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Born Islington, London 1938.
John Ward trained at East Ham Technical College, London, 1965-6 and then at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London, 1966-70. Main influences on his work are the simple forms of ancient pre-glaze pottery from China and Egypt, early Cypriot pottery and early Persian bowls. Later influences are from the late potters Lucie Rie and Hans Coper.
John mixes his own clay and his pots are handbuilt where a base is pinched out and flattened coils of clay are then added to create hollow forms. Sometimes Ward alters these at the leather-hard stage, by cutting and rejoining. Pots are finished by scraping and burnishing them with a pebble. Matt glazes or once-fired slip glazes are used.
Exhibited widely and works in Public Collections include, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hamberg Museum, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, amongst others.