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John Stephenson

John Stephenson (1929-2015) was an artist and educator in Ann Arbor, Michigan for over thirty-five years. He began a distinguished career teaching ceramics at the University of Michigan in 1959 after receiving his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Stephenson exhibited nationally and internationally. 


Vol. 17 No. 2 - Perception, Cover
Henri Poincare, the nineteenth-century French mathematician who discovered fuchsian functions, has written, “Every day I seated myself at my work table, stayed an hour or two, tried a great number of combinations and reached no results.
The architecture of Antonio Gaudi made a very strong impression on me when I was traveling in Spain in 1974. Many of Gaudi's buildings are free of the usual sense of angularity and straight line so familiar in most architecture.
If one thinks of time as moving forward and backward, then place might be thought of as a move in a lateral direction or from left to right; from side to side. The artist, doing significant work, is affected in his or her work by both these notions of location.
John Stephenson in front of his studio kiln room door, 1988. Photograph by Dirk Bakker.
At any time, there might have been a structure suspended from the ceiling, clay clinging to metal, a complex axial rotation looking like swirling water or an auger still wet with unearthed mud.