I retired from teaching in 2009. Until then I spent most of my time teaching art. I also had several side jobs that were often short time, department chairman, itinerant professor, set designer and crew head for hs, part time potter. My plan now that I am retired is to put more time in on the pottery, attend some workshops, travel, and enjoy life to the fullest with my wife. We have two children that are grown, and one granddaughter.
My pottery is primarily wheel thrown, and handbuilt, with the emphasis on wheel throwing. I have been firing to cone 6 in a kiln without a sitter. I have liked to have the luxury of firing up and down with ease in that kiln. However, now that I am getting older I really don't want to babysit a kiln all night, and am looking to upgrade to a programmable kiln sometime in the future. I am not a loose thrower, no matter how hard I try to loosen up don't seem to be able too. It is my style. At the same time, I have a tendency to throw very dry, and thin to get larger forms. I do throw mostly functional ware, but lately have been doing more "occasion" jars for anniversaries, retirements, and weddings. I am not overly creative, just things done with hard work. I hope to make improvements in my glazing process, and finishing over the next few years.
My blog on making pottery and my pieces is at: http://picworkspottery.blogspot.com/
I have loved the clay from the beginning and find the feel between my fingers to be a matter of ecstasy, a drawstring on my heart.