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Jan McKeachie Johnston, Johnston

Biography to Display: 

1953 Born Duluth, Minnesota

EDUCATION

1989-1990 Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2004 BFA University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1972Studio Potter

 

Jan McKeachie Johnston’s early work included majolica surface decoration that she used as a way to add color to her pieces. Her later work grows from the functional ceramics of England, Bernard Leach and Japan, Shoji Hamada. This body of work is typically glazed with one color. In addition, she references ancient pottery forms from around the globe, particularly the fiber basket forms of Native American and Japanese makers. She fires most of her work in a wood kiln that fires for 60 hours. Although her pieces are functional she is also interested in them standing alone as a well-conceived object. MacKeachie Johnston’s work is influenced by Japanese Mingei pieces and she is a part of a group of Minnesota potters whose work is called Mingeisota, referencing Japanese influences and those of Warren MacKenzie, no doubt the most famous maker and teacher in Minnesota.

She teaches workshops around the country alone and with her husband, potter, Randy Johnston.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

rosenfieldcollection.com

Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Chung Dong-Hun. American Contemporary Ceramics. Korea, 2003.

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed. Madison WI: Guild Publishers, 2000.

Hluch, Kevin. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001

Hopper, Robin. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.

Richter, Lester. American Shino, The Glaze of a Thousand Faces. Peterborough, England: Chameleon Books, 2003.

Riddle, Mason. “Potters’ Home/Studio Complex: a World of Simplicity.” St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 10, 2003

“Women Who Fire With Wood.” Ceramics Monthly (October 1998).

 

Website: http://www.mckeachiejohnstonstudios.com/

Artist's Studio: McKeachie Johnston Studios

 

Typical Marks
ca.2014
ca. 2014
2016
Basket
Date: ca. 2005
Form: Basket
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Date: ca. 2014
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, California
Courtesy of TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, California
Basket
Date: ca. 2014
Form: Basket
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, California
Courtesy TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, California
Anagama Black Stacked Vase
Date: ca. 2014
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Photo: Marge Levy
Photo: Marge Levy
Vase
Date: ca.2014
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, California
Courtesy TRAX Ceramics Gallery, Berkeley, California
Vase
Date: 2016
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Serving Plate
Form: Plate
Materials: Terracotta, Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
 rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Basket with Handle
Form: Basket
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Woodfire
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/mckeachie-johnston