“I draw on the broad use of functional ceramics to spark conversation and encourage thoughtful awareness of the objects and issues we encounter in everyday life. With low fire clay, slips, stencils, and sgraffito decoration as my visual framework, I explore my interest in the intertwining and complicated connections between food production, transportation and energy use. Through the meditative process of constructing pots by hand I find a restful place to consider what I illustrate, how I group imagery, and what those combinations come together to express. These intertwining issues imprinted into malleable clay are morphed by heat into moments documented in usable stone –permanent visual records of our influence on and our connection to our environment.” -Kip O’Krongly
Kip O’Krongly – Northfield, MN
Kip O’Krongly is a functional ceramic artist working in highly decorated earthenware. Her childhood in Alaska has greatly influenced her current interest in exploring issues of agriculture, energy and transportation through daily-use ceramics.
She worked at the Northern Clay Center from 2009-2010 as the Fogelberg Resident, the material technician, and the 2011–2012 Anonymous Potter Resident Artist. She exhibits work in galleries across the country and was featured in the 2014 Expo at Northern Clay Center. Kip was awarded Best In Show at the 2011 Strictly Functional exhibition, was the cover artist for the May/June 2012 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, and is featured in the upcoming 500 Prints on Clay Lark Book. Kip was recently awarded a McKnight Foundation Artist Grant.