John Dawson came over to the UK from New Zealand in the 1970s, where studio pottery constituted a popular and active movement and dominated the crafts. Although he initially arrived in England with the intention of studying the harpsichord and organ at Trinity College of Music London, John's desire to work with clay was still very strong and soon took over from the music.
Having now graduated from Goldsmiths' College, there are stylistic parallels to be drawn between John's music and his pottery, both being drawn from the Baroque period.
The simplistic themes associated with Baroque music have been incorporated into John's art. With Baroque music, the form is usually very simple, with only a few notes being used, allowing the performer to embellish or decorate the piece with their own emotions and ideas. Similarly, John has used porcelain clay to express these feelings. As with the basic theme of a baroque piece, with pottery, a simple bowl form is made and then altered to create an impression of movement.