What is your educational background?
- M.F.A., University of New Mexico
- B.F.A., Clarion University
What specific courses or specialties do you teach?
I teach all of the 3D art courses, Hand building, Wheel, Advanced, Pueblo, and Sculpture. I have always been attracted to the qualities of clay, how it records the touch of the maker and the process of making. It was always fascinating to me that you could take earth and turn it into something useful, a thing of beauty. It is pounded, stretched, marked, heated to high temperatures, but when it is completed you have something of beauty.
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
This is a tough question to answer with just one piece of advice. When you are working with clay, so much of the process is related to life. If you don’t get your clay wedged well and centered properly, the rest of what you do won’t be as successful as if you had done those steps well. The same if you are hand building, if you don’t start with a good foundation, your piece will collapse or break and sometimes not until it is in the kiln and fired, where it is stressed the most. I often reference this to life and the things students might be tackling.
I have exhibited my work at the annual Area Artists Exhibition at Grove City College and a Mug Exhibition at the Clarion County Arts Council in Clarion, PA. I was in the exhibition, “Wood-fired” at the Armory of Pittsburgh and in “Vehicle Art and Transportation in new Mexico” at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM. I took Best of Show at the Autumn Lea Festival Arts Exhibition in Clarion, PA.
I am in the private collections of Clarion University of PA Dean of Arts and Sciences, “Mappings,” Dr. Ann Martin Ko, and Bruce Sykes. I have a photo of my work in Clay Times 3, titled “Leavings” (May/June 2000, Vol. 6). I was also featured on Paragon Kilns.