John Dodero



Chicago, Illinois, 1946

First introduced to ceramics through adult education class in Los Gatos, California in 1970.

Developed an interest in Southwest Native American ceramic styles which was further enhanced by attending a work shop with Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso in 1976.

Relocated to Jacksonville, Oregon and commenced full-time occupation as a studio potter in 1977.

Since 1978, John has shown and sold work throughout the United States and Europe


If you are looking for a potter with a fancy pedigree or letters after their name, I am not your guy. I am mainly self taught, flunked every art class I took in school and am probably unteachable.

I was fortunate enough to run into some creative people over the last 40 years of potting to help me find my voice. My dear wife and partner Cathey enrolled us in a pottery class in 1970 and for me it was a whole new world, never worked with clay or even thought about pottery as a craft.

Roberta Traceder (a student of George Sanders of San Jose State) was the instructor in the class, Roberta's refined style and attention to detail has informed my work in ways I can only now understand. To balance off Roberta's influence there was Thorn Kinsey aka Sasha Sisafus. Sasha as he liked to be called was an existentialist turned hippie (with the help of 60's philosophy and pharmacopoeia). Sasha worked in rainbow hued low fire and pastel chalk under glazes. Sufficed to say the year I spent in adult education at Los Gatos High was diverse and very enlightening.

The next seminal event in my pottery sojourn came with an edition of Arizona Highways devoted to Southwest pottery, particularly Maria, Nampeyo and their family's works. I found that the designs and shapes worked and sold well in high fire and raku. There are some examples of the early work on the retrospective link of the home page.

Cathey was already an accomplished seamstress and clothes designer so doing street shows in the San Francisco Bay area was a logical progression that leads to quitting a perfectly good job to become a potter? Selling work and getting the instant feedback on new ideas was the fuel to move it all forward, I am honored to be one of the early craftsmen that came out of this tradition, and still have many dear friends from the experience. In 1977 we moved to Oregon (to the chagrin of our friends and family), "We" being Cathey and I, and our daughters Calley 7 and Tachi 5. We soon opened a galley and continued to do shows on the West Coast and Southwest. When the bottom fell out of the Southwest market in the late 80's we switched over to the wholesale of a line of raku floral and decorative pieces that turned out to be a blend of Asian and Southwest design. The fusion was unintentional but has been very successful; once again going with the market has worked out well.

At this time my hope is to get back into one of kind pieces but let’s see which way the wind blows.

When starting pottery in 1970 most potters were following the Asian or European tradition of design. My inspiration came from the many fine examples of Native American ceramic design. Mimbres, Sikyatki and Pre Columbian were my primary departure points. The focus has been to combine, distill and contemporize these styles and also to define the archetypes from which they evolved. The last 15 years has been spent exploring Asian motifs and finding a fusion/commonality with the west. The techniques and materials employed for surface decoration are developed to achieve a classic but natural appearance. The hope is to produce works that will not be clichés and will withstand the test of time. The Archetypes and designs in the works are meaningful to me but the viewer should derive their own meaning. I feel each piece is made for someone; I just have to wait for him or her to claim it. "I feel my work is a study and distillation of design".

Dodero Studio Ceramics specializing in decorative ceramics and raku pottery since 1970.

Decorative Ceramics / Pottery in Raku and stoneware are the primary focus of Dodero Studio Ceramics. Spending many years as a Gallery owner / operator, studio potter and design consultant John Dodero has developed a simple and powerful design style to complement any décor.

The fusion of Asian and Native American design has proved to be traditional yet contemporary. The calm presence satisfies the practical décor needs without being a cliché or appears as ethno ketch The strong ceremonial style and natural gourd shapes developed over many years of Native American inspired work has been blended with a distinctly Asian look.

The many choices of items include Raku Cachepots and planters for orchids, Raku decorative ceramic Fetish Pots, Raku decorative Volcano Pots, Stoneware Cache Pots, Planters, Lamps and Vases.

Our Raku Urns were developed in the late 80” in an attempt to fuse the east and west they are available is a range of colors and sizes.

The Raku Planters can be referred to as Cachepots or Jardinières. They are meant to be used a decorative container for a potted plant. They are sized to fit the standard planter sizes. They have proven over the years to be the perfect decorative addition for orchids, or any plant that needs a home.

The Raku process was brought to the West coast in the late 1960’s. Over the years it has diverged quite a bit form it’s Japanese origin. The U.S. approach has revolved around a post fire reduction, where the Japanese plunge the war in water after removing from the kiln. This difference in firing technique gives the Western style a more distinctive crackle pattern when carbon is trapped in crazing. When Copper is use in the glaze formula “copper flashing” can be achieved giving the work a metallic luster. This metallic look was widely used in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s and a majority of people identifies this look with Raku. The truth being the metallic look is a very recent derivation the 500-year-old process.

The approach taken in the work of Dodero Studio is the use of fluxed glazes in most cases striving for a random crazing pattern over a refined classic form. A wide range of coloring oxides are used to meet the many need of the Décor industry. “We want to match your couch” has been our motto. As odd as these sounds we understand people have to live with our pots and we want to produce ware to complement your décor and create a harmonious environment.