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Joel Froehle 2012

I received a B.A. in Studio Art and Biology from St. Olaf College and later an M.F.A. in Artisanry - Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I create both functional and sculptural work that emphasizes the physical properties of ceramic materials. I am currently an instructor of sculpture and drawing at Inver Hills Community College and I maintain a studio at my home in Northfield.

The possibility of making objects that can exist within the realm of human interaction is part of what first attracted me to ceramics and this thought still intrigues me today. Like many other potters, my work is based on the idea that the use of hand-made objects provides the user with a heightened awareness of the importance of our daily rituals. Rituals that involve eating and drinking take on new meaning when an aesthetic object is made their carrier.

The forms I make draw upon many sources within historical and contemporary pottery, as well as references to geologic forms. Eroded cliffs faces, pitted stones, smooth river rocks all show the mark of some geologic process and by analogy I hope my work reveals the processes I use in making my forms. Ultimately, my hope is that my pots function as well on the table as they do on the shelf.