Donovan and Colleen live and work in rural Eureka Township, Minnesota, 30 miles south of Minneapolis. They share their home with two busy dogs and five spoiled cats. They share the same studio, equipment and kilns, but work independently in adjacent spaces. They fire their work on site in gas, soda and bourry box wood kilns.
Donovan's current focus is on functional work, thrown and altered vessels in atmospheric (soda/salt and wood) firings. He has been working in ceramics for over 40 years. He makes pots when time allows, and is well-known in the ceramics world as owner of Master Kiln Builders. He received his MFA in Ceramics at the University of Minnesota. He exhibits his work nationally, and has received numerous grants and awards, including the 2018 McKnight Fellowship. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, and has taught at the Northern Clay Center and Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
Colleen transitioned from a career in graphic design into full-time ceramic arts nearly 20 years ago. She creates highly-decorated work for everyday use and special occasions. Her work ranges from functional pieces and vessels to wall and garden art. She began her studies at the Northern Clay Center, and continued her education by working closely with area potters and attending workshops. She participates in several tours, art fairs, and exhibitions each year, and her work can be found in the shops of the Northern Clay Center (MN), Seasons Gallery (WI), and Lark and Key (NC). She is founder and past president of Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists (MNWCA), and has taught at several area art centers.
Donovan and Colleen are hosts of the Cannon River Clay Tour, an annual event featuring 20+ ceramic artists and guests at four stops in the Northfield, MN area.