The essays I've started with, and will be adding to, are from a collection of ninety-nine essays entitled, "Liberation and Constraint - Ninety-nine Things I Learned Making Pots." Each has a number associated with the title, relating to its alphabetical ranking in the full collection. I hope that as time goes on, questions from readers will lead to fresh essays on new subjects or on unresolved issues in past essays. Thank you for taking the time to be here.
I have been working in clay since a first class with Prof. Merle Zirkle at Grinnell College, in 1979, earning my MFA from the University of Iowa in 1989. I have operated Please Touch Pottery, full time or part time, ever since. I hope here to share a collection of essays on education as an artist. Comments are welcome. I'm also a graduate of the Masters program in Museum Studies at the University of Kansas, 2011. My profile photo is by Rob Johnson, a terrific potter and photographer, who works with the Omaha Clay Works. The piece next to me is number ten in my "Firetrap" series. Fired in the anagama outside of Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska. I also make full sized, comfortable, clay armchairs, and kitchenware for recreational medievalists.