Christy Johnson is a ceramic artist. She also acts as an independent curator, writer and part-time ceramics instructor. She holds a BA in English Literature from California State University, Los Angeles, and later studied ceramics at Pasadena City College with Phil Cornelius and at Otis College of Art and Design with Ralph Bacerra. Her pottery career includes many exhibition credits, awards, teaching experiences, and workshop presentations.
Among her early curatorial highlights is a Sam Maloof woodworking retrospective and Envisioning the Future, a collaboration with feminist artist Judy Chicago. Between 2004 and 2013, Johnson was Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, where she facilitated a diverse, five-exhibition-a-year schedule. While at AMOCA, Johnson was involved with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, producing a critically acclaimed exhibition, Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California (1945-1975), and book of the same title.
Her 2015 curatorial projects, included Otis Revisited and Crossroads in Clay at Chouinard and Otis: The Ralph Bacerra Years, two out of four Los Angeles, year-end exhibitions associated with famed ceramic artist, Ralph Bacerra. In 2016 she juried the famed San Antonio Museum of Art Ceramic Invitational. This year, September 22nd – October 20th, 2017, she will introduce new ceramic work in a solo exhibit at Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA.