Al Johnsen

Albert Johnsen was born in 1922. After finishing elementary school in New York, he served a four-year apprenticeship in the construction trades. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1941-1945. After working as a commercial fisherman in Sitka, Alaska, he moved to Los Angeles where he enrolled in the Otis Art Institute in from 1949-1954 and Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA in 1964. In 1964, he turned from painting to ceramics. From 1964-1966 he attended the Pond Farm summer workshops founded by Marguerite Wildenhain. He also took courses at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, in 1967 and 1976. From 1967-1981, he was a ceramics lecturer. Johnsen was a self-employed potter (Scott Creek Pottery) from 1966-1990 in Santa Cruz, CA. During this time he spent time visiting pottery centers from Greece to Sweden, studying ceramics techniques and lecturing. Johnson has been part of numerous exhibits and one-man shows, primarily on the west coast. Several articles have been written about him in magazines and he co-authored an instruction text called Designing Glazes.
Source of Biography
Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students. Curated by Billie Sessions. San Bernardino, CA: California State University, 2002; Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio. Text by Jane Kemp. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2003; Emery, Olivia. Craftsman Lifestyle: The Gentle Revolution. Pasadena: California Design Publications, 1977
Related collection
Pond Farm Works