Marion Angelica in her studio.
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Marion Angelica

Marion Angelica is a studio artist and teacher at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began her ceramics career in her twenties, then took a hiatus to raise a family, and to work in academia and nonprofit consulting. She returned to the studio full-time eight years ago. In that time she ran a program for the Minnesota Women Artists organization, which brought women artists together to share their experiences. She received a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist award, multiple Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grants, and The Mt. Holyoke Fellowship award from her alma mater in South Hadley, Massachusetts. With the support of these awards she has studied the high desert in New Mexico, working in the Santa Fe Clay studios; explored a variety of porcelain clay bodies; and most recently, with an award in 2017, she participated in a residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. She has been a contributing writer to Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and the American Craft Council blog. Her work has been represented in galleries and exhibitions across the country, including Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago, and Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To read a wonderful narrative of her creative journey in clay visit her bio on her website.



Janis Mars Wunderlich
In preparation for this article, I interviewed ten female ceramicists to learn more about the challenges they face and what they do to balance the different parts of their lives. Their challenges . . . might be applicable to your own lives and careers.
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