Our studio is an intimate space where I make functional wood fired ceramics. It is also a place where I have a conversation with native clay, wood firing, reduction cooling and myself. It is a place where our family and friends often are.
JD Jorgenson, is a wood fire potter living in St. Joseph, Minnesota with his wife Sara, son Micah and daughter Ofelia. His process involves an intimate conversation with native/local materials.
Specifically clay, one is very white kaolin from back home in North Dakota, the second is very black clay, similar to ball clay from 3 miles from his house. He is interested in clay flavor, therefore he usually doesn't glaze his work often this allows for the clay to share its voice. The process reveals flaws, beauty and is true to the raw clay itself by interacting with the fire, charcoal, and atmosphere in the wood kiln.
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 a founding member of Avon Area Arts. In 2008 he established The Wood Firing Exchange. The long term goal of the Wood Firing Exchange is to develop an international exchange program for wood firing opportunities. It is and idea based on sense of place and community and hands on learning about clay, wood firing and life. He is also an active member of Minnesota Street Market which is a new local food and art co-op in St. Joseph, MN.
Our studio is also is where The Wood Firing Exchange exists as well as a number of other opportunities for staying on the path of clay. They include classes, internships, mentorships, apprenticeshps, assistantships and residencies.