Visiting Artist Workshop with Randy Johnston


Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm


Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston

Round, brown ceramic vessel by Randy Johnson.

We are pleased to welcome Randy Johnston back to the Ceramics Program for a Visiting Artist Workshop to celebrate his exhibition, Responding to Nature, at Pucker Gallery!

In this workshop Randy will be making pottery within traditional concepts, with a focus on the exchange of ideas involved in making pots related to function. Demonstrations will cover the use of the wheel and the construction of forms by altering pieces and by using slabs and paper patterns, and participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at a demonstrated technique. In addition, he will share his thought process about why we make the objects we choose to make.

This will be an exciting workshop with lots of discussions about traditional and new ways of making, wood firing and its relationship to contemporary ceramics. We will view images of historical and contemporary work in ceramics, a personal slide lecture of time spent in Japan, and Randy and Jan’s own studio and kilns in River Falls, Wisconsin.

Workshop Schedule: 10am-4pm with potluck lunch.

Registration: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate; $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students; $85.00 for adults enrolled in a course; $125 for adults not enrolled in a course. Register for this workshop with Randy Johnston.

Related Exhibition Information:

Responding to Nature will be on view at Pucker Gallery from December 7 through February 2. The exhibition will feature new works by Randy Johnston and will run alongside Creating In and Out of Nature, an exhibition of paintings by Marguerite Robichaux. We hope that you will be able to join us for the Public Opening on December 7, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM and Randy Johnston’s Potter’s Talk at the Gallery on December 8, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.


Artist Bio

Randy Johnston has had an illustrious 45-year career in ceramics. 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 professor and department chair emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he taught ceramics and drawing. His work has been 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, and a Distinguished teaching award in American Arts from the James Renwick Society of the Smithsonian. Johnston received an 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 Victoria and Albert in London, the Minneapolis Art Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Nelson Aitkins Museum, and numerous international public and private collections.

Randy Johnston