1968 – Built my first pottery wheel under my father’s tutelage at the age of twelve.  

1976-1978 – Studied at the Ceramics Lab at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman.

1978– Attended The Fine Arts School at the University of Texas in Austin.

1978-1980 – Selected for an Apprenticeship at Sprinkle Studio creating functional production stoneware pottery in Austin and Dallas, Texas.  Study required mastery of all aspects of a production ceramics studio.

A functional production stoneware pottery.  Mastery offed all aspects of the operation of a production ceramics studio.

1980-1982 – Opened studio – John Weaver – Raku Potter. 

Produced and marketed fine-craft Raku Ceramics at select craft shows and through representation in fine-craft galleries in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, Texas.

1981– Texas Designer/Craftsmen Exhibition. Three pieces accepted for exhibition, one received recognition award.  Also awarded “New Artist” Grant.

1981 – HumanArts, Dallas, Texas –  Solo artist show at fine-craft gallery.

1995-1996 – Attended Austin Community College to study Art Metal. 

Focused on metal sculpture, welding, (MIG, TIG and Oxyacetylen), torch, heating, cutting, welding and forging.

1996-2001 – Opened Ribbons of Steel, a steel studio in Ballston Spa, New York. 

Constructed and operated steel sculpture studio, including a blacksmithing forge, TIG welder and full torch setup.

Selected as Resident Artist at Starbucks, Saratoga Springs, New York. 

Conducted a solo artist exhibit –  “Where Art is Hard and Life is Celebrated”   

2006 – Began painting under my mother’s tutelage with a focus on acrylic, oil and digital.

2008 – Studied Handbag Design at Dallas Designing Dreams in Texas.

Created handmade leather bags from design and construction to fit and finish.

2008-2011 – Established Takumi Leather works.   

Designed and constructed leather goods for the fashion industry. One design was selected to be featured in a George Clooney commercial shoot in Italy.

2011- 2014 – Branded Tallgrass Bags.
Created one-of-a-kind, designs on the western resort market using North American bison.

2019 to Present – John Weaver Art.com introduced a marketplace for online sales. 


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