John Ikeda was born in 1948 of Japanese descent in Lethbridge, Alberta. His family was forced to work on sugar beet farms, enduring deprivation, shame and racial prejudice. This lead him to develop personal values based on truth, beauty and simplicity in life and art.
He graduated from the University of Lethridge (B.A. Fine Arts) in 1971 and became an early pioneer during the emergence of the studio art pottery practice of the 1970’s.
John’s functional pottery is hand-thrown or hand-built using white earthenware clay. He multiple-fires in an oxidation atmosphere within an electric kiln. John also creates sculpture/paintings and ceramic tile compositions, drawing emphasis upon the emotional expressiveness of colour.
His inspiration derives ultimately from abstraction and landscape, whether visceral or literal.