Craftbox was a project devised by Shropshire County Council Arts Service and Bilston Craft Gallery. It focused on bringing together the work of seventeen makers including; paper maker Jennifer Collier, jeweller Betty Pepper and wood turner Sarah Thirlwell, in an exhibition designed to tour non-gallery settings. Designers Pottinger and Cole were commissioned to create the set of boxes that formed both the flight cases for transportation and the plinths for display.
Building on historical and practical research started during the Making Connections – Craftsense Project, John chose to create two new enamel boxes for the commission. Decoration applied to Georgian enamel ware often depicted events happening at the time of their manufacture, John wanted to respond to this tradition by making objects that depicted events contemporary to the time he was awarded the commission, in this case Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister.