||"I was born in Los Angeles in 1939 to a father who designed
military aircraft by day and romantic songs by night; and to a mother
who was a beauty of great style. Both were refugees from depression-era
"My three younger brothers and I endured a Jesuit education which
was classical, vigorous, and abstract; so I was a sitting duck for the
simultaneous encounter with Bob James and clay at the U. of Oregon in
1958. I was ripe for the idea of developing something from raw materials
to an object transformed by the fire. At my first review, Bob turned over
each piece to carefully regard the bottom before he looked at the rest of
it; and I marveled, 'Hey, there's more to this than I thought!'
... which has
continued to be true for 46 years.
"David Stannard joined the faculty as I was beginning my graduate
work, and his gorgeous pots and profound understanding of materials
perfectly balanced Bob's commitment to subject matter enfolded in rich
metaphor. Together, they created an atmosphere of inquiry in the studio
which encouraged us to share and learn from each other while remaining
alert to our own calling. I was also very lucky to participate in
six-week-long workshops with both Shoji Hamada and Michael Cardew; and to
work alongside Jane Heald in our wonderful PotShop in Venice, California.
"After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1967, I went to
Mexico to work for an art center in La Paz, Baja California. I married Bev
Wickstrom in 1969 and took up a teaching post at Ohio University with
George Kokis. During 1970-73 I was teaching at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass,
Colorado with Brad Reed. Bev and I returned to Eugene in 1974, where she began
working for the University; while I divided my time between
developing kiln designs and work in my studio. I hosted an extended
workshop with Harry Davis in 1979.
||"Most of my work is made to serve at our table for family and
friends; and thanks to loyal customers, the larger community of the
Willamette Valley and beyond. Beyond these influences, I feel certain that
my work is deeper from learning to garden and to cook; and our lives are
sweetened by good friends for whom to set the table. I hope this is true
for you as well.
"Pots: Many of my pots are available in the showroom at my studio in
Eugene, Oregon, or by mail. Email me at the address below with your
inquiry. Also, a site with information about my local area clay group of
potters is at http://www.clayfest.org.
"Tools: the tools I described are available from me or others -
please send me a note with your interests and I'll send you information.
"Contact Info: Email
me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone
541-342-8429 for an appointment."
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