John Cohorst is a Midwest-based artist, creating both functional and sculptural art objects. He holds a B.F.A. and M.A. with a concentration in functional ceramics from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Cohorst has held positions as an artist assistant to Jun Kaneko in his Omaha, Nebraska studio, and studied wood-firing techniques with the IWCAT (International Workshop of Ceramic Artists at Tokoname) program in Tokoname, Japan. In 2010, he was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colorado and was part of the studio collective, Studio for Arts + Works (SAW) in Carbondale. He was invited to be a visiting artist at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana in 2017. As a tour manager of the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, Cohorst has traveled, exhibited, and taught workshops across the United States. John currently lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska.
I always get the question, “why astronauts?” – my response is always, “there’s a lot of reasons, but to start, they’re funny…”! I use humor to draw the viewer in, and I find the astronaut image speaks to people on different levels; for some, it’s scientific or about exploration, others see a nerdy outsider or a space cadet. People find aspects of themselves in these quirky illustrations and are surprised when they see themselves reflected in the gold luster face shield! I hope that my Astroware pieces uplift the user, bring a smile to their face, and offer a moment of intimate self-reflection… literally!
More information about John can be found at: johncohorstceramics.com