Artist: Ernest Miller
Ernest Miller, MINNESOTA
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I am a ceramic artist working in Minneapolis, MN. I can be found at local art centers sharing ceramic techniques and experience through teaching classes at Fired Up Studios in Golden Valley, MN and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, MN. My ceramics career has been mostly built through showing work in various regional and national art fairs including the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. You can find a selection of my work at The Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, MN and Schaller Gallery in Saint Joseph, MI. I credit a formal education as foundation for a successful outlook on ceramics and the arts. I received an associates degree from Olney Central College in Olney, IL and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.
My work is inspired by architecture and machinery found in the rural Midwestern landscape. Worn paint and surface deterioration reveal a warmth earned through time and use. This feeling I want to convey in my pots and hybrid functional-sculpture.
Pieces begin on the potter’s wheel and later hand altered and carved. Once dried and bisque fired they are coated with glaze and finish fired to 2,250 degrees Fahrenheit in an electric kiln.