Above: "Fish-handled teapot;" 33 cm in width.


Above: "Korean Heron with fish handle and wings;" ewer, earthenware with colored slips; 60 cm in height.



hen I was working on my Ph.D. at Cornell (which was never to be finished), I went out to the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas to do research on the Harris' Hawk. A female of this species forms a sexual bond with two males. They raise their young and then fly to Mexico for the winter, leaving me with nothing to do: I had completed all my coursework at Cornell.

The Texas county I was living in is far larger than the state of Rhode Island, but its entire population is less than 10,000 people, including the students at Sull Ross State University. Sull Ross, the site of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Hall of Fame, is a place where you can major in horse science. Just for a lark, I took a couple semesters of horseshoeing and a semester in horsebreaking. I am probably the only man in Korea who has eight semester credits in horseshoing.

I also took a course in pottery. This led to a masters and then a year at the Kansas City Art Institute with Ken Ferguson. I showed my work in group shows in over half the fifty states, and won honorable mentions in major international competitions in France and Japan. I also wrote three cover articles for the largest-selling international magazine on clay, Ceramics Monthly. One article was a portfolio of my work, another documented a trip I took to Korea in 1986 to study traditional fold pottery, and the last described the firing of a huge wood kiln in America. I also wrote an editorial for Ceriamics Monthly entitled "Making Music versus Merely Playing the Piano."

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Below are thumbnails that take you to the articles and portfolios.
A portfolio of my work
About a trip I took to Korea in 1986
About the firing of a huge wood kiln in America

A small black and white portfolio
A Ceramics Monthly editorial