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Juliane Shibata

Show runs: November 10, 2017 through mid-January 2018



Artist Statement

I paint with underglazes on my functional and sculptural porcelain pieces, often referencing imagery found in Japanese paintings, screens, and pottery. My botanical installations reflect on relationships between humans and the natural world. Flowers and plants have a defined lifespan – they grow, bloom, fade, and decompose. Ceramics are durable – they can last millennia. I am interested in the contrast between the transience of nature and the relative stability of fired ceramics, in beauty that can be both ephemeral and enduring.


About Juliane

Juliane lives in Northfield, MN. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University, having previously graduated from Carleton with a BA in Studio Art. She was selected as a 2016 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly and has been an artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Juliane received a 2014 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and her work belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection. This fall, her work is included in exhibitions at the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College, Veronique Wantz Gallery, Raymond Avenue Gallery, Inver Hills Community College, and KOBO Gallery in Seattle. Juliane looks forward to having work displayed at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in January 2018.



We Connect Makers, Growers & Community

To Our Customers—

As we move toward the new year, we are re-affirming our vision of Kopplin’s as a connection point for makers, growers, and community. This is demonstrated in three significant commitments:

• to organic (as well as local, ethical and sustainable) products, including all certified organic Midwest dairy

• to our employees, including livable wages since January 1, 2015 and paid time off for all staff beginning January 1, 2017

• to clarity and transparency for our customers, including an honest menu that accurately reflects our prices, which already include sales tax and gratuity

We continue to choose our products as a form of support for suppliers we believe in. We continue to offer a welcoming space to all customers and to honor the employees who shape that space for all of us.

As with all businesses, we periodically assess the price of our goods based on market factors. At Kopplin’s, we also use this assessment point as an opportunity to revisit our values and their impact on all aspects of the shop. When St. Paul passed an “Earned Sick and Safe Time” ordinance in September 2016, it became clear to us that we wanted to provide this option for our workers at the earliest opportunity, rather than waiting for our mandated implementation date in 2018. We believe that employees deserve the stability of knowing that illness or critical safety issues will not impact their ability to earn a wage.

The increase in price you see reflected on our new menu allows us to continue providing high-quality local, organic, and sustainable products. It also allows us to lay the groundwork for paid time off in 2017. Coming after two years of successful tip-free higher wages, we feel like this is a clear and positive next step to take action on our values.

As always, we thank you for joining us at the table.

Andrew & Amanda Kopplin, Owners