In 1970 friends invited me to join them at the Renaissance Faire in Marin County, California, which soon led to doing local art shows, especially the Sausalito Art Festival (1978-1999) and the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (1979-1997), winning cash awards and serving as juror for both shows. During this time I also joined the Association of Clay and Glass Artists (ACGA) formally the San Francisco Potters Association and am currently an Emeritus member/exhibiting.
Competing nationally with the American Craft Council’s shows in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center (1982-present) and their annual show in Baltimore (1986-2000) opened many doors and led to lifelong friendships. During those years came work with the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, the Newark Museum of Art,NJ, the Renwick, Washington, DC.and the Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI. Privileged to do the Philadelphia Museum of Art show for seven years, I was awarded the Tuttleman Award of Excellence in Ceramics in 1992 and then commissioned to do the Museum’s Benefactor’s Gift in 1993.
American Craft Magazine, Ceramics Monthly and other media reviewed my work and did articles focusing on what it is like to be freelance in the world of artful craft. Concurrently, I did the Smithsonian Craft Show in 1992, Crafts at the Castle in Boston (1996-1999) and exhibited at the Shelia Nussbaum Gallery, NJ. the Ferrin Gallery, New York, DelMano Gallery in Los Angeles and Alianza in Boston. Currently I show with Scrimshaw Gallery, Sausalito, California.
Private and Corporation collections include Saks Fifth Avenue Private Corporate Collection, the Corporate Teapot Collection of Celestial Seasonings, the Stanford M Besser Collection of Teapots, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California, the Newark Museum of Art Ceramic Collection as well as the private collections of Fleur Bressler of Rockville Maryland and Jennifer Taggart of Los Angeles, California.
Art Stories Interview
I was recently interviewed by Art Stories: An Oral History Project at my studio in Southern Oregon. The audio transcript is available below but consider visiting the Art Stories website for more details and photos from my ranch.