JOHN RANSMEIER

CERAMICIST

John Ransmeier is a ceramicist based in Weaverville, North Carolina. Over the past 5 years he has exhibited extensively throughout the United States at venues including The Smithsonian Craft Fair in Washington, D.C., Coconut Grove Art Festival in Miami, FL, Lakefront Craft Fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Potters Invitational at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. John grew up in Asheville, NC where he co-founded Biltmore Clay Company in 1976. He studied with ceramic artists Gene Bunker, Seth Duberstein and Paul Chaleff, and was educated at the Kansas City Art Institute and The University of North Carolina at Asheville before receiving a BFA from Alfred University (1990).
His work has spanned a wide spectrum of processes, clay bodies, glazes, and styles and includes sculpture and functional objects. Most recently John is concentrating on making quality functional work and enjoys this interaction with people from all walks of life. The daily challenges of ceramic materials and techniques become rewards when he passes on his work to a receptive new owner. John is an exhibiting member in The Southern Highland Craft Guild, The Piedmont Craftsman Guild, and the Carolina Designer Craftsman Guild. He is represented by the Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, NC as well as the Mint Museum store in Charlotte, NC.