Todd Piker, who runs the Cornwall Bridge Pottery in Cornwall, Connecticut,
is my friend and mentor. After returning from France, I apprenticed
with him for four years. He was the single greatest influence
on my life as a potter.
Seth Cardew is the son of the illustrious English potter, Michael
Cardew, who is my father-in-law. He continues to run the Wenford
Bridge Pottery in Cornwall, England.
Mark Hewitt also worked with Todd Piker as well as with Michael
Cardew. He has established himself as a highly respected potter
in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
Nate Evans helped me at my shop while he was in high school. After
completing an apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt, he and his wife
Hallie Hite moved back to the Midwest and established their pottery
in northwestern Iowa.
Matt Jones stopped at my shop while visiting his future wife Christine
who was attending grad school in Madison. That stop led to an apprenticeship
with Todd Piker. He established his pottery in the hills of western
North Carolina in 1998.
Prisca Benson was my first apprentice. She approached me after
an apprenticeship with a master potter in the mountain village
of Koishiwara, Japan and worked with me for two years. She established
her shop in Door County Wisconsin over four years ago.
Jordan Taylor comes from a family of potters that gave its name
to Jordan Clay, a lovely stoneware used extensively in the 1970's.
After working with me for two years, he and his wife Marianna,
moved to Uniondale, Pennsylvania where they established Stoneymeadow
The Home Fires Burning - Potter Believes Art Should Be used
in Our Daily Lives
By SUSAN TROLLER for The Capital Times
fired up - Artist follows his heart in the pursuit of perfect pottery
By AVRUM D. LANK of the Journal Sentinel staff