|"I am a full-time studio
potter after retiring from being a Professor of Art at
Jacksonville, State University in Jacksonville, Alabama for 27
years. My ceramic work is divided
between utilitarian pottery and glorified vessels. My
functional, utilitarian pottery is elegantly or whimsically
designed to perform with ease and delight making using it a
special and pleasurable experience. My glorified vessels are
based upon functional vessels that abandon utilitarian concerns
for a more sculptural approach. The pieces are glazed with
multiple layers of glazes that are medium to high-fired in a
reduction or oxidation atmosphere.
also a studio potter. I was awarded the Alabama State Council on
the Arts Fellowship in Crafts twice and a Southern Arts
Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts
as well as numerous awards in national juried competitions. I
have conducted numerous workshops which include Odyssey, Penland,
Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School and 92nd Street “Y” in
NYC. My BFA degree in ceramics was earned at the University of
Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and MFA at the New York College of
Ceramics at Alfred University.
Lynnette Hesser, and I share a studio
in Wellington, Alabama where we make, glaze and fire our ceramic
work. Sometimes we collaborate on pieces which is a very
trusting method where one or the other of us makes the pieces on
the potter’s wheel or by hand building then carves, adds
sections together, or makes unique embellishments to the pieces.
We fire them in our various kilns and then we glaze and do the
final glaze firing. This is a fun process where our
individuality is fused within the collaborative effort. We enjoy
making utilitarian pottery, which has our creative flair, for
everyday use in the home or business. Lynnette and I often
conduct workshops together at ceramic centers across the country
where we focus on our ceramic techniques, styles and glaze
development to enhance the learning experience of our
participants. We install bathroom and
kitchen tile work and make outside, ceramic decorative elements
for the home or business. In our studio, we also play with wood,
glass, metals, dyes, and fibers."
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