John Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1968 and immigrated to the United States in 1981, when he was 13. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design. In 1997, John was introduced to glassblowing and began apprenticing several studio glass blowers. After working in glass for ten years, John began working independently in various studios and producing functional work and glass sculpture. He has gaffed for several artists, including Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Megan Stevens, Joel Philip Myers, David Leppla and Melanie Guernsey. He has attended glassblowing classes around the world, including learning from Pino Signoretto, Karen Willenbrink-Johnson, William Morris, Elio Qualisa, Josiah McElhenny, Lino Tagliapietra, Dick Marquis, and Katherine Gray.
John was also a teaching assistant for classes by renowned artists such as Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Karen Willenbrink-Johnson, and Jose Chardiet. He has taught classes at Hot Soup Glass Studio in Philadelphia, and was a visiting artist at the University for the Arts. Among all of these activities, John has received scholarships to attend Haystack Mountain School, Penland School of Crafts, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and a grant from Contemporary Glass Philadelphia. His exhibition list is also very impressive, including work at the American Craft Council Show, in Baltimore, MD, Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, UrbanGlass, in Brooklyn, NY, the Noyes Museum of Art, in Oceanville, NJ, and the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, PA. John is very enthusiastic about exploring and learning about glass to create very unique abstract glass sculpture and functional art.