John Gill

Artist Statement

The tables are cleared and canvas covers the surface. Large, full coils are pressed into slabs, lifted from the table and wrapped into cylinders. Cut, darted, and tailored: the process appears simple and is done with absolute ease. (At this time, I could be dreaming about the beach.) Beautiful shapes collide with the global history of pottery form. When it comes to glaze I pay attention to the form, and activate the surface with an endless painting, illuminating the shape with color.

Artist Bio

John Gill is a professor, potter, storyteller and avid library user: His hand building demonstrations are renown, conjuring up ways to play with clay while entertaining with stories and thought-provoking insights. This year, John was elected to the American Craft Council of Fellows in recognition of his work and influence as a master of Ceramic Art. John graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with BFA and graduate degree from Alfred University. He has been teaching at Alfred since 1984. He has work in numerous collections and has shown at Grace Borgenicht and Kraushaar Gallery both in New York City. Also he shows at Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen and Paul Kotula Projects in Detroit.