Mark Johnson has been teaching at MECA for 28 years. He received his BFA and MFA degrees from Kent State University. His ceramic work explores the relationship between control and chance, which is an important part of the soda firing process. Pottery forms, including vases, jars, teapots, platters, and pouring vessels are surfaced with glazes that interact with the clay body and the soda kiln atmosphere to create a synthesis of material, form, and process. His artwork has been included in over 200 hundred exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States.
● Article “Flower Rafts: Compose and Contain” featured in Pottery Making Illustrated magazine, May/June 2015
● Past artist‐in‐residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art
● Artist fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
Some of Mark’s interests include learning to play the guitar and mandolin, gardening with flowers and vegetables, hiking, and visiting sites of old architecture and past civilizations. He is also the winner of a blue ribbon for baking apple pie.