The Nevica Project

Maren Kloppmann

Born and raised in Germany, Maren Kloppmann is a full-time ceramic studio artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Journeyman Diploma from the Keramik Handwerkskammer, Germany (1984), attended the Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri (B.F.A. Ceramics 1993), and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (M.F.A. Ceramics 1996). Maren’s repertoire of porcelain pieces, including utilitarian tableware, vessel sculptures and wall works, has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions at Galerie b15 (Munich, Germany), at Harvey Meadows Gallery (Aspen CO) and at Lill Steet Art Center (Chicago IL) among others. Using a range of hand-building techniques, her approach to porcelain is non-traditional and combines modernist ideas with a minimalist esthetic. Working with the means of electric kilns, she devised a distinctive palette of terra sigillatas and glazes that provides the perimeter for her reductive vocabulary to emphasize qualities of line and space. She is recipient of numerous US grants, including three McKnight Fellowships, and has been a presenter at the ‘Clay Modern’ International Ceramic Conference in Gulgong, Australia. Maren’s work is found in numerous private and museum collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis MN), the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis MN), the ASU Art Museum (Tempe AZ), the Mudgee Art Council (NSW Australia) and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City MO).