In the Gallery

Webster Pottery: Andrew & Katie

Various pottery cups without handles
Color headshot of Andrew & Katie Webster in front of pottery shelves

Exhibit Dates

July 18 – August 30, 2024

SMAC Gallery

509 W Main Street, Marshall, MN 56258
(Mailing address: PO Box 55)

 

Regular office hours are:  Monday-Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

 

Events

In-Person Reception Thursday July 18, 5-7 pm

with light refreshments

 

Virtual Tour & Artist Talk on Zoom, Thursday August 8th, 5:30 pm

Zoom Link   Meeting ID: 880 3463 0702    Passcode: 367282

 

Featuring the work of two potters!

Please help SMAC welcome our next gallery exhibit featuring two artists from Hutchinson, Andrew & Katie Webster. This exhibit will be in the SMAC Gallery in downtown Marshall at 509 West Main Street from July 18 – August 30, 2024.

Andrew received a SMAC Quick Support for Artists grant and an Artist Growth grant, both in 2023. The grants went toward preparing a site and constructing a wood/soda-fired kiln for his home studio.

Artist Statement

Webster Pottery is Katie and Andrew Webster.  Together, the Webster’s make finely-crafted utilitarian pottery decorated with archetypal imagery inspired by the natural world.  Their process of creating pottery is collaborative from start to finish, allowing Katie and Andrew to bring their unique strengths and perspectives to the finished work, notably Andrew’s background in Art History and Katie’s in Marriage & Family Therapy.  The surfaces are achieved using raw clay, paper-resist, slips, stains, glazes and overglazes.  The variety in techniques used allows the decoration and imagery to build intuitively and in multiple layers.  The finished work portrays a synthesis of the Webster’s craftsmanship, creativity, metaphor, and individual experiences.  Webster Pottery is fabricated from stoneware and fired with wood and soda, giving each piece depth, quality, and individuality.

Artist Bios

Andrew Webster
From an early age, Andrew found himself attracted to creative processes of all kinds, which continued into his late teens and early twenties at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Andrew’s creative interests were broad, however, leading him to pursue Art History rather than studio crafts. In 2010, he earned his BA in Art History with a minor in Ceramics. He continued at the University of Oregon, where he earned a Master’s in Art History in 2013.

 

After teaching for several years and increasing his presence in the studio, Andrew rededicated himself to pottery in 2017 full-time. For Andrew, making pottery is a way for him to achieve connection to things he values—artistic tradition, aesthetics, nature, and people, to name a few. He loves the grind and humble nature of pottery; the manual labor of wedging, rolling, throwing, and pinching clay. Today, his work combines influences from ancient art and a love of nature, texture, and utility.

 

 

Katie Webster
Katie’s passion for pottery began in childhood when she befriended Robyn Hegland, whose father, Peder Hegland, was an accomplished functional potter. Inspired by the materials and process, Katie began working at public ceramic studios in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, such as the Paramount Visual Arts Center, which continued through adolescence.

 

Katie continued to pursue pottery in 2006 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she eventually earned her BFA in ceramics in 2010. The psychological and philosophical undertones in her work stems from a background in therapy. In 2013, Katie earned a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. Currently, she works part-time as a therapist and part-time as a potter

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Funding provided by the McKnight Foundation. Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive. The McKnight Foundation supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities.

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