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JD Jorgenson, is a wood fire potter living in St. Joseph, Minnesota with his wife Sara, son Micah and daughter Ofelia. He is a functional potter using local clay and porcelain. He draws inspiration from nature and his surroundings, incorporating them into the work. His specific interests lie in the raw clay, how its surface changes do to atmosphere, flame and ash to create a new form. He also believes that the line between functional work and art objects should be blurred. He strives to approach that line as often as possible by creating pieces, which through their everyday use, are also experienced as a ceramic art object. The pieces employ subtle brushwork, surface color and occasional slip glazing on simple forms. The relationship between the clays is important to him, sometimes complimenting, other times masking or overwhelming one another.

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  • Born on August 12
  • Joined August 12, 2009

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native clay, wood, fire, metal, bricks

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JD Jorgenson, is a wood fire potter living in St. Joseph, Minnesota with his wife Sara, son Micah and daughter Ofelia. He is a functional potter using local clay and porcelain. He draws inspiration from nature and his surroundings, incorporating them into the work. His specific interests lie in the raw clay, how its surface changes do to atmosphere, flame and ash to create a new form. He also believes that the line between functional work and art objects should be blurred. He strives to approach that line as often as possible by creating pieces, which through their everyday use, are also experienced as a ceramic art object. The pieces employ subtle brushwork, surface color and occasional slip glazing on simple forms. The relationship between the clays is important to him, sometimes complimenting, other times masking or overwhelming one another.

After completing his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa, Jorgenson moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to teach and work at the prestigious community clay art studio, Northern Clay Center. Jorgenson was a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant at the Saint John’s Pottery in Collegeville, Minnesota. After Jorgenson’s grant period ended, he continued to work at the Saint John’s Pottery as the apprentice to renowned Ceramic artist, Richard Bresnahan. Jorgenson exhibits nationally and was a presenter at the International Symposium on Wood-Fired Ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2006. He also presented and exhibited at the International Wood Fire Conference at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN 2007. Jorgenson Pottery was established in 2004 and currently Jorgenson is involved with the communities around St. Joseph. Specifically, he is the President of Avon Area Arts. The non-profit organization started to develop an artistic and cultural community within the Avon area which encourages and nurtures the creative spirit, as the mission states. The organization is bringing awareness to the arts, not only in the Avon and St. Joseph area but to the whole region.

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