Interviews and Lectures

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of The Clay by Barbara Gravel (Prairie Public Broadcasting, 2015): This project chronicles the ceremonial 12th firing of the Johanna Kiln in honor three women central to the history of The Saint John’s Pottery: S. Johanna Becker, OSB; Mary Griggs Burke; and Akiko Sako.

The film also features interviews with Richard Bresnahan, Artist-in-Residence at The Saint John’s Pottery; Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; and several members of the kiln firing crew and the Saint John’s community.

Prairie Mosaic and The Saint John’s Pottery by Barbara Gravel (Prairie Public Broadcasting, 2013): Artist-in-Residence Richard Bresnahan speaks about his work at Saint John’s University and The Saint John’s Pottery, including a brief history of the studio and insight into his unique artistic process.

This series is part of a larger feature interviewing creative individuals in Minnesota. Video (above) courtesy of Prairie Public Broadcasting’s Prairie Mosaic series. Program funded by Prairie Public Broadcasting and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Designing Lives Worth Living: Stories of Integrity, Innovation, and Sustainability by Lauralee Alben (Alben Design, 2005): Filmed at the San Jose Museum of Art, this lecture presents the courageous stories of ordinary people who took extraordinary leaps of faith in themselves to design lives worth living.

In addition to highlighting creative and innovative work at corporate businesses such as Hewlett-Packard, this project features The Saint John’s Pottery and the work of Richard Bresnahan as a potter who integrates his art into the very fabric of his life, family, community, and the earth.