January 6, 2018
Happy 2018! It’s hard to believe that 2017 is finally over. I think for many of us, it seemed like it would never end. I am hopeful that the new year will be a turning point in the studio and country! Looking back, last year was a good year professionally. I was in group exhibitions in Missouri, Kansas, Massachusetts, and New York. I had a semester sabbatical from teaching that allowed me to develop new mold concepts for my work, take classes at The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, and continue to build my CAD skills by taking classes at CCC.
2018 looks to be busy too! I will be teaching woodfire workshops at the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos, Texas and will be teaching with my good friend, Doug Jeppesen, at the Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Stay warm everyone!
December 31, 2016
2016 was a good year and at the same time a very difficult year for many of us. I was reminded that great art is most often made out of this struggle. Here’s to 2017 being an amazing year of artistic production and action! Professionally the fall and early winter were very good. I attended and presented at the international woodfired ceramics conference at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. My piece, Carved Teapot, from the on-campus exhibition was purchased by the college and joins an outstanding permanent collection. My review/report from the conference was published in November by The Log Book. I also had work in two exhibitions at the Worcester Center for Crafts. New work, concepts, and materials continue to develop in my studio and I look forward to exhibiting that work during 2017.
September 18, 2016
A hot, dry summer in New York has finally started to change into the best season here- fall. I have a number of things happening this fall in addition to another academic year of teaching. I have work in group exhibitions at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, Massachusetts and at the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. I will also be presenting and taking part in pre-conference activities at “Moving Forward”, an international conference on woodfired ceramics being held at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
May 17, 2016
Happy Spring! It’s been a rainy, cold spring here in New York and I’m looking forward to summer. In July, I will be returning to France to teach a workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet. I will be working with designer Tomoko Azumi and the Corning Museum of Glass for a course titled “Formed by You, Refined by Fire”. We will be making ceramics, firing the woodfired kiln, and blowing glass while the kiln is in operation. Full details are here.
January 10, 2016
Happy 2016 everyone! As a busy 2015 closed I started planning another busy year to come. New work and ideas are brewing in the studio, trips are being planned, and a new semester of teaching ceramics, design, and art history is quickly approaching. A very exciting development from 2015 was that I was named to the Board of Directors of the Studio Potter journal. We have been hard at work building a stronger future for the organization and journal. Stay tuned for some events and ways to help this critically important venue for writing on ceramics and craft.
2016 started with a exhibition titled ” Variations”, showing my work along with that of Rick Love and Rob Beishline at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. We were the jurors for last year’s League for Innovation National art exhibition hosted by LCC. The show runs from Jan. 4th to Feb. 11th.
Image courtesy of LCC Art Gallery director Jennifer Hintze Salzman.
November 24, 2015
I was surprised and happy to be mentioned and have work pictured in an article about the collection of Marvin Bjurlin and Christina Rausa in the December/January issue of American Craft magazine. I’m honored to have work in their outstanding collection!
September 20, 2015
Sunset over Egg Harbor, WI August 2015
As summer 2015 comes to an end, I wanted to post an update of news, travels, and happenings since my last post. In late spring, I had work in an very popular annual Yunomi Invitational exhibition at AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, Iowa. I still have pieces available here: AKAR Gallery. I also had pieces featured in Crafting Community: SUNY Community College Ceramics Instructors at the Mildred Washington Art Gallery at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. It was a great group of artists to exhibit with, and it showed the quality of the SUNY art programs across the state.
In July, I traveled with the Corning Museum of Glass to teach a workshop at the Domanie de Boisbuchet in France. This year we worked with London based designer, Philippe Malouin, and a talented group of students who collaborated on woodfired ceramics, glass, and mixed media objects.
On the way home, I got to spend an amazing afternoon and evening in Paris. Each year I go, I fall more in love with that city!
The summer was filled with travel, work, and new adventures. As the fall begins, I’m looking forward to starting a new series of wok in the studio and taking on new responsibilities. In the late spring, I was named to the Board of Directors of The Studio Potter journal. This is a huge honor since I’ve been reading this important ceramics journal since I started working in clay in 1994. The organization will be starting some major initiatives (including a completely new website) soon to help secure to future of the journal. Stay tuned!
April 10, 2015
I’m excited to be included in this great show coming up at the Worcester Center of Crafts in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational exhibition and sale will be held from Friday Apr. 17 to Sunday Apr. 19. It’s an honor to be invited to show with this great line-up of ceramic artists!
January 12, 2015
It’s been a cold but good start to the year in the studio. 2015 looks like it will be another busy one including travel back to France. I will also have work in the Worcester Center for Crafts Pottery Invitational and the AKAR Yunomi Invitational, so stay tuned! I hope everyone is having a warm, safe, and peaceful start to 2015.
October 24, 2014
I was honored to be asked to jury an exhibition (titled History in the Making VIII) for the Firehouse Gallery in Rochester, New York open now through Nov. 8th. The works in the show have some element of historical reference and came from all over the US. It was great to see the work in person after jurying them from images- nothing compares to the real object! It was even better since two of the pieces were by a former student of mine, Travis Winters, who is currently an artist in residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, North Carolina.