It’s been an awfully long time since I ran off to art school in 1968. I was 23 years old and extremely idealistic. So much has happened to me in the world since then. Much of it seemed to be a trial to see if I could, or would, persist. The main focus for the present is that I enjoy what I am doing, and that is enough.
I fire my work in reduction with glazes that I’ve worked out over the years – all made to work together and interact with the surface of the clay. I’ve tried porcelain and even earthenware, but always return to the rich colors of reduction and stoneware – I love iron spots – I enjoy throwing – I love color! – I respect the rigors and demands of reduction firing and most of all, the feeling of Christmas morning when I open the kiln to a successful firing.
Lately I’ve had some problems dealing with the world. Post-modernism seems to be inflicted on me. Arrogance, pomposity, and the hatreds of religion are all hammering on my head. It seems that we as a people are all at war with each other – the left and the right hating each other, religions at odds with each other, and civilization seeming to dissolve. Art is civilization. It is a reflection of the culture surrounding it. It cannot exist by itself. There is only one absolute. We must have peace if we are to continue.
This site was created as a professional statement, and not as a resource from which to replicate forms, colors, approaches. Please treat it as such. Develop your own skills, styles, and directions, through your own trial and error. Then it will truly be your own.