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Maren Kloppmann is a ceramic artist renown for her architectonic wall sculptures. Both her large and small-scale installations are a study in the reconciliation of the divergent qualities of natural and man-made structures by creating a visual dialog between the two aesthetic aspects.

Kloppman was born in Germany in 1962 and raised in Veerssen. In 1981, Kloppmann undertook a three-year apprenticeship at Keramik Handwerkskammer for production pottery. Upon receiving her Journeyman degree in 1984, Kloppmann travelled to the United States to pursue a yearlong studio assistantship in Iowa City, and completed several artist-in-residencies in North Carolina and Michigan. She later received her undergraduate degree at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1993, and her master's degree at the University of Minnesota in 1996.

After a 17-year career in functional ceramics, Kloppmann began experimenting with volume and proportion.  Taking inspiration from both her urbane working environment, and the austere simplicity of her studio and wooden treadle, Kloppmann describes her style as the "visual confluence between control and serendipity," and it is obvious that each of her sculptures, handcrafted from soft clay slabs, embody a balance between precision in design and the subtlety of the artist's touch.

Kloppmann creates sculptural wall installations and porcelain vessels, employing a combination of techniques that include throwing, slab building and coiling, with an apparent focus on the three dimensional space that the pieces occupy. Her objective developed from utilitarianism into the artistic reconstitution of space, which she achieves through the creation of porcelain sculpture in shapes of definitive relief, depth, texture and color. She also pursues specific means of presentation, such as wall mounting, in which her sculptures appear to manipulate sources of light. This is ultimately how Kloppmann's Shadow Wall Pillow series was conceived.

The resulting artworks are stable, contained shapes, often in modular repetition. The juxtaposition of colored glazes creates soft tensions and unique geometries. Her works can appear at once organic and architectural; they are minimalist studies in the precision of line, volume and form that blur the boundaries between craft design and fine art.

Maren Kloppman currently lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she operates her own studio and gallery.  She is a three-time McKnight Fellow, and her awards include a Jerome Fellowship and five Minnesota State Arts Board grants. Her work is represented in numerous museums including the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento CA, the Frederik R.Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis MN, the Herberger Museumof Art & Design, Tempe AZ, the Historical Society of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis MN, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO and the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth MN.

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MAREN KLOPPMANN
Born: 1962 in Veerssen, Germany

Education
1993-1996       Master of Fine Art. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1989-1993       Bachelor of Fine Art. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1981-1984       Journeyman Diploma. Keramik Handwerkskammer, Germany

