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Thorp Building

1618 Central Ave NE
Studio 224
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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I create my sculpture in my studio at the Thorp building and exhibit year-round at Tres Leches Gallery in Suite 171/173 in the Northrup King Building.

At the core of each of my sculptures is a sense of dance: stillness in motion. My works are distinguished by their flowing and rounded forms, whether small enough to fit in your hand or large enough to fill an entire courtyard. I explore that artistic territory between the abstract and the recognizable, drawing on the work of Henri Matisse and Isamu Noguchi as major influences. I work with a variety of materials including wood, wire and textiles; however my main medium is clay, with coil-building my preferred construction technique. My favorite finishes have the sheen of raw clay with the permanence of time. In all of my sculpture my intention is to bring to bring beauty and zest to the world through my work.

 

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Denise Tennen takes online orders for pickup through this website.

Curbside Hours

By appointment only. Please indicate desired pickup times when you check out.

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Mother Birds link to this group

Each Mother Bird is handmade of clay by the ancient coil method ; trimmed and smoothed; then kiln-fired to a satin glaze finish. These Mother Birds are among Denise’s signature motifs. Glorious to the touch they fit sweetly in you hands. Available in Aqua, white and blue

Custom colors available upon request for $40 additional, invoiced separately

Dimensions vary: under 5” wide

Curbside pick-up. Custom packing and shipping  also available and invoiced separately.                                                                                                                                                   Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

Mother Birds – Aqua

Each Mother Bird is handmade of clay by the ancient coil method ; trimmed and smoothed; then kiln-fired to a satin glaze finish. These Mother Birds are among Denise’s signature motifs. Glorious to the touch they fit sweetly in you hands. Also available in aqua and white, see separate product entries.

Dimensions vary: under 5” wide

Available for curbside pick-up by request: tennen.art@gmail.com

 

This item is available for pickup.

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Mother Birds – Cobalt Blue

Each Mother Bird is handmade of clay by the ancient coil method ; trimmed and smoothed; then kiln-fired to a satin glaze finish. These Mother Birds are among Denise’s signature motifs. Glorious to the touch they fit sweetly in you hands. Also available in aqua and white, see separate product entries.

Dimensions vary: under 5” wide

Available for curbside pick-up by request: tennen.art@gmail.com

 

This item is available for pickup.

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Mother Birds – White

Each Mother Bird is handmade of clay by the ancient coil method ; trimmed and smoothed; then kiln-fired to a satin glaze finish. These Mother Birds are among Denise’s signature motifs. Glorious to the touch they fit sweetly in you hands. Also available in aqua and cobalt blue, see separate product entries.

Dimensions vary: under 5” wide

Curbside pick-up. Custom packing and shipping  also available and invoiced separately.                                                                                                                                                   Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

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Travel Orb Series link to this group

Every sculpture in the Travel Orb series is one-of-a-kind. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch

Curbside pick-up. Custom packing and shipping  also available and invoiced separately.                                                                                                                                                   Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

Bahlan, Travel Orb

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

White satin glaze with cobalt mini-orb

Height: 4.25″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Bruno, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

White satin glaze with cobalt mini-orb

Height: 4.25″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Freddo, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

Celadon satin glaze with mocha mini-orb
Height: 3.75″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Hark, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

Celadon satin glaze with cobalt mini-orb
Height: 4.75″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

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Lali, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

White satin glaze with celadon mini-orb
Height: 4″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Rolf, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

White satin glaze with aqua mini-orb
Height:4.25″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Scintilla, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

White satin glaze with celadon mini-orb
Height:4″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Wilf, Travel Orb Series

One-of-a-kind Travel Orb. With the series I hope to share the meditative presence and calm I experience as I make these spirited works. Designed to be accessible in both size and price, these works are part of my Poetry Orb series which are a twist on the traditional ceramic vessel and conceived as “Containers of Breath”.

Satin finish is a sensory experience not to be missed – glorious to the touch!

Celadon satin glaze with white mini-orb
Height: 4″

Available for curbside pick up or request shipping, invoiced separately: contact artist at tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

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Poetry Orb Series link to this group

My medium is clay, my main process coil construction. I trim back the surface to reduce the weight; then smooth, smooth, smooth; finishing the work with a fired satin matt glaze. These works are meant to be touched.

In a twist on the tradition of clay vessels for holding tangible objects, I think of these totally enclosed forms as containers of breath.

For me, both creating and viewing these works is a form of meditation. Through sharing this series I hope to share this peaceful state of mind with you.

Curbside pick-up. Custom packing and shipping  also available and invoiced separately.                                                                                                                                                   Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

Auricle

Auricle, Poetry Orb Series

My medium is clay, my main process coil construction. I trim back the surface to reduce the weight; then smooth, smooth, smooth; finishing the work with a fired satin matt glaze. These works are meant to be touched.

In a twist on the tradition of clay vessels for holding tangible objects, I think of these totally enclosed forms as containers of breath.

For me, both creating and viewing these works is a form of meditation. Through sharing this series I hope to share this peaceful state of mind with you.

Height: 8″

Custom packing and shipping  is additional cost. Curbside pick-up also available. Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Baby Toes, Poetry Orb Series

My medium is clay, my main process coil construction. I trim back the surface to reduce the weight; then smooth, smooth, smooth; finishing the work with a fired satin matt glaze. These works are meant to be touched.

In a twist on the tradition of clay vessels for holding tangible objects, I think of these totally enclosed forms as containers of breath.

For me, both creating and viewing these works is a form of meditation. Through sharing this series I hope to share this peaceful state of mind with you.

Height: 6″

Custom packing and shipping by UPS is additional cost. Curbside pick-up also available. Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Swirl

Swirl, Poetry Orb Series

My medium is clay, my main process coil construction. I trim back the surface to reduce the weight; then smooth, smooth, smooth; finishing the work with a fired satin matt glaze. These works are meant to be touched.

In a twist on the tradition of clay vessels for holding tangible objects, I think of these totally enclosed forms as containers of breath.

For me, both creating and viewing these works is a form of meditation. Through sharing this series I hope to share this peaceful state of mind with you.

Height: 8″

Custom packing and shipping by UPS is additional cost. Curbside pick-up also available. Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

This item is available for pickup.

Dancer Series link to this group

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick-up. Custom packing and shipping  also available and invoiced separately.                                                                                                                                                   Email artist to arrange for either option: tennen.art@gmail.com

Dancer 1

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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Dancer 2

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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Dancer 4

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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Dancer 5

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue. Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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Dancer 6

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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Dancer 7

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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Dancer 8

Each vibrant dancer is individually sculpted, with subtle variation in the position of limbs, hands and feet, tilt of head;  a stencil is used to cut out the basic form from a slab of clay, details are added in bas relief with additional clay.

Specify which color gradation is desired: red, turquoise/green, purple or blue.

Approximately 6″ in height.

Neodymium magnet on the back of each dancer allows you to mount these anywhere you can put a wide-head (3/8″) screw into the wall.( Tip for removing dancer from screw: hold dancer and swipe left or right)

Curbside pick up is available. Shipping is also available and will be invoiced separately.                                                          Email tennen.art@gmail.com to request

This item is available for pickup.

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