Donovan Palmquist

Minnesota
Ceramic Artist and Kiln Builder
Active since 1976

Ordinary objects provide ideas for my forms. My interest in these objects comes not only from their function but also from the beauty of their forms and the patina on their surfaces. Wear from use reveals their forms in a way that was never originally intended.

I have a large collection of primitive metal pouring cans and cast iron plumb bobs – over 100 pieces. Plumb bobs are shaped like pots and functionally they find “center.” They feel comfortable in the hand and become tactile like pots. The metal pouring cans have been eroded by use and neglect. They have undergone a metamorphosis from utilitarian use into a beautiful object.

To impart the eroded, tactile characteristics I admire, I work the surfaces with textures and colors. Firing in the wood kiln brings the work even closer to this environment, adding the “patina” of wear and exposure to the elements. It is that metamorphosis that continually inspires me to explore.

Education
Master of Fine Arts – Ceramics, 1988, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Ceramics and Art Education, 1979, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Professional Experience
Studio potter, focusing on vessel oriented work – 1976-Present
Owner, Master Kiln Builders, Inc. – custom kiln building and consulting – 1992-Present
Kiln planning and building presentation NCECA Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana – 2004
Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant – 2001
Presenter, Kiln Doctors, NCECA, Columbus, Ohio 2000
Guest Lecturer, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, “From the Kiln to the Museum” – 1996
Guest Lecturer, Weisman Art Museum, “A Look at Midwest Potters,”
a series of six lectures in conjunction with the 1995 NCECA Clay National – 1995
Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, Career Opportunity Grant – 1993
Jerome Foundation Fellowship Grant – 1992
Member, Board of Directors, Northern Clay Center – 1992-2003
Artist-in-Residence, Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, Minnesota – 1992-1993

Exhibitions
Four person exhibition, Hopkins Center for the Atrs, Hopkins, MN May 2015
Shino Extravaganza II, NCECA 2013, Houston, Texas
Stillwater Gallery, 2 person show, Whitefish, Montana, 2011
Minnesota Nice Exhibition, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2011
Synergy, 4 person show, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN, 2011
20th Anniversary Show, Northern Clay Center, 2011
Edina Art Center, Juror, Edina, MN, 2011
Setting Roots, Group Exhibition, Northfield, MN 2011
Five Wood Fire Potters, Truro Center for the Arts, Castle Hill, MA, 2007
Minnesota State Fair, 2nd prize in ceramics, St. Paul, MN, 2007
St .Olaf Clay Invitational, Northfield, MN, 2007
Fire and Ice – 2 person show Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, Minnesota, 2006
The Art of Tea – Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado, 2001
NCECA Clay National 2001- Most Useful Pot Award – Winthrop University, Charlotte, North Carolina
Foot in the Door Show – Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2000
Faculty-Studio Artist Exhibition – Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1998-2000
Monarch Ceramic National – Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL, 1997
Strictly Functional Pottery National – Market House Pottery, Ephrata, PA, 1997
Two-Person Show, Fire and Vapor – Alice R. Rogers Gallery College of St. John, Collegeville, MN, 1996
Minnesota Regional Ceramics Exhibition – Edina Art Center, Edina, Minnesota, 1995
University of Minnesota Alumni Exhibition – Katharine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, 1995
Five Contemporary American Ceramic Artists – Premier Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 1995
From the Heart to the Hand – State Arts Board Invitational, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1993
Jerome Fellowship Show – Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1993

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