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Kyle Johns

Biography to Display: 

1983 Born Illinois


2007AA Liberal Arts, Oakton Community College, Planes, Illinois

2010BFA Ceramics, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2015MFA Ceramics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


The International Ceramics Center, Kecskemet, Hungary

Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Artist in Residence, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana


2010—Ceramic Artist

2011-2012Studio Assistant, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee


 Kyle Johns is known for slip cast ceramic vessels. Johns makes a system of plaster block slip-cast molds that are built up to create a hollow cavity in which his vessel shapes are cast. By constructing each mold using blocks of plaster, Johns' work is geometric in character. Signature forms include tall narrow vessels. Glazed surfaces are muted, often featuring pastel blocks of color; accents of a contrasting color often appear on the hard-exterior edges of the vessel.

Johns states: “Using the traditionally rigid process of mold making that is at the core of industrial production; I deconstruct and reassemble plaster mold positives to create a multitude of unique forms. The work is created organically, responding to the possibilities and limitations of the process and material.”[1]


[1]  (accessed 8/6/18)



Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 20, 2023.