Born and raised in Kansas, ceramic artist John Cohorst creates both functional and sculptural ceramic art. He received his B.F.A. and M.A. from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg Kansas, where he concentrated in functional ceramics. After graduating, he accepted a position as an artist assistant at Jun Kaneko’s Studio, in Omaha Nebraska. Shortly after leaving the Kaneko Studio, he traveled to Japan and studied wood firing techniques in the ancient kilnsite town of Tokoname. In 2012 he was accepted as an artist in residence at the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colorado. After completion of that residency John moved into the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) where his studio is currently located. John’s work has been shown in numerous galleries throughout the MidWest, as well as internationally in Japan, China, and Italy.
I like to make people laugh. It feels good. Its how I get someone to let their guard down a bit, then from there we can start to form a connection. Thats what I want people to do when they see my pots. I want them to laugh a little or reflect a little and make some kind of connection with that object. I think having those connections to things is important and healthy. If someone smiles or laughs at one of my pots, that has power. If they are smiling when they fill it with coffee or tea I think their attitude will have brought something positive to that drink. I can’t prove it, but I believe it can. I hope my pots are a vessel for that power. Through my work I explore these connections to objects, to food, to nature and to each other.
More information about John can be found at: johncohorstceramics.com