Visions In Clay 2019
September 5 - 27, 2019
Opening Reception: September 5th 2019, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Sarah Millfelt, Northern Clay Center
Sarah Millfelt was born to act, yet never bought her Greyhound ticket to Hollywood. Instead, she opted to pursue studies at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she earned her BFA in ceramics and photography. After 10 years of managing a casual wedding photography business, while simultaneously climbing the ranks within Northern Clay Center as a staff member in various capacities, Sarah became the Center’s youngest executive director in October of 2011. Part firefighter, fisherwoman, farmer, and Wizard of Oz, most day’s you’ll find her fighting office fires, reeling in grants, methodically growing support for the ceramic arts and cultivating the community’s love of clay, and ensuring the organization maintains its brains, heart, and courage, as well as its reputation for excellence, diversity, and nimbleness in response to the world around it.
Sarah was the first non-maker to be celebrated in a social media campaign last year when #potsinaction through their #PIAbadasswomen campaign said of her, “Sarah has catapulted it [Northern Clay Center] to national prominence through her vision, charm, and ability to simply make things happen.”
In addition to her service to the ceramics community, she attempts to feed her love of all things Italian through annual visits to what she believes is her mother land, although ancestry.com confirms she may only possess small percentages of Italian make-up. Sarah is a mother to two, talented and beautiful boys, ages 13 & 15; she’s married to a local potter and professor, Mike Helke; she’s an obsessive gardener. When she’s not advocating on behalf of the ceramic arts or digging in the dirt, she can be found at Farrell’s Fitness, kickboxing daily at 5 am; reading cake baking books as feverishly as one would read romance novels; or in her kitchen baking up a storm and practicing her English accent, in preparation for potential inclusion on the BBC’s Great British Bake Off.