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This workshop is a rare opportunity to spend time with internationally recognized ceramic artist Randy Johnston .


In this workshop Randy will focus on the exchange of ideas involved in working in clay related to form and function with sculptural intention.  Demonstrations will cover some use of the wheel and the handbuilding construction of forms by altering and combining pieces by using slabs and paper patterns.  In addition,he will share his thought process through conversation with the participants about why we make the objects we choose to make and what experiences in our lives have brought us to this place in our journey as artists.

This will be an exciting and fun workshop with lots of personal discussions about traditional and new ways of making, surface decorations, wood firing, soda, gas, glaze and their relationship to contemporary ceramics Participants will view images of historical and contemporary work in ceramics, with Randy’s personal slide lecture of work and influences. Randy has studied and traveled and taught extensively in Chile, Japan and Europe and the US and will share his ideas about these experiences and influences. Randy studied in Japan with Living national Treasure Tatsuzo Shimaoka a student of Shoji Hamada and was privileged to teach and Chair the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.



Randy is recognized internationally as an artist and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, 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. He 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 and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He has work in numerous international museums and private collections including the Boston Museum fine Arts, Victoria and Albert, Minneapolis Institute Arts and the  Renwick/Smithsonian.

Randy will be exhibiting at The Pucker Gallery December 4th - January 9th 2022.  Please visit The Pucker Gallery and Randy's exhibition.  The Pucker Gallery is located at 240 Newbury Street, 3rd floor, Boston MA 02116

 Natural Selections: Works of Beauty and Utility by Randy Johnston

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