Rivertown Pottery

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My work is a celebration of the beauty of the human spirit and form. The pleasure that I experience moving my body in dancing, rollerblading, hiking and working is at the heart of my life with clay. It is my hope to create pieces of art that will speak about the awe and wonder of the human body. My life experiences and learning opportunities have lead me to creating sculptures that are sensual, sensitive, tasteful and unique. When patrons see my booth full of figurative work and the way that I have abstracted it, they are often awe struck. My work as a figurative sculptor is based upon the solid foundation of thirty years working with clay as my primary income. Design considerations and material handling experience involved in metal fabrication sculpture, bronze casting and jewelry fabrication also enhance my ceramic work. Ten years of anatomy training and practicing massage therapy has anchored a deep understanding of the body and how we move. I have learned structure and movement principles that are important to me as figurative sculptor through my studies in dance and a four year program in Feldinkrais Movement Studies. Dance studies include ballroom, jazz, Middle Eastern, African, country two step. The most important of these was the Middle Eastern dance experience, because of the isolation movements with different parts of the body, very precise body awareness develops. This awareness informs and influences the structure and appearance of my forms and compositions. Feldenkrais Movement Studies taught me that movement organized through the skeleton creates effortless, fluid, graceful movement. The understanding of structural integration and body awareness along with my accumulation of technical skills helps me to make the clay come to life. For the past fifteen years I have been working toward developing an excellence in classical style representational sculpture. I have been taking workshops in figurative sculpting with master sculptors and meeting other sculptors who share this passion for figurative sculpting. The enjoyment and satisfaction of working in my studio culminates as the forms, fluidity in design and textures come together into a successful piece. Rhythm, texture, and contrast are key elements of my design. An instructor once showed me how pushing the clay to its limits made the clay come alive. Stretching, thinning, distorting, pushing and pulling the clay is how I create fluidity and the feeling of movement in my pieces. I like to work with many different elements in each piece, creating a textural collage. These elements are assembled with hand building methods to create a very unique style. I began working with clay in 1976 making hand built coil pots to put into my hand tied macramé hangers. I started out with a small electric kiln on the back porch and the throwing wheel in a tiny spare bedroom. I worked on pottery while my toddlers were napping. Today, my electric wheel occupies a corner in my kitchen...but the kitchen door opens into a large studio with a large walk in gas kiln. I have gone from having 5 employees in 1989 to now doing all the work myself. I rebuilt my walk-in gas kiln in 2008 and am still working at streamlining my studio production to fit my current needs. I have exhibited my clay work at art shows throughout the country for the past thirty years, including the Uptown Art Show in Minneapolis Minnesota, Art on the Square in Madison, Wisconsin, numerous Chicago mall and street shows. For the past fifteen years I have primarily been marketing my clay work at Renaissance Festivals: Wisconsin, Arizona, Texas and currently Minnesota and Colorado. There are a few local galleries who are selling my work as well. I taught my first sculpture class “Sculpting the Head” in March of 2010 at Crossings Artist Center in Zumbrota and I am looking forward to doing more teaching in my studio and for other centers The methods and processes that I have developed are unique. There are many great teachers to thank for giving me pieces of the puzzle needed to accomplish my dream of being a ceramic artist and bronze sculptor. I have brought my own individual personality, interests, life’s experiences, dedication and exuberant energy together in my work to share my passion, my love for life and my appreciation of the human body.

12/20/2019

Hello everyone,

Just one last reminder that tomorrow is the day for picking up your pieces from Clay Play Day. We will be here from 10a.m. to 3p.m. Our store will also be open for any last-minute gifts you are looking for.

If you are not going to be able to make it tomorrow let us know and we will work with you to find a way to reunite you with your artwork.

