John D Goddard – Born 11th April 1943
Goldsmith and Freeman of the City of London.
‘The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realise its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is ‘man’ in a higher sense – he is ‘collective man,’ a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind.’
C G Yung 1930.
I am a maker not an artist, I have always been a maker, of what some might call art, others might not. In either case my creative output has many physical forms but also contains a metaphysical content. A person viewing my work will perceive its physical nature but will also be exposed to the metaphysical. They will add to this perception their own knowledge of the physical and their own metaphysical interpretations as they assimilate the experience.
My early education was problematic. In the classroom I was said to be bright and articulate but I was unable to commit this to paper. In my adolescent years I briefly attended Art School. Although I could draw and make, I found that if I designed something or committed/developed an idea on paper I could then not make it – in 3D or to reproduce it in any other format, as it was originally conceived in my minds voice (I do not have a minds eye).
At the age of fifteen years I left compulsory education with no formal qualifications.
I became apprenticed to a Goldsmith and subsequently spent all of my working life within various branches of the Jewellery Industry – Designing, making, teaching, retail management, creating store and exhibition displays, jewellery valuations and finally as an independant consultant providing marketing Stratagies and advertising materials. I was finally made a Freeman Of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the City of London by redemption.
At the age of 40 in 1983 I studied and gained a ‘City & Guilds Certificate of Education’ A&FE.
In 2010 I studied for a BA hons. degree in ‘Design and Craft’ at the university of Brighton, graduating in 2014.
I retired in November 2014 and began the rest of my life…