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FRANKE, JIL
FRANKE, JIL
MINNESOTA

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Using slabs of stoneware clay, I handbuild each piece. I then decorate the work using wax resist to apply patterns and surface designs. I like the natural textures and subtle variations found on each piece after the firing. The colors achieved are the direct result of the fire playing on the pots. Most of the interiors are glazed. Patterns are created using different kinds of slip on the surface of the vessels. Additional spots and textures are the result of ash or salt deposits. The sheen on some of the surfaces is the result of the salt which is added towards the end of the firing when the temperature in the kiln was between Cone 7 - 10.

I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and I am influenced by oil cans, funnels, grain bins, farm implements and objects found in this rural environment. I like chopping wood, wadding the pots, bricking up the door and stoking the fire. Wood firing can be full of surprises. I enjoy unpredictability and the unexpected when firing my work in a wood fired kiln.

EMPLOYMENT
1984-Present
“Breck School, Minneapolis, MN
Middle and Upper School Art Teacher, Ceramic Specialist

EDUCATION
Mankato State University, MN
Bachelor of Science, Art Education, Cum Laude, 1974
Concentration: Printmaking & Sculpture

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Slip decorated stoneware, wood-fired in a double chamber
bourry-box kiln

EXHIBITIONS
2013
"The Cup Show", Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"2013 - 30 X 5: Sushi & Me", Akar Gallery, 257 E Iowa Ave, Iowa City, Iowa
"Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National 2", 123 S Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, Montana, Juror: Dan Anderson
"La Mesa" NCECA, Houston, Texas, Santa Fe Clay ,545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM
"Assemblage", Schaller Gallery, 353 West Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri
"New Works", Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri
2012
"Let There Be Light", Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 North Ravenswood Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Sharing the Fire", MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
"Locals We Love", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"The Best of 500 Ceramics", Juror, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, New York
"Small Favors", The Clay Studio, 137 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, PA
2011
"The Art of Dining", "The Cup Show", Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"Minnesota Nice", Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
"The 13th Annual Carbondale Clay Center Cup Auction", Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street, Carbondale, Colorado
"The Vases of Spring 2011", Worchester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worchester, Massachusetts
"New Year - New Work", Schaller Gallery, 353 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan
2010
"Perpetual Clay Invitational", Great River Gallery, Anoka Ramsey Community Art Department, 11200 Mississippi Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
"Holiday Cup Show and Sale", Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"tis the Gift... the 20th Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"The Joy of Bowls: Soup, Salad, and Serving", Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"American Pottery Festival", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Private Collection, 340 S. Garey Avenue, Pomona, California
"The Art of Dining", Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"Bowling", Schaller Gallery, The Iron Gate Building, 353 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan
"Minnesota Ceramic Educators", Great River Gallery, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Department, 11200 Mississippi Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
"Artist of the Month", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Smart Art", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Vases of Spring: a celebration of the Season", Worcester Center for the Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"Small Favors V", The Clay Studio, 137 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Brown Not Brown", Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana
"Foot in the Door", Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Artists Exhibition Gallery, 24-- Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"2010 Yunomi Invitational", Akar Art, Architecture and Design, 257 East Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa
2009
"tis The Season Holiday Sale", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"12th Annual Cup Show", Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street, Carbondale, Colorado
"2009 Minnesota Women Ceramics Artists", Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson Street NE, Minneapolis, MInnesota, Jurors: Gail Kendall, Janet Williams
"Artist of the Month", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"2009 Yunomi Invitational", Akar Art, Architecture, Design, 257 East Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa
2008
“Our Cups Runneth Over 2008,” The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts
“Art of Dining,” The Worcester Center for Crafts, The Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"2008 Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists", Northfeidl Arts Guild Gallery, Northfield, MN, Jurors: Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Devorah Sigel
Carbondale Clay National IV, Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street, Carbondale, Colorado, Juror: Jeff Oestreich
"Recent Ceramics", Jil Franke, Bede Clarke, J. Daniel Murphy, Akar Art, Architecture and Design, 257 East Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa
"Minnesota Women Potters", Jil Franke, Lisa Buck, Linda Christianson, The Grand Hand, 610 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Another Cup?" Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, Curator: Deborah Bedwell
