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Monica Rudquist

Monica Rudquist is a clay artist based in Minneapolis Minnesota. She works primarily with porcelain to create playful thrown and altered functional objects and wall installations.

Her work has been exhibited widely over the past 25 years in solo and group exhibitions as well as at many Art Fairs across the Midwest. Most recently she completed a year long project, INCONTEXT funded by a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to create a 24 foot long wall installation.

Her work can be found in various galleries across the country as well as in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Minnesota Historical Society, the McKnight Foundation and St. Paul Companies.

Rudquist grew up in the Twin Cities. She studied at Macalester College with Gail Kristensen and Ron Gallas. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills Michigan where she studied with Jun Kaneko. After returning to the Twin Cities Monica became a member of WARM gallery and a founding member of the Northern Clay Center. She is currently a member of Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists and NCECA. 

Rudquist has spent the last 25 years working as both a studio artist and teacher. One of her projects was at Seward Montessori where over a three year period, she led 700 K-8th grade students in making and installing a tile mural representing the “Time Line of Life”, one of the core parts of the Montessori curriculum. She currently teaches at St. Catherine University where she works side by side with her students.

Artist Statement

“My work includes both functional pieces and larger wall installations. The wheel is my primary tool of choice. I love forming a piece of clay on the wheel while it is in a fluid state. I am compelled to create forms that retain this fluidity and gesture after they are fired. I am curious about how far I can push the clay, to test the limits of this material. I strive to create work that explores the space between function and sculpture, while remaining connected to the tradition of the wheel.”