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SJU Pottery Kiln Firing by Dr. Michael Hemesath (Quad 136, October 11, 2013): Dr. Michael Hemesath, President of Saint John's University, writes in his weekly blog about how firing the Johanna Kiln at the Saint John's Pottery embodies a truly Benedictine sense of community at Saint John's.
Kiln Lit in Memory of Influential Women by Erin Kelso (The Record, October 8, 2013): This article profiles the 12th firing of the Johanna Kiln, held in honor of S. Johanna Becker OSB, Mary Griggs Burke, and Akiko Sako. SJU President Dr. Michael Hemesath and Mr. Masaharu Yoshida, Consul General of Japan in Chicago, spoke at the event.
12,000 Pieces to Cure Friday as SJU Fires Johanna Kiln by Sarah Colburn (Saint Cloud Times, Sept. 25, 2013): Interview with Master Potter and Artist-in-Residence Richard Bresnahan highlighting the special lighting ceremony and 12th firing of the Johanna Kiln. (Complete online article available to Saint Cloud Times subscribers only.)
Made on Earth: Slow Art Pottery by Joe Sandor (MAKE Magazine, July 26, 2012): Artist and writer Joe Sandor shares with MAKE Magazine about the deeply-rooted sense of materiality and ecological awareness in Bresnahan's ceramic work as Artist-in-Residence at the Saint John's Pottery.
The Teacher: Richard Bresnahan by Anna Hoeschen (Handful of Salt, April 16, 2012): A recent graduate of the College of Saint Benedict, Anna Hoeschen chronicles the work of Master Potter and Artist-in-Residence and Richard Bresnahan for a contemporary American craft publication and blog.
Two Teapots by Richard Bresnahan: Our Favorite Things by Jason Onerheim and Lori Williamson (Minnesota Historical Society Collections Podcast and Blog, July 29, 2011): The Minnesota Historical Society highlights a special part of their collection by highlighting a selection of Bresnahan teapots.
Firing the Kiln at Saint John's University by Scott Carlson (The Chronicle for Higher Education, September 27, 2010): Scott Carlson writes for the Buildings and Grounds blog about his experience traveling with a group of colleagues to various sustainably-minded locatations across rural America.
Earth, Wind and Fire: Richard Bresnahan's Elemental Approach to Art and Life by Scott Carlson (The Chronicle for Higher Education, February 13, 2009): This article is a fantastic introduction to the studio, and includes compelling descriptions of the Saint John's Pottery during a past firing of the Johanna Kiln.
Art and Life, Steeping in a Teapot by David Colman (The New York Times, February 17, 2008): Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture winner Fritz Haeg references his appearance at the 2008 Whitney Biennial and his decision to keep a Bresnahan teapot as a cherished belonging while freeing himself from his other posessions.
Saint John's University Potter and Kiln Builder by Laura McCallum (Minnesota Public Radio, February 10, 2007): The Odd Jobs segment visits Richard Bresnahan in his earth-toned studio rich with the smell of indigenous clays, where he starts his day preparing slip, the watery clay mixture vital for throwing good pots.
Pottery Studio Hosts Renowned Japanese Potter Shiho Kanzaki (Saint John's University News, January 7, 2004): The Saint John's Pottery hosts the Shigaraki-based potter along with a film crew filming Kanzaki, Richard Bresnahan, and Dr. Matthew Welch from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
North Dakota Natives Recieve Alumni Achievement Award and Degree (Saint John's University News, April 13, 2003): Saint John's University President Br. Dietrich Reinhart OSB, presents an alumni achievement award to Richard Bresnahan, SJU class of 1976, along with the presentation of an honorary degree to his father, Richard Bresnahan, Sr.
Pottery Book Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award (Saint John's University News, May 27, 2002): Honors the book "Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery," as told by Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Richard Bresnahan Talks Up His Giant Kiln by Annie Feidt (Minnesota Public Radio, December 31, 2001): Richard Bresnahan speaks with Minnesota Public Radio about the Johanna Kiln and the book "Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery," nominated for two Minnesota Book Awards.