I’ll never forget my High School ceramic instructor Mr. Calderhead. His laid back teaching style & his hippy outward appearance made it an easy class to have fun in. He gave me my first taste on the potters wheel. As I look back on it. It was the only class I came in early for and was the last to leave.
I read a book by Herbert Sanders Glaze for Special Effects , while I was a junior in High School . His chapter on the subject of Crystalline
Glazes, had me thinking for thirty five years. I loved the look of crystalline , but did not have the time or the finances. I knew at sixteen I couldn’t spare ether.
I continued throwing in collage. I wasn’t willing to be a struggling artist. My career path took me into entertainment. I became a sound mixer & video engineer for a litany of television shows and commercials for over thirty years. I chased my career and worked hard at it.
I lost touch with the potter I once was.
On location in Colorado while shooting a Sonic commercial , a local crewmen and friend invited me over his house after work. He said he had a potters wheel down in his basement. I told him of my potting passed. I gave it a spin and got completely hooked. I needed this back in my life .
I realized I wanted more time exploring my craft. The dream in High School to make Crystalline pottery was still inside me. So I built a small studio at my home & began creating in earnest since 2005.
As a friendly jester I gave a set designer friend one of my vases. The next day I show up at the old Charlie Chaplin stage in Hollywood to shoot a commercial. On the set was my vase , as a featured background element. He asked me to bring in more pots. My work can now be seen in the background of many national spots.
My passion for creating crystalline pottery is to keep with my core artistic values and to make the best work possible. The enthusiastic reactions I get from the people who come across my work and love what they see allows me to happily share my lifelong dream and my vision.