Margaret Bohls’ work in hand-built porcelain encompasses both intricate, architectural constructions and spare, fluid forms. “Many of the sources for my work lie within the long and complex history of ceramics,” she states. “Chinese and Korean celadons, Iranian tin-glazed earthenware, and designed pottery of the Modernist era; these are just a few of the historical genres that have inspired the development of my work.” Margaret, a former professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota and frequent visiting artist and lecturer throughout the country, is also thoughtful about more humble clay practices. “I have a curiosity for the culture of hobby ceramics and its connection to the women’s tradition of decorating on porcelain that has existed in the United States since the 19th century.”
Margaret holds a BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and an MFA in ceramics from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT and has been a visiting artist at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Her work is regularly included in juried exhibitions nationwide. In 2001, Margaret was awarded a prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship. In 2011, she relocated her studio from Minneapolis to Lincoln, NE.