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Abbey Pottery

Assumption Abbey has a lovely, fully-equipped and modern

pottery studio with one of the largest gas-fired kilns in the

entire region.

 Brother Basil Atwell, OSB, was the studio’s first potter. He

already held a degree in Art with a concentration in

ceramics. He excelled in porcelain work, but after only a few

years in the Assumption Abbey studio he felt called to more

active ministry. He returned to St. John’s for seminary and

was ordained to the priesthood in June, 2002. Father Basil

now serves the diocese as a pastor.

     Meanwhile, Assumption Abbey sent Brother Llewellyn

Kouba, OSB, to apprentice under studio potter Sister Denise

Frandrup, OSB, of St. Joseph, Minnesota. He returned to take

over Assumption Abbey studio in 1996. He is known for his

beautiful hand-built, wheel-thrown stoneware, terracotta

and porcelain and holds a special interest

in native clay and glazes.

     A good many items can go into the studio’s 45 cubic foot

gas-down/draught kiln. A typical firing matures the glaze

melt at around 2,300 - 2,381 degrees Fahrenheit, and can

take eighteen to twenty hours to complete.

     The abbey studio is not opened to the public. Visits are

arranged by appointment only. When available, pottery is in

the Abbey Gift Shop.

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 Brother Basil Atwell, OSB, was the studio’s first potter. He

already held a degree in Art with a concentration in

ceramics. He excelled in porcelain work, but after only a few

years in the Assumption Abbey studio he felt called to more

active ministry. He returned to St. John’s for seminary and

was ordained to the priesthood in June, 2002. Father Basil

now serves the diocese as a pastor.

     Meanwhile, Assumption Abbey sent Brother Llewellyn

Kouba, OSB, to apprentice under studio potter Sister Denise

Frandrup, OSB, of St. Joseph, Minnesota. He returned to take

over Assumption Abbey studio in 1996. He is known for his

beautiful hand-built, wheel-thrown stoneware, terracotta

and porcelain and holds a special interest

in native clay and glazes.

     A good many items can go into the studio’s 45 cubic foot

gas-down/draught kiln. A typical firing matures the glaze

melt at around 2,300 - 2,381 degrees Fahrenheit, and can

take eighteen to twenty hours to complete.

     The abbey studio is not opened to the public. Visits are

arranged by appointment only. When available, pottery is in

the Abbey Gift Shop.

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