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Contact: Lucy Lacoste
(978) 369-0278, email@example.com, www.lacostegallery.com
NEW POTS | UTILITY ²
Artists: Linda Christianson and Jan McKeachie-Johnston
December 10, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Opening Reception with Artists: Saturday December 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Artists Talk: Sunday December 11, 2:00PM
25 Main Street • Concord, MA 01742
978.369.0278 • www.lacostegallery.com
Lacoste Gallery is pleased to present NEW POTS | UTILITY ²: Linda Christianson and Jan McKeachie-Johnston December 10, 2016 – January 7, 2017, two major women contributors to wood-fired American studio pottery who each forged a sizeable following by working tenaciously and creatively in their art.
Both work from function in the esoteric area of wood-fire. McKeachie Johnston makes shapes that are increasingly sculptural with warm wood-fired surfaces enhancing the form. Christianson is showing plates, platters and cups that become canvases for stripes and dots, yet let the food command attention when used for serving.
Jan McKeachie-Johnston is inspired by ancient Native American, Eastern, Middle Eastern and African pottery.
She fires several large wood kilns on her property in Wisconsin with her husband the noted potter Randy Johnston. Each pot expresses emotions, sensuality, spirituality and ritual through the act of sharing and daily use standing alone as a visual object. She has taught at the university level and given workshops internationally in the field of ceramics. Her new work is centered on sculptural, pod-like forms that look like the husks of crustaceans or insects familiar yet not familiar at the same time. McKeachie-Johnston has long been represented by Lacoste Gallery through art fairs and solo exhibitions.
Linda Christianson is passionate about making high quality functional pottery for everyone. Through the daily activities of cooking, eating, gardening, conversation and sharing, her pottery brings people together. Her pots assist users to build communal spirit and relationships and making each connection a special occasion. Linda regularly gives ceramic workshops around the country and like McKeachie-Johnston, is one of the few women wood-firing potters. Linda works and lives in Minnesota.
“This two person exhibition of McKeachie-Johnston and Christianson is the second time that the duo has shown together at Lacoste Gallery. The first time was one of the most joyous in the Gallery’s history and we look forward to this one being equally wonderful. ” Lucy Lacoste
“Both Jan and Linda, make the case for wood-firing being a process endowed by thought, consideration and attention to detail beyond that of the run of the mill ceramic studio, but with the specific quality only a woman's touch can bring” Rosti Eismont, potter, designer and collector, formerly of Studio Potter Magazine.