I have been a studio potter for the last half century and an educator for 33 years. I retired from Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft in 2018, and continue to teach workshops. My wife Linda and I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where our son Morgan is on the faculty at UNC. I was a full-time studio potter in Northern California for ten years until 1985, making wheel-thrown functional ware. In graduate school I switched to handbuilding and did architectural sculpture for a decade. For the past twenty years I’ve made functional and sculptural vessels using the slab and coil methods. I have a big studio in our walk-out basement, with an L&L e23T electric kiln, and am currently building a 30-cubic-foot propane fired soda kiln. The electric kiln is primarily for bisque-firing, and most of my work is soda-fired to cone-6. As of April 9th the kiln is done except for the insulating layer over the arch, the overhead metal roof, and the burner system. To see a series of images of the kiln construction, go to Current Studio and Soda Kiln in the Gallery. That page will soon feature images of the studio and work-in-progress, and I’ll post more images of the kiln as it is completed.
To see examples of my ceramic work through the stages of my career, go to the Gallery and click on the various pages. To find out more about influences and direction in my work, see my Artist’s Statement and Biography. To read about the technical processes I use, scroll down below the images on the various gallery pages.
I am thankful for a long and rewarding career in academia, but my favorite teaching venue has always been workshops. I’ve taught workshops nationally and internationally for 30 years. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in one to five days of intensive immersion in the studio. For information about the workshops I teach go to the Workshops page. To see the schedule of workshops and other upcoming events, go to Scheduled Workshops and Events. To see a listing of workshops I have taught in the past, see my CV.
Professional information, such as CV, short biography, and publications can be found on the Contact/Information page. On the Publications page you will find information about the new edition of my book, Clay: A Studio Handbook (American Ceramic Society, 2016) and my “Tool Times” column in Clay Times magazine. To find out about my approach to teaching, read my Statement of Teaching Philosophy. Click Super Refined Terra Sigillata to see my article or download the PDF.
To see ceramic work by my students, go to the Gallery and click on Student Work. To see what my clay graduates are doing, scroll to the bottom of the Links page and click on the names. To access a large collection of PDF handouts about ceramics and other subjects, go to the Documents and Handouts page.
I taught clay at the university level from 1986 until my retirement in 2018. For the last 24 years of my academic career I was Professor of Art and head of the Clay Program at the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Technological University’s School of Art, Craft & Design. The Appalachian Center for Craft is one of North America’s premier fine craft studio facilities. The BFA program is unique in its mission to offer the highest quality professional fine craft education in clay, glass, metals, fibers, and wood, with emphasis on traditional process in the context of contemporary art and craft. The Craft Center is located in Middle Tennessee on a wilderness tract adjacent to Center Hill Lake just off I-40, twenty miles west of the main TTU campus in Cookeville, and sixty miles east of Nashville. The grounds, sales gallery, and exhibition galleries are open seven days a week. Click on Sales Gallery or Exhibition Galleries for information about what is currently showing. To find out more about the Craft Center including the BFA Program in Clay, the Craft Certificate Program, the Artist in Residence Program, go to the Appalachian Center for Craft webpage.