a greater understanding of maternity and art.


Scenic Western Suburb Home to Noteworthy Shows and More

As is the case with all NCECA conferences there are so many great exhibitions to see. With shows both in and outside the host city it is always difficult to decide what where to go. When it comes to NCECA in Minneapolis consider heading to the suburbs to check out an exhibition. There are a number of excellent show venues nestled in the vibrant burbs that are sure to inspire.

One trip that is well worth your time is a drive out west to Wayzata and Minnetonka. Approximately a twenty-five minute drive from the convention center The Minnetonka Center for the Arts will host two shows in their spacious gallery. Renovated in 2002, this nonprofit serves their creative community in a spacious, architecturally attractive building situated near the coast of beautiful Lake Minnetonka. As well Bob Bowman, their Exhibits Director and Retail Manager, has curated a showcase of sculptural and functional ceramics on view in a unique and unexpected venue.

What to see?
The first show is curated by Peter Held, the exhibition Lost & Found will highlight a selection of work by Chris Gustin and Don Reitz. The show will also include “Lost Works”, five posthumous collaborations between the artists.

Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:00–9:30pm
Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Lost & Found: Reitz + Gustin Collaborations


If that is not enough to entice you to take a scenic lakeside drive, within the same space you will also be able to take in the show Warren MacKenzie + John Reeve: Kindred Spirits, curated by LaiSun Keane, Lucy Lacoste and Nora Vaillant. Highlighting two legendary proponents of the Mingei aesthetic, this exhibit features works by lifelong friends Warren MacKenzie and John Reeve.

Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Reception: Thursday, March 28, 6:00–9:30pm
Exhibitions on view March 11–April 4
Warren MacKenzie + John Reeve: Kindred Spirits


Finally, merging retail therapy and an art experiences, Minnetonka Center for the Arts has also curated a self guided tour of Minnesota ceramic artists’ work in the Ridgedale Mall. Yes, in the mall! Visitors to the show Clay. Here. Now. can grab a map at the entrance and lead themselves through a tour of work by 30 artists.

On view March 15–April 19
Ridgedale Center


Where to eat?
If you are hungry, Wayzata is a growing upscale foodie hotbed. There are many options sure to fit your budget and food preferences. Here are a few options to get you started:

Bellecour – Incredible bakery, named for Place Bellecour, the bustling town center in Lyon, France and attached to a full service restaurant, their pastries, soups and sandwiches are sure to please.

Baja Haus – A california inspired oasis with and endless summer beach vibe this joint is perfect for the taco-loving, tequila and mezcal aficionado.

Wayzata Brew Works – felling thirsty? This brewery has great brews and views of Lake Minnetonka from both the interior and outdoor patio.

Birch’s on the Lake – From private dining, supper club, to bar this brewery meets supper club has a menu and many options sure to suit your eating and drinking needs.

Crisp & Green – With a selection of signature salads, bowls, and smoothies, this budget friendly health conscious option is a great way to catch a bite out west.


Beyond the Conference: 2019 Pre/Post Conference Options

Beyond the Conference: 2019 Pre/Post Conference Options

NCECA 2019 in Minneapolis is just around the corner. As you plan your trip consider enhancing your experience with a Pre/Post Conference workshop. These events are not organized by NCECA. Instead they are planned and offered by the local clay community in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. These workshop options are a way for participants to connect with each other while learning from knowledgeable makers in the ceramics field. They are a great way to meet other clay enthusiast and build excitement ahead of the conference.

March 22-25
Wood Fire Workshop with Jack Troy, Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley.
Spend the weekend before 2019 NCECA glazing, loading and firing a wood kiln in Minnesota with renowned potter/author Jack Troy (PA), kiln builder/potter Donovan Palmquist (MN), and potter/glaze fanatic Colleen Riley (MN). The bourry box wood kiln is designed to be versatile, efficient and easy to fire, providing a wide range of effects, from heavy ash to bright flashing, and even colorful glazed surfaces. Jack is known worldwide for his wood fired ceramics, writings, and poetry. We look forward to his delightful stories and observations about all things clay. Donovan (owner of Master Kiln Builders) will share his knowledge of kilns and wood firing techniques. Before loading, Riley will lead a session on glazing for the wood/soda chamber, with time for participants to experiment with more colorful surfaces. Additional talks and demonstrations will be held during the firing. This is sure to be an inspiring weekend for ceramic artists of all levels of wood firing experience. Participation is limited to 12.

