Richard Bresnahan grew up in rural North Dakota. The son of a grain-elevator operator, Bresnahan attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and studied for three-and-a-half years under the tutelage of world-renowned potter Nakazato Takashi in Japan. His apprenticeship earned Bresnahan the title of master potter and has greatly influenced his work.
Today, Bresnahan works as a full-time potter and teacher. His studio, located at St. John’sUniversity, where he has been artist-in-residence for more than 20 years, attracts students and traveling artists alike, all interested in learning his techniques. During the mid-1990s, Bresnahan helped the university construct North America’s largest wood-burning kiln and continues to look for environmentally conscious ways to improve his art.