Richard Bresnahan and Nor Hall Present Books at SJU

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October 22, 2003

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- Richard Bresnahan and Nor Hall will discuss the recent books Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery by Dr. Matthew Welch, curator of Japanese and Korean art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Hall's book, Irons in the Fire: A Mythopoetics of Molten Metal and the Arts of Iron Handling. The discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.1, in the House of Prayer at 14215 Fruit Farm Road, on the SJU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Bresnahan is a pre-eminent American potter who graduated from SJU 1976 and apprenticed as a potter in Japan. Returning to Saint John's, where he is an artist in residence, he built a massive wood-burning kiln, known as the Johanna Kiln, which, with its innovative flame flues and water channels, is one of the largest kilns in North American. Using ancient Pacific Rim techniques, locally derived materials and his own designs, Bresnahan's pottery is literally rooted in the soil of Minnesota.

Hall is a psychotherapist, imaginal scholar and poet who actively writes for the theater and has published numerous essays and books in the field of archetypal (Jungian) psychology, including The Moon and the Virgin, a feminist classic in the 1980s. Hall is an advisor to Paris-based Pantheatre's Myth and Theatre project, Archipelago theater company in Chapel Hill, SPRING journal of archetype and culture and the newly formed Mythic Imagination Institute in Atlanta.

This event is sponsored by the Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict. For more information about upcoming programs, visit

The College of Saint Benedict for women and Saint John's University for men are partners in liberal arts education, providing students the opportunity to benefit from the distinctions of not one, but two nationally recognized Catholic, Benedictine, residential undergraduate colleges. Together, the colleges challenge students to live balanced lives of learning, work, leadership and service in a coeducational environment.