Kristin Pavelka


b. 1977 – Son 2009, Son 2011

I grew up in Cottage Grove, MN, a suburb on the southeast edge of St. Paul, nestled between city and farmland. I studied biology at Carleton College with the intention of veterinary medicine afterwards, but well into my junior year, I changed my major to studio arts after being admitted into an introductory wheel class off the waitlist. My time as an undergraduate art student was square scallop gardenbrief, so I supplemented my independent studies with workshops and arranged for monthly critiques with Linda Christianson. I studied under Dan Anderson for a semester at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville as an unclassified graduate student, gaining exposure to a wide range of firing techniques. I completed my MFA at Penn State University in 2004 where I developed a love for earthenware, and returned to Minnesota with an adjunct teaching position at Hamline University in St. Paul. During my five years of teaching at the college, I spent a summer at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, a month long woodfire residency in Goshogawara, Japan, a two week residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, and received a Jerome Foundation grant. I left my teaching job in 2009 when my first son, Noah, was born. Oliver arrived two years later. With aid of a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2012, I was able to gain some momentum in my studio work. We recently moved from a home in which my studio had been established, and I have found myself back in a communal studio. Currently we reside in Eden Prairie, MN, and every day holds new surprises.

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