John C. Bielik

John is an itinerant artisan, instructor and historic trades interpreter.  He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Missouri State University (Springfield) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Creative influences have been through experiences as a teacher, student, graphic designer and artist.  John combines these experiences with an interest in history and the historic trades of paper making, bookbinding, and paper marbling.  He has held classes in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.  John has performed his historically inspired demonstrations at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, the Harvest Celebration at Dollywood, Tennessee, Boone home in Missouri, Lincoln Log Cabin historic site in Illinois, Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the New York State Fairs in Syracuse, and county fairs in New York, Minnesota, Nebraska, Virginia, Vermont and Massachusetts.  John’s paper and products are featured in the shops at Colonial Williamsburg, as well as other retail venues.  John is published in Early American Life Magazine and has been selected for inclusion onto the Directory of Traditional American Crafts.

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