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Biographical Informaiton :
1250 57th Avenue
Oakland, California 94621
Ceramic artist and Electronic multimedia artist
Though I am a self taught ceramist, I draw on
the ceramic traditions of Michael Cardew, Daniel Rhodes, Glenn Nelsen,
Herb Sanders, Richard Berhenz, Shogi Hamata, and Carlton Ball.
These master potters have all written books about the craft. It is through
their many years of experiance that I have learned the tradition of the craft.
My first clay experiences came as an observer
of friends at the University of Puget Sound.
These students of F.Carlton Ball enticed me
into helping them fire wood burning, salt,
Raku, and pit kilns. We gathered clay and
brick and built kilns. I took a summer course
at Tacoma Community College in 1971 and
learned the basics of handbuilding and glazing.
U.C. Riverside's student pot shop provided
my first experiences throwing pottery on
the wheel. I worked as an instructor
to supplement my income as an attendant
to the disabled. My first art shows at
Riverside inspired me to leave my studies
in psychology for courses in art. Art and
ceramic craft work began to consume me.
I spent whole days and nights in the pot shop.
My spare time was spent reading art books
and dreaming of creative endeavors.
(This from a mediocre student who had trouble
concentrating). Courses in drawing, painting,
sculpture, and art history replaced physiological
psychology, primate psychology and abnormal behavior.
I went to Berkeley at Christmas in 1972 with
friends. Subsequent trips in 1973 introduced
me to Jules Seitz and The Potters Studio.
Summer 1973 was the beginning of a dream
come true. I realized that I could sell enough
work on Telegraph Avenue as a street vendor
to make a living. I returned to UCR to fulfill
my commitments and plan a move to Berkeley.
In March of 1974 Jules Seitz offered me
employment as resident potter. The next
two years, I studied art at Cal State Hayward,
worked at The Potter's Studio, and sold my
work on Telegraph Avenue as a street vendor.
In 1976 I moved into my own apartment and
rented a studio space at the West Coast
Macaroni Factory. Larger more complete
professional facilities enabled me to produce
more work of better quality. I began to show
at craft fairs and galleries. I showed at the
Polk Street Fair, Castro, Noe Valley, Grant Street
and Haight Street Fairs each year from 1978
to the present .
My work has been shown at
The Circle of Friends Gallery, Fox Florists,
Many Moons Gallery, Famous Melissa Gallery
and the Cal State Hayward Art Gallery.
Articles in the Oakland Tribune, S.F. Chronicle,
Berkeley Gazette and The Daily Californian
highlight my work as a street vendor and
craftsperson. I have worked on the Berkeley
Street Artists Committee screening
perspective vendors , helped promote
and organize the Telegraph Avenue
Christmas Fair, and authored street
vending legislation as city ordinances in Berkeley.
During the 1980's, I worked as a
substitute teaching in the Richmond
Public Schools in different art classes
and special education classes. I returned
to Cal State Hayward for certification
in education as a secondary and Jr. College
Instructor. I added electronic media
and desktop publishing skills to my repetoire
of talents. In 1994 I organized The first CSUH Video
Animation Festival. For several years, I worked
as teaching assistant at CSU Hayward
in video animation and desk top publishing.
I regularly attend Berkeley Mac Users Group
meetings. I attend numerous conferences
whose topics include electronic media, the
internet, computers, video production and
optics. These include MacWorld, Seybold,
Intermedia, Macromedia, and the Berkeley
Video and animation festival.
My pottery is made from clays that I mix and
formulate myself. I use several porcelain and
stoneware bodies that fire at about Cone 12
(1300°) with glazes that are based on ancient
Chinese and Japanese formulas. I use two to
five layers of glaze over each other and fire
in a reduction atmosphere (smoky) to produce
shiny glazes that flash brilliant colors in abstract
patterns with incredible depth. I employ several
other techniques of decoration involving carving
the surface and enlaying glazes; using stains
for figurative drawings , and collecting special
materials for pooled glaze effects.
My glazes are made from feldspar, silica,
gerstely borate, talc, whiting and clay. I use
cobalt, iron, rutile, copper, zirconium and other
metallic minerals as colorants. These glazes
are safe for use with food. The ware can be
used in an oven or a microwave and is dishwasher
safe. The ware will not withstand direct heat or flame.
Currently, I live and work in my studio at the
West Coast Macaroni Factory. I bought the studio
and leases in 1978 and built a living space
adjoining my studio. I rebuilt the kilns for more
efficient use. I work in a variety of different
media including video and desk top publishing.
Long time friends Ed Monroe and Mark DeVito
have helped me decorate the ware with historical
renditions of Durer, Michaelangelo, Picasso,
as well as original creations of Christian
iconography, Greek mythology and abstract patterns.
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