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.
Ceramics Diploma, School of Craft and Design
1999 - Sheridan College, Oakville, ON.
Bachelor of Arts, French
1992 - Concordia University, Montreal, Que.
- California State University of Monterey Bay, workshop instructor
- Homecrafters Marketplace, juried exhibitor, Carmel, CA - West End Art Festival, Sand City, CA - Monterey Peninsula College, Ceramics Department, visiting artist
- Christmas in Paris, Studio Tour, Paris, ON
- Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, juried artist, Toronto, ON
- Women's Art Festival, Kingston, ON