Awards
2014    Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant
2009    McKnight Artist Fellowship administered by Northern Clay Center
            Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul, MN
2005    McKnight Artist Fellowship administered by Northern Clay Center
            Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul, MN
2002    McKnight Artist Fellowship administered by Northern Clay Center
            Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, St. Paul, MN
2001    Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, St. Paul, MN
1998    Jerome Artist Project Grant, administered by Northern Clay Center
1996    Zelda Berman Fliegel Memorial Scholarship, University of Minnesota
1994-96 Dayton Hudson Foundation Intern Fellowship, Minneapolis MN
1994    Brown/MacKenzie Art Scholarship, University of Minnesota
1993    Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Solo and Two Persons Exhibitions
2019    Hostler Burrows Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)
2013    Del Harrow & Maren Kloppmann, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO 
2012    Maren Kloppmann & Ellen Richman, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2010    Rebecca Crowell & Maren Kloppmann, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2009    Maren Kloppmann & Nancy Selvin, Signature, Atlanta, GA
2008    In the Niche, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 
2007    Maren Kloppmann, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
2006    Minimal Contrast, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
            Blueprints 01, University Gallery, La Crosse, WI
2005    Maren Kloppmann, LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2004    Spatial Containment, Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City, IA
2003    Maren Kloppmann, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Thresholds, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
2002    Maren Kloppmann, Galerie b15, Munich, Germany
2001    Space and FormAkar Architecture & Design, Iowa City, IA
            Yellow, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018    Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland (forthcoming)
            FOG Design + Art, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2017    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            The SALON Art + Design, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
            TEFAF New York Spring, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
2016    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            The SALON Art + Design, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Expo Chicago, Hostler Burrows, Chicago, IL
            Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
            Winter Antiques Show, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
2015    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            The SALON Art + Design, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Expo Chicago, Hostler Burrows, Chicago, IL
            Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
            FOG Design + Art, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2014    Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
            The SALON Art + Design, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Six Women, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            FOG Design + Art, Hostler Burrows, San Francisco, CA
2013    New Century Modern, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
            New Century Modern II, NCECA, Fine Arts Museum, Houston, TX
            The Sum of its Parts, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Winter 2012-2013, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2012    Culinary Cultures, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
            3 Artists: New Work, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
            National Biennial Ceramics Invitational, Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL
            Small Favors VII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Artist Plates, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
            Minnesota Artists, Minnetonka Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 
2011    Many Paths: A Legacy of Karen Karnes, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
            Minnesota Nice, LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
            Small Favors VI, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            McKnight Traveling Exhibition, Arts Center of Saint Peter, St. Peter, MN
            McKnight Traveling Exhibition, Owatanna Art Center, Owatanna, MN
            McKnight Traveling Exhibition, Paradise Center for the Arts,
                 St. Faribault, MN
            Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
            35th Anniversary Show, LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
            The Vase And Beyond, Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
2010    5 Utilitarian Voices, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
            Snow White, Cross MacKenzie Ceramic Arts, Washington, DC
            Bricks & Mortar, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Vases of Spring, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
            Small Favors V, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 
            H&R Block Art Space (Re)Form, Kansas City Art Institute, MO
            6 McKnight Artists, Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Encore!, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
            Midwest Potters, Mashiko Municipal Ceramic Museum, Mashiko, Japan
            Our Cups Runneth Over, The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA 
            Joy of Bowls, Worcester Center for Crafts, MA
            Basins, Baskets and Bowls, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
            Creating & Collecting, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
​                 Kansas City, MO
            Ceramics Then / Ceramics Now, Minnesota Museum of American Art,
​                 St. Paul, MN
            MacKenzie & Midwest Potters, Gallery Gen, New York, NY
2009    Summer Group Show, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
            Collect, The Nevica Project, An Online Exhibition
            Art & Objects, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
            Abstraction, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Hand-built National, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
            Small Favors IV, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Summer of Love, Dow Studio, Deer Isle, ME
            Northern Exposure, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI
2008    Functional Variations, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
            Our Cups Runneth Over, The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
            The Art of Dining, Worcester Center for Crafts, MA
            Double Chamber: from the kilns of MN and WI, Trax, Berkeley, CA
            Distinctive Line, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
            Ceramic Invitational 2008, Cervini Haas, Scottsdale, AZ
            Exquisite Pots, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Small Favors III, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Pittsburgh, PA
            Potpouri: Pots that Pour, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
            10th Anniversary Show, Red Star Studio, Kansas City, MO
2007    Gifted, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            From the Studio, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
            Teapot Invitational 2007, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
            Annual Clay National, Dowstudio, Deer Isle, ME
            Eat With Your Eyes, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Winterfest 2007, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
            Hand Held Drinking Vessels, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, IL
            Table Tops, Long Beach Island Foundation, NJ
            Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
            Unadorned, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Small Favors II, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Contrast: Explorations in Black & White, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
            37th Annual Ceramics Exhibition, Crossman Gallery, Whitewater, WI
            Yunomi Invitational, Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City, IA
            Flower Power: Vessels of Containment, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            Cups Coming Together, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
            La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Louisvillle, KY
            Women Who Work In Porcelain, Goodall Gallery, Louisville, KY
2006    Warren MacKenzie and the Midwest Five, Gallery Gen, New York, NY
            McKnight Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            30/30, Lilll Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
            Pots in Portland: 15 Approaches, Japanese Garden Gallery, Portland, OR
            Minimal/ist, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
            For the Table, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore, MD
            Sitting Pretty, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
            Less is more / more or less, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
            30 x 5, Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City, IA

2005    30 x 5, Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City, IA
            For the Table, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore, MD
            The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            The Box. White. American Master., Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Minimal, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
            4 Minnesota Potters, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA, (Juror’s Award)
            Pots: Objects of Virtue, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
            The Contemporary Cup, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004    Clay Modern Masters Exhibition, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, Australia
            Soda Fired, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, NM
            Faszination Porzellan, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
            Working Potters: Mentors and Colleagues, Birke Art Gallery,
​                 Huntington, WV
            For the Table, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Baltimore, MD
            Thinking outside the Box, Earth And Fire, Vienna, VA
            Small Treasures, LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
2003    Studio Pottery Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA
            McKnight Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Container - Content, The Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
            Kuenstler der Galerie, galerie b 15, Munich, Germany
            Women in Clay: Pots for Daily Use, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC
            Soda Fired Porcelain, Wood Fired Stoneware, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
            Architectural Allusions, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
            Dinner is Served, Worcester Center for Crafts, MA
2002    Peter Beasecker/ Maren Kloppmann, LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
            Functional Foursight, The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA
            Centering: Clay & the Midwest, Freehand, Los Angeles, CA
            Thirteen Minnesota Artists, Minnetonka Center for the Arts,
​                 Minnetonka, MN
            Porcelain: Another Touch, Red Star Studio, Kansas City, MO
            American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Uncanny Visions, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
            Fresh American Perspectives, Augustana College Art Gallery, Rock Island, IL

