Photography Credit:

Karl Christiansen
Birth Date:
Death Date: 2007

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Karl was born in 1931. After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, he entered the Army in Fort Riley, Kansas. He received a Masters of Art Education from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. He taught Art at Alexandria, MN, High School for two years, followed by a position at Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he started the Department for Pottery. He was a potter and teacher at the Art Gallery in Davenport for many years. Karl was well known for his hand thrown work in the Midwest. He had a pottery shop in Wilton, Iowa, where he used a manually powered wheel and an electric one. He imported his clay from Missouri and Kentucky, although he also greatly depended on Iowa’s resources. He enjoyed the quiet country life in Wilton, along with sailing, flying kites, and collecting trees for building projects. However, pottery was always his first and main love in life, and he lives on in the many artists that he apprenticed and influenced.