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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Wood: Amphora

Joe Miller

(born Hartford, MI 1944)

"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

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.