John Tilton was a graduate student working toward his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Florida when he was introduced to clay as an artistic medium in 1968. He subsequently took up Ceramics as a profession, earning his M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of South Florida in 1972. He has taught classes in Mathematics at the University of Florida and in Ceramics at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL, and has been a self-supporting studio artist since 1972. In 1999, he was selected for inclusion in Marquis Who´s Who in America for his work with crystal matte and other art glazes. He is a member of the American Craft Council professional organization.