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My pottery career began in 1985 when I began an apprenticeship with my father. I had thrown my first pot in 1976 a few years after he had become a potter but it wasn't until 1985 that I decided to follow in his footsteps. I remember helping him set up and run a booth at the second One Of A Kind Show. It was a crazy busy booth selling little pots for $3.95 each. That included a gift box and cards!
At first, I participated in a plethora of shows across Southern Ontario. Not too long into my career I was able to buy an existing pottery and craft store in the Beach area of Toronto by the name of The Pottery. I've kept that name ever since.
I currently have a studio/ store in Toronto’s Bloor West Village. The studio is also home to both adult and children’s pottery lessons and camps. I conduct clay and storytelling workshops for children in many schools. Teaching has become a very important aspect of my work now. In 2013 I taught nearly 100 clay workshops in Toronto schools. In the past several years I have become increasingly involved with Community arts. These are workshops, often supported by the Ontario or The Toronto Arts Councils, that have the participants deciding the theme and outcome of a clay series of workshops. The results of these workshops can be found at South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Regent Park Community Health Centre, The Fred Victor Centre and Sherbourne Health Centre.
I love to play, developing the sagger firing technique when I'm not continuing to produce my functional pottery. I am very much involved with the crazy busy life that is our family. My wife and business advisor/partner and children live close to the studio in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood (yes they can throw).
I've been throwing full time for nearly 30 years now. I know pots inside and out. My thing is that combination of function and aesthetics that will continue to please for years. I hope that my choices of colour and design are timeless. It is also of paramount importance that what I make works perfectly. If pottery isn't perfect then you will choose to use something else and, if so, I've failed.