At age 12 John Visser saw Toshiko Takeasu throwing pots on public television and it changed his life. After seeing this, he knew he had to work with clay. John studied and apprenticed with Mike Smyser. He has worked with Regis Brodie from Skidmore College and managed three Capital Region Pottery Studios. He has been involved with The Arts Center since 1993 and he is currently the Department Chair of the Pottery Studio.