Functional pottery. Experimenting with glazes. Plants, flowers. “Primitive” pottery. Art in general. Working with my hands.
My art history
More like anti-art history. Mostly self-taught. Worked as a technician for Don Reitz in Madison, Wisconsin and at Sheridan School of Design. Participated in a number of workshops. Did some jewelry a long time ago. Have taken drawing lessons with Cathy Blake in Almonte.
My favourite things
Music: I play saxophone in a few bands. Occasionally sing in an improvising choir of Christine Duncan. Am interested in free jazz and contemporary music.
Before moving to North America, I spent a lot of time in Amsterdam around the university, while teaching high school. During the summer I used to hitch-hike to Sweden and Norway to work as a lumberjack and tree planter.
I am a geologist and X-ray crystallographer. Saskia, my wife, was already a potter when we first met. I got into making pots when working on a thesis on clay minerals and talking with graduate pottery students at the University of Wisconsin about technical (geochemistry, mineralogy, physics) clay problems.
I dropped out of science and into pottery largely due to the Vietnam war and my involvement with the peace movement and was a member of the Cat’s Cradle Craft Cooperative in Madison WI.
After moving to Canada I worked as a ceramics technician and teacher at the Sheridan School of Design and worked on establishing the Harbourfront Crafts program in Toronto.
Worked for three years as a CUSO volunteer on a village pottery project in Thamaga, Botswana.
Returned to Canada and established Clayton Clay Works. Restored my heritage-designated 160 year-old house.
In the late 80’s I reinvented myself (mostly for financial reasons) and became a technical writer and sold my services to the IT industry for about 25 years.
Worked on a pottery project in Afghanistan in 2007-08: establishing the Turquoise Mountain School of Pottery in Kabul.
Now I am potting again, both in Clayton and at the Almonte Potters Guild. Because of my technical background I particularly enjoy teaching glaze chemistry classes,in addition to general pottery.
I don’t dream. Or maybe I always dream. I believe in cooperative action; the Crown and Pumpkin Tour is part of this.