Phil Raskin

Art Form(s)

Ceramics, Mixed Media, Public Art, Sculpture


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I am interested in collaborative work.


Artist Statement

Fire and earth, water and mud. These are the beginnings of our vessels. I have been dreaming of clay works since my seven-year-old summer at the J.C.C. camp Tikvah in Aitkin MN. There I was introduced to a potter’s wheel and the plasticity of clay. From there it was in high school that I was able to start daily practicing the craft. Soon I had equipment and spent hours refining and learning the skills. Several patient teachers later and I was making a full time advocation of ceramics. Now My work is mostly in porcelain, though I find comfort and inspiration in most any clay and ceramic processes. To this day I am considering new forms both sacred and mundane. To hold a favorite coffee mug is a ritual object pottery clay moment. To hold a vessel and call on our souls to remember a time of sanctity is the glue that binds the generations together. May it be a mezzuzah, dreidle, seder plate or other Jewish ritual object, I am happy to make a vessel or object for you. Customized with a name or date or image you might want for your special occasion or holiday. Please contact me for pricing and timing.

2019-Present, New designs based on the Prairie-Olive narrative.

1998- 2015, Instructor at Temple Israel 7th-8th grade program for religious school. Subject was social justice and Jewish ethics.

1996-2003 Owner of North Prairie Tileworks; Handmade tile in the Arts & Crafts style. Specializing in reproductions of historic and some modern tiles.
1989-90 Owned and operated pottery sales booth at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, Oswego, New York. Specializing in Functional Porcelain.
1995 Awarded by the Federation of reconstruction is congregations on April 25, 1995, as a significant contributing artist to the Jewish community.
1986 - 96 Master Potter at Linden Hills Pottery.
1985 Journeyman Potter at Earthworks Pottery
1982-84 Journeyman Potter for Wildflower Pottery
2003-Richie Wagner Community Playground, Waconia MN. Mosaic image 3’ x 5’.
2002 Sholom Home, Minneapolis Donor Recognition Wall 11’ x 6’, Polychromatic relief mural.
2001 Hamsa Sculpture, Michael H Davis Law Office, Minneapolis. Wall sculpture, 3.5’ x 3’.
2001-Ronald McDonald House, Minneapolis. Donor recognition wall 16’ x 6’. Five various wall relief murals.
2000 David Griggs, subcontract for public art, Western State College, CO Wall Mosaic, 10’ x 30’
1999 Trehus Builders, Minneapolis. Corporate identity sign. 2’ x 2’ Polychromatic relief mural.
1999-Saint John’s Hospital, Maplewood MN. Leaf Mosaic fountain surround.
Publications; (pictures and featured articles)
2000 Extruded Ceramics, a Lark Ceramics book
2000 November Mpls./St. Paul Magazine
1999 September Midwest Living Magazine
1999 September Mpls./St. Paul Magazine
1999 Summer issue TC Family Magazine
1998 March Mpls./St. Paul Magazine
1998 May/June Showcase Home Magazine, a supplement to Mpls./St. Paul Magazine
1997 October At Home, a special edition of Star Tribune
Group shows; 2000 April Gallery 360 “Terra Incognito”
Affiliations American Guild of Judaic Art
Available to create or consult on installations, mosaics, wall art, interior and tile designs. I am also available for ceramic process consulting or community art projects.

Work Samples

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