Tool man creates pottery with character
By Robyn Wheeler
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Local potter John Fannin told Rotarians about his life’s work as an artist, how he is starting over in Tool and the sarcasm and humor found in his trademark face jugs at their weekly meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.
“My parents and grandparents came from Mabank and Log Cabin,” Fannin said. “And I worked many years with my brother on a tree farm in Dallas.”
Fannin moved to Colorado in 2004 to pursue an interest an art including metal sculpturing, painting and pottery.
“I wanted to know everything about art in all trades. I studied the American Folk period very heavily. It changed my life.”
After the passing of several family members, Fannin’s work slowed down and he was indecisive as to where to go and how to move on. With the help of his sister, he moved back to Texas about six months ago and has picked up where he left off.
“Many centuries ago, the potter’s trade was a necessity and local shops were located in town next to the hotel, barber shop, general store and post office.
Fannin opened a pottery shop in the Colorado mountains with an outdoor gallery allowing visitors to watch him work.
He also gave glazing and pottery lessons to anyone who wanted to learn the trade.
“I wanted to give back. I was blessed to have so many people who gave me that knowledge. I want to give back and continue to receive.” Fannin said.
“Starting over again is all about having faith in God, the people around you and yourself,” Fannin said.
Fannin creates bowls, pie plates, and other usual pottery but his niche is with face jugs.
“I just think they’re fun and they sell,” he said. “I try to add sarcasm and humor into every piece.”
Each of Fannin’s face jugs and art work are one-of-a-kind and usually sell for upward of $150.
Fannin says he enjoys encouraging people to do things they want to do and step out of their comfort zone.
“I hope to begin classes here in the lake area soon. I’m working on a location and various times which would accommadate residents the best,” Fannin said.
To view more of Fannin’s art work, go to www.jwfannin.com.
For more information, contact Fannin at (719) 293-1839 or jwfannin@-gmail.com.