POTTERS' GUILD OF NEW JERSEY
I began studying ceramics in 2000, when I stopped working full-time. I was curious about the magic by which a humble lump of clay on a potter’s wheel can be transformed into an elegant vessel with a few quick gestures. My teacher informed me, however, that she teaches art and doesn't encourage mere curiosity about technique ...
BSEE, Iowa State University, 1961
MEE, New York University, 1963
Ph.D. (physics) Iowa State University, 1967
Ceramics classes at Raritan Valley Community College, 2000-2008
2015, The Potters School (Steven Branfman), Making Handbuilt Aka (red) Raku Chawan With John Baymore
2007, Jeff Shapiro Studio (one day visit by RVCC members)
2006, Harvard: "Bizen: Generational and Cultural Crossover"
2004, Harvard: "Japanese Ceramics: Cultural Roots and Contemporary Expressions"
Potters Guild of NJ
“Fruit Cup” (Porcelain), Torpedo Art Center:Target Art Gallery:Reclaimed (2009)
“Black House” (Porcelain), Genesee Pottery: History in the Making II: (2007) Rochester, NY
“Composite Thing” (Porcelain), Raritan Valley Community College:Third Annual RVCC Art Students Juried Exhibition:(2006) North Branch, NJ
Message from the Artist
... so I started trying to come to terms with the artistic aspect of ceramics by reading. From Bernard Leach I accepted the “Sung Standard” as “a striving towards unity, spontaneity and simplicity of form” From Daniel Rhodes, I took the hint that reference to the human form works best for pottery. From Picasso, I took reinforcement of Leach's dictum that "... a pot starts by being an abstract shape, and consequently any pattern applied to its surface calls for formal emphasis in order to attain unity with it." At this point I began to meet some famous contemporary potters. From Bizen's “rock-star” potter Ryuichi Kakurezaki I took “Concept is 100%”and from his (2004) National Living Treasure teacher, Jun Isezaki, I took “What works well need not be changed."
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