|About John and Camille Staropoli|
|John has been a professional potter for over 20 years. He studied under master potter D. Miezenkowski at Fairmont State College in West Virginia. He stressed fine forms and accepted nothing else. After graduating from school, John and his wife Camille moved to Florida in 1978. John continued to work with stoneware and was doing well but felt it was too repetitious, not very creative and was limited to certain colors. John then changed clay bodies to a white earthenware and underglazes. He also added slab building to his technique.
John specializes in unusual teapots. His objective is to give each one its own personality. The Attitude, Aladdin, Jazz and Teardrop teapots are a few of his specialized pieces. John uses a lot of bold colors in a patchwork design. Each patch is adorned with other designs which are all hand done using a syringe and brushes. John's other specialty is handmade tiles. He lays out large sheets of clay and free-cuts them to create various size tables. The tiles are then laid into hand-made wrought iron bases. He also makes unusual mirrors with the tiles.
John exhibits throughout the U.S. at juried art and craft festivals including: Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami Beach Festival of Art, Beaux Art Festival, Las Olas Art Festival, Gasparilla Art Festival, Naples National Art Festival, Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Festival, Birmingham Art Festival, Arts and Apples (Michigan), Arts, Beats and Eats (Pontiac, MI), Crafts at Lyndhurst (NY), Manayunk Art Festival (PA), Festival of the Masters, Walt Disney World and Winter Park Art Festival. For a current schedule of exhibits please go to the Schedule page.
A few of John's most recent awards:
Plantation Jr. Womens Club Art in the Park
Temple Terrace Arts Festival
Melbourne Art Festival
Tarpon Springs Art Festival
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