John walked into the clay studio at Earlham College back in 2001 and instantly felt at home. Coming from a culinary career, the difference between a hot kitchen to a damp, cool pottery studio was a fresh sensation. John studied with many teachers from different traditions and looks to create a fresh contemporary take on old traditions.
John is proficient in wheel-throwing and hand-building and is gaining skills to master slip casting right now. He is passionate about woodfiring and has fired widely from Montana to North Carolina, Mashiko to Karatsu, actively participating in woodfiring at Brinsley Tyrrell’s kiln in Ravenna, Ohio. He studied under Michael Thiedeman at Earlham College (BA 2005) and under Eva Kwong and Kirk Mangus at Kent State University (MFA 2014).