Meet the Artist: For Love of Mud Pottery

Photo by Jim Casler

I loved clay from the moment I first touched it almost 30 years ago. It stole me away from another career, and like any great love, the attraction grows stronger with time. My first pottery teacher, Judy Glasser, encouraged me to broaden my studies. So I applied and was accepted to study in Japan at the International Workshop for Ceramic Art (IWCAT). That experience defined ceramic art for me.

Stacked Bowls

I returned to New York to earn an MFA from Parsons School of Design, where I learned tile making from Frank Giorgini, who also introduced me to the field of public art. I've since made ceramic murals for the New York MTA and NJ Transit amongst numerous others. My book, Ceramic Art Tile (Schiffer Books), features these commissions as well as the brilliant ceramic work of dozens of talented tile artists working today.

I opened For Love Of Mud Pottery in West Milford, New Jersey to teach classes and establish a wood kiln. This ancient way of firing first captured my imagination in Japan, and continues to do so. These days, I still create ceramic murals and I am increasingly interested in making unusual teapots. Please visit my gallery pages for photos of this work and more.


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