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I've been a full time studio potter since 1990. I studied pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee where I received my BFA. I also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. After teaching pottery the Westside YMCA in New York City I joined Mark Shapiro in Worthington, MA and built a studio and kiln at Stonepool Pottery. In 1993 I began his business and created wood fired-salt glazed tableware with a botanical theme in Massachusetts until 1998 when I was awarded a Resident Artist position at the Penland School of Crafts. While at Penland I worked on a body of larger scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of North Carolina. At the end of my tenure as Resident Artist I designed a kiln to fire my new body of stoneware. The kiln is designed to fire exclusively with remainder/ waste wood from local lumber mills. The kiln also…

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  • Born on May 7
  • Joined April 12, 2008

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I've been a full time studio potter since 1990. I studied pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee where I received my BFA. I also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. After teaching pottery the Westside YMCA in New York City I joined Mark Shapiro in Worthington, MA and built a studio and kiln at Stonepool Pottery. In 1993 I began his business and created wood fired-salt glazed tableware with a botanical theme in Massachusetts until 1998 when I was awarded a Resident Artist position at the Penland School of Crafts. While at Penland I worked on a body of larger scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of North Carolina. At the end of my tenure as Resident Artist I designed a kiln to fire my new body of stoneware. The kiln is designed to fire exclusively with remainder/ waste wood from local lumber mills. The kiln also is large enough to fire my large-scale pottery as well my tableware. The kiln is fired six times a year. The local stoneware I use features botanical themes as well as traditional glass “runs” and alkaline ash glaze.
I've written articles for the Studio Potter magazine and write regularly on my blog, “Sawdust & Dirt”. My work has been published in numerous pottery books, including Robin Hopper’s “Functional Pottery.” I have led many workshops and given presentations of my work at universities and clay centers across the country, including the Penland School. I made a cameo appearance in the 2007 film “Craft in America” which broadcast on PBS.I am represented by Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, MA.

I live in Bakersville, North Carolina where I am a member of the “Potters of the Roan.” I'm also a member of the Toe River Arts Council. I'm married to goldsmith, Stacey Lane and we have two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian.

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