"Robert Briscoe" Profile

"For over 40 years, I have been a potter for the shear, simple joy of making things with my own hands, struggling to bring ideas fully into form, watching the studio fill up with fresh pots. With each working cycle I try to renew the initial passion he experienced when I first worked with clay.

I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I seek in this aesthetic is an almost brutal rawness. I want my pots to engage people where they live, and to play a part in their savoring of life. It is important to me that my pots end up somewhere people are cooking and eating and sharing. I am continually amazed by the sweetness of this life."

- Robert Briscoe -

Selected Exhibitions:

Warren & Nancy MacKenzie and Midwest Potters" Gallery Gen, New York, NY - 2010
"Bridge 10" Contemporary Craft Society, Pittsburg, PA - 2009
"Yunomi Invitational" Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA - 2007, 2008, 2009
"Ripple River Galley" Aitkin, MN - 2009
"La Mesa" Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, MN - 2005-2007, 2009
"Pots with Purpose" LaCoste Gallery, Concord, MA - 2008
"American Masters" Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - 2008
"Behold the Mug" Sivertson Gallery, Duluth, MN - 2008
"Demarest" Karen Karnes, Annual Pottery Invitational, Demarest, NJ - 1992-2008
"Wild Geese" Irish National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, IRE - 2007
"Recent Ceramics" Robert Briscoe, AKAR, Iowa City, IA - 2007
"American Pottery Festival" Northern Clay, Minneapolis, MN - 2003, 2004, 2007
"New York Tea Party" Dai Ichi Gallery, New York City, NY – 2007
"Warren MacKenzie and the Midwest Five" Gallery Gen, New York, NY - 2006
"Centering-Clay in the Midwest" Free Hand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - 2006
"Functional Connections" LaCoste Gallery, Concord, MA - 2006
"Functional Ceramics Invitational" Alfred University, Alfred, NY - 2005
"Twenty Five Choose Twenty Five" Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2004
"Robert Briscoe/Matthew Metz" Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2003
"Functional Pots" Show of Hands, Denver, CO - 2003
"Ten Year Retrospective Alumni Exhibit" Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis - 2002
"A Glimpse of the Invisible" NCECA, Denver, CO - 2000
"Robert Briscoe - Utilitarian Pots" Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN - 2000
"Annual Cup Show" Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2000
"Confluence: The Mackenzie Influence" Continental Clay, Minneapolis, MN 2000
"Strictly Functional Pottery National" Market House Crafts, Lancaster, PA - 1999
"American Pottery Invitational" Meiko Seito Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - 1998
"Robert Briscoe" St. Benedict's College, St. Joseph, MN - 1998
"Clay National" Penn State University, State College, PA - 1998
"Response" Sarah Thomas Connection, Minneapolis, MN - 1998
"Monarch Tile National" San Angelo Museum, San Angelo, TX - 1997
"Not Just Another Pretty Vase" Ariana Gallery, Royal Oak, MI - 1996
"Cup Invitational" Artworks Gallery, Seattle, WA - 1996
"Warren Mackenzie and Friends" Bluffton and Columbus, OH - 1995
"Dinner at Six" Craft Company #6, Rochester, NY and American Details, Coconut Grove, FL - 1993
"St. Olaf's Ceramics Invitational" Northfield, MN - 1993
"Domesticware" Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY - 1992
"Minnesota Potters" Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL - 1992
"Pots" 414 Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI - 1992
"Fourth Annual Dinnerware Show" Signature Shop Gallery, Atlanta – 1991
"Uncommon Ground" Northern Clay Center Gallery, St. Paul, MN - 1987
"Invitational" McNider Museum, Mason City, IA - 1987
"Table Trimmings" Crain/Wolov Gallery, Tulsa, OK - 1986
"Crafts National" Penn State University, State College, PA - 1986
"Contemporary Crafts" International Design Center, Minneapolis, MN - 1986
"Clay Containers" Concordia College, Moorhead, MN - 1986

Selected Shows:

The Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
American Craft Expo, Evanston, IL
The Washington Craft Show, Washington DC
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL
The Philadelphia Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
Old Town Arts Festival, Chicago, IL
Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI
St Croix Valley Potters Tour, MN
Pottery Invitational, Old Church Cultural Center, Demerest, NJ
Sausalito Festival of Art, Sausalito, CA
Winter Park Festival of Art, Winter Park, FL
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Sun Valley Arts Festival, Sun Valley, ID
Lakefront, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
New Orleans Jazz Festival, New Orleans, LA
American Crafts Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Des Moines Festival of Art, Des Moines, IA
Boca Raton Museum Festival, Boca Raton, FL
American Craft Expo, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Plaza Art Festival, Kansas City, MO
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL
Minnesota Crafts Festival, St. Paul, MN

Selected Awards:

American Craft Expo, Evanston, IL - Founders Award - 2008
Craft Boston, Boston, MA - First Place - Ceramics - 2008
The Washington Craft Show, Washington DC - Collectors Award - 2007
McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists, awarded through The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 2001, 2007
Uptown Art Fair - Minneapolis, MN - Best of Show - 1996-2003, 2005, 2007
Des Moines Arts Festival - Award of Excellence - 2006
Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL - Second Place - 2005
Winter Park Festival of Art - Winter Park, FL - First Place - 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005
East Central Arts Council McKnight Fellowship - 2005
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO - Third Place - 2002
Clay National - Penn State U., State College, PA - Award of Excellence - 2000
Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition - Second Place - 1999
Oconomowok Festival of Art - Oconomowok, WI - First Place - 1999
Great Gulf Coast Festival of Art - Pensacola, FL - First Place - 1997
Boca Raton Museum of Art Crocker Center - Third Place, Ceramics - 1994
American Artisan Festival - Nashville, TN - Award of Excellence - 1990
Jerome Foundation Award, American Craft Expo - St. Paul, MN - 1987
Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival, Pensacola, FL – Award of Excellence - 1986


Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery, Washington DC
Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis MN
Racine Art Museum, Racine WI
Margaret Harlow Collection, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
Minnesota State Historical Society Museum, St. Paul, MN
The Bindley Collection, Madison, WI
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Gallery Representation:

AKAR, Iowa City, IA
The Grand Hand, St Paul, MN
Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, TN
LaCoste Gallery, Concord, MA
Lemieux Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mindy Solomon Gallery, St Petersburg, FL
Red Star Studio Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN


Art Center of Minnesota, Wayzata, MN 1999, 2009
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN - 2009
Arrowmont School of Art, Gatlinburg, TN - 2008
Red Star Studios, Kansas City MO - 2004, 2007
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM - 2007
Edina Arts Center, Edina, MN - 2000-2007
Irish National Craft Council, Thomastown, IRE - 2007
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO - 2007
Wichita State University, "Clay Nation", Wichita, KS - 2006
Northern Clay Center, McKnight Workshop, 2006
Roswell Art Center, Roswell, GA - 2006
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA - 2005
Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI - 2003, 2005
Hinckley Pottery Workshop, Washington DC - 2002, 2004
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton NJ - 2003
American Pottery Festival, Minneapolis MN - 2003
"Ash Glazes" Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, MN - 2002
Duluth Art Center, Duluth MN - 2002
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario - 2001
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL - 2001
Kilns & Firing, Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, MN - 2000
"Altered Forms" Orlando Arts Commission, Orlando, FL - 2000
University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI - 2000
"Warren McKenzie and Friends" NCECA, Continental Clay, MN - 2000
University of Wisconsin, Superior, WI - 1999
92nd Street Y, New York, NY - 1999
Cambridge Potters Guild, Cambridge WI - 1999
"10 Points of View" Northern Clay Center, St. Paul, MN - 1998
Macalaster College, St. Paul, MN - 1998
Lill Street Gallery Studios, Chicago, IL -1997
Florida International University, Miami FL - 1996
St. Olaf's College, Northfield, MN - 1995
McNider Museum, Mason City, IA - 1993


Graduate, Kansas State University, BS Economics


James Vandergriff, Zarah, KS - 1967-1968
Wynne Studios, Colorado Springs, CO - 1969
The Gallery Studio, Fort Collins, CO - 1970