I started throwing on the wheel in high school . I liked it so much, I went home and built a potter’s wheel in my garage.
Can you tell me what you like about the process? and What frustrates you about working with clay?
What I like the most is being able to make something useful and hopefully beautiful out of a lump of clay. It is like magic. What frustrates me is that there is never enough time in the day to make all I want, and get other things accomplished. Sometimes I get started in the studio at 8:00 am and before I know it it is dinner time.
What makes your pottery different? or What do you try to put into each piece that would distinguish it from someone else?
I think my pottery is different because I am inspired by traditional forms but I like to give them a contemporary look. Also when I wood fire pieces, because of the process, they are one of a kind. I cannot repeat the results.
Do you have a role model or mentor that you can point to that encouraged you in your creativity?
I had two mentors that inspired me. The first one was Leon Roloff. He was my high school teacher. He encouraged and directed me. My second mentor was Rudy Autio. He is one of the “big names” in U. S. ceramics, and fortunately for me , he was my professor in graduate school, and my friend.
Do you listen to music while you work? if so who do you like to listen to while you create?