Jon McMillan is an artist and educator residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Mary Washington. He holds an MFA in ceramics from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a BFA from James Madison University, where he also earned a minor in Art History.
After undergraduate school, Jon worked for 7 years as a full-time studio potter before pursuing his terminal degree. Currently, he makes sculptural and functional ceramic artwork, both of which are exhibited widely. Highlights include recent solo exhibitions at Tennessee Tech University, Mary Baldwin College, Hunter College, and Luniverre Gallery in Cordes Sur Ciel, France.
Jon was a finalist for the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics and was awarded “Best In Show” at the 2013 Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition. In 2017, McMillan was awarded a Jepson Fellowship to build a wood fired kiln at UMW and the Grellet Simpson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In addition to teaching at UMW, Jon has taught ceramics workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, The Glassell School of Fine Art, and The Vallauris Institute for the Arts, among others.