Dorian Beaulieu

Ceramics Professor at Lake Superior College  |  Duluth, MN

Dorian Beaulieu, while attending high school, discovered the potter’s wheel and assembled a pottery studio in his parents’ home on college street in Duluth, Minnesota. He has been working with and helping others experience the wonders of clay ever since. His ceramics classes and program at Lake Superior College has experienced tremendous growth since he introduced it to the college in 1994. According to Beaulieu, pottery students feel that working with clay has the power to heal, to make one feel better.

Beaulieu often shrugs off compliments about his teaching style. I feel a lot of joy interacting with people, he says when explaining his teaching methods. People are beautiful things.

Beaulieu, in response to an invitations by the Chinese Government, demonstrated his ceramic processes at the World Ceramics Conference held in Foshan, China, October 2002 and the Shiwan Traditional Wood Fire Workshop in Shiwan, China, October 2003.

He received his bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin Superior. He is currently working on a masters degree in art history at the University of Wisconsin Superior. Beaulieu has taught ceramics at the Duluth Art Institute, the Duluth Federal Prison Camp and the University of Wisconsin Superior, and has had a number of exhibitions in Minnesota and Wisconsin galleries. Recently, he as had the privilege to exhibit his work in China, Italy and Japan. His work is currently in Lizzard’s II Gallery in Duluth.Beaulieu has received awards from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the 4th Annual Maddie Simons Advocate Award in 2002, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Medallion Award in 2000 and the Lake Superior College Student Support Services Instructor of the year award in 1997-98.

Beaulieu’s work is in the permanent collection of the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, Shiwan museum of international art, Shiwan, China; North Shore National Bank, Duluth, MN and in numerous other corporate and private collections.