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12Thisworkshopisarareopportunitytospendunin-terruptedtimewithinter-nationallyrecognizedcera-micartistRandyJohnstonwithavisittothestudiobyWarrenMacKenzie.Inthisdemonstration-onlyworkshopRandywillbemakingpotterywithintra-ditionalconceptswithafocusontheexchangeofideasinvolvedinmakingpotsrelatedtofunction.Demonstrationswillcovertheuseofthewheelandtheconstructionofformsbyalteringpiecesandbyusingslabsandpaperpatterns.Thiswillbeanexcitingworkshopwithlotsofdiscussionsabouttheworkandrela-tionshiptocontemporaryceramics.WewillviewimagesofhistoricalandcontemporaryworkinceramicsandalsoapersonalslidelectureoftimeinJapanandRandyandhiswifeJanx19sownstudioandkilns.Therewillbeawalk-throughoftheexhibitionsatHMA.RandyJohnstonBackgroundRandyJohnstonhasworkedinceramicsinhisWisconsinstudioformorethan40years.Althoughfirmlygroundedinthefunctionalvesseltraditionheisrecognizedinternationallyasaceramicartistwhohasbroughtafreshaesthetictocontemporaryform.WhilebuildingupontheJapanesemingeix1cartofthepeoplex1dphilosophiesofhismentorsJohnstonalsoexperimentswithnewideasandmaterials.Hishallmarktechniqueincludesnaturalashglazefiringwithanemphasisonflashingscorchingandvitrifiedashdeposits.Theviolentnatureofthisfiringaddsalevelofunpredictabilitytotheprocessoftenimbuingthefinishedworkwitharawprimalsurface.HeproducesawidevarietyofglazedwaresaswellusinghisownversionsofstandardJapaneseglazes.Freshoutofcollegein1972hebuiltoneoftheearliestnoborigamaclimbingkilnsintheU.S.andhasachievedrecognitionforhiscontributionstothedevelopmentofwoodkilntechnologyinthiscountry.JohnstoniscurrentlyaprofessoranddepartmentchairattheUniversityofWisconsinRiverFallswhereheteachesceramicsanddrawing.HeistherecipientofnumerousawardsincludingtheBushArtistFellowshipgrantedbytheBushFoundationinMinnesotaandtwoVisualArtistFellowshipsfromtheNationalEndowmentfortheArts.JohnstonreceivedhisM.F.A.fromSouthernIllinoisUniversityandaB.F.A.inStudioArtsfromtheUniversityofMinnesotawherehestudiedwithWarrenMacKenzie.HealsostudiedinJapanatthepotteryofShimaokaTatsuzowhowasastudentofShojiHamadainternationallyrecognizedforbringingJapaneseceramictechniquesandphilosophiestotheWest.Johnstonhaspresentedhundredsoflecturesandguestartistpresentationsworldwide.HisworkisexhibitedinternationallyandisrepresentedinpermanentcollectionssuchastheVictoriaAlbertMuseumLondonMinneapolisArtInstituteMinneapolisMuseumofFineArtsBostonLosAngelesCountyMuseumLosAngelesNelson-AtkinsMuseumKansasCityandnumerousinternationalpublicandprivatecollections.WarrenMacKenzieBackgroundInternationallyrecognizedasatruemasterof20thCenturyceramicsWarrenMacKenziehasinfluencedandinspiredceramicistsyoungandoldformorethan50years.InhisStillwaterMinn.studioMacKenzieworksdailytocreatefunctionalwheelthrownglazedstonewarevesselsx13largelyunadornedx13thatemphasizeformsurfaceandthephysicalgesturesofmaking.MacKenziex19spursuitofthex1chonestx1dfunctionallyelegantpotislegendaryandisrootedinthetraditionsofhismentorsBritishpotterBernardLeachJapanesepotterShojiHamadaandJapaneseaestheticianSoetsuYanagiallleadingproponentsoftheJapanesemingeix1cartofthepeoplex1dphilosophy.Mingeicelebratessimplicitysubtletyandthehumblebeautythatarisesfromanobjectx19sutilitybutthepreceptstranscendaestheticstobecomeawayoflife.AsaneducatorMacKenziehasimpartedthisuniquefusionofartandlifetocountlessstudentsincludingRandyJohnstonJeffOestreichMarkPharisandSandySimontonameonlyafew.From1953-1990MacKenzietaughtceramicsattheUniversityofMinnesotachairedtheDepartmentofStudioArtfrom1981-1985andplacedtheuniversityceramicsdepartmentx13andthewholex1cMingei-sotax1dregionx13onthemapasamajorAmericanhubofceramicactivity.MacKenziewasbornin1924inKansasCityMo.andgraduatedfromtheSchooloftheArtInstituteofChicagoin1947.From1949-1952MacKenzieandhisfirstwifeAlixKoleskyapprenticedwithBernardLeach1887-1979athisrenownedpotteryinSt.IvesCornwallEnglandandlearnedfirsthandhowtorunapotterystudio.ThroughLeachtheyoungartistsbefriendedShojiHamada1894x131978bythenamastermingeipotterandSoetsuYanagi1889-1961.UpontheirreturntheyestablishedapotterystudioinStillwaterMinn.andin1953MacKenziebeganteachingceramicsattheUniversityofMinnesota.MacKenziehasexhibitedbothnationallyandinternationallyandconductedcountlesslecturesandworkshopsintheU.S.AmongstnumerousawardsMacKenziewasnamedaRegentx19sProfessorandafellowoftheInternationalAcademyofCeramicsin1984andwasthefirsttoreceivetheMinnesotaGovernorx19sAwardinCraftsin1986.MacKenzieretiredfromteachingin1990.In1997hereceivedtheLifetimeAchievementAwardfromtheMinnesotaCraftsCouncilandayearlaterwashonoredwiththeGoldMedalfromtheAmericanCraftsCouncil.HisworkisrepresentedinthecollectionsoftheMetropolitanMuseumofArtinNewYorktheSmithsonianInstitutioninWashingtonD.C.theNationalFolkArtMuseuminTokyoJapantheVictoriaandAlbertMuseuminLondonEnglandtheContemporaryAmericanCraftsMuseuminNewYorkN.Y.theBernardLeachStudyCollectioninBathEnglandtheMinnesotaMuseumofAmericanArtinSt.PaulMinn.theWeismanArtMuseumandtheMinneapolisInstituteofArtsbothinMinneapolisMinn.WarrenMacKenzieRandyJohnstonWalterGropiusMasterArtistSeriesPresentsExhibitionMarch10-May62012PublicLecturebyWarrenMacKenzieApril222012at2p.m.TheopeningreceptionforSourcesandInfuencesContemporaryClayArtistMentorsandStudentsfollows.Admissionisfree.Demonstration-OnlyWorkshopwithRandyJohnstonElementsox12FunctiontakesplaceApril20throughApril222012from9a.m.to4p.m.April2021andfrom9to1130a.m.April22.Call304529-2701forfeeinformation.RandyJohnstonandWarrenMacKenzie.Photocourtesyoftheartists.