Much of my work is meant to be dislocated in time, seemingly a remnant of the past or an artifact from the distant future. Each piece is a reflection on the passing of time, and a monument to labor. They catalog the act of making, of constructing, of inventing, and reinventing, and speak to the never ending flow of both time and human attempts at progress.

My newest body of work continues to explore transformation, this time focusing on both structure and material.  It uses the kiln as a vehicle for deconstruction. The porcelain grid systems begin as digital renderings and are meticulously fabricated by hand. These structures become the architecture over which to stretch a fluid skin that is allowed to warp or collapse the structure under the strain of the firing. They expose the relationship between soft and hard, the fluidity of a membrane, and the moment of intersection between these contrasting elements. They strive to pair labored construction with unpredictability, and capture the entropy embodied in the process.


Peter Christian Johnson is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. He earned his MFA from Penn State University and a BS in Environmental Science at Wheaton College. Peter has been a resident artist and Visiting Lecturer at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Australian National University, The Archie Bray Foundation, the LH Project, and the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Australia, and throughout the United States.

Peter Christian JOHNSON

La Grande, OREGON



2003        MFA, Penn State University, PA

1998        BS, Wheaton College, IL

Professional Experience

2010-Present      Associate Professor, Eastern Oregon University,  La Grande, OR

2004-2010          Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR        

2003                    Visiting Professor, Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta CA

2002                    Adjunct Professor, Penn State University, State College, PA

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2014        Peter Christian Johnson, Pendleton Art Center, Pendleton, OR

2013        Artifact and Object, Esvelt Gallery, Pasco, WA

2013        Remnants, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2008        Peter Johnson/ Kerry Loewen, Betty Feves Gallery, Pendleton, OR

2007        Peter Johnson/ Gill Martin, Gallery Space, Bellevue, WA

2006        Studies in Excavating Self, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2004        8 Internal Views, KIT, Calgary, AB Canada

2003        Questions of Containment, Zo1ler Gallery, State College, PA

2003        Thoughts on Kenosis, Adams Hall Gallery, Wheaton, IL

2002        Three Dimensional Illuminations, Sheets Gallery, Altoona, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions    


Ceramic Top 40 (selected works), Gallery 224, Cambridge, MA

San Angelo National Ceramics Exhibition, San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, TX

Emerged: After the Residency, Lilstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

NCECA Archie Bray Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI        


Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

Earth Moves, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Kolva – Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

Fellowship Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery, ABF, Helena, MT

2013 Resident Artist Exhibition, Warehouse Gallery, ABF, Helena, MT

Honored Artist of Eastern Oregon, ArtsEast Gallery, La Grande, OR

Archie Bray Residents, 18 Hands Gallery, NCECA, Houston, TX

Interpretation of the Object, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT


Ecumene: Global Interface in American Ceramics, SFCC, Santa Fe, NM

NCECA Emerging Artist Exhibition, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

Deviations From Comfort, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA

A Decade of Distinction: LH Project Exhibition at NCECA, Seattle, WA        

Archie Bray Residents, Kolva Sulivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

East Meets West, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

Eastern Oregon Biennial, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR

Eastern Oregon University Art Faculty, North Santiam Gallery, Albany, OR


Tapped, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Recent Acquisitions, North Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Bray Residents, Kolva-Sulivan Gallery, Spokane, WA

Union County Grant Recipients, Union County Art Center, La Grande, OR

Resident Artists and 2011 Artists to the Edge, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena,MT

12th Annual Clay Invitational, Art Spirit, Coeur d’alene, ID

2 by 2: Small Scale Sculpture Biennial, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

EOU Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR


Un-wedged, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA


Clay on the Wall, TTU School of Art, Lubbock, TX

Descendent/ Emergent, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, GA

EOU Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR


Crossing the Blues, Satellite Gallery, La Grande, OR


Clay Mechanics II, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

Art Slate 2007, Condon Armory, Condon, OR

Eastern Oregon University Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR


Eastern meets Western, Opis6 Gallery, Eugene, OR


Art Slate 05, Condon Armory, Condon, OR

Eastern Oregon University Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, La Grande, OR


Seasons Faire, Nightingale Gallery,  La Grande, OR

Clay Mechanics, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio (at NCECA), Indianapolis, IN

ECACA National Juried Art Show, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, CO


ACAD Faculty Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, AB

1000 Miles Apart Faculty Exhibition,  McDermit Gallery, Winnipeg, MB

Graduate Research Exhibition, Hub Gallery, University Park, PA


Vehicles, SoFA Gallery, Indiana State University, Bloomington, IN.

Baker’s Dozen, Adam and Art Gallery, Bellefonte, PA


Intercourse: A collaborative effort, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

Odyssey Resident Artist Exhibit, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, PA

Odyssey Resident Artists, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

Past & Present, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC


2014        Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Foundation Career Opportunity Grant

2013        Rudio Autio Grant for Creative Initiatives

2012        Matsutani Fellow, Archie Bray Foundation

2012        NCECA Emerging Artist

2012        Oregon Cultural Trust Individual Artist Fellowship Grant

2012        Eastern Oregon Biennial, Selected Artist Award

2011        Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artist

2011         Union County Cultural Coalition Visual Artist Grant

2007        EOU Faculty Scholars Grant

2005        EOU Faculty Scholars Grant

2005        Artist Award  Art Slate 2005

2004        Best of Show (3D)  Seasons Faire

2003        1st Place: Penn State University Graduate Research Exhibition


2014        Ceramics Monthly, Exposure, April, 2014

2013        Exhibitions, CFile,

2013        Ceramics Monthly, Exposure, April, 2013

2013        New Ceramics : European Ceramics Magazine, January, 2013

2013        Ceramics Monthly, Exposure, January, 2013

2012        NCECA Journal, 2012 Emerging Artist

2012        Creating Linus Art Magazine, Interview, September, 2012

2012        Pottery Making Illustrated, Jan-Feb 2012

2011         Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, May 2011

2011         Artist of the Day,

2009       500 Ceramic Sculptures, Lark Books

2006        Sylvie Pederson, Eugene Weekly, 05/25/2006

2005        Peterson, Jeff, The Observer, 01/06/2005

2001        Burleson, Mark ; Ceramic Glaze Handbook, Lark Books (Asheville, NC)

Visiting Artist Lectures

2013        Visiting Artist Lecture, Montana State University, Boseman, MT

2013        Visiting Artist Lecture, Columbia Basin Community College, Pasco, WA

2011         Visiting Artist Lecture, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2011         Visiting Artist Lecture, Central Washington University, Cheney, WA

2006       Visiting Artist Lecture, Australian National University

2003       Visiting Artist Lecture, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB

2003       Visiting Lecturer, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL

2000       Visiting Artist, Wheaton College, Wheaton Il

Permanent Collections

2013        Archie Bray Foundation

2013        Columbia Basin College

2013        Anne and Harry Wollman collection

2012        Allen Berk Collection

2012        NCECA Permanent Collection

2011         Archie Bray Foundation

2010        LH Project Collection

2006        Australian National University

2005        Portland Community College (Cascade Campus)

2004        Alberta College of Art and Design

Artist Residencies

2012        Archie Bray Foundation (long term resident)

2011         Archie Bray Foundation (summer resident)

2010        LH Project, Joseph, OR

2006       Australian National University, Canberra ACT

2002       Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC