Montana Potter Laureate is a program to give a Montana State resident, artist working in or supporting ceramics arts in the state of Montana, public recognition. Annually we honor excellence and dedication to the ceramic arts. Currently this program is on pause.
2019 Potter Laureate
“Sarah has been an active and productive member of the clay community in Montana for decades. Her pots are found in cupboards, thrift stores and museums across Montana (and the country). During the time I lived in Helena she was a consistent supporter of the Bray and the many young artists who spent time there. In addition to being an amazing potter she has willingly shared her knowledge with others. In recent years she has shown resilience while dealing with health issues and, at the same time (also in response to limitations imposed by her health), developing a strong new body of work.” – Alison Reintjes
2017 Potter Laureate
“I am nominating Beth Lo for this award because of her dedication to her community ever since she moved to Montana to attend graduate school. She has been a inspiring studio artist, devoted educator, has served on The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts board of directors, is a supporter of The Clay Studio of Missoula and an advocate for the arts, all while maintain a thriving music career and being a dedicated mother, wife, and daughter. Beth is a role model and innovator in her community whose career continues to grow and inspire the people around her.” – Crista Ames
Anticipated Exhibition of Beth Lo’s work in the Missoula Airport this year.
2016 First Potter Laureate
Mike and his students artwork from Butte High School will be displayed in the Delta Terminal at the Missoula Airport April thru June in 2017
“Mike has been a lifelong potter and resident of Butte, Montana, learning the craft from his father in the family pottery. As a 25 year educator, Mike teaches at Butte High School and has shared his joy and knowledge with thousands of students and undoubtedly created many potters in the process. Knowing Mike as a teacher, mentor, friend, and peer has been one of the most important influences in my life. I can confidently say that many of his former art students feel similarly. Mike is a testament to dedication to the craft, and I am so glad he has been in the position to support so many young artists.”