JD Jorgenson received his BA in Ceramics at the University of Iowa in 1999. He worked at St. Johns Pottery in Collegeville, Minnesota from 2002 – 04, where he served as head apprentice for renowned ceramic artist Richard Bresnahan. He is a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (through the Bresnahan Pottery) and the Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation Award (through Northern Clay Center). Jorgenson has been a frequent teacher at Northern Clay Center since 2000. He lives and maintains a studio in St. Joseph Minnesota, where he runs the Wood Firing Exchange, a program that provides opportunities for recent college graduates through apprenticeships, assistantships, and residencies. Jorgenson's work and commitment lies in discovering and emphasizing the uniqueness of Minnesota and North Dakota clay bodies through his wood-firing process.