I threw my first pot in the Fall of 1955 – over 50 years ago – while a student at the UW Madison. Professor Harvey Littleton was my teacher. He said to our class ” I am not teaching you a craft. I am giving you an incurable disease. Once you have felt clay move under your hands you will never be the same.” How true that was. I was hooked on clay
I love the process of throwing pots – the feel of the clay moving and changing at my whim. I think a very simple pot can be a lovely work of art. I enjoy combining throwing and hand building and I am still learning. I enjoy the challenge of firing a gas kiln. It is so different each time; one can never get too comfortable. I enjoy developing glazes. I love the smell of my studio.
I have been a member of the Madison Potter’s Guild since 1970. I have served time as President and in many other capacities. I have seen many potters come and go, each leaving a bit of themselves behind in their ideas and techniques. It is a great place to learn.
At present my work is in Door County, WI at the Domicile in Sister Bay, Village Artworks in LaValle, WI and in Madison, Wisconsin at Higher Fire on Regent St. I also sell from my home and each year I have an open House with 700 to 800 pieces that I’ve made over the year.
I hope I can continue indefinitely.