Carleton Connects: Kelly Connole on collaborating through clay

16 May 2017

“…I realized there was a language I had no idea existed until I had wet clay in my hands.” 

French, Mandarin, and Greek are among many choices for foreign language learning at Carleton. However, for Professor Kelly Connole, it was the language of ceramics that gave voice to her thoughts and stories. Join Carleton Connects as Kelly shares how she teaches the language of clay to students and how she learns from her collaborations with the Carleton community, be it her Geology and Arboretum colleagues or partnerships with the Center for Community and Civic Engagement through the annual Empty Bowls event, among others. She will also share observations of her own work as well as the impact she sees Carleton alumni making in the wider ceramics community.

This program took place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

About the Speaker

Kelly Connole teaches ceramics and the junior and senior practicums in the art department.  A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examine relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including two McKnight Fellowships, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant.  She currently serves as faculty mentor to the 2020 Posse Scholars at Carleton and as co-director of the Mellon Foundation Public Works Grant.

Kelly has been at Carleton since 2004 where she is an Associate Professor of Art in the Art/Art History department.  To view her work, please visit