Spring Hill, Kansas
I was born in Topeka, Kansas and grew up not far from Kansas City in the small town of Gardner. It is there that I began my work as a potter. A scheduling conflict in high school landed me in a ceramics class where a knack for form, a belief I could do anything, and a willingness to fail repeatedly were all I needed to excel with clay. Several years after graduating high school in 1984, I came to a point where I had no idea what to do with my future; I decided to take a ceramics class at the local community college. I then went to the University of Kansas to study ceramics. Those first years were tough, but in those tough years I found my greatest teachers: the clay itself and the process. The relentless honesty of the clay always and still placidly demands no less than the absolute, while the process whispers in my ear “Slow down and you will get more accomplished”. I have been making pots professionally for over twenty years. My focus is now more on the sculptural vessel and I am exhibiting in galleries and teaching workshops.