News and Events
Kiln Firings, Receptions, and Workshops
35th Anniversary Open House at The Saint John's Pottery (Saturday, June 28, 2014): Visitors to campus during SJU Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend are welcome to visit the Pottery Studio to celebrate 35 years of The Saint John's Pottery. Refreshments and studio tours will be provided throughout the day.
Baptismal Font Dedication at Immaculate Conception Church (5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014): Bishop Donald Kettler will bless a new baptismal bowl for the Immaculate Conception Church community in Rice, MN. The vessel was designed by Richard Bresnahan and created using local clays, mishima-style porcelain inlay, and an elm ash glaze.
Patrick Hicks Book Reading at The Saint John's Pottery (4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014): The University Chair in Critical Thinking, the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and the Saint John's Pottery host a public reception, reading, and discussion of the new Patrick Hicks novel The Commandant of Lubizec.
Visit The Saint John's Pottery at the NCECA Green Task Force booth (Wednesday, March 19-Saturday, March 22, 2014): Visitors to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Milwaukee are invited to drop by the NCECA Green Task Force booth to learn more about sustainability initiatives at The Saint John's Pottery.
Larry Haeg Book Reading at The Saint John's Pottery (4 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014): The University Chair in Critical Thinking, the Literary Arts Institute, and the Saint John's Pottery host a public reception, reading, and discussion of author Larry Haeg's new book Harriman vs. Hill: Wallstreet's Great Railroad War.
Keynote Presentation at the Rhode Island School of Design (Friday, January 31-Sunday, February 2, 2014): This unique biennial design science conference features a keynote presentation by Richard Bresnahan, Artist-in-Residence at Saint John's University. Attendees are asked to register for this event.
Jon Hassler Poetry Reading at the Saint John's Pottery (4 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014): The University Chair in Critical Thinking, the Literary Arts Institute, and The Saint John's Pottery host a gathering and discussion on the life of Jon Hassler and readings from the new release of Simon's Night.
12th Firing of the Johanna Kiln at The Saint John's Pottery (Friday, September 27–Sunday, October 6, 2013): The public is invited to observe the wood-firing process of the Johanna Kiln, the largest kiln of its kind in North America. Located across the street from the Pottery Studio, over 50 volunteers work day and night to stoke the kiln.
12th Firing Lighting Ceremony at The Saint John's Pottery (3 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013): This special Hatsubon lighting ceremony event will honor three important women central to The Saint John's Pottery: S. Johanna Becker, OSB, Mary Griggs Burke, and Akiko Sako. Ceremonial paper vessels by Cave Paper will be on display.
Dr. Christopher Southgate Poetry Reading at The Saint John's Pottery (4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013): The Reuter Professorship, the Benedictine Institute, and the Saint John's Pottery host a public reception, reading, and discussion on theology and environmental ethics at the Pottery Studio.
Documentary Film Screening, Reception, and Workshop at Winona State University (Friday, January 25, 2013–Saturday, January 26, 2013): Part of the regional exhibition tour Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire, Richard Bresnahan will provide a lecture and Karatsu kickwheel workshop.
Exhibition Reception and Workshop at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (Friday, November 9, 2012–Sunday, November 11, 2012): Part of the national exhibition tour Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay, Richard Bresnahan will provide an opening lecture, gallery walkthrough, and Karatsu kickwheel workshop.