A 2008 ceramics graduate from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Helenske dove into the life of an artist when he and his new wife packed up their lives and drove to Seattle in 2009. Two days after arriving in Seattle, he pedaled his bicycle to Pottery Northwest, enrolled in classes and began working as a studio technician. In June of 2010 Helenske became a resident artist at Pottery Northwest. A highlight of his time at Pottery Northwest was Helenske’s involvement with the recent NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference in Seattle where he not only exhibited in many galleries around Seattle, but also helped to coordinate conference demonstrations and personally assisted the internationally acclaimed soda-firing artist Gail Nichols in her sold-out hands-on firing workshop at Pottery Northwest.
Helenske is now concluding his artist-in-residency at Pottery Northwest with his own virtuoso solo soda show: The End is Nothing, The Road is All. Akin to wood and salt firing, but also very different, the dramatic surfaces that can be achieve from soda firing requires an in-depth understanding of flame patterns and paths. The End is Nothing, The Road is All presents the fruits of Helenske’s 2 year journey learning the intricacies of loading and firing soda kilns at Pottery Northwest.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm. For further information and high-resolution images, please contact Nana Kuo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the artist is also available at HelenskeClayworks.com.
Founded in 1966 as a non-profits arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career. World class professional artist residencies, exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center.