Ceramics made from collected rocks, minerals and clays
by Mitch Iburg in Minnesota
An Ash-glazed Vessel by Mitch Iburg made of collected kaolinitic and sedimentary clays harvested in the Minnesota River Valley with crushed rhyolitic sand from Northern Minnesota.
Wheel-thrown tea cups by Mitch Iburg created using various recipes of slips using clays, sands, and feldspar
“I research and collect rocks, minerals and clays throughout Minnesota,”Minnesota potter Mitch Iburg says.
He gathers, tests, and prepares the clay all year around, which is at the heart of his work. Maintaining this commitment limits how much can be produced, but Mitch believes that it is crucial to know the origins and history of these resources to keep a strong connection to the natural environment that they came from.