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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

John Dix

John Dix

John Dix


Instructor: John Dix

June 25–28, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

John Dix is also teaching Kiln Firing Bonanza: Wood, Salt and Soda, June 30-July 5.

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We will make pots together for four days. I will demo and work closely with students to try and further their voice in clay. Techniques will range from Japanese Kurinuki techniques of solid building and hollowing out, soft slab construction, other hand-building methods, and wheel throwing. Demos will be tailored to students desires and directed toward discovering a personal voice in clay through your handiwork. My way of working with clay actually resembles the way I work with students. It is your voice that I hope to stimulate, by setting a tone and an example that invites stretching, fluidity and experimentation complimented by personal dialogues with each student. This supportive style that I've developed over the years gives students the space to take risks, and the personal dialogue is an opportunity to inform, coach and guide you to examine your new work with the goal of choosing elements that you will then carry forward.

In addition to his personal work, John also has an extensive digital slide library that covers not only his work, studio and kiln, but also extensive photos of other potters, kilns, and pots. His life's journey is both entertaining and inspiring.


JOHN DIX has spent the last 25 of his 35 years with clay primarily in Japan. This has led to works that show a strong Japanese influence but still retain elements of his early training in the West.

John grew up in Flint, Michigan. After graduating from Albion College, he embarked on an apprenticeship under master potter Peter Johnson. The skills he learned there enabled him to travel and work with potters in Greece and Israel before arriving in Japan in 1989. He worked in Bizen and Shigaraki before establishing a kiln and studio in the Tanba area.

A popular part-time pottery instructor in Japan for the past 15 years, John also offers workshops, lectures and demonstrations outside of Japan, primarily in the United States.

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Current MAC Members: $468
Non-members: $520 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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