I first learned to throw clay from Olin Rossum at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the ‘60s. He helped me make my kick wheel, which I constructed in my basement and couldn’t get out the door when we moved. Since then, I’ve learned from courses at the Guild and Clayworks, and from fellow potters. I now use an electric wheel, and an electric kiln I was given as a present when I retired 15+ years ago.
I like to use a rib when throwing, bisque fire to cone 05 or 06, and glaze fire to cone 6. I’ve been a member of the Guild for about 3 years. I best like seeing a pot emerge from a lump of mud; it’s exactly the same sensation as seeing a picture appear on blank paper, when printing pictures in a darkroom.
I like to make pots that can be used at home. Since I have little creative imagination, and am quite interested in archeology, I tend to copy shapes and designs that someone else thought of, more than 1000 years ago. Unfortunately, even Neolithic potters could do things I can’t do. Since it’s easier to put dark designs on or under light colors, many of my pots use a clear overglaze. Recently I’ve been playing with applying decals (copied from designs in books) over a light colored glaze.
My wife and I live in Towson, and I have a small pot shop in the basement of our apartment building. I’m inspired by old Greek and Oriental pots, and the skill of those who made them.