Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists is a professional organization that supports

ceramic artists who identify as women in Minnesota. MNWCA provides its members opportunities for exhibiting, networking and mentoring throughout their ceramic careers. MNWCA furthers the creative and professional development of its members.


Sandra Shaughnessy

Clayhouse Pottery



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Clayhouse Pottery

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  • Arts Collector
  • Arts Supporter
  • Educator
  • Student
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  • Arts-related Business/Organization
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Artist Info

Artist Bio

My clay experience began as a young woman in Iowa.
Currently, my clay work focuses on soda-fired functional ware.
I describe my clay work as “ceremoniously functional”, meaning that there is an element of ritual in using my handmade work. Many of my pieces have a soft altered quality that also expresses the softness of the clay and the atmospheric firing process. My studio work is an integral part of my life generating rhythm, expression, mindfulness and a never ending desire to create.
I sell and display my beautiful and distinct soda fired pottery at regional art galleries, exhibitions and fairs.
I studied clay at the University of Northern Iowa, University of New Mexico and Eastern Michigan University achieving a MFA in ceramics in 1986.
I have taught clay classes at numerous art centers, universities and regional clay workshops. From 1998 to 2018 I was the Pottery Studio Supervisor and Exhibition Coordinator at Edina Art Center in Minnesota, where I also taught Advanced Soda-fired Pottery and Pottery for Intermediates. Currently I am a full time potter working at my 2 studios , firing cone 10 soda. I also offer private lessons, and workshops and teach classes at the Northern Clay Center has n Minneapolis During the winter session.
Clay used
  • Stoneware
  • Other
Type of work
  • Functional
  • Sculptural
Firing range/type
  • Gas, high-fire oxidation
  • Gas, high-fire reduction
  • Soda
  • Wood/soda
  • Raku
  • Pit
  • Saggar
  • Slab
  • Throwing
  • Thrown and altered
  • Handbuilding
Additional techniques
  • Carving
  • Slip trailing
  • Stamping/texture
  • Glaze formulation/chemistry
  • Underglazes
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