Karin Kraemer

karinIt’s a very exciting time!  Duluth Pottery moved into the growing Lincoln Park Crafts District in Duluth.  It’s a bigger studio and bigger gallery that  includes my Maiolica, Luke Krisak’s stoneware, and the work of other professional potters. We make the cups and dishes for restaurants and breweries in the area that want real things, like the Duluth Grill. We also do custom tile for businesses and homes. 

I grew up in Minneapolis and received got my BFA in glass working from St. Cloud State University in 1986.  After blowing glass in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin, I moved to West Virginia, where I began to make clay work and pit firing it in my yard, and was hooked.  I moved to Carbondale, Illinois and did graduate work in Ceramics, there.  I received my MFA in 1996, and moved to Victoria, British Columbia and spent two years making pots, gardening and traveling. Duluth became my new home in 1998. I teach at local colleges, and my studio and gallery, Duluth Pottery and Tile. I also have work in galleries and at fine art fairs. 

I enjoy working in pottery and tile, because they bring art to the table and every day use.  Clay is a great medium for expression.  I love that I exist in a long line of potters through history and am part of the reflection of our culture.

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.   My individual wall pieces and compositions of tiles are hand built and decorated with colorful, loose brushwork.  I draw from every day scenes and objects for my imagery.  Capturing the color and movement of the moment is my aim…the flowers in my garden trembling in a slight breeze and the sun glowing through them, or the light coming in the window and lighting the room.

I also do public art and get involved in the arts community here in Superior and Duluth by involving myself in the organizations and projects around town.  I am a member of the Duluth Art Institute, founded and was the chair of the North End Arts Council of Superior, (now the Superior Council for the Arts).