I have been a potter for 49 years. In the summer of 1961, I watched a woman throw pots on the wheel in Laguna Beach, California. I thought I was looking at magic and knew that it was something I had to do. Two years later, I threw my first pot in a 9th grade arts and crafts class. As much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t think of pottery again until I was about to graduate from Denver University in 1971 with a degree in psychology. I had to fulfill an art requirement and remembered how much I enjoyed pottery. It seemed like a perfect fit for me, but little did I realize that I would be absolutely consumed by it. On the eve of my graduation from DU, I informed my father that I wanted to be a potter for the rest of my life. One could see the color just drain from his face… Nonetheless, I moved to Maine from Colorado in 1973 and have pursued my passion ever since then.
I work with stoneware and porcelain clays and fire them in a 100 cubic foot propane-fired kiln of my own design. My work is mostly functional pots, although I enjoy making more “artistic expressions” when time allows. Like most artists, I experiment with new techniques and tools as often as I can. Sometimes experimenting with new ideas leads me down a new path with great results, sometimes not. It is part of the artistic journey that makes it so exciting for me.
I love passing along the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years by giving workshops. The way I think about my life is that I am doing exactly what I love to do and I just happen to also make a living from it as well.
|ID||Event Name||Duration||Start Date|
|Making Yourself a Better Potter (Virtual)||2 Weeks||July 27, 2020|