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The DAI Ceramics Studio space with shelving and work tables




The Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park Building (2229 W 2nd Street) houses a fully functioning ceramics studio that accommodates the DAI’s beginning to advanced clay classes and artist rental. The studio includes pottery wheels, hand-building and wedging tables, a slab roller, spray booth, glaze room, and more. Work is fired in four electric kilns and the gas kiln, "Merlin." 

Artists interested in renting space should contact the studio manager for more information:  

Registered students have access to the studio during opening hours, generally 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 218-723-7110 or check our calendar for the latest ceramics classes.

Featured Artists

Copper-brown mug with light splashed glaze patterns by Craig Bruce

Craig Bruce (he/him)

Renter since 2017

'I create loose, wheel thrown functional pottery, trying to capture the act of making."

Melody David-McKnight

Melody David-McKnight (she/her)

Renter since 2015

"I make pieces for every day use featuring full-bodied curves and fish to evoke movement of schools of Steelhead, trout, and salmon who run up Lake Superior's streams in the fall."

Robert DeArmond with handmade bowl

Robert DeArmond (he/him)

Renter since 2019

'I make handcrafted functional objects for both exhibition and everyday use that are inspired by the natural environment."

Rounded handmade vase with horizontal stripes by Jan Karon

Jan Karon (she/her)

Renter since 2002

"I am an off again/on again potter, still enamored of pottery-making in the 60’s style I learned – my pottery looks thrown."

Karen Keenan working on pottery

Karen Keenan (she/her)

Renter since 2017
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'Whether using stoneware or porcelain on the potter's wheel or by hand on a table, I strive to make useful items for home use inspired by tradition, the north woods environment, and evolving growth of the ceramic art form."

Timothy Gene Riley, grayscale

Timothy Gene Riley (he/him)

Renter since 2010

"I fashion functional pottery based on the laws of nature and nature's God."

Light blue donut-shaped jug by Julie Ann Zenner

Julie Ann Zenner

Renter since 2007
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'My work includes high-fired functional stoneware and decorative Raku and saggar-fired pottery that incorporates a variety of texturing and glazing techniques."

Ceramics Studio Renter Policies

1. Rent is due on the first of the month.
2. After the 10th of the month, rent is considered late.
3. A fee of 10% of your open invoices will be applied on the 10th if payment hasn’t been received.
4. If you are late two consecutive pay periods you will have to relinquish your rental space.
5. Credit card payments will no longer be automatically done through the office.  If you wish to pay by credit card please call(218.733.7560) or pay online below.

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