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25 Myburgh St
Somerset West

Tel: 021 851 1288
Cell: 076 592 3340


John was born in East London, South Africa in 1947 and attended Florida Park High School in Johannesburg. He has travelled extensively (Europe and Australia), and had a chequered career doing a variety of jobs. From 1977 to 1979, at the age of 30, he became a full-time student at Natal University, Pietermaritzburg (non-degree), studying under Hilda Ditchburn, Juliet Armstrong and David Walters. In 1980 (to 1982) he was apprenticed to Bryan Haden in Gordon’s Bay and specialized in wood-fired reduction functional ware. In 1981 he started lecturing part-time at the Stellenbosch Technical College until 1982. At the same time he started Mill Street Pottery in Strand with partner, Verena Baraga, working with slip decorated functional ware. He was then introduced to under glaze earthenware colours by Chris Silverston, and in 1989 he had his first one-man exhibition in The Potter’s Shop, Kalk Bay. He currently produces high fired (earthernware 1160˚) functional ovenware in plain colours (mainly green, white and blue) decorated with stamps featuring for example a bee or frog. He does wheel work as well as molded forms and sometime combines both principles to form pedestal pieces. He supplies various galleries and sells from his studio in Somerset West. He works to order. His hobbies are reading, sudoku, cooking and fishing!

1984 Work accepted for the Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Exhibition, New Zealand
1989 Joint winner of Corobrick Award, Western Cape Region
1990 Winner of National Ceramics Quarterly Maarten Zaalberg
Award for best hand-thrown domestic ware
Winner of First National Bank Award for Functional Ware at
first Corobrick National Biennial held in Pretoria
1993 Selector for Western Cape Regional Exhibition
Selected by Craft Council of South Africa to exhibit at the
South African High Commission in London
Highly Commended at Western Cape Regional Exhibition
1998 Selector for Western Cape Regional Exhibition
1999 National Merit Award at the 1999 National Ceramic
Exhibition, Cape Town
2000 Merit Award at the Western Cape Regional Exhibition, Cape Town
2001 Guest potter at Eastern Cape Regional
2002 Merit Award, African Earth Exhibition, Johannesburg
2004 Merit Award, Cape Regional Ceramics Exhibition
2005 Renault Artist
2006 Renault Artist – at Everard Read Gallery
2007 Merit Award Western Cape Regional Exhibition, Cape Town