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Dave Olson, Published January 11 2013

Art full of fluidity, feathers

Vining, Minn. - Kim Anderson creates ceramic art in her home studio on East Battle Lake near Vining.

It’s a fitting location because her designs, which often begin as doodles, tend to display a wavy quality.

“It’s very fluid. It’s as if you could put water currents on pottery, that’s the only way I can describe it,” said Anderson, who is a 1984 graduate of Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls.

Her interest in clay began taking shape in high school.

“I had an amazing high school instructor,” Anderson said, referring to Anne Piersol, who is now retired.

She said that during her senior year she spent three hours a day in the art room.

“She (Piersol) ordered me different kinds of clay and let me play,” said Anderson, who over the years continued to work in the medium.

When she and her husband, Martin, moved to their current home several years ago, he built her a studio, complete with a pair of kilns.

Because of arthritis, Anderson said she tends to move away from physically demanding projects.

“I’ve had some problems with my hands, because when you’re working with pottery, you tend to wear them out” she said.

“I’m just throwing flat plates and doing birds on them,” said Anderson.

Her husband surprised her for Christmas by sneaking a plate out of her studio and having another shop prepare it for display.

“It turned out absolutely beautiful,” she said, adding that he was dismayed she didn’t notice the plate had disappeared.

“He goes to me, ‘You mean you didn’t even know it was missing?’

“I go, ‘Martin, look at my shop. Would I notice anything missing?’ My shop is a mess.”

Anderson does little, if any, marketing of her creations. She is more apt to give them away.

“I’ll donate stuff to silent auctions to raise money for different things,” she said.

The Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue and Education in West Fargo has received gifts of artwork from Anderson and raffled them off to raise funds, said Lois Novacek, director of the shelter.

Anderson also opens her home to birds that need a temporary place to stay.

“She’s amazing,” Novacek said of Anderson.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555