CARMEL DISH COMPANY

Michelle A. Johnston, Ceramic Artist



AS SEEN IN:

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition,
Woman's Art Festival, The West End Arts
Festival, HomeCrafters Marketplace
and more...

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After 20 years of working in clay, functionality and utility continue to motivate my ideas but I also strive to produce objects that are artistically engaging for the user. A reimagining of historical models gives added relevance to the contemporary vessels I create.

The understated beauty of ceramic art has been a vital part of the human fabric and my ultimate goal is to go beyond the mundane and create pots that not only articulate form, but can be experienced on a physical and contemplative level.


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ABOUT
MICHELLE JOHNSTON

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Michelle Johnston's life is based on a simple premise: Live life to the fullest and capture every moment with an appreciation of what the universe has to offer. Her ceramic work reflects this ideology as well. While her vessels explore functionality and artistic beauty at all levels, she understands that the true magic behind the process comes from the universe aligning with the kiln gods to add their own unique touches to her work.

Born in Quebec City, Canada, Johnston was raised in a military family and moved frequently before settling in Kingston, Ontario. She earned a degree in French from Concordia University after a course of study that included a year abroad at the Sorbonne, Paris. Her formal schooling in ceramics occurred at Sheridan School of Craft and Design. Johnston taught ceramics at her studio in Paris, Ontario for 10 years while continuing to develop her own work. With her husband John and four children, she moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California in 2013 and became a member of the Peninsula Potters Co-operative while building her own home studio.

Johnston's work has been featured at a number of shows. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Woman's Art Festival, Christmas in Paris, The West End Arts Festival and HomeCrafters Marketplace to name a few. She has also been guest artist at Monterey Peninsula College and has taught workshops at Cal State University, Monterey Bay.

Education


Ceramics Diploma, School of Craft and Design
1999 - Sheridan College, Oakville, ON.

Bachelor of Arts, French
1992 - Concordia University, Montreal, Que.

Shows, Exhibitions and Demonstrations


2015-present
- California State University of Monterey Bay, workshop instructor

2015
- Homecrafters Marketplace, juried exhibitor, Carmel, CA - West End Art Festival, Sand City, CA - Monterey Peninsula College, Ceramics Department, visiting artist

2004-2011
- Christmas in Paris, Studio Tour, Paris, ON

1999-2011
- Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, juried artist, Toronto, ON

1998-2006
- Women's Art Festival, Kingston, ON

EVENTS

2
Oct

Fall Seconds Sale
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA.

19
Nov

Carmel Dish Co. at Homecrafters' Marketplace
Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

9
Oct

20th Anniversary Culinary Classique d'Elegance
The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Resorts.

5
Nov

Private showing at Sea Shack
Carmel-by-the-Sea

2016
Dec

CONTACT

Michelle A. Johnston

PO Box 22842, Carmel, Ca 93922

831-521-7706

michelle@carmeldishco.com

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