Student Spotlight: Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson found NCC some years ago while searching for Summer Clay Camp opportunities for her kids. In 2016, Maggie and her husband sold their company, Sojos Pet Food, and with this life change began her journey into clay. Maggie wanted to learn something new and different, so she started with a Land of Round Pots class at NCC. She had never considered herself to be an artist. Unsure of whether she would survive her first class, she quickly fell in love with clay and has been taking classes ever since.

Maggie shares that even a year ago, she was still intimidated by the porcelain clay body. One day, she made the leap and bought her first bag of domestic porcelain and has never looked back. She enjoys making bowls, mugs, vases, and berry colanders. Of her work she says, “I am constantly learning and stretching what I think are my limitations with regard to size and design. I love setting an intention and following a ball of clay all the way to a finished piece.”

As she continues to fill her house with her wares, she has taken to giving away most of her work as gifts. This past holiday season, she held her first sale with friends at her house, donating the funds earned to a non-profit that is near and dear to her. Though she is unsure if she will show or sell her work to those outside of her close friends, she remains open-minded. For now, she’s taking it one class at a time.

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