For 35 years, The Saint John's Pottery has embodied the Benedictine values of community, hospitality and self-sufficiency as well as the University's commitment to the integration of art and life; the preservation of the environment; the linkage between work and worship; and the celebration of diverse cultures.
Artist-in-Residence Richard Bresnahan and The Saint John's Pottery engage students, apprentices, and visiting artists in the work of artistic creation, discipline, and research and preparation of natural materials. These dynamic experiences are framed by questions of what it means to envision and create a sustainable lived system.
Visitors are welcome in the studio to visit the gallery, purchase ceramics, and experience guided tours. Studio tours explore the cycles of clay processing and glaze development as well as preparation and firing of the Johanna Kiln each fall. While the works produced in the studio are art in their own right, they also embody a vision for a more whole world.
The Saint John's Pottery has been awarded $500,000 for Japan-based research and study by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation. Read the full story.
The Saint John's Pottery has received a gift of $175,975 from the estate of the late Bernard Kathmann in support of the Saint John's Pottery Apprenticeship. Read the full story.