Renowned potter displays innovative pottery to Eastern Michigan's Student Gallery through April 11

by Amber Ratliff, Published April 09, 2014

YPSILANTI- A distinguished, young North Carolina potter, Daniel Johnston, is displaying his nationally known vessels through April 11 in the Eastern Michigan University Student Gallery. The gallery is located at 900 Oakwood Street in the EMU Student Center.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. There will be a reception on April 11, from 4 - 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Daniel Johnston brings his renowned skills to Eastern Michigan University. His work is on display at the EMU Student Gallery through April 11.

As this year’s recipient of the McAndless Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Johnston brings new techniques and experience to the EMU Art Department. The McAndless Scholar position is awarded yearly to a nationally prominent figure in the arts and humanities. As a McAndless Scholar, Johnston will work with faculty and students and make other contributions to the arts and humanities departments during his stay.

Johnston is a prominent potter who has studied internationally with internationally known potters such as Mark Hewitt and Ben Owen III, and worked with Jugtown Pottery. He began working as a potter at age 16 and within two years he had produced more than 60,000 vessels.

At age 18, he began a four-year apprenticeship with Hewitt, during which he learned a unique technique known as the English slipware.

 With sponsorship from the Smithsonian Institute, Johnston also spent three months working with Thai potters from rural villages.

“Daniel has been a great asset to the department,” said Colin Blakely, head of the art department. “During his time here, he has immersed himself fully in the visit, making meaningful connections with students, faculty and community members alike. He has brought a unique and meaningful perspective to the department and we are lucky to have him here.”

For more information on the exhibit, contact Greg Tom at




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