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Karen Kanis

My love of pottery started with a typical High School pottery class. I attended Columbia Heights High School in the late 70’s and was lucky to learn the basics from my teacher Dave Gehrke. I tried other media like glass blowing in college but gravitated back to pottery. I think it was the endless opportunities of design, function and variety of the pieces I was able to create.

I was married to the most wonderful man (Brad) in 1982. We lived in a small bungalow in South Minneapolis where I set up my first basement workshop. From the beginning Brad supported my hobby allowing me to buy the equipment I needed and still use today. Over the years my workshop has moved with us and is currently in an awesome space we built next to our home on Cedar Lake in Aitkin MN. I recently retired from my Supply Chain Manager position at Parker Hannifin in New Hope MN. I am now able to live my dream of life on the lake and making pottery as a hobby.

About my pottery. I use primarily stoneware clay from MN Clay in Plymouth MN. I fire to cone 6 which is 2232 degrees F, using my old reliable Skutt electric kiln. I use many different glazes i.e. MN Clay dipping and Amaco brushed on glazes. All glazes are appropriately selected for the function of the pot and all pots are microwave and dishwasher safe.

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