Justin Rothshank has been working as a studio ceramic artist in Goshen, Indiana since 2009. In 2001 he co-founded the Union Project, a nonprofit organization located in Pittsburgh, PA.
Justin’s ceramic work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, including articles in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Studio Potter, The Log Book, and Neue Keramik. He has been a presenter, panelist, visiting artist, and artist-in-residence at numerous universities, schools, conferences, and art centers throughout the United States and abroad. His functional and decorative ceramic ware is available for purchase in more than two dozen galleries and gift shops around the country.
Justin was presented with an Award of Excellence by the American Craft Council in February 2009. In 2007 he was recognized by Ceramics Monthly Magazine as an Emerging Artist. He has also been awarded an Alcoa Foundation Leadership Grant for Arts Managers, a 2007 Work of Art Award from Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the 2005 Decade of Servant Leadership Award from Goshen College, and was named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2005.
“Justin Rothshank of Goshen, Indiana, and Bryan Hopkins of Buffalo, New York, are earnest potters who are producing fresh and beautiful work. They are relatively young and stylistically different in approach and intent. Whether it’s ridiculously loose thrown tableware paired with decals (Justin), or massive hunks and delicate sheets of porcelain paired with gold luster (Bryan), their pieces capture the visceral nature of clay with all its vitality and wit. There’s also irony in what they do, but it isn’t cynical. Seeing this work makes me excited and optimistic, and also hopeful about the future of our field.”
From American Craft Magazine, April/May 2011
-Michael Lamar, Altamira Lighting, American Craft Council trustee, Providence, RI
“There are engaging qualities in Justin Rothshank’s simple appropriation of nature; the casual stance, weathered edge, and rustic glaze of his piece suggest tree bark, with a branch as a stem.”
From 500 Pitchers, Lark Books, Published 2006
-Terry Gess, Studio Artist and Juror: 500 Pitchers