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Randy J. Johnston, Randy Johnston

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

1972BFA Studio Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1990MFA Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1975Studied in Japan with potter Shimoaka Tatsuzo

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1972-presentStudio Artist, River Falls, Wisconsin

1992-2006Professor of Ceramics, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, River Falls, Wisconsin

 

Randy Johnston’s work is characterized by functional, wood-fired stoneware typically either slip decorated, glazed or unglazed, thrown, thrown and attenuated or slab formed.

Johnston built (and after a trip to Japan, rebuilt) one of the earliest wood burning Noborigama climbing kilns in the US. In 2002, he built an Anagama tunnel kiln. Johnston’s stoneware pieces are fired in one of these kilns.

Johnston’s work is functional and influenced by the Japanese Mingei, or folk art, tradition. He is interested in pushing the vessel form to develop its sculptural possibilities. His work shows his interest in ancient European and Asian art.

He studied with Shimoaka Tatsuzo, a National Living Treasure (1997), in Japan and, with Warren MacKenzie in the US. Johnston has been a guest artist at multiple studio spaces and workshops across the United States including, Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado, the Haystack School in Deer Isle, Maine and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (see CV for complete list). For over a decade he was a consultant to the Board of Directors and Exhibition Committee at the Northern Clay Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Banff School of Art, Alberta, Canada

Emison Galleries, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence, Rhode Island

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Weisman Museum Collection, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Yale University Museum of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Goldate, Steven. Encyclopedia of Ceramic Art and Artists. London, England: A and C Black, 2005.

"MacKenzie and Johnston 83 Years.” Ceramics Monthly, December, 2000.

Minoque, Coll and Robert Sanderson. Wood-fired Ceramics: Contemporary Practices. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

Peterson, Susan. Smashing Glazes. Madison, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.

_____________. Working with Clay. New York, NY: Prentice Hall, 1998.

“Randy Johnston.” Clay Times, May/June 2002.

"The Studio Potter." American Craft, August/September, 1984.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: www.mckeachiejohnstonstudios.com

Website(s):

www.mckeachiejohnstonstudios.com

Artist's Studio: MckeachieJohnston Studios

 

Typical Marks
ca 2013
Two Plates
Date: ca 2013
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Unglazed, Wax Resist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Vase
Date: ca 2013
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Unglazed, Woodfire
Photo: Artist
Plate
Date: 2013
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Photo: Artist
Step Vase with Copper Glaze
Date: 2015
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Courtesy of Pucker Gallery
Courtesy of Pucker Gallery
Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Photo: Artist
Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Yunomi
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Platter
Date: 2014
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Scripps College Collection, 2012.5.3
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2012.5.3
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 2, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/johnston