Stoked Exhibition

Celebrating 30 Years of the Saint John's Pottery

Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay is a nationally touring exhibition and catalogue organized by Saint John's University and the Saint John's Pottery. It reviews recent work by Richard Bresnahan, Artist-in-Residence at Saint John's University, and four former apprentices who have worked with Bresnahan at the Saint John's Pottery since it was established thirty years ago.

Each of the artists has been influenced by the artistic style established by Bresnahan, as well as his focus on local, sustainable materials and community engagement. This unique 30th-anniversary exhibition project highlights the development of creative identity within and outside the bounds of apprenticeship. 

The Stoked catalogue explores a range of contemporary American ceramics: from the robust stonewares of Bresnahan, Flicker, and Johnson to the whimsical redwares of Earp and the elegant sculptures of Meyer. The selected works are presented as a conversation between five creative forces rather than a rigid or linear development.

Curated and authored by Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay reveals each individual's search for identity and the cross-fertilization that inevitably occurs when creative people from diverse backgrounds are mindful not only of the past but of generations to come. 

Lavishly printed with nearly 90 color photographs, the Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay catalogue is a 9.25 x 11" soft cover edition, 112 pages, with full-color images of the approximately 80 works in the exhibition, as well as a brief biographical and artistic review of each artist. To order a catalogue for $29.95, please contact the Saint John's Pottery.