This week we are highlighting ceramicist John Quick who lives and works in our very own Saint Augustine, FL. John's handmade ceramic homewares are exclusively carried in our physical and online shops. From beautiful vases to his one-of-a-kind donut pipes, John creates thoughtful, eye-catching designs that will bring beauty to any space. Check out the interview below!
How did you get into ceramics?
I first got into ceramics my freshman year of high school. I had always been good at drawing, but the moment my hands touched clay there was no going back. I bought a wheel soon after and taught myself how to throw at home.
Where do you find your inspiration? Are there certain people you look to for inspiration and/or guidance?
I have always been a design oriented person, and I find that I am inspired by very minimal shapes and clean, symmetrical forms. The last couple of years have been focused on refining my practice as a ceramic artist and making my work something I am proud to sell. I have also worked under local ceramic artist Lauren Ytterbom, who makes gorgeous ceramic pieces for the home. Under Lauren, I had the ability to replicate many of her thrown forms and learn various techniques she uses in her own practice. She has been a major part of my practice and still offers guidance and feedback.
Do you have a favorite creation, artwork or design that you’ve made?
Some of my favorite forms I make begin with a hollow tube thrown on the wheel. This hollow tube form resembles a donut and is the basis for many of the forms I make. These forms range from vases to ceramic pipes. The ceramic pipe is a form I’ve made for years, but have recently been making on a regular basis. It’s very satisfying for me to make objects that are not only functional, but also pleasing to the eye.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
I can’t recall who shared the advice with me, but I will never forget being told to treat my artwork like a nine to five job. A daily practice is extremely important to me whether my schedule is light or hectic. I always make it a point to be working on something new.
Do you have any new projects or pieces you’re excited about?
I’m currently in my last semester at Flagler College and am working on a larger body of work for my portfolio class. I’m very excited to share and present a body of work, which is quite different from the functional ceramics I generally make to sell. This series will be a mixed media installation of ceramic sculptures, paintings, and textiles.
What is your long term goal with your art?
My long term goal for my art, is to turn it into a full time job. I’d like to have my own studio and storefront where I can make and sell my wares. But for now, I’m currently in the process of building a home studio in Vilano Beach, FL.
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