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Minnie Negoro

Japanese American, (1919–1998)
Minnie Negoro, a prolific studio potter, created a wide range of thrown functional pieces. She used various clay bodies including stoneware, porcelain and earthenware throughout her career, her work reflected a strong mid-century aesthetic. Negoro and her family had been sent to a Japanese internment camp in Wyoming where she met Daniel Rhodes who helped her leave the internment camp. Rhodes, a mentor to Negoro until his death in 1989 emphasized the importance of technique, skill at the wheel and aesthetics attitudes to work. In addition to her studio work Negoro was a very active teacher who incorporated these fundamental concepts into her teaching. She credited Bernard Leach with making her feel it was okay to be Japanese. In 1965 she was brought to the University of Connecticut where she established a ceramics program in the School of Fine Arts.

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