Tonya Johnson was born in Michigan but returned to her family home in Pike County, KY where she was influenced artistically by her grandfather, who created sculptures from found materials, and her mother, who quilted. Tonya played with clay in the creek as a child and has always wanted to make pots.
Moving to Louisville in 1991 she studied ceramics at the University of Louisville and received her MA in 1999. After working out of a home studio for several years, Tonya opened her Payne Street Pottery studio in 2000. She currently also teaches introductory art and ceramics classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College and is a regular clay instructor at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft.
Tonya’s pottery has always been guided by her love of form and function. Her clay pieces perform well on the table and in the kitchen, and are dishwasher safe.
Tonya’s works can also be found in the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Kaviar Gallery, Louisville, KY and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.