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.
I have had the privilege to partake in some really great home pottery sales and tours. The St. Croix pottery tour in Minnesota, the Western Wisconsin Pottery tour in River Falls, The Art of the Pot in Austin Texas, and this year I am part of the Flower City Pottery Invitational. It is my goal to bring this range of quality ceramics to the Springfield area. So I am pleased to announce the first Annual Flatlander Pottery Festival, where we will have something for everyone. Come spend the day with us, enjoy the tour of our new studio and wood fired kiln. Break bread and buy pots to take home. Stay tuned as we add to the list of artists involved.
We have moved. My wife has taken an exciting new job at The First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Illinois LincolnsChurch.org and so we have moved the pottery to Pawnee, Illinois. It is a huge move. I am in the process of fitting out a studio and building a large train kiln. I hope to be able to fire for the first time here in February or March. In the mean time there is so much to do.
2. La Meridiana, Certaldo Ital October 2019
In November of 2017 I spent a month at this lovely school, making pots, friends, and plans. I learned a bunch of Italian and drank a lot of wine, and tested a lot of clays. We designed a new kiln, and I was invited back to teach a woodfire workshop in a new kiln that will be built. Want to join me?
We are going to make a lot of work, cover a lot of ground and fire at least twice. Expect to leave filled with good food and knowlege.
Registration is not open yet, but contact the school and let them know if you are interested. EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
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 studio. 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.