Potter Peter Johnson’s largest clay installation, “Beacon,” will be featured at White River Gallery in December.
Johnson is the co-op’s featured artist this month.
More than five feet high, the highly textured, multi-pierced sculpture is pictured in its summer finery, with each orifice filled with bamboo. The three-piece structure is going to be displayed sans greenery in the gallery, inviting a buyer’s imagination on how best to embellish it—or not. Johnson is showing the piece with light emanating from within, as its name suggests.
Beyond this Beacon, whose “wintery” sibling of the same name sold at the Gallery’s Art in the Barn gala a few months ago, Johnson has choice wall art, more sculpture and functional pottery available in the gallery for holiday shoppers. His work ranges from dinnerware, bowls, goblets and pitchers to fanciful forms suited for indoor or outdoor display. The newest items are among 700 pieces plucked from his Fruitland Township kiln the week after Thanksgiving. His phrase for December’s display is “a major opus.”
Johnson earned his Master in Fine Arts from Alfred University in New York. He built his studio near Lake Michigan in the early ’70s and became a charter member of White River Gallery in 1999.
His work is on display Dec. 1 through Dec. 23.
White River Gallery, a branch of Arts Council of White Lake, is at 8701 Ferry Street, Montague, Michigan. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. The gallery closes for the season at 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Call 231-894-8659 during gallery hours for details.