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John Balistreri was born in 1962 and raised in Denver Colorado.  He is a Professor of art and chair of the ceramic program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  He attended Alfred University in 1983, received  his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA from Kent State University in 1988.  From 1998 to 2002, Balisteri worked with Peter Voulkos, assisting in creating and firing his final sculptures.  Later, Balistreri toured and studied ceramics in China, Japan and Korea.  Maynard Tischler, University of Denver, gave Balistreri his first teaching position at the University of Denver

Balistreri’s work is typically large-scale sculpture that is built using a variety of techniques,  wood or salt fired. He was selected as an “Emerging Talent” at the 1995 NCECA convention. Balistreri has also conducted many workshops through out the U.S. and his work is in numerous museums and public and private collections.

     
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