Opening Reception: Friday, January 30, 6:30 – 8:30
Olson will present a gallery talk on January 30 at 6 p.m.
Northern Clay Center (NCC) and The Phipps join forces on a three-year exhibition partnership aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists located throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This cross-state collaboration features two to three ceramic artists annually in the Atrium Gallery at The Phipps
Wendy Olson received a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in painting and an M.F.A. degree from Kent State University in Ohio in ceramics. She teaches ceramics full-time at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Her studio is located at her home residence in rural River Falls, where she lives with husband, potter Jay Jensen, and two children, Gabe and Elliot.
Olson decorates her work with under glazes and fires them with a clear glaze to cone 6 oxidation. The images she paints on the surface of her pots are figurative narratives that extend around the pot, across the bottom and to the often to the interior. Olson writes, “My current work is a long glance back into my past, taking a memory or event from my past and turning it into a three-dimensional moment in time. I have found the events I remember most vividly are the ones that involve humor, color, and deviance in some way. Although the memories are personal, the effort to connect the commonplace with the universal and the universal back with the common place is always present. In my research about memory, I found a quote by Carl Jung that perfectly captured what I’m trying to achieve in this body of work, that is, three-dimensional reenactments of important memories.”