John Bedding started his career in pottery in 1964 at the age of seventeen working for commercial potteries in South London. Here he learnt the basic techniques of casting, glazing and decoration. In 1966, he started a two-year course at Sir John Cass’s School of Art to learn throwing.
When he finished the course, he moved to St Ives, Cornwall. He worked at Arch Pottery for a brief time and then moved to the Troika pottery. In 1969, he joined the Leach Pottery as a student. After a brief break working in France, he joined the permanent staff of the Leach Pottery in 1973.
Back in Cornwall in 1982 he started his own pottery in Penzance, making domestic stoneware. He moved two years later to Trencrom, just outside St Ives, where he developed an interest in Raku and the use of metallic glazes. In 1990, John moved again, this time into St Ives where he set up his studio and gallery.