John is currently a Lecturer of Art at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. He was first exposed to atmospheric firing practices at University of Southern Indiana where he earned a B.S. in Studio Art. He completed his MFA at the University of Mississippi where he developed a passion for wood firing. Following graduate school John spent three years in Omaha, NE working as an artist assistant for Jun Kaneko. He began his career in higher education as an Adjunct Professor at UNC-Asheville, where he continued to develop his studio practice. Over his career he has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. His work is currently included in the collections of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, the University of Southern Indiana, and among private collectors.