John Preus has been a studio potter since the mid- 1970s. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and an MFA degree from the University of Missouri. In addition to being a studio potter, John has been a long time educator in the visual arts. For several years he was the director of the Craft Studio at the University of Missouri - Columbia, and until recently an Associate Professor of Art at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. He has participated in numerous juried national and regional art exhibitions. Preus operates Manitou Studio in Rocheport, MO.