Eric Holey

Eau Claire, WI
2018 booth #120B


At heart I am a functional potter. I throw all of my work on the wheel from stoneware clay. After the pot is thrown I frequently add slip texture to create a sense of movement and channels for my glazes to run and flow. Each piece is carefully trimmed to a finished form which is as elegant as it is functional. My glazes are hand brushed and layered to ensure beautiful outcomes which are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the touch. I fire all of my work in an oxidation environment which allows me great control of the temperatures necessary to achieve the work I envision.


©Eric Holey

©Eric Holey

Yvonne Asp-Grahn

Prior Lake, MN
2019 booth #74B

Functional and decorative white stoneware with a strong organic influence / Pieces formed through throwing and hand building techniques (often used in combination) / Bright glazes or slip are used to create contrast in a number of texture and decoration techniques including sgraffito, sodium silicate surface cracking, hand-painting, etc.


Deb Burckhard

Kimball, SD
2018 booth #46A/B


I make pieces of pottery from earthenware clay and then fire the pieces to temperature. During the second firing, I take the pieces out of the kiln with long tongs and quickly lay strands of horse hair or feathers on the piece so the heat from the pottery burns the carbon into the clay body. I use several different techniques in layers to color the piece and give it texture.

© Deb Burckhard

© Deb Burckhard

Julia Timm

Fresh Mud Pottery
Minneapolis, MN
2018 booth #117


Being a full-time studio potter is my second career. After raising four sons I took my first clay class and at age 50. I quickly determined that I wanted to work with clay for the rest of my life. I love making beautiful and functional pieces for peoples’ homes.

I paint slabs of clay with colorful under-glazes. Over the slab I attach a thin, stencil cut sheet of clay.  I draw and texture on these slabs. The form is then built. After bisque firing I apply black stain and wipe it off leaving the incised lines and texture black.  A clear glaze finishes the piece.

I use various slab building techniques to construct my pieces. Over colorful slabs I applique a pierced layer of semi-porcelain clay. I do line work and incising and then bisque fire. After the bisque I cover the piece with black stain and wipe it off. A food safe clear glaze goes on and I fire the work to cone 6 in oxidation.


© Julia Timm

© Julia Timm


Caitlin Dowling

HollyTree Studios
Apple Valley, MN

2019 Booth #138


© Caitlin Dowling

© Caitlin Dowling

I work predominantly in stoneware, both white- and red-bodied clay, and fire in a mid-range (cone 5-6) oxidation atmosphere. I often alter the shape, surface and feel of a piece after throwing it on the wheel and use a variety of things to achieve color in my work: underglazes, colored slips, mason stains, and glazes. I also specialize in alternative firing techniques, particularly horse hair raku. First used by the Navajo Native Americans, this technique epitomizes to me the coalescing of function and artistic value while creating something lasting and cherishable. Due to the many uncontrollable variables inherent in the horsehair technique, exact replication is impossible. Thus, each piece is truly unique.

Steven Showalter

Eagan, MN


2018 booth #109

My work is inspired by my wood-firing experiences. The process of fire and ash coalescing to create a rich, varied surface is captivating. Yet the desire to create unpredictable surfaces can be done in any firing atmosphere. I’ve been able to achieve the qualities of wood-firing in my electric kiln by relying on glaze choices and application methods. By combining the multiple sprayed glazes with spiraled slip, I strive to strike a balance between spontaneity and control.

© Steven Showalter

© Steven Showalter

Carter Cripe

Fired Up Studios

Shakopee, MN


2017 booth # 13

My pottery is wheel thrown with techniques I've learned through my profession of production pottery.

My work consists of a White Clay Body called "B-Clay" along with multiple glazes, slips and stains to create multiple surface textures and visual aesthetics that create beautiful compositions in my functional pottery.

One of these is my use of Red Iron Stain on my pots. Applying this along side with the glazes creates great visual contrast and multiple textures. Not only does it look different, but it FEELS different too.

©Carter Cripe

©Carter Cripe

Another example is my use of Black Slip that I use over my White Clay Body. I apply thick amounts of the Black Slip and wipe away with a sponge to create beautiful portraits of crows. Another technique I use for my pots is applying the Slip while the pot is still on the Wheel, which helps me create clean uniform patterns.

All of my work is Electric fired to either Cone 6 or Cone 10 Oxidation.


Haley Larson

© Haley Larson

© Haley Larson

Andover, MN

2017 booth # 74B

I use a variety of techniques with clay; wheel thrown, altered and hand-built. Most of my shaping is done after the work is thrown. The clay body I use is Bclay. Each work is glazed by layering over 5 different glazes. I brush each layer on; along with the use of everyday objects to help create the sense of texture on the finished piece.


Uptown Clay

Jon Loer and Sheryl Grassie

Minneapolis, MN


2017 booth # 67D

Uptown Clay is a collaborative of 15 ceramic artists working in clay on Harriet Ave. just off the Midtown Greenway. We represent a gamut of ages, genders, and viewpoints with the shared objective of creating work in the ceramic medium. Most of us create functional ceramics, using a variety of techniques to arrive at a finished product. All of us are part time artists, who live and work in the urban neighborhood. Our work is sold selectively at a handful of shows.

For the Loring Park Art Festival we will feature the work of two artists; Jon Loer and Sheryl Grassie. Sheryl creates stoneware ceramics on the pottery wheel, while Jon’s work is primarily hand built or cast ceramics. Both of these artists has been practicing their craft for over 20 years and have not sold at the Loring Park Art Festival before. Our price points range from $5.00- $60.00. Our modestly priced work is meant to be used and enjoyed by people in their daily lives.


© Jon Loer

© Jon Loer

© Sheryl Grassie

© Sheryl Grassie

Genevieve Loso

Genevieve Loso Pottery

Minneapolis, MN

2019 Booth #77

I create wheel-thrown pottery using mostly white stoneware. Varying forms and glazes keeps me enamored with the limitless possibilities of clay. I enjoy contrasting colors and textures within a piece. Sometimes this is accomplished using wax-resist brushwork and multiple glazes. Recently, I have been experimenting with juxtaposing clean and tight forms with ash glazes. The spontaneity of the runny glazes results in textures that cannot be duplicated. I enjoy making everyday items aesthetically pleasing without compromising functionality. My works have a finished quality to them; they are light, trimmed, and gas-fired to cone 10.


© Genevieve Loso

© Genevieve Loso

Adama Sow


Edina, MN


2019 Booth #62

Adama Sow is a ceramist who originates from Senegal (West Africa). This master on the potter's wheel has been working with clay for more than twenty years now. After finishing high school and already inspired by his big brother Alpha Sow who also was a ceramist, Adama decided to go the Fine Art School of Dakar (Senegal) where he obtained his diploma in ceramics in 1987. As a rookie in the art world, Mr. Sow astonished everyone by the quality of his first exhibition at the Historic Museum of Goree in Dakar in 1989. During the next five years, he worked in Soumbedioune Ceramics and in his workshop in the capital city of Senegal. Also, he offered classes to both adults and children. In 1995, his thirst for Art took him to Germany where he attended the ceramics school in Horgrenzhausen.

© Adama Sow

© Adama Sow