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ceramics journey

I have been working with clay since I took my first ceramics class in high school in 1971. I studied ceramics and art education (BA) in the ’70s at Bethany College, taught elementary art for two years, got an MA in art¬†at Emporia State University, had my first “big adventure” living and sailing in the Caribbean for about 6 months, taught high school art for 15 years, then went to the University of Florida in my ’40s to get my MFA (my second “big adventure”). I am now teaching at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. It’s been a pretty great journey and there is certainly more to discover.

The work on these pages is from a variety of times and experiences. Since 1998 I have been working with a majolica glaze (an opacified white glaze) on terra cotta. I Paint with ceramic colorants on this raw, white glaze which is then fired to cone 03 (about 2000 degrees F.)