Thank you

Hello Everyone, We want to thank you all again for joining us for Clay Play Day. The pieces are drying nicely, and we wi...
12/02/2019

Hello Everyone,

We want to thank you all again for joining us for Clay Play Day. The pieces are drying nicely, and we will begin the process of getting them glazed in the next few days. The final kiln firing will be finished, and the pieces ready for pick up on Saturday Dec.21st. We will be open from 10a.m until 3p.m. Our shop will also be open during these hours for any last minute Christmas shopping you may wish to do. If you are unable to be here to pick up during that time please contact us so we can figure out how we can make sure you get your piece.

Also, during all the moving and shuffling of the day we ended up with a stray piece with no name or glaze type. We are attaching a picture. If you recognize it please let us know so we can get it glazed correctly and to its proper final home.

A side note. We found a stray glove someone accidentally left behind. Hopefully we can get you reunited.

A little glimpse of the fun we had at Clay Play Day! Thank you again to everyone that came.
11/19/2019

A little glimpse of the fun we had at Clay Play Day! Thank you again to everyone that came.

11/19/2019

Our first ever Clay Play Day was a huge success. A big thank you to everyone that was able to make it out and help us make the day so wonderful. We will be sending out emails shortly on pick up day for the finished pieces.

Free tickets are available now for our upcoming Clay Play Day! Get yours today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clay-play...
10/07/2019
Clay Play Day

Free tickets are available now for our upcoming Clay Play Day! Get yours today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clay-play-day-tickets-74023569489

You are invited to our studio at Rivertown Pottery in Winona, Mn. Demonstrations and assistance in hand building your own pottery. There are two ticket types available. The sculptor pass, which will let you come play with clay. Or the tour pass, which lets you visit, shop, and see what's going while...

We are excited to announce our upcoming Clay Play Day! It will be held at our studio here in Winona Minnesota on Novembe...
10/03/2019
Eventbrite

We are excited to announce our upcoming Clay Play Day! It will be held at our studio here in Winona Minnesota on November 16th. There will be two different ticket types available. The sculptor pass, which lets you come play with clay and create a piece of your very own, or the tour pass, which allows you to come see the studio and how everything comes together. We will also have a selection of our creations available for purchase. Tickets are free and will be available starting Monday October 7th. To get tickets or for more details go to Eventbrite.com and search Clay Play Day.

The first of this year's final two kiln loads just came out yesterday, and the colors came out wonderfully. Here's a tin...
09/14/2019

The first of this year's final two kiln loads just came out yesterday, and the colors came out wonderfully. Here's a tiny sample. They will be making it on to our walls at the Minnesota Renaissance festival later today. Come out and see all the beautiful new pieces. We're hope top see you here!

Finishing up production on one last batch for this year's Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We're going hoping to have don...
09/08/2019

Finishing up production on one last batch for this year's Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We're going hoping to have done if it there as early as next weekend. Come on in and see us!

Rivertown Pottery
01/24/2019

Rivertown Pottery

United for Bernie II
12/28/2016
United for Bernie II

United for Bernie II

Environmental groups in Louisiana are gearing up to fight a proposed 162-mile oil pipeline that would cut through the Atchafalaya Basin, a project involving the same companies building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline between North Dakota and Illinois.

The proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline would cross 11 parishes, beginning in Calcasieu and ending in St. James. It would link Louisiana refineries to a major hub in Texas that connects to larger pipelines throughout North America, including the Dakota Access.

The new pipeline would cross a south Louisiana landscape that's already a dense patchwork of smaller oil and gas pipelines, but some environmental groups say it's time for the state to take a close look before adding another.

Wow! This was a flashback for me from the late 90's. It was shared by a customer and I love the set that he put together...
10/11/2016

Wow! This was a flashback for me from the late 90's. It was shared by a customer and I love the set that he put together.

Minnesota Festival, late 1990's

09/02/2016

We have fixed the issue with our Rivertown Collectors being unable to share photos of their pieces. Please, feel free to share as many photos as you like, especially those of you with older pieces. Thank you! See you this weekend at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

Studio work for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Five weeks left of the show! Come see us at Booth #126, down by the ...
09/02/2016

Studio work for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Five weeks left of the show! Come see us at Booth #126, down by the Legend's Stage (psst, that's the giant pirate ship stage).

