Karin Kraemer Art
I’m Karin Kraemer, artist and entrepreneur behind Duluth Pottery, Tile & Gallery in Duluth, Minnesota.
I make pottery and tile as these items have everyday uses – and they bring art to your table, desk, coffee table or wherever you choose to display them. My work is Maiolica, an in-glaze, hand painted, tin glaze technique. I make functional pots and tiles that are meant to celebrate the day, drawing from everyday scenes and objects for my imagery. Capturing the color and movement of the moment is my aim – like when the flowers in my garden tremble in a slight breeze, and the sun glows through them.
I’ve been a potter my entire adult life. I grew up in Minneapolis and in 1986, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass working from St. Cloud State University. After graduation, I was blowing glass in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin. When I moved to West Virginia, I began to use clay and pit fired it in my yard. I also worked in the Clay Center at the West Virginia University and learned a variety of clay techniques. To further my career, I moved to Carbondale, Illinois and did graduate work at Southern Illinois University – receiving a Master in Fine Arts in Ceramics. In 1996, I moved to Victoria, British Columbia and spent two years making pots, gardening and traveling. In 1998, Duluth became my new home.
Today, I teach at local colleges and workshops around the country – and you can find my work at Duluth Pottery, at galleries and at fine art fairs. A few years ago, I opened Duluth Pottery, Tile & Gallery as a place to showcase my artwork and that of other talented artist from our region, and across the country. I’m located in the Lincoln Parks Crafts District, so the next time you’re nearby, drop on by and say “hello!”