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PotteryNW: Artist Talk: Jan McKeachie Johnston and Randy Johnston

  • Pottery Northwest 226 1st Avenue North Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)

Title of the Event: Artist Talk: Jan McKeachie Johnston and Randy Johnston

Event Description: Join us at Pottery Northwest to hear 2017 Jean Griffith Fellowship Artist, Jan McKeachie Johnston and Randy Johnston speak about their process and work. Jan and Randy will be working at Pottery Northwest for the month of February. We are pleased to offer them both the 2017 Jean Griffith Fellowship.

Jan McKeachie Johnston studied at the University Of Minnesota, Southern Illinois University, and University Of Wisconsin at River Falls, and since 1979 has been very active in teaching workshops and demonstrations, and working in her Wisconsin studio. For the past 15 years she has participated in important exhibitions throughout the United States. Exhibitions in 2004 include Jan McKeachie Johnston and Randy Johnston Redstar Studios, Kansas City, Kansas; Sculptural Utility, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA; From The Garden: Forms, Images, And Ideas, Northern Clay Center, Mpls, MN; and This Splendid Table: Fantastic Dishes For Food, Kentucky Museum Of Art And Design, Louisville, KY. Her work has also been featured in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly, and she is represented in many private and public collections, including the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Randy Johnston has been working in ceramics in his Wisconsin studio for more than thirty five years. He is recognized internationally as an artist who has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States. He is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where he teaches ceramics and drawing.

His work is exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bush Artist Fellowship granted by the Bush foundation in Minnesota and two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Johnston received his MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo who was a student of Shoji Hamada.

Johnston has presented hundreds of lectures and guest artist presentations worldwide. He has work in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Art Institute, Boston Museum of fine Arts, Los Angeles County Museum, Nelson Aitkins Museum and numerous International Public and Private collections.

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Hosting Organization: Pottery Northwest

Date of the Event: February 17, 2017

Time(s) of the Event: 7pm


Earlier Event: February 11
KAC: Altering Thrown Forms Workshop
Later Event: February 18
PotteryNW: Workshop with Randy Johnston