John Glick was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 1, 1938 and passed away in California on April 6, 2017. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Wayne State University, Detroit and attended Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for Masters Degree studies in metalsmithing and ceramics. He was a professional studio artist working in clay from 1964 to 2016.
Glick showed widely. His credits include major representation at the New Art Form Exposition, Chicago, Illinois with Pro Art Gallery and inclusion in the definitive exhibition, Fragile Blossoms, Enduring Earth: The Japanese Influence on American Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York. His work appears in the collections of 14 museums, among them the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, and the American Craft Museum, NYC. Thirteen university art collections as well as numerous private and corporate collections have acquired Glick's work.
Additional honors include twice being awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant (1961 &1972), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1977 & 1988), and a Michigan Foundation for the Arts Governor's Award (1977). Glick published nine articles in the ceramics field and his work appears prominently in over thirty books on ceramics in the USA and foreign countries. He lectured nationally and internationally and was a much sought after workshop leader.
Glick's work, according to Bruce Hartman, former Curator, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, involves "...complex, painterly expressions. The austerity of his earlier work has given way to an exuberant decorative sensibility grounded in Oriental calligraphy and American abstract expressionism." His concerns with the clay surface as a place for painting and drawing in color lead him naturally to the print medium to further extend his imagery.