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John Jordan Portrait

John Jordan

Born:
Nashville, Tennessee 1950

Photo Caption:
Vicki Jordan

Luce Artist Quote

"My intention is to produce simple, yet elegant and finely detailed vessels in which the color pattern and shape complement each other." John Jordan, American Craft, 1990


Biography

Known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels and small necked bottles, John Jordan has been featured in nearly every major turning exhibition the past five years, including International Lathe Turned Objects - Challenge V, and Redefining the Lathe-Turned Object.

He teaches woodturning throughout the U.S. and the U.K. In 1994, his work was shown in Munich, Germany and at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The American Craft Museum in New York City, the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Mobile, Alabama, and the Bank of Nashville all have Jordan's work in their collections.

He is former President of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists, and former Vice-President and a founding member of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners.

White House Collection of American Crafts online exhibition at http://www.americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/whc/index.html

Additional Biographies

Luce Artist Biography

John Jordan worked in the computer business for several years before teaching himself to turn wood. He uses green and often salvaged wood for his turnings and highlights each piece's specific color, shape, and characteristics. Jordan loves to scuba dive and is inspired by the vivid colors and textures he finds under the sea. Patterns from coral, sponges, and brightly colored fish find their way into Jordan's tactile and finely detailed vessels.