Garth Johnson
As a writer, curator, artist and educator, Garth Johnson is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century. He is the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. He was formerly the curator at the Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center. He also served as the artistic director at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and was an associate professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Johnson is known for his irreverent wit, he has also exhibited his works and published his writing nationally and internationally. His book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, was published by Quarry.
Artist Biography

Creative Concept:

Johnson’s works celebrate the history of ceramic objects and their ability to convey status. He often juxtaposes common vessel forms like plastic containers and soap bottles with gold or silver handles taken from fine silver coffee and teapots.
His first trip to China was a life-changing event for him. He was seduced not only by the quality and history of China’s porcelain, but also its scale and ubiquity.The works that he is creating for this exhibition makes liberal use of gold, as does much of his works, but it will also explore ideas about “luck” through both Eastern and Western symbolism.

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