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Glynnis Lessing 2019

Glynnis Lessing began a lifelong love of ceramics at 9 when she learned to throw from a Japanese potter at Carleton College. She made pots in high school, and worked for a potter and went on to study art at Macalester and the University of Minnesota where she earned her BFA.

Directly after college, a move to Chicago led her to Lill Street studios where she began working & teaching pottery as well as at several other institutions; marrying and raising a family along the way.

In 2008, she started participating in shows and art fairs on a full-time basis; eventually moving back to Minnesota in 2012 where she began teaching at the Northern Clay Center. She continues to work full time as a potter creating, with 9 fellow Northfield potters, the Cannon River Clay Tour, now in its 5th year!

Her studio is in her grandfather's old milking parlor on the ancestral farm where she lives with her family; surrounded by their small flock of chickens, the trees her grandfather planted and the fertile earth.