Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2012-13
Megan Jorgenson resides in Kimball, MN, where she and her husband JD Jorgenson operate Maine Prairie Studio, a ceramics studio, teaching space and gallery. She received an MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University in 2012. Since then, she has been an Artist in Residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center, North Dakota State University, Northern Clay Center and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Marlboro College in Vermont. Currently, she teaches at Saint Cloud Technical and Community College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Megan’s functional and sculptural work has exhibited in galleries nationwide and been featured in Ceramics Monthly. She has taught workshops focused on printing on clay at numerous locations: Grand Marais Art Colony, Studio 550 in Manchester NH, and North Dakota State University. She received a McKnight Individual Artist Award in 2016 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board and a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Through my studio practice, I examine human relationship with place, and contemplate intrinsic, contradictory yearnings for belonging and freedom. My work frames distant and local landscapes, with a goal of providing space for the examination of inner and outer worlds.
My ideas find voice through both functional and sculptural objects, united by an interest in reconciling surface to volume. My practice is fed by an ongoing curiosity regarding forming methods as well as the application of printmaking processes to clay. Through the interplay between pictorial and spatial dimensions, it is my intention to create a dialogue between illusory and actual space.