Schedule: Friday, March 22 to Monday, March 25; unload kiln on Saturday, March 30.

Cost: $500, excluding housing. Firing costs, materials, snacks and most meals are included. Colleen and Donovan are happy to provide a list of nearby housing options.

Registration: Visit the website for more details and registration information. Or, email Donovan and Colleen at

Eureka Pots/Studio of Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley
27607 Grenada Avenue
Farmington, MN 55024

March 25 & 26
Animal Portraits, Print, Pattern and Paper Porcelain: In conjunction with the exhibition Urban Parallel: Ceramics in Scotland, Susan O’Byrne will be demonstrating her making methods at Artistry and running the master workshop Animal Portraits, Print, Pattern and Paper-Porcelain. Over two days Susan will demonstrate working on a nichrome wire armature, building with thin sheets of paper-porcelain and printing and collaging the surface of her forms. The master workshop will allow participants the opportunity to experiment with these techniques and make work in the style of her animal portraits on view through out March at Artistry. The techniques Susan uses in her work combine ways of making normally associated with papier-mâché, textiles, and collage. O’Byrne is a Scottish based ceramic artist. She specializes in the making of allegorical animal forms and has developed a unique set of making processes which aim to articulate human sensitivity.

Full two-day workshop, including Demo: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day (Artist Talk and
Demo separately open to an audience for reduced fee).

Demo Cost: $60-80
Workshop Cost: $345-395 (Materials fees may be included).

Monday, March 25
Artist talk and slide presentation from 9:30-11:15am
Demo with hour lunch break: 11:30am-4:00pm.

Artistry Theater and Visual Arts, Bloomington Center for the Arts,
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd.,
Bloomington, MN 55431

Contact Sarah Beggs
Handicap Accessible

March 26
The Socially Engaged Craft Collective, in partnership with the School of Art and Design at  Minneapolis College, is excited to announce a day of workshops, panels, and participation with Cross Pollination: an NCECA pre-conference for artists and educators about socially engaged craft, pedagogy, and artistic action.

Cross pollination suggests exchange and interchange, collaborative action and genetic recombination. Craft and education, art and society are each varietals of humanity’s richest plants. The conference will record, report, conceptualize and enact cross pollination between disciplines and methods, cultures and ideas, objects and people. We aim to speak to interdisciplinary, remixing, intersectionality, and novel combinations while considering traditional and emergent theories of making and teaching.

A one-day participatory conference experience, Cross Pollination will incorporate expert voices from both craft and social engagement perspectives. Participants will find resources and emerging ideas for their art practices and classrooms through panel discussions, lectures and interactive learning experiences. Breakout sessions will focus on the following: Communities (Engaging in Cross-Sector Collaboration); Pedagogy (Engagement and Collaboration in Learning); Idea Generation (Socially Engaged Craft in Practice); and Logistics (the “How To” of Socially Engaged Craft including Ethics and Sustainability).

Date:  Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location:  Minneapolis College, near Loring Park and the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis

Cost: $75

Registration will open January 1.  Please visit Minneapolis College Continuing Education for more information.

**A certificate of completion from the School of Art and Design at Minneapolis College will be available to educators interested in professional development credit.


Two Titles, Two Jobs: The Birth of the Both Artist and Mother

Two Titles, Two Jobs: The Birth of the Both Artist and Mother

In 2012 I had my first child. I was thrilled to welcome this new person into our home and life. The summer months with her gave me small snippets of time to work in the studio. Nursing a tiny baby gave me countless hours of quiet, solitary, thinking and dreaming.

When my daughter was 5 months old my husband had a nasty bike accident that left him with a broken collarbone. Suddenly I found myself feeling more like a mother of two than the parent of an only child. There were now two helpless people in my house that were unable to put on their socks and feed themselves. The time I did have for my studio completely dissolved into the hours I cared for my family members and the days spent being employed by a college.

