My studio work in graduate
school was primarily in drawing and painting, but during my final
semester I took a graduate ceramic class with a young faculty
adjunct, Ken Little. He was very enthusiastic about clay and before
we created he had us interact by “playing” clay games.
Small groups of students had to take clay and create the tallest
form possible on the work tables. Individually, we closed our eyes
and experienced the tactile nature of the medium while he provided
the dialogue. For me, it was “love” at first touch. I
didn't know then it would become the major occupation of my life.
- The next encounter with clay
came while I was teaching art in Volusia County. Our art supervisor,
Dorothy Johnson brought many talented artists to provide inservice
education to our art teachers. Her first artist-in-schools was a
potter, Craig Bryson. He demonstrated wheel- throwing. I went to
the Daytona Junior College in the evening to learn how to throw on the
In 1978, I returned to St.
Petersburg and sent up a pottery studio and built a Raku kiln. The
Clay Factory in Tampa invited, Paul Soldner, to give a workshop. He
is given the honor and title of the “Father of American Raku.”
The picture from this link
shows me at Festival of Masters in Lake Buena Vista with my Third
Place Sculpture, 2005. I also won Third Place in 2004
place in 2003.
sSpace Coast Arts Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Third Sculpture 2010
- Melbourne Fine
Arts Festival, Melbourne,FL. Second Sculpture 2009
of the Arts, Tampa, Merit Award
- Celebration Arts
Festival, Lake Buena Vista, Third Place 2006 Sculpture
Isle of 8
Flag Festival, Fernandina Beach,
First Place 2005 Sculpture
- Artist Enhancement Grant
in 2005 to attend National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts
Have Put Our Oranges in this
Acrobatic Cat with Two
Boys and a Dough Girl
Tin House Teapot