I have been working with clay for over 25 years. I've taught ceramics at Schoolcraft Community College, Clayworks Pottery Studio, and Art Unlimited. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of clay with you.
Our goats, George, Kosmo, and Walter are always eager to greet students. Especially if you have some treats for them!
While not too interested in Pottery, Suzanne's girls keep us supplied with farm fresh eggs which we happily share with our students.
Nature and the five senses is what inspires me and my creativity as a potter.
Looking out my open bedroom window on an early spring morning.
Taking in a breath of fresh air, after what we hoped was the last snow fall of the season.
Having coffee served in bed and legs nestled under warm covers, just to gaze out at the large
tree outside my window. Listening to the chatter of the birds, building their nests in the tree, revealing their skillful designs.
My creations are a signature of who I am and what I love. I throw a variety of pieces, bowls, lidded
vessels, mugs, pitchers, dishes, platters and more. You'll soon discover that my first love is throwing
vases. Vases provide a canvas for me to display my thoughts and creativity. The majority of my artistry
is displayed with frogs, birds, trees, cats, flowers, and fish. Recently I've been enjoying the art of sculpture.
The movement of the body, capturing the expression, conveys a story to its audience. You'll also notice
that I do not limit myself to a certain clay body. Dark clay, light clay, porcelain or a combination of clay
bodies are used, depending on what I plan on doing with the piece I am creating. I also fire with a variety
of firing methods: electric, gas, wood, or Raku. My preferred firing method is cone 10 reduction in a gas
kiln. I love what the gas does with the glazes I use.
Besides nature I've also been inspired by people. My father Herman, my brother Steffan, and my aunt Hilde
have inspired me the most. They too are accomplished artists and I will be forever grateful to them.
I hope my work inspires you!