Over the last five years, I’ve been able to travel in Europe because of my ceramics practice and my association with the Corning Museum of Glass and the Domaine de Boisbuchet. The Domaine de Boisbuchet is an art, architecture and design education center administered by the Vitra Design Museum. Students come from all over the world to study with internationally recognized instructors. In 2009, I traveled to Boisbuchet with my friends from CMOG to build a special woodfired kiln. I designed this kiln in collaboration with Steve Gibbs and Lewis Olson from the museum so that we can fire ceramics and blow glass at the same time.
My flights from the US sometimes land first in Amsterdam. During 2010 and 2011, I had the good fortune of spending almost 2 weeks in this amazing city.
In the fall of 2010, I presented at a woodfired ceramics conference north of Berlin. The energy of Berlin was visible, huge new modern architectural wonders next to something left over from the Cold War or older. I would love to return and spend more time.