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I have been a professional potter for the past 24 years and currently live and work in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, just outside of Edmonton.
I received my formal ceramics education at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, graduating in 1976 and receiving a diploma in Pottery and Ceramics. The four year program at the Art College was a time of intense study and practical experience working in a medium that requires not only skill, but also a vast technical knowledge of a complex process.
After graduating I began
my professional career as a studio potter at a co-op studio, Pottery West,
in Edmonton. Since then I have worked in a variety of studio situations
as well as being a ceramics instructor at the Clay Hut in Sherwood Park,
the Students Union Ceramics Department, University of Alberta and have
given numerous workshops for various potter's organizations.
I am continually impressed by the range and scope of work that has been done within this medium from prehistoric time to the present. Clay is a medium with endless possibilities, whether it is used to create functional or decorative work. It is for these reasons that I became interested in pottery and continue to be fascinated by it.
I believe that pottery
made by people dedicated to their work is more than merely another commodity,
but is a valid form of creative expression, no less than any other. A fine
piece of pottery is an object that can be enjoyed for years, generations
or even millennia. When I see an exquisite piece of pottery I see in it
a work of sculpture with a surface every bit as rich as a painter's canvas,
with the added bonus that it often has a function which brings it into
a tactile relationship with it's owner.