Potters Favorite Pots: Linda Christianson’s favorite piece by Mike Helke

Linda Christianson did not buy the pot she features in her “Potters Favorite Pots” video. It was gifted to her…in stealth. “One day I was looking at [some art pieces placed by a tree near my studio] and I thought, ‘Oh my God…what is this?’ And it took me a while to figure out what it was, but it is…the pot.”

One of Arrowmont’s most engaging traditions at the Utilitarian Clay Symposium is the presenters panel, “Potters Favorite Pots.” It’s an opportunity for participants to learn about the functional objects that inspire each presenter – whether it’s process, form, or personal connection with the maker. In a new video series, Arrowmont asks previous presenters to share anew a favorite piece from their collections with our full creative community.

Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University (St Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. An itinerate educator, Linda has taught at colleges and universities, including Carleton College, the Hartford Art School, and the University of Georgia – Athens. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her recent writing appeared in Studio Potter and The Log Book. One of her goals is to make a better cup each day.

In a new video, Linda presents a favorite piece by Mike Helke. Click here to view the video or visit https://youtu.be/j9AlzHhfGv8.

Mike Helke is a studio potter and Assistant Professor of art at the University of Wisconsin River Falls—River Falls, WI. He grew up in Minnesota’s St. Croix Valley where he still resides with his wife and two sons in Stillwater, MN. Since receiving an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University-Alfred, NY in 2011, Mike has taught at various institutions including Carleton College-Northfield MN, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the University of Wisconsin—River Falls, WI. In addition to family and teaching, he maintains a full-time studio practice in his home studio. This practice/research has been exhibited, presented, and published all over the country at organizations including, but not limited to, Harvard University-Boston, MA, the Anderson Ranch Art Center-Snowmass Village, CO, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft—Houston, TX, the Museum of Contemporary Craft-Portland, OR, and The Weismen Art Museum-Minneapolis, MN. Mike is a two-time Carleton College Dayton Hudson Distinguished Teacher/Artist recipient and he received grant awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. For more information, visit arrowmont.org.

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