John Donovan has spent 46 years of his life with his hands in clay and 26 years teaching professionally. At the age of five, John first met clay in the studios of Stonehaus Architectural Ceramics in Pensacola, FL, later earning his BFA from Loyola University, New Orleans and MA & MFA degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. John received an honorable mention in the 2005 World Ceramic Biennale Competition in Icheon, South Korea, and in 2011 John was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft Media from the Tennessee Arts Commission. John is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans, LA, and has held teaching appointments at the University of West Florida, Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University and Vanderbilt University. Creating community through clay is a life-long pursuit that John continues as co-founder and studio director of Buchanan Arts, a 501(c)3 community art program in Nashville.