I grew up in Portland, Oregon and found my way to Berea College in Kentucky. I had the opportunity there to learn ceramics from the “design-and-produce-pots-for-use” approach. The apprenticeship program provided experience in production work from throwing to selling that informs my work today. I’ve always felt that I should make useful pots that will be handled, appreciated, enjoyed and eventually worn out or broken and replaced.
Over the years I’ve taught ceramics at various levels and now work in research and development at Pratt and Larson Ceramics, a ceramic tile studio that sells handmade tile nationwide.
I make pots with my wife, Pat, at our studio in Southwest Portland. We soda and salt fire porcelain and stoneware, and sell our work at our studio sales and the St. Croix River Valley Pottery Tour each May in Minnesota.