John Shoemaker was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. As a child he spent much of his time in the outdoors and near the sea; fishing, hiking, and cycling, and traveling often to Delaware and the Outer Banks in North Carolina with his family. During his teenage years, he became very interested in the visual arts, particularly observational drawing, oil painting, and some sculpture, with a heavy interest in local history. His first exposure to glass happened at age 16 when he began constructing stained glass windows. He pursued his artistic interests at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he first discovered glass blowing. At this point, John's work shifted to primarily sculpture utilizing wood, glass, and other materials, as well as functional or decorative glass objects. Much of his work is inspired by material history, traditional and industrial craftsmanship, nautical history, and mechanical forces. John currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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