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This video clip offers a detailed description of the firing of the kiln, during which several alumni come back to volunteer in honor of three women who were significant to the development of the pottery program at Saint John's University.
Natural materials and simplicity of traditional Japanese forms are used in the design and decor of the Bresnahan home, as seen in this video tour.
Learn how a sense of community emerges during a firing of the massive Johanna kiln.
Learn about the unusual naming of the kiln at Saint John's University. The unique and complex kiln used to fire the pottery is named after Sister Johanna Becker, OSB, a guiding force at Saint John's University.
This video clip explains how the eco-consciousness and farming roots of Master Potter Richard Bresnahan influence the creation of the glazes and pottery designs he chooses.
Learn about the people and concepts involved in the development of the pottery program, and the unique clay used, at Saint John's University.
Richard Bresnahan, Master Potter, talks about his pottery apprenticeship in Japan. He explains "tsuchi-aji," which means "the taste of the clay." It is metaphor for a spiritual element of Japanese pottery making.
After spending nearly four years in Japan as an apprentice for the Nakazato family, Richard Bresnahan returned to St. John's University with a wealth of pottery knowledge and skills. He set up a completely indigenous pottery studio, including the largest wood-firing kiln of its kind in North America. Learn more about Richard and his pottery program in this Prairie Mosaic Short.
Sara Jo Trangsrud has always loved to play in the dirt. Now, she has taken that love and incorporated it into a style of pottery that reflects her passion for the outdoors and organic shapes. See how she takes an ordinary rhubarb leaf and transforms it into something special in this profile from Prairie Mosaic Shorts.
Minnesota State University Moorhead Art Department Professor and Ceramic Artist Brad Bachmeier makes remarkably beautiful and diverse looking ceramic art using a potter's wheel and the Raku method of firing his pots.