The Potter . . .
Studio potter Jennie Johnsrud was born and raised in Minnesota. She received a studio art degree from St. Olaf College and continued her training as an apprentice in the pottery at the Rochester Folk Art Guild. After 20 years of practice, she began selling her work full time in her home of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work blends the mingei philosophy of her early training with the clean and modern forms found within her Scandinavian heritage.
The Process . . .
The ceramic process is very labor intensive. After a piece is thrown on the wheel, it goes through many steps before completion. Drying, trimming, sanding, bisque firing, cleaning, glazing, loading and unloading kilns are all done by hand before a piece is ready to be glaze fired. Each piece is then fired slowly over a 12 hour period in an electric kiln. The finished work is durable and meant for everyday use. Expect variation, imperfections, and traces of the hand.