Pottery by Shawn Bagley & portraits of the artist on display

Pottery by Shawn Bagley & portraits of the artist on display


Nearly fifty vessels and other forms of pottery by Shawn Bagley, paired with more than forty portraits of Bagley created over the past year by members of the Arts Center’s drawing group, will be on display November 2-25 at the Arts Center of Saint Peter.

21 Plus Clay & Portraits of the Artist celebrates Bagley’s journey from foster care to the stable family life that began for him in 2008, when his fifth set of parents, Barbara Brindle and Ron Bagley of St. Peter, became his permanent family and encouraged his creative pursuits. In 2013, Bagley transferred to the Minnesota New Country School in Henderson, where instructor Jake Zeiher introduced him to pottery.

“Throwing pots quickly became my go-to coping skill,” Bagley says. “Then it became my life’s passion.” Bagley joined the Arts Center of Saint Peter as a resident potter in 2014, and has since pursued further instruction at Minnesota State University, Mankato; with Pepin, Wisconsin ceramist Art Gannett; and with New London, Minnesota wood-firing specialist Bill Gossman.


“Making pottery makes me feel good,” Bagley says. “I like how the clay feels as it runs through my hands, forming it into something functional that someone can use. I am actually passionate about the whole process of making pottery. I like throwing the pot, trimming the pot, doing firings, and selling the pottery. I really enjoy getting to know people who share the same passion as I do because I feel like I understand them and they understand me.”


The public is welcome at two events celebrating the exhibition: An opening reception on Saturday, November 10, 3-5 p.m., with artist’s remarks at 3:30 p.m.; and a “Writing About Art” workshop on Sunday, November 11, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in which writer and Arts Center Executive Director Ann Rosenquist Fee guides participants through the gallery and gives writing prompts based on exhibition work. Writing About Art is $5-10 per person, and no prior experience or registration is required.

The Arts Center’s galleries are free, wheelchair-accessible and open to the public every Tuesday through Thursday 1-6 p.m., Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m.