John has had experience teaching younger children in such programs as the summer
arts S.P.A.C.E. program of the Newton, MA public school system, and worked with the
Boston English High School Magnet Art Program doing frequent raku workshops. He has
done workshops/visiting artist programs for young children at locations like the
Berkshire Country Day School (MA), the High Mowing Waldorf School (NH), Florence
Rideout Elementary School (NH), and the Denville (NJ) Public schools.
A specialist in the design and construction of fuel-fired kilns, John has built numerous
kilns for professional potters and institutions in the east. He performed extensive
kiln design work and consulting for Cutter/Eagle Ceramics, designed the "Cutter Crossdraft"
kiln plans, and was responsible for drawings and modifications to their popular "Brookfield
Kiln" plans. He consulted on a period recreation of a colonial-era wood fired bottle
kiln located at the living history museum at Old Sturbridge Village, MA. His favorite
projects involve building wood kilns, particularly multi-chambered climbing kilns
(noborigama) like the one located at his studio in Wilton.
John was a presenter at the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
annual conference in Boston, MA in 1984, Columbus, OH in 1999, Portland OR in 2006,
and in Seattle in 2012. In 2000, John was a presenter at the Alabama Clay Conference
at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In 2001 he conducted two different
workshops for the Harvard University Ceramics program, and in the fall of 2001 as
well as the spring of 2004 he was a visiting artist at Massachusetts College of Art
in Boston. In the spring of 2002 and the spring of 2004 he also conducted week long
woodfiring workshops for the undergraduate and graduate ceramics majors from Massachusetts
College of Art.
John has presented slide lectures on his experiences at the 2002 Aomori International
Wood Fire Festival and the 2004 Artist-in-Residence program for the NH Potter's Guild,
Mass. College of Art, Richmond Pottery, Emerson Umbrealla Arts Center, New Hampshire
Institute of Art, and "The Potter's Shop" school.
John has also presented at other diverse venues such as local Lions Clubs, New Hampshire
Art Educators Association conferences, and a New Jersey State Teachers Education
Conference. Since 1981 he has conducted almost annual noborigama woodfiring workshops
at his studio in Wilton, which has attracted international attendees. John has appeared
on WMUR television's "Four O'clock Focus" arts programming and was featured in a
National Public Radio interview on ceramic toxicology. He has appeared on Japan’s
NHK broadcasting system numerous times.
Over the years, John's work has appeared in a number of regional, national, and international
July 2013 NH Potters Guild Biennial “Drawn to Clay” Sharon Arts Center Gallery
May 2013 MunGyeong Teabowl Competition MunGyeong Chasabal Festival
MunGyeong, South Korea
Mar. 2013 “Mentors and Proteges” NH Art Association Gallery
Dec. 2012 “The Annual Cup Show” Invitational Worcester Center for Crafts
Sep. 2012 Invitational Cup Exhibition Gallery 550
Sep. 2012 Annual Faculty Exhibition New Hampshire Institute of Art
Sep. 2012 “The Art of Dining” Invitational Worcester Center for Crafts
Aug. 2012 Kansas City Teabowl National 2012 Thornill Gallery - Avila University
Kansas City, MO
June 2012 “Art of the Contemporary Chawan” Invitational Cavin-Morris Gallery
New York, NY
May 2012 MunGyeong Teabowl Competition MunGyeong Chasabal Festival