Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker started making pots in 2007 while attending high school near Minneapolis, MN.  His introduction to clay went hand and hand with learning the Warren Mackenzie pottery philosophy or better known as the Mingei-sota tradition, (a word coined from the Japanese tradition of Mingei, the unknown craftsman).   After graduating high school he traveled across the country excelling in his snowboarding career which gave him more time to start writing all his rhymes and raps. In hindsight, his journey taught him about all the things he did not want to do with his life, so he enrolled at Anoka Ramsey Community College, a local school, with an amazing ceramic facility.  He held the dream of becoming a teaching artist. Aaron always knew that he would get back to making pots. The life of being a sponsored snowboarder gave him the experience necessary to engage with dedication the commitment it takes to have a career in ceramics.  Aaron became infected with the process and transferred to the University of Minnesota to study with Mark Pharis. While a student at the UMN, Aaron also apprenticed with Steven Rolf in Wisconsin.   After earning his BFA he continued to work out of his home studio while holding a job as a glaze technician at a North Prairie Tile Works.  Aaron then moved to Chicago for a one year artist in residence program at Lill street Art Center.  The classes he teaches at Lill Street are in high demand and he is enjoying the energy he gains from teaching as well as living the urban potter’s life!