Artist Access Grants

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Michael L. Smieja
Recipient Type
Individual
Status
Completed
Start Date
October 2018
End Date
October 2018
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Cook
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017 Regular Session, chapter 91, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access ACHF Arts Education ACHF Cultural Heritage

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$11,450
Direct expenses
$12,450
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I would like to build a propane reduction kiln on my property in Grand Marais, Minnesota. The goal is to improve the quality and variation of my work. I feel that moving to atmosphere firing is the next level in my career as a professional potter. I have several years of experience firing other people’s kilns, I think that it is time that I move into my own kiln firing. By building this kiln I can make a wider variety of work, not only in the type of firing but also in size. This kiln will allow me to go to a wider range of firing temperatures along with taking my maximum size of 22" in height to more than four 1/2 feet in height. While my electric kiln is designed to reach temperatures as high as cone 10, it is not very friendly on the kiln. Using this kiln will allow me to fire in a reduced atmosphere. This kiln will also allow me to fire larger loads at a time. Firing with propane is also more economical that the current rates of electricity. First goal is to get the kiln built. This will be simply measured by the kiln being built. Second goal is to be sure that it works. This will be measured by firing a bisque firing, a cone six reduction firing, and finally a cone ten reduction firing. Once a successful firing has happened we will measure the capacity of the kiln compared to my current Skutt KM 1027 electric kiln. The goal here is to reduce the amount of times that I have to glaze fire in a given time period, while measuring this I will also determine if the cost of firing a propane kiln is more affordable than an electric kiln. Finally with peer evaluation I will determine if my work has improved based on the firing in the new kiln.

Source of Additional Funds

Other,local or private

Project Overview

Artist Access Grants

Project Details

To finish building my reduction kiln.

Project Manager
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Smieja
Organization Name
Michael L. Smieja
State
MN
Phone
(612) 558-1501
Email
mikesmieja@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Moira Villiard: visual artist, Cultural Programming Coordinator at American Indian Community Housing Organization; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Margaret Holmes: visual artist, poet, and former Children’s Theatre employee; Tammy Mattonen: visual artists, co-founder of Crescendo Youth Orchestra; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Ariana Daniel: mixed media artist, arts instructor; Kathy Neff: musician, Director, Fine Arts Academy at the University of Minnesota-Duluth; Ron Piercy: jeweler, gallery owner; Emily Swanson: arts administrator at Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community; Christina Nohre: writer and arts advocate.

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Tara Makinen: Executive Director of Itasca Orchestra and Strings, musician; Amber Burns: choreographer, dancer, actor, middle school art teacher; Kayla Aubid: Native American craft artist, writer, employee at MacRostie Art Center; Kathy Neff: musician, Director, Fine Arts Academy at the University of Minnesota-Duluth; Ron Piercy: jeweler, gallery owner

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No