As well as appearing on sweatshirts, T-shirts and shorts, John has created a set of patches that can be added to customers’ own clothes. Was he the kind of child who had patches that he ironed on to his jeans, I guessed? ‘I was that kid,’ John acknowledges. ‘From an early age I really liked customising things, so I was always adding to things or sewing on things.’
His multidisciplinary approach shows itself in a set of designs that John showed me for merchandising the product range, incorporating bright sun and cloud shapes into a set of display shelves.
What’s next for his own work? Again, the fascination with colour shines through: in the studio, John is testing out thirty-six new colours for his ceramics. In particular, he’s ‘really keen to get a good green’. It’s a colour he enjoys, but hasn’t used much in his work until now. And what is the perfect green? John indicates the bright emerald mug from which he’s been drinking tea. One darker than that, but not as dark as the shade on his basketball, he tells me. His experiments with colour draw on his cheerful and inspiring surroundings, whatever the weather outside.