Jan McKeachie-Johnston has worked as a studio potter/ceramic artist for more than twenty years. Her work grows out of a strong tradition of functional ceramics from England and Japan (Leach/Hamada). Over the years it has also been informed and inspired by the ancient Minoan pottery of Crete, Jomon pottery of Japan, American Indian and Japanese basket forms, Iranian pottery, and many aspects of African art including pottery and masks.
Jan’s intent is that these pieces stand alone as visual objects. Her hope is that they move beyond that to express emotional, sensual, tactile, spiritual, and ritual sensibilities these sensibilities being enhanced by the communication and sharing that occurs through use. Accessibility is also an important component of her work and she is never happier than when someone expresses their delight in using one of her pieces.
Jan McKeachie Johnston studied at the University Of Minnesota, Southern Illinois University, and University Of Wisconsin at River Falls, and since 1979 has been very active in teaching workshops and demonstrations, and working in her Wisconsin studio. For the past 15 years she has participated in important exhibitions throughout the United States. Exhibitions in 2004 include Jan McKeachie Johnston and Randy Johnston Redstar Studios, Kansas City, Kansas; Sculptural Utility, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA; From The Garden: Forms, Images, And Ideas, Northern Clay Center, Mpls, MN; and This Splendid Table: Fantastic Dishes For Food, Kentucky Museum Of Art And Design, Louisville, KY. Her work has also been featured in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly, and she is represented in many private and public collections, including the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia; the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.