I've been around the work of making pottery all my life. My parents have been full-time potters since they started Fox Pass Pottery in 1973. I worked in the pottery shop and learned to throw on the potters wheel as a child but didn't show real interest until later.
While I was in art school at East Carolina University, ceramics professor Seo Eo held a conference for potters who fire their kilns with wood. Potters came from around the world including many from North Carolina. Watching these potters work and learning about the aesthetics of wood-fired pottery helped me to find my own passion for making pottery. After the conference I visited many of the potteries around North Carolina and began to learn about the historic pottery of the area. This exposure in combination with my education at ECU and my parent's input got me started as a potter.
After graduating I moved back to Arkansas to work with and learn from my parents. During that time my father and I worked together building a wood burning kiln which has been an important part of my development as a potter. After a few years of working at my parents studio I moved to Little Rock, AR where I now have my own studio and kiln. Although I make pots at my studio, I often fire work in the wood kiln at Fox Pass Pottery. In addition to the previously mentioned influences I have taken a great deal from many potters I've met over the years. Some of most informing experiences were a workshop taught by Clary Illian at the Arkansas Arts Center, and a two-month class at Penland School of Crafts with Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, and David Stuempfle. In addition to my studio work I teach an intermediate/advanced pottery class at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School.