About

Jenn Johnston

I am a ceramist, living on Bundjalung Country, in Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia.

I discovered my passion for clay after a career in health research and policy. I was hooked after the first class I took, and over the next few years worked hard to develop my skills, build my home studio, and establish relationships with wholesalers, fellow ceramicists and my wonderful customers. Since the start of 2021 I have been potting full time, and have never felt more content and sure that I’m doing what I was meant to do. Making with clay has brought me joy, purpose, community, respite from chronic illness, and a whole new way of living.

In my studio nestled in my garden, I create elegant, functional, hand crafted ceramics. Predominantly using slab building techniques and stoneware clay, I focus on making work that is refined, and take pride that each piece that leaves my studio is made with care and consideration. My ceramics, in terms of both the shapes and the tones I use, are influenced by the rich and abundant landscape of the place I’m so lucky to call home, as well as my appreciation of Japanese aesthetics and mid-century modern design.

The response of others to my work has been incredibly fulfilling and I get enormous satisfaction from the thought that the pieces I make will be used and enjoyed by people for years to come.

Jenn Johnston making ceramic coasters for Stone and Wood collaboration