What started out years ago as a relaxing one-night-a-week diversion has gradually commandeered almost all my free time. I started taking pottery classes at the Clayworks studio at Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, NY. After several years at Clayworks, I now work out of my own basement studio. I’ve sought more advanced instruction such as an intensive workshop in saggar and raku technique by Charlie and Linda Riggs and a raku class taught by Ramon Camarillo.
While working almost exclusively with wheel-thrown forms, I’ve been exploring various carving and deformation techniques. In particular, lately I’ve been exploring “church key” patterns, inspired by the wonderful work of Ken Standhardt.
My early pieces were utilitarian glazed items but my work is evolving into more decorative and artistic forms as I explore the possibilities of carving, Raku, and glazes.
My commitment to my craft and artistry continues to grow as the ebb and flow of family and job responsibilities allow. Meanwhile, I remain a part-time potter until I retire from my full-time job, at which time I will devote all my attention to this increasingly demanding side-line.
Most people have no way of knowing how much work goes into making hand-crafted pottery. Have a look at this brief video for a light-hearted glimpse of some of the many steps a potter invests in creating something as simple as a coffee mug.
Sample Of Items For Sale
Update: I’m retiring from my day job in the Spring of 2018 and all my focus is on making that a successful transition. The bad news is I don’t have time for pottery-making or sales until then. The good news is I’ll be devoting my full attention to pottery after that.
I have more pottery pictures on my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/natureofclay/.
Sorry, I don’t do custom orders, at least not for now.