BiographySonja (Martinson) Juffer was born on May 14, 1953. She received a BA degree in art from Luther College in 1975. She was certified to teach art in the state of Wisconsin in 1991. In 2001, she earned a Master of Visual Arts degree from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI. Juffer attended the Pond Farm workshops founded by Marguerite Wildenhain in 1976, and 1978-1980. She also studied with Dean Schwarz at his South Bear School in 1971 and 1975. Juffer studied at the Norwegian Husflidskol (Home Craft School) in Fagernes, Norway, in 1974. In June-July 2002, Juffer was awarded a Fulbright Fund Fellowship to work in Tokyo and Ina City, Nagano, Japan.
Juffer has taught art in various elementary and secondary schools in Wisconsin. Since 1999, she has taught grades 1-6 at Atwater Elementary School in Shorewood, WI. She has served as an Artist-In-the-Schools, demonstrating work as a potter through the Iowa Arts Council, 1977-1981. She also worked as a professional artist and printmaker, 1976-1986. Juffer has participated in various exhibits in the Midwest.
The wall hanging created by Juffer was donated to the Pond Farm Collection in memory of her brother, Stephen Martinson. It is hand-built forming 30 small ceramic squares which project from the back slabs with a combination of clay forms mounted inside or on the surface. It is constructed on four stone slabs which are glued to a wood panel. It is spray-painted, black and deep red.
Source of BiographyRipples: 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