Robert Johnson received his formal arts training at The University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and at Utah State University’s Master of Fine Arts ceramics program. Robert contributes over 15 years accumulated community arts experience beginning with his involvement in the USU Lifespan Learning program which offers non-credit ceramic instruction to anyone in the Logan and greater Cache Valley community.
During his graduate studies, Robert also maintained the sculpture department wood shop where he demonstrated the correct and safe operation of woodworking equipment and also worked a stint in the Nora Eccles-Harrison Museum of Art preparatory shop building exhibition furniture and inventorying the museum’s collection.
Shortly after leaving the ceramics MFA program, Robert was employed by Utah State University’s Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory. Though working full time as a graphic designer, cartographer, and GIS technician, he kept his hands in clay through teaching community oriented ceramics classes at The Alliance for the Varied Arts in downtown Logan.
With a late 2004 relocation to Omaha, Nebraska, Robert rededicated himself to studio ceramic work. He established his studio in Omaha Clay Works and taught the Tuesday evening wheel throwing class throughout his 11 years in Omaha as well as a couple classes through the Joslyn Art Museum.
Robert Johnson currently maintains studio space and resides in the foothills of the Western Cascades. The latest stop on his peripatetic journey stems from a late 2015 invitation to join potter friends in establishing a studio on their then newly acquired acreage near Estacada.
Some of Rob’s work: