John Thomas Wells
- He was born in Missouri, United States of America
- He studied under Bizen ceramic artist, Michiaki Kaneshige.
- He made a kiln in the old ascending kiln style in Kugui Bizen city.
- He hold a private exhibition at the Okayama Asuka gallery (After that he held exhibition 3 more times.) He received a prize in the molding exhibition of the tea ceremony at the Tanabe Museum of Art. (After that he was awarded the prize 13 times.)
- He joined the exhibition of Michiaki Kaneshige at Kurodantoen Ginza.
- He hold a private exhibition at Sogo in Hiroshima.He received at prize in the 14th Japan ceramic art exhibition.
- He received a prize in the 2nd Mashiko ceramic art exhibition.
- He received the Encourage Prize in the molding exhibition of the tea ceremony at the Tanabe Museum of Art. He received a prize in the 6th biennial ceramic art 1999. He received a prize in the 46th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition .(After that he was awarded the prize 2 times.)
- He held a private exhibition at Tenmaya in Okayama. (After that he held 1 more exhibition. He received a prize in the international biennial ceramic arts of Fuji 2000.
- He received the Okayama Hall Prize in the 32nd Bizen Toushinkai Exhibition. 2003 He received a prize in the Issuikai exhibition .(After that he was awarded the prize 2 more times.) He received the Tenmaya Prize in the 34th Bizen Toushinkai Exhibition.
- He visited Jingdezhen city as a member of the Okayama cultural exchange visit to China.
- He received a prize in the 18th Japan ceramic art exhibition.
- He joined the exhibition of Toyo Kaneshige and his school at Daiwa in Toyama
- He held a private exhibition at Tobu in ikebukuro.
- He received a prize in the Japanese Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition at Chugoku Area.(After that he was awarded the prize 2 more times.) He made a hole type kiln.
- He hold a private exhibition at the TObu in Ikebukuro.
The opportunity to Become a Bizen ware Artist
I was interested in Japanese culture and old Bizen ware by having taken a class of the ceramic ware as a university student in America. I applied to become Michiaki Kaneshige’s pupil by email. However long I waited, no reply came. Therefore I made up my mind ” There is no way but to go to Japan.” and visited Japan. I applied to be Michiaki Kaneshige’s pupil again. Finally I was permitted to become his pupil. 2 years passed since I had applied the first time by email.
「Human nature should be beautiful through making beautiful by things.」 I tried to raise human nature and technique by keeping my teacher’s precepts.
Commitment to work
I keep from touching the soil as much as possible to produce a work. The property of the soil changes when I touch soil too much and show human sarcasm. I want to express beauty of the Bizen ware while making use of the beauty of nature and soil without adding the hand of the person as much as possible.
Bizen ware is not understood more exactly and cannot improve its appeal. So I write a book about Bizen ware in English and want to spread the appeal of Bizen ware to the world in the future.
There are aesthetics to take full advantage of the nature of beauty in Japan. I want you to feel and enjoy Japanese aesthetics looking, touching and using it. I also want to continue making the genuine old Bizen ceramic ware which are conveyed through the touch of the human hand.
Origin of Ceramic Stamp
The former ceramic stamp was “T” of the initial. However the ceramics stamp “T” did not match the image of the work and it distracted from good work, So I did it only in bar of “T” or one of the horizontal lines.