ABOUT JOHANNA

My whole life has been a collection of odd jobs.

I have been a bee keeper, smoking the hives and harvesting honey. One summer I was a ranch hand in the mountains of Montana, where I learned to saddle horses and cook gigantic amounts of coleslaw. Another time I worked on a yak farm, holding down yearling yaks to get shots and tempting the bulls to the opposite side of the farmyard with grain for maintenance. A few years ago I was a lab assistant organizing cheese and milk samples to get tested for E. coli. All these odd jobs were fit in between summers of my college career. I attended Benedictine college where I studied Art and Biology. After Benedictine I attended art school in Florence, Italy to acquire a year of my masters in painting. I learned how to drink wine with lunch and paint shadows of warm and cool tones. The culture swept me away into classical styles and aged flavors, and I left with a sense of awe after I had touched and been to the most ancient sites.

A couple summers ago I fell in love with my now husband Vince, and we were married in May of 2020. While I was pregnant Vince helped me set up and organize a whole studio, which held many trials and errors. The first 2 kilns I inherited did not work, I needed a new wheel so that I could throw indoors (because Wisconsin winter temperatures are not conducive to outdoor pottery work). With his help we got a new electrical outlet and kiln installed plus a new wheel. The creative space I call my studio never would have happened without his help! My pregnancy really set a quick time frame for the studio space and I gave birth in February. We now have a baby boy, who continually is a source of amazement and blessing for us. 

 

All of these experiences influence my artistic approach.  And this also seems to be why I consider a few mediums to be my own. Ceramics, painting, and sculpture all have a home in my work. Textures and flavors are found in each form that are so unique to each and can blend together in a splendid artistic dish.

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