This July, 2018, I will turn 71. I retired from a 35 year career as a remodeling contractor with the intention of focusing on some more mundane activities like ceramics, photography, farming, reading and generally keeping busy. Over the years I've used my innate skills of being able to fix things to help make peoples lives better and easier.
A long time ago when watching the movie "Ghost", I decided that when I retired, I was going to play with clay. It actually happened about nine years ago when one of my clients, who was an 87 year old active ceramist gave me a kiln and encouraged me to take a pottery class, which I did. From a local Learning Exchange class I moved on to taking Ceramics 1 & 2 at a local community college. During that time I picked up a kick wheel which was given to me by my Learning Exchange instructor, and a Creative Industries electric wheel, which was given to me by a friend who was cleaning out his barn and came across it. Both needed repairs, which were handled easily and I've been up and running.
Over the last couple of years, I've completed my studio. The old kiln has been replaced with a newer ^10 kiln. An Orton digital controller has been added making firings so much easier and reproducible. I've also taken a Raku class and am in the process of building a portable Raku kiln. I'm also intensifying my study of glazes as a prelude to compiling a book that I'll be calling "GLAZE FX" which will be unlike any glaze book currently on the market!