Discovering John de Joux
Paperback | English
I met John de Joux when he first visited my gallery, Mazzola Jewellery & Gallery, at the north entrance to Featherston around 2012. John lived further west along Boundary Road, close to the foothills of the Remutaka range. By then John had retired from working in Martinborough’s vineyards and would drop in most weekends. We would sit around and chat about whatever subject or issue was on his mind. This included art, the economy and very often the failure of people and society to live up to John’s expectations of what made life worthwhile. The art of conversation was indeed dying in John’s eyes.
John had ceased doing any pottery by this stage and had no interest in pursuing it again. I did ask him one time to show me how to throw a pot on a manual potting wheel I had bought after he let me know someone else in Featherston had one or sale. Watching John throw a pot, it was obvious he had lost none of the skills of the craft.