Studio Potter, Mountain View, Arkansas
For the past 35 years I have produced decorative and functional stoneware pottery which is marketed through various galleries and craft shops in Mountain View and throughout Arkansas. I devote as much time as possible to the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces which challenge my creativity and artistic expression. I have exhibited my work in various shows and exhibits. (See partial listing of exhibitions on the next page.)
Pottery Instructor, Arkansas Craft School. Mountain View, Arkansas.
I teach community pottery classes at the Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View. I teach 3 10-week sessions per year for all skill levels. We cover making pots on the wheel, with slabs, and other construction methods. Pots are glazed and fired within the class period.
Crafts interpreter, Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, Arkansas
From August 1978 to October 1996 I operated a pottery studio within the Ozark Folk Center, a state park facility which was established to preserve the music and crafts indigenous to the Ozark area. As a crafts interpreter I demonstrated my craft to the public, answered questions and provided interpretive information.
- I was included in an article about Ozark potters in the June 1994 issue of The Studio Potter.
- One of my pieces included in the Arkansas: Year of American Craft: 1993 exhibit was purchased by the Decorative Arts Museum for inclusion in its permanent craft collection.
- I was selected as Craftsman of the Year in 1990, an award given annually by the Ozark Folk Center.
- I received a $5000 Fellowship Award from the Arkansas Arts Council for fiscal year 1989-1990.
- I received a Merit Award in the juried competition at the 1989 and 1990 Pink Palace Crafts Fairs in Memphis, Tennessee.
- I received a purchase award in the Regional Craft Biennial, July – August, 1988. A teapot was selected by juror Marcia Manhart to become part of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection.
- From May 1979 to the present I have been an active member of the Arkansas Craft Guild, a statewide organization with four retail sales outlets and the sponsor of two annual crafts shows throughout the state. I am currently a member of the Guild’s Standards Committee.
- From January 1981 to the present I have been a member of the National Council of Educators in Ceramic Arts (NCECA).
I have conducted three workshops at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. In April, 2000 I conducted a one day workshop on making slab oriented dinnerware. In February, 1997 I did a two day workshop focusing on thrown and altered vessels and in the spring of 1992 I conducted a three day demonstration of wheel work and decorative techniques for beginning and intermediate level students.
I received a B.A. with a major in art from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in May 1977.
EXHIBITIONS (Partial Listing)
- Arkansas Artists: Selections From the Permanent Collection. September 28 – October 12, 1997. My “Teapot with Extruded Handle and Spout” was included in this exhibition at the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Arkansas: Year of American Craft. July 4 – August 15, 1993. This statewide invitational exhibition was sponsored by the Arkansas ArtCenter and held at the Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Alan DuBois was curator of the exhibit.
- Arkansas Art ’91. February – March, 1991. This statewide competition, sponsored by the Joint Educational Consortium in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, was juried by Ms. Audrey Flack.
- Regional Craft Biennial. October – November, 1990. Little Rock, Arkansas. Competitive exhibition organized by the Arkansas Arts Center. Juror, William P. Daley.
- Arkansas Art ’90. February – March, 1990. Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Juror, Richard Hunt.
- Regional Crafts Biennial. July – August, 1988. Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas. Juror, Marcia Manhart.
- Arkansas Art ’88. February – March, 1988. Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Sculptor Duane Hanson juried.
- Distinguished Artists Exhibit. November, 1987. Arts, Crafts and Design Fair, Little Rock, Arkansas. Juror, Fred Strebeck.
- Arkansas Territorial Restoration Gallery. February 1986. Little Rock, Arkansas. Gallery show with portrait artist Mona Philpot.