Installation Commissions
2013    Private Residence, Minneapolis, MN
            Private Residence, Minneapolis, MN
2012    Private Residence, Minneapolis, MN
            Humboldt Lofts, Minneapolis, MN
            Emerson Process Management, Bloomington, MN
            Mill City District Loft, Minneapolis, MN
2011    Private Residence, Minneapolis, MN
            Private Residence, Lake Michigan, WI
            Axis Insurance, St. Paul, MN
            Private Residence, Apple Valley, MN
            Private Residence, Eagan, MN
            Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
2008    The Westin Hotel Galleria, Edina, MN

Professional Experience
2013    CSA Juror, MNArtists.org, Minneapolis, MN
2010    Art Grants Panel, MN Regional Arts Council, St. Paul, MN
            E-Commerce Panel, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2006-2010 Exhibition Committee, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2004    Juror for “Box Exhibition," Akar Architecture & Design, Iowa City, IA
2004    Panel: Collector’s Forum, Regis Center of Art, University of Minnesota
2003    Jerome Grant Juror, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
1996-1999 Exhibition Coordinator, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
1988-1989 Artist-in-Residence, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI 

Teaching Experience
2002-2004     Mentor in MFA Visual Arts Program, Minneapolis College of
​                           Art & Design
1999-2002     Adjunct Faculty (Introduction to Art), University of Wisconsin,
​                           River Falls, WI
1999    Adjunct Faculty (Beginning Ceramics), University of Wisconsin, River
​                 Falls, WI
1998    Adjunct Faculty (Intermediate Ceramics), University of Minnesota,
​                 Minneapolis, MN

Workshops, Lecture, Panels
2013    ArtMob Artist Lecture, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2012    Panel Discussion, University of Minnesota Extension Program, St. Paul, MN
2011    Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN
2010    Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2009    Panelist at Northern Exposure, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI
2007    State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN
            University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2006    University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
            Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
2005    Iowa State University, Cedar Falls, IA
            Carleton College, Northfield, MN
2004    Clay Modern, International Conference, Gulgong, Australia
            Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
2003    University of Illinois, Edwardsville, IL
            Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2002    University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, WI
            University of Wisconsin, Pigeon Lake, WI
2001    University of Wisconsin, Pigeon Lake, WI
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN
            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2000    Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
1998    University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI
            Edina Art Center, Edina, MN
1997    University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI
            Winona State University, Winona, MN
1996    University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI

 Publications
2013    Online Publication, Contemporary American Pottery
2012    Collecting Minnesota by Mary Abbe, Star Tribune, April 29
2011    Contemporary Clay, Modern Magazine, p.125
2010    Catalog of the Swidler Collection, Crocker Art Museum, p.252
            Essay by Robert Silberman, McKnight Exhibition Catalog
            Surfaces, Glazes & Firing by Angelica Pozo
            Up-Front Feature, Ceramics Monthly, December
2009    Focus - Working Potters, Ceramics Monthly, Summer
            Lifestyle/Eye on Design, MPLS/STP Magazine, October
2006    Up-Front Feature, Ceramics Monthly, May
            Essay by Robert Silberman, McKnight Exhibition Catalog
2004    Ceramics: Art and Perception, Robert Silberman, Issue 55
            Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin, 3rd Edition
2003    Space and Form, Ceramics Monthly, February
            Essay by Robert Silberman, McKnight Exhibition Catalog
2002    Ceramics: Art and Perception, Patricia Briggs, Issue 48
2001    The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, Kevin A. Hluch
            Ceramics Mastering the Craft, Richard Zakin, 2nd Edition
            Up-Front, Ceramics Monthly, February, p. 26
2000    Up-Front, Ceramics Monthly, December, p. 20
1999    Up-Front,Ceramics Monthly, September, p. 12-14
            Portfolio, American Craft, Feb/Mar, p. 92
            Contact/Ceramics, a Canadian Perspective, Spring, no. 116, p. 47
1998    Minnesota Invitational, Ceramics Monthly, April, p.47
            Vessels That Pour, Clay Times, Sept/Oct, p.14
1996    The Best of Pottery, Angela Fina and Jonathan Fairbanks, p. 69
1991    Mastering the Craft, Richard Zakin, p. 198, Fig. 12-43 

Permanent Collections
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Herberger Museum of Art & Design, Tempe, AZ
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Mudgee Art Council, New South Wales, Australia
Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, MN
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN

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