I retired in May from Tennessee Tech University,where for the last 24 years I was a Professor of Art and head of the clay studio at the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of TTU. I have been a clay studio artist for almost fifty years, and was a full-time studio potter in Northern California for ten years before attending grad school. I got my BA in art at Humboldt State University in 1971, and my MFA at UMass-Amherst in 1988. I do slab and coil-built functional stoneware, mostly fired to cone-6 in a soda kiln. I enjoy the aesthetic of functional tinwares and storage vessels designed for utility, especially during the Industrial Revolution, and this has affected the design of my work. Current work also includes large coiled vessels that are semi-permanently or permanently sealed shut, responding to traditional vessels including canopic jars, time capsules, cinerary urns, and ossuaries.
This past May my wife and I moved to northern Chatham County (our address is Chapel Hill, but we do live in Chatham County) just off White Cross Road, and I have set up a studio with an electric kiln and am building a propane-fired soda kiln.