"I was born in Los Angeles in 1939 to a father who designed research aircraft by day and romantic songs by night; and to a mother who was a beauty of great style. Both were refugees from depression-era Kansas.
"My three younger brothers and I endured a Jesuit education which was classical, vigorous, and abstract; so I was a sitting duck for the simultaneous encounter with Bob James and clay at the U. of Oregon in 1958. I was ripe for the idea of developing something from raw materials to an object transformed by the fire. At my first review, Bob turned over each piece to carefully regard the bottom before he looked at the rest of it; and I marveled, 'Hey, there's more to this than I thought!' ... which has continued to be true for 63 years.
"David Stannard joined the faculty as I was beginning my graduate work, and his gorgeous pots and profound understanding of materials perfectly balanced Bob's commitment to subject matter enfolded in rich metaphor. Together, they created an atmosphere of inquiry in the studio which encouraged us to share and learn from each other while remaining alert to our own calling. I was also very lucky to participate in six-week-long workshops with both Shoji Hamada and Michael Cardew; and to work alongside Jane Heald in our wonderful PotShop in Venice, California.
"After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1967, I went to Mexico to work for an art center in La Paz, Baja California. I married Bev Wickstrom in 1969 and took up a teaching post at Ohio University with George Kokis. During 1970-73 I was teaching at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado with Brad Reed. Bev and I returned to Eugene in 1974, where she began working for the University; while I divided my time between developing kiln designs and work in my studio, and I hosted an extended workshop with Harry Davis in 1979.
"Most of my work is made to serve at our table for family and friends; and thanks to loyal customers, the larger community of the Willamette Valley. Beyond these influences, I feel certain that my work is deeper from learning to garden and to cook; and our lives are sweetened by good friends for whom to set the table. I hope this is true for you as well."