01/26/2013

A beautiful, rainy day. We are seeing lots of people today. Lots of rain, but not cold enough to keep them away.

Finally have all the bronzes unloaded. The light bar is installed. Now comes the real work, trying to design the placeme...
01/08/2013

Finally have all the bronzes unloaded. The light bar is installed. Now comes the real work, trying to design the placement.

Creating ceramic pieces for the show.
12/27/2012

Creating ceramic pieces for the show.

Creating ceramic pieces for the show.

12/23/2012
Pinch Pot

New listing of pinch pots on our Etsy site. Check it out.

Decorative pinch pot for a candle holder, small flower arrangement, or air plant. 4.5 in. by 4.5 in. by 3.5 in. Plants not included.

12/23/2012

Enjoy your holidays and may the coming new year bring you joy!

11/26/2012
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RivertownPottery

We had a great Thanksgiving and hope all of you did as well.

Today we launched our Etsy shopping site for Rivertown Pottery. Please check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RivertownPottery.
We have a large collection of items, and will be steadily adding them to the site. Come often to see new listings and tell your friends.

Thank you so much for your support.

11/26/2012
http://www.etsy.com/shop/RivertownPottery

We had a great Thanksgiving and hope all of you did as well.

Today we launched our Etsy shopping site for Rivertown Pottery. Please check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RivertownPottery.
We have a large collection of items, and will be steadily adding them to the site. Come often to see new listings and tell your friends.

Thank you so much for your support.

Put the Winona Art Walk on your calendar.
11/02/2012

Put the Winona Art Walk on your calendar.

10/02/2012

Well, that's the end of the Renaissance Fair season. Now it's time to pack up until spring. We are working on a shopping cart for our website so that our favorite customers can shop all year. We will let you know when it's ready.

09/27/2012

Last weekend for Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Friday through Sunday. Come join us.

Presentation of prototype to Winona County Historical Society
09/25/2012

Presentation of prototype to Winona County Historical Society

Presentation of prototype to Winona County Historical Society

Preparing for Minnesota Renaissance Festival
09/11/2012

Preparing for Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Preparing for Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Untitled Album
09/08/2012

Untitled Album

MISCELLANEOUS
09/08/2012

MISCELLANEOUS

DISHES
09/08/2012

DISHES

SMALL TORSOS
09/08/2012

SMALL TORSOS

MEDIUM TORSOS
09/08/2012

MEDIUM TORSOS

LAMPS
09/08/2012

LAMPS

CELTIC DRAGONS
09/08/2012

CELTIC DRAGONS

MIRRORS
09/08/2012

MIRRORS

SCULPTURES
09/08/2012

SCULPTURES

ANGELS
09/08/2012

ANGELS

HERONS
09/08/2012

HERONS

Faces
09/08/2012

Faces

Faces

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Winona, MN
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Comments

I look forward to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival every year. I love spending time in your booth looking at all the new pieces and picking out “just the right piece” to add to my collection. 14 years of picking out 1 piece each year (with the exception of 2 years where I just had to have 2 pieces 😊). Thank you for your creativity and beautiful craftsmanship! 💜
Lynette defining oak leaves on some new torsos.
A treasure to me from a lost time.
I started collecting this beautiful pottery in 1993 at the Renaissance Festival in Minnesota. I went back for 6 straight years just to add pieces to my collection! As soon as I figure out how to post a picture of them I will share my beautiful women with you all!!!
Thank you for being so amazing. May the universe bless you with many good things to come!!! I hope to see you next year. I'll be bringing appropriate clothing and lots more money to spend at your shop. The kindness you and your daughter bestowed on me and my friend will never ever be forgotten. Much love, Kay.
After being home from the MN. Ren Fest for almost a month I finally got my oil lamp hung. Wishing I bought 2 of them now!