John Gisborne has been working in clay for approximately 20 years and has been living at and part of the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village for 5 years. John started off his craft with his mother who was also a clay worker and running a pottery business. In the 1980‟s he worked with Alan Vickers at Mt Manganui followed by a period with the Waikato Society of Potters as a resident potter. He had his own studio in Hamilton for two years and then for five years worked with the famous Barry Brickell at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries. John has also worked in Scotland at Glasgow Ceramics for about 18 months before returning to New Zealand and taking up residence at the village.
Besides working as an individual artist John is an active member of the Taradale Pottery Club. He played an integral role in the design and construction of the wood fired kiln and delights in learning to master its complexities. John is passionate about wood firing his sculptural forms, and enjoys the link to the tradition of his craft and the unique effects from flame and ash that are created during the course of a wood firing. Besides producing a range of domestic and decorative pottery John’s current work involves sculptural garden and water features which are predominantly inspired and informed by ideas of the „organic‟ and „feminine‟.

johns pots feb 2015