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Sandra Johnstone

Biography to Display: 

1936 Born

1991 Died


Graduate study University of California, Berkeley, California


1957—Studio potter

1983-1990 Teacher, Napa Valley College, Napa, California



Sandra Johnstone is known for her large wheel thrown stoneware pots. Her wares were often deeply incised both on interior and exterior surfaces.

Johnstone and Jim Melchert were the first registered graduate students studying with Peter Voulkos at University of California Berkeley in the Department of Decorative Arts.  In addition to Voulkos, Johnstone studied with Paul Soldner. In the early 1980s Johnstone built a salt kiln.



Bibliography to Display: 

Hopper, Robin. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1986.

Johnstone, Sandra. “Salt-fired Ceramics.” NCECA Journal, 1982.

“Sandra Johnstone’s Ceramics.” Craft Horizons 38 (1978).

Troy, Jack. Salt-glazed Ceramics. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1977.



Typical Marks
ca 1983
Date: 1950-1960
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Jar with Wooden Lid
Date: ca 1983
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Salt Fired
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 21, 2023.