John is kilning it softly with pottery success

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​A man who had to learn to live again after a near-fatal brain injury is exhibiting his artistic talent at MK Gallery.

John Hearne struggled to speak and had no co-ordination for even everyday tasks after he received head injuries in an horrific road accident.

He joined support charity Headway Milton Keynes, which runs a therapy art project.

“The art sessions gave me an alternative way to process my thoughts and express myself in a way that doesn’t depend upon language skills,” he said.

Soon 47-year-old John was producing exquisite ceramics, which he makes and paints himself.

His work, along with that of other Headway members, will be on display throughout May at the city gallery.

The Making Headway exhibition also features video diaries made by members as part of their rehabilitation.

Gallery spokesman Victoria Mayes said: “We very much hope the exhibition will serve to challenge people’s perceptions of what it means to live with a brain in jury.”