John Warfel has been living on Block Island since 1981 when he arrived with his wife, Joanne, to teach at the Block island School. He taught Industrial Arts there for 29 years. During his tenure he started a ceramics program, initiated a K-6 program, and expanded the high school program to include CAD, welding, motorcycle mechanics, and boatbuilding. After retiring from teaching he built and opened Dunn Town Studio where he makes raku, pit-fired, and terracotta pottery. He also does custom woodworking and steel fabrication. He received his training in ceramics at SUNY Oswego, Penn State, and Rhode Island College.