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Christopher St. John

Shine Big Ceramics


Member profile details

First name
Last name
St. John
Business Name
Shine Big Ceramics
Profile Picture
Public Studio Phone
Public Email Address
Oregonpotters.org Email Address

Art Work Description

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Firing Methods
  • Electric
Types of Clay Used
  • Terra Cotta
  • Porcelain
Forming Methods and Techniques
  • Slabs
  • Pinched
  • Hand Built
Finishing Methods and Techniques
  • Painted Slips
  • Underglazes
  • Raw
Forms Types
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Tea Bowls
  • Bowls
  • Soup Bowls
  • Serving Bowls
  • Figurative
Artwork Description
  • Functional
  • Non-Functional
  • Vessel
  • Organic
  • Modern
  • Earthy
  • Simple
Artist Statement
Audiences connect with my work because I am moved by a gentleness and beauty that deepens their connection to the world. I work in painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics. My drawings and paintings are evocative of primitive art, with an emphasis on line and color. I situate the audience in a place of feeling, quiet, and contemplation. I am interested in creating work that encourages reflection with regard to our place in the biome. I love using animals in my work. I have always had a deep conversation with form. My work has shifted from colorful and expressionistic figurative work with an emphasis on antiwar themes and vulnerability toward quieter places exploring the question of our place in this world. The tenor of my work is soulful, emotional, direct, and impactful, and I put “light” into my work.
Born in North Carolina, and raised in a career military family, Christopher St. John traveled most of his childhood and spent the final formative years of his adolescence growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. Following high school, he spent four years in the US Army working as a diesel mechanic. Upon completion of his contract, Christopher St. John married and decided to move to Alaska to attend the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he earned a BFA in painting.

Christopher St. John lives and works in Eugene, Oregon. His work touches on the impact of place on the shape of our lives, the vocabulary of form, the figure, and the joy of impermanence. Occasionally, animals make appearances in his work. Christopher St. John's work has been exhibited and collected across the United States and internationally in France, Sweden, Japan, Canada, and Malta. In addition to creating painting and ceramics, Christopher works as organizing Curator for the Lakewood Festival of the Arts summer Art in the Park showcase. His work is in the permanent collections of museums and universities in the United States. Christopher St. John is very happy to call the Pacific Northwest his homeland.

Clay Educators

Educator Type
  • Community Studio
  • Private studio
  • Resident Artist
  • Workshops
Name of Institution or Studio
Maude Kerns Art Center
Class Location
Description of your classes you offer
I teach life drawing classes and figure painting classes.
URL to page with info on your ceramics program or class

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