2007
"10th Annual Benefit Cup Auction", Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street, Carbondale, Colorado
"Mastery in Clay 2007", The Clay Studio, 139 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Artist of the Month", Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Drink It In", The Worcester Center for Crafts, Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"Consider the Cup", Artisan Gallery Cup and Mug Invitational, 162 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts, Curators: Hayne Bayless, Sam Taylor
"East Meets West", Sanboa Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen International Ceramic Art Village, Jingdezhen, China
2007 Teapot Invitational Exhibition, Cervini Haas Gallery, 4222 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona
"The Tour Number 15", Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale. Gues of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, Minnesota
"Plates and Platter: Salon Style", The Clay Studio, 139 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NCECA 2007 Clay National Biennial Exhibition, "Old Currents/NEw Blends: A Distillation of Art and Geography", The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky. Jurors: Nick Kripal, Silvie Granatelli, Syd Carpenter
"Yunomi Invitational", Akar Design, 257 East Iowa Ave, Iowa City, Iowa
"Ceramics Today", Flaten Art Museum, Dittmann Center, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
2006
"Winter Show", Lux Center for the Arts, 2601 North 48th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Ceramic Cup Invitational, Lux Center for the Arts, 2601 North 48th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
"Extra Credit: Honoring Minnesota's High School Art Teachers", Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Steven's Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"The Tour Number 14", Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale. Guest of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, Minnesota
"Feats of Clay XIX", Lincoln Arts, 580 Sixth Street, Lincoln, California. Juror: Judith Duff
"Sitting Pretty", Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, Massachusetts
"By Hand: Out of the Fire: Woodfired and Salt-Glazed Ceramics", Ferguson Gallery, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, Virginia
"Woodfired Pots: Three Minnesota Potters" Andrews Gallery at Andrews Hall, Department of Art and Art History, The College of William and Mary, P.O. Box 8705, Williamsburg, Virginia
2005
"Behold! The Mug", Sivertson Gallery, 361 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, Minnesota
"In Our Cups", Lockhart Gallery, Geneseo Art Department, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, New York. Juror: Ron Meyers. Shirley Dawson Purchase Award
"Made by Hand, Meant for Use", ARC Exhibitions, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Juror: Dick Lehman. Honorable Mention
Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. NCECA International Outreach Exhibition.
Akar Design, 4 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA.
"Crafts National 39," Zoller Gallery, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, P.O. Box 1023, State College, PA. Juror: Jean McLaughlin
"Pots: Objects of Virtue," Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic drive, Walnut Creek, CA. Juror: Mark Pharis
"The Tour Number 13," Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale. Guest of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
"Strictly Functional Pottery National," Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA. Juror: John Glick
Second Place Award, Bailey Pottery Equipment, sponsor
"For Two: A Show of Contemporary Pottery Inspired By Pairs," Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street, Carbondale, Colorado. Juror: Lauren Kearns
"Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay Exhibit 2005," The University of Tulsa School of Art, 600 South College Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Juror: Patti Warashina
2004
The Grand Hand Gallery, 611 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN
"Visions in Clay 2004," San Joaquin Potters Guild, 2437 Pheasant Run Circle, Stockton, CA. Juror: Robert Brady
"The Tour Number Twelve," Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale. Guest of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
"Forms and Shapes: The Box," Akar Design, 4 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA. Juror: Maren Kloppmann
"Jersey Shore National," M. T. Burton Gallery, 1819 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, New Jersey. Juror: Jimmy Clark
"For the Table," Santa Fe Clay, 1615 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501
"Bottles and Bowls," The Saratoga Clay Company, Hall's Peppermill, 165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York. Juror: D. Leslie
2003
"Holiday Exhibition," Lill Street Art Center, 4401 North Ravenswood, Chicago, Illinois
"Cup: The Intimate Object II," Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, 4130 South Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Juror: Julia Galloway
The Clay Studio Shop, 139 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Ceramics USA 2003," University of North Texas, Art Gallery, School of Visual Arts, 1201 W. Mulberry Street, Denton, Texas. Juror: Doug Casebeer
"The Wichita National 2003," Wichita Center For The Arts, 9112 East Central, Wichita, Kansas. Juror: Josh DeWeese
"Lancaster Museum of Art's Crafts National 2003," Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 North Lime Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Juror: Holly Hotcher
"Crafts National 37," Zoller Gallery, 102 Visual Arts Building, on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania. Juror: Ruth Summers. Award of Merit
"Forms and Shapes: Cups," Akar Design, 4 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA. Juror: Clary Illian
"The Tour No. Eleven," Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Studio Tour and Sale, Guest of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
"Tea for Two - or Twenty," Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN
