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Will Swanson

Biography to Display: 

1947 Born Rochester, Minnesota


MA University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota


1975—Studio Artist, Sunrise, Minnesota



Will Swanson is known for wheel-thrown and altered functional stoneware pottery meant for household use. Surface techniques include faceting in the leather-hard stage and assembling wheel-thrown segments into a finished form.

Swanson gas fires work in a reduction atmosphere. Glazes are typically limited with clay and hand-made qualities emphasized.

Swanson shares a studio with his wife Janel Jacobson. In addition to his personal creations, Swanson was instrumental in founding and for over a quarter of a century developing the annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour in Minnesota.


Bibliography to Display: 

Espeland, Pamela. "Minnesota's Culture of Pots: A Look Inside the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour." MinnPost, May 9, 2018. 



Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 4"
Surface Technique: Shino Glaze
Photo: Janel Jacobson
Photo: Janel Jacobson

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified July 21, 2023.