John was surrounded with artists and poets from childhood. In high school he took a pottery class and was hooked. He became a full time potter after graduation and immersed himself in clay and crafts. Although he could support himself frugally at best, a family, not at all. Art became secondary to a work schedule and his family. His family grew to include his wife Susanne, and daughters, Theodoshia (Doshi), Isabelle (Bella) and Abbelaine (Abbey). Over these intervening years John taught pottery classes, took painting classes and served on various Board of Directors, including, the PA Guild of Craftsmen, Doshi Gallery and Harrisburg Art Association. He kept his hands dirty with classes taken both in pottery and painting. His work was included in various exhibitions during this period.
Upon retirement, he is able to immerse himself once again in the making. John now has the freedom to not be solely focused on the functional work that originally was his livelihood. He continues to look at function, as can be seen in his bowls, platters and mugs. He also now has the luxury of exploring personal interpretation of clay and form. His constructions are without direct functional use and are thought more as sculpture or painting on clay. The art of clay.
John is participating in craft shows as well as exhibitions in a number of galleries in the area.
The work goes in two directions.
One direction goes to function, works which address the need to practice on the potter’s wheel and explore color with glazes, solely and The second is a more personal connection with clay. Pieces have to do with aesthetic, rather than function. They are expressionist and poetic, rather than literal. They draw upon nature with human input. It is about texture, surface and division of space. Surface is self-limited to a Shino glaze or more often than not, no glaze at all. Slips, coloring oxides and wood or charcoal ash are the palette. Completed spontaneously from prepared slabs and thrown elements taken apart and rearranged in a wholly different direction. They explore the art of clay.