"Form, proportion, volume, and glazes continue to challenge and surprise me," says potter, John Preus. The making of functional pots for daily use has intrigued John since he began his career as a studio potter in the mid-1970s. Functional pottery is very important to him, but the artistic qualities of the form are of primary importance. John's goal is to create work that is personal and beautiful, drawing his inspiration from folk pottery of Asian and English potters. His work tends to be thrown, altered, then assembled with hand built or modeled additions. After reworking the surface by impressing, or carving into the clay he will incorporate clay additions to catch the eye. All of his work is high-fired in a natural gas kiln to about 2340 degrees Fahrenheit. This final firing can take up to 16 hours to complete.