Jack Olive was born in 1940 and grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He obtained a degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Moorhead State College in Minnesota and spent three years working as a biochemist at the University of Oregon Medical School before returning to Moorhead to work on a degree in ceramics and graphics.
In 1971 he moved to Vancouver to become a founding member and director of the Vancouver Clayworks Society, a 12-member cooperative ceramics studio.
In this creative atmosphere he worked with other members of the group to develop methods of applying graphic images (i.e. photography, drawing and painting) to ceramic sculpture and pottery with financial aid from a Canada Council Explorations grant.
His style of work ranges from abstract geometric to wildlife painting and drawing.
Jack Olive's work can be seen in galleries and craft shops throughout BC. He now works out of his studio on the Sunshine Coast.