Art is my passion and has been all my life. Working in ceramics for over 50 years, I was a potter for twenty years and work now as a tile muralist, producing over 1000 custom tile murals in many different styles for every tile application. My love of mountains and wildlife, developed partly as a mule packer and horse wrangler in Montana, is at the core of my work.
In my career, I have developed well-recognized expertise as a glaze expert and expanded my mastery of china paint, the glazing method used in most of my custom tile murals. My book “China Paint & Overglaze” and companion video “New Directions in China Painting”, published by the American Ceramic Society, are regarded as the definitive modern text on the medium. My love of teaching has allowed me to teach workshops in all 50 states, and I regularly teach glaze chemistry at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, WA.
My community associations include Pottery Northwest, the Studio Potter Network, Washington Clay Arts Association, Artisan Tile Northwest, and Northwest Designer-Craftsmen. My work is featured in numerous collections, shows and textbooks. The hallmarks of my work are stylistic versatility, impeccable craftsmanship, and a commitment to customer satisfaction.
Be sure to visit my blog page for what's new in the studio and in my life. The newest is a piece I’ve done one tile a year on for 14 years.. And there’s a new online china painting course starting in early October.