Information and Events


June 8-9, 2020

Keuka Arts Festival
Penn Yan, NY

July 10-12, 2020

Crafts Alliance Fine Craft Show
Chautauqua, NY

September 7-8

Memorial Art Gallery
Rochester, NY

October 17-18, 2020

American Craft Fair
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Boylston, MA

November 27-29, 2020

Festival of Crafts
Worcester Center for Crafts
Worcester, MA


July 18

Clay Tile Surface Decoration
Sunny Point, ACYC
Penn Yann, NY


The Gallery Store, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY

Arts Council of Yates County, Penn Yan, NY

Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY

Potter's Gallery, Penn Yan, NY


It surprises me to be writing about my journey to become a potter. I have been a graphic designer so long that my identity has been a 2-dimensional one: printed works on paper. But I have been making pots for 35 years and, in the last few, have considered it a serious enterprise.

I never studied graphic design or ceramics in college. Rather, I got a degree from Wellesley College in art history and an MAT from Yale University in painting. Both courses of study contribute to a sense of design and both support an awareness of art from the past. I taught myself graphic design "on the job" using increasingly sophisticated applications on my Macintosh. Eventually, I even taught a few courses at Becker College and the Worcester Art Museum.

Clay came to me through classes and workshops at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Sometimes I think I am their oldest living student. Certainly, I am their biggest booster. But creating a studio in my basement also taught me a great deal. That's where I hole up and get my hands dirty!


It seems "unnatural" to confess this, but most of my influences come from the man-made world. I am particularly fond of Chinese bronzes and Asian ceramics. Their spare silhouettes are clear and strong and seem to have a inner peace. This love of simplicity informs my boxes and Ikebana pieces.

Another discipline I look to is architecture. I once had a one-man show of handbuilt vessels inspired by architectural forms. These pieces had domes and turrets and some even had windows. People purchased them for their ashes.

Of course there are many contemporary potters I admire, among them Hayne Bayless, Maren Kloppmann, Sequoia Miller, Chris Staley, and William Daley. I love the surface treatment of artists like Kristin Kieffer, Matthew Metz, Robbie Heidinger, Bryan Hopkins and Adero Willard. And I have collected pots by Kevin Snipes, Julia Galloway, Matthew Metz, Kristen Kieffer, Todd Wahlstrom, Gay Smith, Michael Kline, Hayne Bayless, Richard Aerni, Adero Willard, Ellen Shankin, and numerous others.