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Jan McKeachie Johnston

November 16 - December 8, 2013

Jan McKeachie Johnston  

Updated 9/23/13 The work of Jan McKeachie-Johnston, a ceramic artist of more than 20 years, grows out of a strong tradition of functional ceramics from England and Japan (Bernard Leach/Shoji Hamada). It has also been informed and inspired by the ancient Minoan pottery of Crete, Jomon pottery of Japan, American Indian and Japanese basket forms, Iranian pottery and African pottery and masks. The sense of form, rich surface patterns and textures of these artistic influences reflect and offer a connection between humanity and art that McKeachie- Johnston has captured in her own work.

"Working within a traditional framework, it is important to me that my work moves beyond that framework to carry information personal to myself and to the viewer. Each piece is considered as an individual. I approach my work intuitively, finding that while I have certain ideas or parameters about form and finished product, it is essential to the vitality of the piece to remain open and maintain a dialogue during the creating process. Through this process I hope to reveal the unique, friendly and responsive, and robust qualities of clay as a material."