Kevin Flicker graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 1974 with degrees in Psychology and English. Afterwards he followed an irrepressible interest in ceramics by enrolling in numerous classes to develop his skill. In 1985 he sought out an apprenticeship with Richard Bresnahan at the Saint John’s Pottery. In 1987 he returned to the University of Minnesota, Morris, as a ceramic instructor, a position he has held ever since. In 2001 he received a Distinguished Teaching Award, and many of his students have successfully entered graduate programs, residencies, and apprenticeships. Kevin exhibits frequently and his works have been featured in twenty-six solo and group shows in the last decade.
Kevin’s passion is to create high-quality, functional ceramics—vases, cups, from local materials. His quiet, unassuming wares are surprisingly elegant. Their profiles are inevitably clean and strong, and their surfaces are often adorned with glassy green-gold rivulets of glaze that he creates from local clays and wood ash. Glaze and iron-rich slip also accentuate Kevin’s delft carving of natural motifs on some of his pieces, reflecting his love of his native Minnesota and the Midwest prairie.
Dr. Matthew Welch
Curator, Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay
Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN; 2010