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Artist John Bergman, 70 of Hoople, N.D., specializes specializes in painting porcelain, whether that be a three-foot tall vase or a small dinner plate. John's talents have taken him all around the world from China to New Zealand teaching children the ins and outs of painting. John is teaching at the upcoming 28th International Porcelain Artists and Teachers Biennual Convention in Orlando, Florida in early August. (Luke Franke/Grand Forks Herald)

Hoople artist well-known for bold pieces

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John Bergman didn’t begin painting for fun. He did it out of necessity.

Suffering from an enlarged liver, Bergman had trouble doing much more than standing or lying down.

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Since his mother was a china painter, she started teaching him the basics of painting to ease his mind.

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