I have been a studio clay artist for 48 years, teaching clay at the university level since 1986, the last 23 years in Tennessee Technological University’s School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft, one of the best fine-craft studio facilities in North America. Our BFA program is unique in our mission to offer the highest quality professional fine craft education in clay, glass, metals, fibers, and wood, with emphasis on traditional process in the context of contemporary art and craft.
The Appalachian Center for Craft is a campus of Tennessee Tech, located in central Tennessee on a wilderness tract adjacent to Center Hill Lake just off I-40, twenty miles west of the main TTU campus in Cookeville, and sixty miles east of Nashville. The grounds, sales gallery, exhibition galleries, and our café, the Blue Water Grill on the Hill, are open seven days a week, and we invite you to visit. For general information, click on Directions to Craft Center and Hours of Operation. Click on Sales Gallery or Exhibition Galleries for information about what is currently showing.
To see work by clay students at the Craft Center, go to the Gallery of Student Work. To see what our clay graduates are doing, scroll to the bottom of the Links page and click on the names. On the drop-down menu below ACC Clay Program, click on Artists in Residence to see the work of current and past residents.
To see examples of my ceramic work through the stages of my career, go to the Gallery of My Work. To find out more about influences and direction in my work, see my Artist’s Statement and Biography. To read about the technical processes I use, scroll down below the images on the various gallery pages.
To learn about studio safety at the Craft Center or in any clay studio, go to the Studio Safety page.
To find out more about the clay curriculum, click here to see a PDF of the checklist of course requirements for a BFA concentration in clay, and go to the Syllabi and Handouts page to access course syllabi, plus a wide range of PDF handouts on ceramics and 3-D design. To find our about my approach to teaching, read my Statement of Teaching Philosophy.
To find out more about our BFA Program in Clay, the Craft Certificate Program, the Artist in Residence Program, and the clay studio facilities including opportunities for wood, salt, and soda firing, go to the ACC Clay Program page. For more information on other programs and facilities and the summer workshop program go to the Appalachian Center for Craft webpage.
For information about the clay workshops I teach and to find out where and when they will be offered, go to My Workshops.
Additional professional information, such as CV, short biography, and publications can be found on the Contact/Information page. On the Publications page you will find information about the new edition of my book, Clay: A Studio Handbook (American Ceramic Society, 2016) and my “Tool Times” column in Clay Times magazine. Click Super Refined Terra Sigillata to see my article or download the PDF.