The Saint John's Pottery

Richard Bresnahan, Artist-in-Residence

For 40 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.


Temporary Closure & Changes to Tour Availability

The Saint John's Pottery will be closed from Thursday, August 11th through Saturday, August 14th. Note: at this time the the studio is not able to provide tours through October 2022 due to preparations for the Johanna Kiln firing; please contact the studio or the SJU Bookstore for sales inquiries. 

Kura: Prophetic Messenger Earns International Book Award

The Kura: Prophetic Messenger book project has been named the winner of the 2022 Nautilus Book Award in the photography and art division. Copies of the Kura: Prophetic Messenger book can be purchased through the CSB/SJU Bookstores and The Saint John’s Pottery. For more information on the Nautilus Awards, visit the CSB/SJU Newsroom.

Johanna Kiln Firing

The 16th firing of the Johanna Kiln is scheduled for Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 16th, 2022. Please stay tuned for future updates. Those interested in potential volunteering opportunities may contact Steven Lemke, Associate Director and Environmental Artist-in-Residence, at [email protected].