Monica Rudquist works primarily in porcelain and is known for the distinctive spiral shapes she achieves. “I love forming a piece of clay on the wheel while it is in a fluid state and I am compelled to create forms which retain this fluidity and gesture,” the Minneapolis artist explains. “I am curious about how far I can push the clay. I test these limits by cutting and recombining thrown forms. This begins a dialogue with the clay that spurs more questionsand responses to the developing form. I choose to work with traditionally functional objects because it introduces the possibility of creating sculptural forms that relate to people on a personal level.”
Monica holds a BA at Macalester College, St. Paul, and an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She has earned awards at the 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park, IL; the Minnesota Craft Council Festival, St. Paul; the Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis; and Art Fair on the Square in Madison, WI. Her work is represented in collections including those of the Minnesota Historical Society and the St. Paul Companies. Formerly a teacher at the Edina Art Center, Edina, MN and St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, she is currently a ceramics instructor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.