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Sinner participating in Mug Market at Red River Market

Posted on August 02, 2017

Saturday, Aug. 5 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 409 Broadway, Fargo

Professor Kelli Sinner will be participating in Mug Market at the Red River Market on Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 .p.m located at 409 Broadway, Fargo, ND.

Professor Sinner is a founding member of Cone Pack, a small collective of ceramic artists with a shared vision to create a contemporary clay community in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Cone Pack shares a mission to connect audiences and makers. Through community outreach, public lectures, ceramic-based exhibitions, and studio sales, we aim to provide a glimpse into the making process as well as expanding the visibility of ceramics in the region.  Read the rest of this entry →

Sinner Founding Member of Cone Pack

Posted on May 12, 2016

Professor Kelli Sinner is a founding member of Cone Pack, a new FM area artist collective.

Cone Pack’s inaugural event, “Mug Market” will take place on Saturday, May 14 in partnership with 20 Below Coffee Co. in Fargo. Enjoy Saturday in downtown Fargo with the highest quality coffee and a handcrafted ceramic mug. Each purchase of a handmade mug created by one of Cone Pack’s artists will include a drink token for 20 Below Coffee Co.

Cone Pack is a group of seven artists who work primarily with clay. The founding members of Cone Pack are Guillermo Guardia, Helen Otterson, Kelli Sinner, and MSUM alumni Chris Boedigheimer, Catie Miller, Sam Norman, and Brooke Stewart.

Hoarding Inspiration

Posted on October 11, 2013

By: Danielle Rebel, MSUM Marketing and Communications Intern

Art and Design graduate earns national recognition

Catie Miller has been honing her skills as a ceramic artist since graduating from MSUM in May. She holds degrees in art education and fine arts, emphasis in ceramics.

Miller was recently featured in Ceramics Monthly Magazine’s “Undergraduate Showcase.” Usually, 10 students from across the country are selected for the showcase. This year, only five were featured in the magazine, making Miller’s selection even more prestigious.

“It’s always very exciting and humbling to see that you’re being recognized nationally for your work,” Miller said.

The magazine’s editors said the following of featured students: “Inquisitive research, creative solutions, an interest in craftsmanship and technique – the works by the students chosen for this year’s showcase demonstrate all of these traits. Pretty impressive, not to mention way beyond the work many of us here on the staff of Ceramics Monthly were making as an undergraduate student.”

Hoarding inspired Miller’s work in Ceramics Monthly. The television show, “Hoarders,” and personal experiences in Miller’s life gave her insight on the topic.

“I thought Catie’s work was very ambitious, smart and kind of brave,” said art and design professor Kelli Sinner. “She wasn’t afraid to talk about things that made people uncomfortable.”

The exhibit on hoarding featured six tumbler glasses, as well as a large platter, all, as Sinner says are “beautiful covered with uncomfortable.” This juxtaposition is what intrigues both women as artists.

“It’s kind of interesting as a person who makes objects,” Miller said. “I was interested in why people have that connection (to objects).”

Miller was also featured in Ceramics Monthly’s “Ceramic Yearbook,” which outlines art residencies across the country.

Shortly after graduation, Miller moved to Kansas City, Mo., where she was accepted to the internationally known artist residency program at Red Star Studios. As a studio assistant to MSUM ceramics for several years, Miller acquired several skills, including glaze testing, and is now working to create a new glaze pallet for Red Star Studios.

“I’m not surprised she’s doing well, because she’s really talented and works really hard,” Sinner said.

Miller says that her time at MSUM was essential to her development as an artist.

“The quality of the (art) program at MSUM is competitive to those national art programs,” Miller said.

Thanks to weekly peer and faculty critiques, she said students in the program have to defend their work, which pushes work farther than it’s gone before.

Miller went above and beyond during her time at MSUM. For her graduating showcase, Miller needed to show five pieces of work. Instead she showed 65 different pieces.

Inspiration may be different for each new exhibit, but Miller knows exactly what she wants from her work.

“What I always try to do is have a little humor in my work, a little commentary as well; something that people can reflect on.”

To see Miller’s work and learn more about her as an artist, visit

Miller’s artwork can be purchased online at Etsy.

Art student Catie Miller featured in national publication

Posted on September 25, 2013

Also chosen for prestigious art internship at Red Door

MSUM Art & Design graduate Catie Miller was one of five students chosen for an undergraduate showcase in Ceramic Monthly Magazine. The showcase is a yearly competition open to all ceramic undergraduate students in universities and colleges in the United States, and features photos of winning students’ work, along with a description of the art and the name of the school the student attends. Read the rest of this entry →

Art & Design student featured in Ceramics Monthly

Posted on January 31, 2013

Featured in the February 2013 issue of Ceramics Monthly is an earthenware piece by Department of Art & Design ceramics major Catie Miller. Miller’s piece is named “Hoarder Stacks,” and is part of a collection called “Exposure.”









MSUM art professor Brad Bachmeier leads Fargo Public Art Project

Posted on September 07, 2012

MSUM associate art professor Brad Bachmeier began his tenure as Chair of The Arts Partnership (TAP) this summer. TAP has just launched a public art project in cooperation with the City of Fargo, the Fargo Public Schools and the Fargo Park District. MSUM art student, Catie Miller served as the education liaison for the project which is entitled W4Walking, Waiting, Wondering Words.

Citizens of Fargo are encouraged to submit written words, musings, philosophies, ponderings and poetry for consideration to be stamped permanently in the sidewalks of the city through the website. Read the rest of this entry →

Closing reception of Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Juried Exhibition

Posted on January 26, 2012

The Department of Art & Design, with support from the Office of Student Activities, invites the campus to the closing reception for the Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Third Annual Juried Exhibition on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery (CA 150).

Twenty-five works of art by eighteen Minnesota women ceramic artists, including Kelli Sinner, Art & Design faculty, and Catie Miller, Art & Design student, are included in the exhibition. The exhibition was juried by nationally recognized ceramic artists: Mickey Walsh and Silvie Granatelli. As always, this exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

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