Visiting Artist Workshop

Visiting Artist Workshop with Linda Christianson and George McCauley

Two-day Masterclass with Linda Christianson and George McCauley
Saturday & Sunday November 16 & 17, 2019
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

Potters Linda Christianson and George McCauley have a combined "100 years of experience, travels, workshop

Top: image of a candle holder by George McCauley; bottom, Toast Plates by Linda Christianson
Top: image of a candle holder by George McCauley;
bottom, Toast Plates by Linda Christianson

histories, exhibitions, stories, studio work and teaching experience.” This two-day Master Class addresses form, surface and a variety of firing methods. Both feel strongly about form as an essential element in their work. The artists will discuss their own specific surface treatments and experience in firing including atmospheric firing, soda, wood and low temperature wood firing.

On the first day, the instructors will use wheel throwing and handbuilding techniques to  make parts to be put together later. On the second day, they will explain their processes, answer questions, embellish, give out technical information and tell stories. In addition to technical and process aspects, they will convey aesthetic and educational components of the ceramic vocabulary.

Artist Bios:

Linda Christianson






Linda Christianson is an independent studio potter who lives and works in rural Minnesota. She studied at Hamline University (St Paul, Minnesota), and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta, Canada). She exhibits nationally and internationally, including one person exhibits in London and St. Louis. Her pieces are in numerous public and private collections, including the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Glenboe Museum. An itinerate educator, Linda has taught at colleges and universities, including Carleton College, the Hartford Art School, and the University of Georgia – Athens. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her recent writing appeared in Studio Potter and The Log Book. One of her goals is to make a better cup each day.

George McCauley wearing red bandana & cowboy hat






George Metropoulos McCauley, known for his pottery and narrative sculpture, has been influenced by his interest in Asia, ritual, mysticism, folk art and his Greek Heritage. He identifies his approach to handling clay as casual and finds common ground with the Momoyama Period, Bizen and Iga Ware. Typically his pots are decorated with colorful non-literal floral designs applied with his fingers, hands as well as brushes mixed on the clay surface in a painterly approach. McCauley also does high temperature wood firing and is in the forefront in the low fire wood firing movement. He is equally known for his Wood Fire/ Red Neck Majolica Process and George’s House of Clay Wednesday Night Videos Series on Instagram and You Tube.
Along with his functional ware, McCauley makes narrative sculpture
combining clay with wood, metal, found and handmade spurious archival objects. In addition to his work in clay, McCauley has made several films related to ceramics, helping craft the stories, makers and
development of the field. He has also developed exchange programs which bring Asian and American potters together in order to travel, work and exhibit.
Among the media exposure about McCauley and his work is “ Bridging the Pacific” a 2012 film by Nagamura Hisaaki, Director’s Work Films in Association with ASO TV in Kumamoto, Japan. The film details his work and exhibitions in Japan.

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Ceramics Program, OFA
224 Western Ave, Allston
King 11/16 - 11/17 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Visiting Artist Workshop with Randy Johnston
Wisconsin-based potter and educator Randy Johnston returns to the Ceramics Program for a workshop. Johnston will be exhibiting his work at Pucker Gallery on Newbury Street that weekend. During the workshop, Johnston will demonstrate his wheel-thrown and handbuilt forms while focusing on demonstrating the use of templates as well as making "drop forms". There will be a short "hands-on" moment in the afternoon for participants to try their hand at some of the techniques demonstrated.

Registration: Free for Harvard College Undergraduate; $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students; $85.00 for adults enrolled in a course; $125 for adults not enrolled in a course. To register, click here.

Artist Bio:

Randy Johnston has had an illustrious 45-year career in ceramics. He is recognized internationally as an artist who has pursued functional expression and brought a fresh aesthetic vision to contemporary form, and for his many contributions to the development of wood kiln technology in the United States. He is professor and department chair emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he taught ceramics and drawing. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bush Artist Fellowship granted by the Bush Foundation in Minnesota and two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Distinguished teaching award in American Arts from the James Renwick Society of the Smithsonian. Johnston received an MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Warren MacKenzie. He also studied in Japan at the pottery of Shimaoka Tatsuzo, who was a student of Shoji Hamada. Johnston has presented hundreds of lectures and guest artist presentations worldwide. He has work in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert in London, the Minneapolis Art Institute,
the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Nelson Aitkins Museum, and numerous international public and private collections.

Randy Johnston

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King 12/5 - 12/5 Th 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM