Meet the Artist: Justin Rothshank
Famous faces! Though potter Justin’s Rothshank’s ceramics encompass a wide variety of styles and techniques, his pieces featuring famous faces have a perennial appeal—customers laugh and guess and say, “This would be perfect for...” as they view Justin’s work.
Pinch has carried Justin Rothshank’s ceramic work since 2011. His mugs, bowls, plates, and platters feature presidents, political figures, and pop icons. Justin believes that artwork and creativity are a catalyst for social change and economic improvement as well as enhancing everyday lives with beauty. Art gives a voice to the voiceless, enables self-understanding, and provides a window into other cultures. These are among the reasons he has chosen to pursue a life as a working artist.
Justin 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.
His 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.
In 2009, Justin was presented with an Award of Excellence by the American Craft Council. 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 lives in rural Indiana, with his wife, artist Brooke Rothshank, and their children.