During the two and a half days we spent with him, he shared many things with us and some of them you can pick up while watching the videos below. There are a few other things that I observed during the workshop or that John shared with us that I thought were important to mention here: 1. When making slabs, he worked on a huge piece of light denim, not heavy canvas. He especially seemed to prefer the greater flexibility of the denim. I noticed too that the denim didn't get heavy creases in it that would make impressions in the clay when he rolled it out; 2. I closely watched his technique for making slabs with a rolling pin. First he started out with a large coil, then he flattened it out with the palm of his hand, and finally he rolled it out with a fairly heavy rolling pin. My main goal for the workshop was to learn how to roll out slabs like that so I was working on it almost the whole time. Everyone around me was making stuff but I kept rewedging my clay and rolling out another slab. They didn't comment on it, but I think they thought I was crazy. 3. He made forms like his ewers and cups when the slabs were still fairly soft. He made his boxes with slabs that were a bit more stiff. He didn't always score and slip the soft slabs, but he always scored and slipped the stiffer ones. 4. He showed us how he made paper cutouts to help him think through the forms of pots. 5. He introduced us to a French book called Formes de Vases by Alexandre Sandier. Trained as an architect and decorator at the Ecole des beaux-arts in the late 1800's, Sandier repudiated decorative schemes based on historical forms and traditions and proposed that designs be based on the contemporary people and objects around them. The book starts with seven basic forms like a cube and a cone and then adds one of the seven forms to each original form and then proceeds to add two and finally three additional forms to each original form until you have 2,800 possible forms. It's a great tool for studying form, especially the forms of vases, and was intended to inspire new forms of pots. John gave each of us a PDF of the book and I've included it just below.