“NCECA 2003 Clay National Exhibition,” R. B. Stevenson Gallery, 2400 Kettner, Suite 103, San Diego, California.
Jurors: Joe Bova, Jeff Oestreich, Patti Warashina
“Snowbirds” exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, 1615 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Featured Artist for the Saint Paul City Hall Exhibition Program, Saint Paul City Hall, 4th and Wabasha
2002
“Centering: Clay and the Midwest,'' Freehand Gallery, 8413 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California
Recipient of the “Jean Wigley Teaching Excellence Award,” Breck School, Golden Valley, MN
“Bowl O' Rama,” National Juried Exhibition of Ceramic Bowls, Leyshon Gallery, Laguna Clay Company, 61020 Leyshon Drive, Byesville, Ohio. Juror: Kirk Mangos
“Fourteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition,” San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, One Love Street, San Angelo, Texas. Juror: Jimmy Clark
Tenth Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale, St. Croix Valley Potters, Guest artist of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
“Utilitarian Ceramic National,” Nicholls State University, Department of Art, P.O. Box 2025, Thibodaux, LA., Juror: Ron Meyers
2001
“Strictly Functional Pottery National,” Presented by Market House Craft Center, hosted by Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
“The Art of Tea, A National Competition,” The Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado. Juror: Linda Sikora
Ninth Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale, St. Croix Valley Potters, Guest artist of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
2000
“25th Anniversary Holiday Show,” Lill Street Gallery, 1021 West Lill Street, Chicago, Ill “Holiday Show,” Akar Architecture and Design, 341 E, College St., Iowa City, IA
“Focus on Function,” The University of Minnesota National Ceramics Biennial 2000, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 216 21st Ave. South Hall, U.M., Jurors: Sandy Simon, Linda Sikora. Purchase Award from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale, St. Croix Valley Potters, Guest artist of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
“Stoneware Construction,” Solo Exhibition, Akar Architecture and Design, 341 E, College St., Iowa City, IA
“The 2000 International Orton Cone Box Show,” Jurors: Jeff Oestreich, Richard Notkin, Nina Hole, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
Ceramics Art Gallery, 35 William St., Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1999
“Wood-fired Tableware,” Solo show. Sydney Grammar School, College Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Artist in Residence, Sydney Grammar School, College Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia, fired with Janet Mansfield in Gulgong, NSW
“Functional Fire: Wood-fired Cup Show,” Held in conjunction with “Different Stokes: The 1999 International Wood-fire Conference,” Potters Choice Award, Artisans Gallery, 117 College St., Iowa City, IA
“1999 NCECA Clay National Exhibition.” Jurors: Tre' Arenz, Robert Brady, Ron Meyers. Biennial showcase exhibition held in conjunction with the Thirty-third Annual National Council on Education For The Ceramic Arts.
The Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 West Main Street, Columbus, OH
“Clay Makers, Visiting Artists Exhibition,” Edina Art Center, 4701 West 64th Street, Edina, MN.
Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale, St. Croix Valley Potters, Guest artist of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo Trail, Lindstrom, MN
1998
Visiting artist workshop: lecture and demonstration, Edina Art Center, 4701 West 64th Street, Edina, MN
“Still Alluring,” Appalachian Center for Crafts, 1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville, TN. An exhibition of hand made lures dedicated to the mystery of attraction. “Hooked on Rootbeer.” Mixed-Media
Annual Pottery Studio Tour and Sale, St. Croix Valley Potters, Guest artist of Linda Christianson, 35703 Vibo trail, Lindstrom, MN
1997
"All Fired Up," National Clay Juried Exhibition. Hosted by Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. Juror: Josh DeWeese
1996
Wood-Fired Clay Exhibition with husband, Kirk Lyttle, George R. A. Johnson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
85th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
1995
84th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
“Minnesota Hot Dish Show,” A juried exhibition of ceramic baking and serving dishes by artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ontario. Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, MN
1993
Professional Opportunity Program Grant recipient to build a raku kiln at Breck School, Minnesota Center for Arts Education Resource Program, Golden Valley, MN
Breck School Faculty Art Show, George R.A. Johnson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Emphasis on Firing: Blackware firing instructor, Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, MN
1991
80th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Honor Award, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
1990
“Clay Work,” exhibition by Jil Franke and Kirk Lyttle, George R. A. Johnson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1988
Minnesota Crafts Council Show, Contemporary Crafts for the Home, International Design Center, Minneapolis, MN
1987
76th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
1986
75th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
Red Star Studios Ceramic Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota
AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
The Clay Studio Shop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico

PUBLICATIONS
2005
500 Cups. Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Company, New York. Spring
2003
Ceramics Monthly. "Centering: Clay and the Midwest," by Elaine Levin. April
2000
Clay Times: The Journal of Ceramic Trends and Techniques. "The Intimate Cup," Issues 54, March/April
1999
Tableware In Clay From Studio And Workshop, by Karen Ann Wood. The Crowood Press Ltd, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Great Britian.