St. John’s Pottery

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by Jason Grabinger

Whether you are an artist yourself, or simply appreciate the art of others, Saint John’s Pottery in Collegeville, MN is a jewel waiting to be discovered. For over 35 years, Saint John’s Pottery has been living out the Benedictine values and traditions, fulfilling Saint John’s University’s dedication to integrating art and life. Students, apprentices, and visiting artists are engaged by Artist in Residence, Richard Bresnahan. However, the public is welcome to visit the gallery, purchase handcrafted pottery, and experience the magic in the process to create true works of art through guided studio tours. Richard Bresnahan is a master potter who has directed pottery at Saint John’s University since 1979. Having studied art at Saint John’s himself, Bresnahan also studied in Japan. He works to provide mentorship to artists, teach art courses, and provide lectures and exhibits across the globe. Bresnahan also designed and operates the Johanna Kiln, which is a sight to see in itself as the largest wood-fired kiln in North America. His art has been prominently displayed in museums, and is considered one of the premier artists in our area. Saint John’s Pottery is a phenomenal place to visit for people of all ages and cultures. Along with seeing local art at its best, a trip to Saint John’s Pottery will enlighten you in many ways. You will learn how art relates to the preservation of our environment, see the link between work and worship, and enjoy the celebration of diverse cultures. The methods for creating pottery are also an interesting and valuable process to experience. The studio tours will show you firsthand the cycles of clay processing, glaze development, and the preparation and firing of the famed Johanna Kiln. Saint John’s Pottery is just minutes from Saint Cloud, and is an excellent demonstration of how wonderful and diverse our local area is. Visitors are welcome on weekdays from 1:15 to 4:30 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.csbsju.edu/saint-johns-pottery, or give them a call at (320) 363-2930. You will not want to miss experiencing the wonder waiting for you at Saint John’s Pottery.

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