Born in 1952, John de Wit attended California State University, simultaneously studying Sociology and Ceramics, graduating with a Bachelors of Art Degree in Sociology in 1976. John then continued his education with studies in Ceramics and Glass before accepting professional employment at Orient & Flume Art Glass in 1978. John moved to Washington State in the mid 1980’s to open his own workshop on Whidbey Island. It is there that he has primarily engaged himself for the last 28 years using the ’vessel as canvas’. He is credited with the development of using glass paints with the glassblowing process, and recognized as a leading glass artist and teacher throughout the world. John recently won the Gold Prize at the 5th Cheongju International Craft Competition, in Korea. His work is in the collections of the Boeing Corp., Microsoft, the di Rosa Preserve, and The Corning Museum of Glass.