John Cohorst

Born and raised in Kansas, ceramic artist John Cohorst creates both functional and sculptural ceramic art. He received his B.F.A. and M.A. from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg Kansas, where he concentrated in functional ceramics under Malcolm Kucharski. After graduating, he accepted a three-year commitment as an artist assistant at Jun Kaneko’s Studio, in Omaha Nebraska. Shortly after leaving the Kaneko Studio, he traveled to Japan and studied wood firing techniques in the ancient kiln-site town of Tokoname. He was accepted as an artist in residence at the Carbondale Clay Center in 2010. He completed two years of residence there. John is currently an artist at the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) in Carbondale, Colorado.  John’s work is mixed media sculptures that typically centers around the recreation of objects and figures and focuses on the connections between objects and materials. John’s interests are in how everyday objects reveal truths about ourselves, and our desires for understanding and knowledge.  How we search beyond our small planet to further our knowledge of the infinitely grand universe ultimately gives us knowledge of ourselves.  John’s work has been shown in numerous galleries throughout the Mid-West, as well as internationally in Japan, China, and Italy.

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