John Oles - OLE 006

Regular price $150.00


John was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, and holds a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts and an MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over the past 10 years he has been invited to lecture and teach Artist Workshops at many prominent ceramic programs around the country, including Hartwick College, Louisiana Tech., Texas Woman’s University and Harvard University. John taught ceramics at Loyola University from 2008-2013 and Tulane University from 2013-2015. Currently John is Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Jacksonville State University in Alabama.


As a maker of objects, I believe that truth and insight into our own human nature can be revealed to us through the practice and process of creating with our hands. I believe in the power of the handmade object to communicate with people, on a subconscious level, the fragility and intimacy of the temporal moment.

In my vessels and functional forms, I honor the traditions and familiarity of the domestic object, with its ability to enrich our lives through daily use, as a vehicle for communicating content. I approach the making of each pot as an individual sculptural object, often with reference to landscape or the human figure. I want the walls of these vessels to be like that of a membrane, inflated, stretching thin, just barely able to contain the space within it – and on that skin is a mark. A finger swipe, a pinch, push-out, a gesture instantly records history, intent and expression onto the surface, while simultaneously building a tension with the interior volumes.


8 ½" x 5 ½" x 5 ½"