John Born started Humble Matter four years ago, returning to his passion for sculpture after working as a creative director in the world of advertising.

With inspiration that runs the gamut from Cycladic pottery to early 20 th  century modernist sculpture, John’s ceramics merge the ancient with the modern, the functional with the sculptural. John sees ceramics as proxies for the human form—vessels that reference the original vessel. His pieces not only serve as functional objects, but as talismans that ground us in the magic of everyday rituals in an increasingly dehumanized and digitized world.

John has a BFA in sculpture and studied ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery—the premier ceramic facility in New York, and the oldest non-profit ceramics studio in the United States.

He currently works out of Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center in Long Island City, Queens. When not in the studio, John loves spending time with his wife and children on the beaches of Cape Cod, or long-distance running through his beloved borough of Brooklyn. 



358 Adelphi St.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
United States