|John Reeve (1929-2012)
Guest Curator Nora Vaillant -
Following an apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, John Reeve taught and made pots in the United States, Canada and England.His talent and charisma inspired potters from Big Creek, California to the Kansas City Art Institute, and from Vancouver, British Columbia to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.Reeve’s quest to develop a translucent porcelain clay body suitable for use by studio potters began in the early 1960s.Some Notes on Porcelain, a series of technical articles he published in multiple countries, captures his pioneering work in the field.
Reeve regularly visited Minnesota where he taught at the university and made pots with his lifelong friend, Warren MacKenzie.
They both shared the conviction that “pots should be made easily and quickly; they should not be elaborate things”.In the late 1980s he moved to New Mexico where he created the studio-based program at Santa Fe Clay before settling in the rural town of Abiquiu.
1958 – 61 Apprentice at Leach Pottery, St Ives, England
1954 -56 Vancouver School of Art, studied painting, drawing, ceramics
1992 – 2007 Teacher at Santa Fe Clay (periodically)
1992 - 93 Founding member, Santa Fe Clay
1975 – 1986 Visiting teacher at University of Minnesota
Visiting teacher at Kansas City Art Institute
Teacher at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Workshop leader at various locations in USA and Canada
1973 – 1974 Studio Manager, Leach Pottery, St Ives, England
1972 – 73 Teacher at Vancouver School of Art
1963 Making pots at Leach Pottery, St Ives, England (summer)
1964 Founded his pottery Longlands, Devon, England
1966 Visiting teacher at University of Minnesota
1966 – 1972 Teacher at Farnham College of Art, Surrey, England
1961 – 63 Teacher at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada