John Topham is a Summerland fine woodworker. He studied fine arts at the Kootenay School of Art.
When his studies were finished, he taught pottery in Yukon and Labrador, with an emphasis in wheel work, hand building and glazing techniques. As his artistic vision evolved, his interests moved from pottery to turning wood and moved from vertical to horizontal. An abundance of hardwood ensured that medium became his principal interest. Initially, he found the techniques of wood turning somewhat challenging but has since mastered the nuances of wood and its characteristics. Mentored by world renowned wood turner Richard Raffin, John developed the skills and knowledge required to produce functional turned work.
The bulk of John's work is utilitarian, using local hardwood trees that have been discarded and salvaged. His contemporary pieces are more frequently crafted through inspiration and motivation.
His work has been sold throughout Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia and is available at his local studio and the Summerland Community Arts Council Gift Gallery.