in American Art Pottery began at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
A field trip to the Erie Art Museum showcasing Teco Pottery left
me spellbound. I was amazed with the variety of glazes enveloping
the buttressed pieces so that each curve and line was clearly
defined. What struck me most about the work was the high quality
and the elegance of simplicity. During college, I explored glaze
development, discovering how the right glaze could transform a
piece. To hone my throwing skills, I worked as a production potter
after graduation. Through repetition, I acquired the skills and
discipline to produce consistently good work.
In 1994, I started my own studio to develop my
own body of work. Soon I saw traits in my work that are prevalent
in pottery from the Arts and Crafts Movement. Like many pieces
of that period, my own work featured repeating designs with visual
and tactile appeal.
After this discovery, I began collecting American
Art Pottery and studying the numerous companies and artists involved.
By exploring thousands of period pieces, I became infatuated with