John was born in Devon, and studied ceramics at Gloucestershire College of Art in Cheltenham.
His pots are all hand-thrown, and his focus has always been on pure form. He uses a range of subtle stoneware glazes which he makes himself using locally sourced ingredients – woodash, limestone, clays – wherever possible. Decoration is kept to a minimum. He also soda-fires in a gas kiln.
‘I am excited most by the work of Bernard Leach, Hamada Shoji and the Eastern School of pottery. The strength of their pots lies, I feel, in their quietness.’
For the past few years, I have been concentrating on a range of forms, to which I have applied olive/celadon, ochre and shino glazes made up from wood ash and clay, ingredients both local to my studio.
The pots are all hand-thrown from a blend of West-country clays, and are often altered while still soft on the wheel. They are fired twice, the first to biscuit (1000 degrees centigrade) and the second firing to stoneware (1300 degrees Centigrade) in a gas kiln. I use a long firing cycle as this brings out the subtlety and depth in my glazes.’
John’s work has been widely exhibited in leading galleries including Galerie Besson and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It is included in many collections at home and abroad including the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge.
John is a Fellow of the Craft Potters’ Association (CPA).