John McKeag was born in Lurgan Co. Armagh, N. Ireland. He graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art in painting from Manchester Polytechnic in 1988. Following this, he completed a Diploma in Ceramics at Wandsworth College in London and, for a short period, assisted Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery, Greenwich in London. He returned to Belfast and, after further training and work experience as a production thrower, set up his own studio in 2005.
With his one-off vessels he explores form, surface, colour and the space a pot occupies and contains. Working intuitively with these formal elements he aims to produce work that connects with him, feels complete and has a sculptural simplicity and presence. Inspiration and ideas can come from anywhere but mostly emerge through the material and the act of making. Specialising in making double walled pots that are wheel thrown and altered, he hones his pots through lengthy and controlled processes to produce simple, defined forms. The pots are glazed using a combination of slips, engobes and glazes and can be fired multiple times – each piece is a one-off.