JOHN AND JAN MYERS
John grew up in Iowa where he learned to appreciate art at an early age. He studied art at San Diego State with an emphasis on furniture, sculpture and pottery. After teaching at the US International University in Del Mar, California, as director of the program, John returned to Iowa in 1971 to start a private studio… “The Wood n’ Wheel”.
Here, he worked with exotic hardwoods in sculpture and furniture design. His work was exhibited in many juried Art shows in Des Moines, Chicago, Kansas City and Michigan and “The Wood n’ Wheel” was featured in numerous publications and books.
In recent years, John had to quit woodwork due to allergies and changed to clay full time. After years of throwing on the wheel, John began experiments with slab work. He describes this as building on thrown bisque forms, then altering and adding thrown or pulled parts. His work is light, graceful, humorous and functional… with many of his designs coming directly from and inspired by natural things.
Working by his side, John’s wife Jan is an accomplished potter herself, having studied at Arrowmont, School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg and the University of Tennessee.
Although Jan threw pots on the potter’s wheel for many years, she now prefers hand-building, painting on the clay with under-glazes and developing her own glazes and techniques. Most often, she will use natural materials for texture and continues to make functional pottery and clay jewelry.
John and his wife Jan moved to South Carolina in 1978 and continue to work daily in their studio in Hickory Grove. They wholesale to many shops and galleries throughout the country and travel to Art Fairs. Visitors are encouraged to visit and view their pottery and enjoy their 90-acre farm.
At this time in their lives, the Myers have developed a method to hand build almost any form of functional and decorative pottery. John and Jan are starting to focus on teaching this method while continuing to produce their own pottery to sell.
The plan is to switch our focus from handling so much clay to teaching, producing less pottery and continue working with clay as long as we are able.
There is something about growing older that we are beginning to understand and want to share our experiences with up and coming potters. We can also share our glazing techniques.
If you have a group that would be interested in having a workshop with us, please contact us for information.