Simultaneously, I become aware of new emotions and shifting priorities that many women encounter. In relation to new roles, work, and yes, that pesky monster the feeling of guilt when one earns the title of mom. Guilt when we are not with our children and in a studio. Guilt when we are with our babies and know that there are mugs that might not get their handles.

And what about maternity leave? We talk about it in relation to our employer but how does this type of leave work with our studio? Who approves that leave? What will happen if I don’t make artwork for a month, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, or more? Will my studio practice still be valid?

Sure I could go attend a new mom’s meeting, but the women in that group knew nothing about the demands of a clay studio practice. Likewise, I could go to a clay group (if I found child care) but that didn’t seem like the appropriate space to bring up issues of maternity.

I wondered how women develop a successful sense of balance and place as both artists and mothers. I realized that I was completely ill-prepared for this subject. Until this juncture in my life I had never taken stock of my own gender. Sure I knew I was a female but that had never mattered to me. I was raised by a strong Scotch-German Iowa farmwoman whose parents were survivors of the great depression. Gender played no role in my mom’s thinking or her aptitude at tackling any facet of life. It was now clear to me that I too was carrying some of the same beliefs. I had never considered my feminine identity.

Throughout the years I have made many wonderful clay friends. I encountered teachers and mentors whose relationships I continue to cherish in both my formal and informal training. However, the majority of these individuals were men, and both of the prominent professors that guided my education were childless men.

No. I didn’t think my circumstance or story is all that unique. I understand that women find themselves in unfamiliar places as they enter motherhood. Babies, children, and their circumstances can up heave the practices and timing once mastered. That small being is often much more important than the studio. However, the sense of isolation I was feeling made me want to build a community that ought to exist and be more visible.

It was at this juncture that I had an epiphany and wanted to answer the question, how does a female artist navigate this uncharted territory? The desire for maternal artist camaraderie and the elimination of negative stereotypes associated with such a topic were the ultimate driving forces behind the development of this dialogue and community of artist/mothers.

In 2013 I began surveying, interviewing and documenting a cross section of ceramic artists who are also mothers. Taking a multiple month break from the project to overcome the morning sickness accompanied by my second pregnancy and later the arrival of my son in 2014. I sought to examine how children, or the circumstances of their lives as they include them, change and impact the work these artists choose to make and/or how they make it. My questions have covered studio practice, time management, life balance, home, relationships, child care, and aesthetics. I also asked interviewees whom they view as a role model artist/mother in the ceramic field. Ultimately, I found myself intrigued by the common threads that ran through the conversations and how each of the women found their way in balancing life and studio practice.

In our contemporary ceramic community many women have gracefully and successfully tackled the lively experiment that is being both artist and mother. Mothering is a complex subject that touches many aspects of an artist’s life and practice. These dual roles simultaneously impact each other both practically and conceptually. As many women have discovered, to experience maternity is to epitomize the vessel. This along with clay’s often-recognized metaphoric relationship to the stages of life itself, provides artists who utilize clay in their work a unique perspective on the dynamic art/motherhood experiment.

The goal of is to present an ongoing digital record of interviews and stories from women artist/mothers. Additionally, the project has presented the women involved with an exhibition opportunity at the annual NCECA conference in Providence, RI and a forthcoming show at Red Lodge Clay Center in 2017.

My hope is that this project will provide insight and encouragement to talented female artists, which in turn impacts the field’s future. Initially the site includes profiles of 11 artist/mothers. The website’s completion and audio editing was made possible through an Academic Innovation Fund Grant from my employer, St. Olaf College. I hope to repeat the original interview format and audio editing with an additional selection of artist/mothers in the future, pending a funding source or opportunity. Currently, site visitors are able to listen to or download interviews with the artists, read transcriptions of the dialogues and view links to related information, events, and exhibits. The website’s flexible format will accommodate an ever-expanding narrative and exchange of stories designed to offer a sense of community and awareness for artist/mothers.

To learn more about this project I invite you to visit the website If you have questions, an idea you want to share, or would like more information please contact me via email at