In 1993 I fell in love with the movement of flame through a wood-kiln. Its sensuous quality is something I seek to capture in my work with soft forms, full curves and flame paths etched into the surface. This quest led me to an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. I now own Mill Creek Pottery in Wisconsin, where my apprentices and I work to advance the cause of wood-fired pottery.
In 2013 I was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan exploring the potential of local materials. Recently I have been a visiting artist, lecturer and kiln builder at The China Academy of the Arts in Hangzhou. There my apprentices and I have been bringing a technology that originated in Asia and has evolved in the incubator of the United States back to Asia. Clay is central to my life.
May 16th - May 29th 2017.
Intimate Anagama: at Mill Creek pottery we are creating a very different workshop experience. We want the folks who come to immerse themselves in the firing experience and leave with confidence and knowledge as well a whole bunch of fired work.
Though I have taught workshops at Arrowmont, Haystack, Peter's Valley and Anderson Ranch, the pleasure of teaching here at my own home, in a kiln I have fired 26 times is very different. I am also limiting registration to 7 participants. This will ensure that everyone gets a healthy amount of work throughout the kiln, and everyone gets individual instruction. I am dedicated to quality not quantity.
In 2015 I ran an Indiegogo Campaign, and with the support of many we re-built some of the wood kilns, bought a new electric kiln, and revitalized the studtio. One of the perks was the creation of this book. For the past 14 years I have been saving some of the best pots from each firing for my children.
We inventoried, photographed and recorded the collection and in the process we made this lovely book. Blurb publishing produces an extremely high quality product and I am pleased to make this collection available online.
In 2014 my apprentices Lars Voltz, Kelsie Rudolph and I traveled to Hangzhou China. There we built two kilns for China Academy of the Arts. I was hired to return December 2015 to teach firing and loading techniques. We fired 3 times while there.The process is documented on instagram and Facebook under the hashtag #FireInChina. Josh Copus a wood fire potter from North Carolina joined me in this excursion.