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Introduction I started learning pottery in 1983 and have been a full-time artist since 1997. I am also an instructor of pottery at Cornell University's Pot Shop. I earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Bennington College in 1987. In 1985 I worked as an apprentice to the potter Dean White of Deansboro, NY. In 1990 I received a master’s degree in special education from the University of Illinois-Chicago and later studied to become a reading specialist. I taught young blind children at Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, also non-credit pottery classes to adults at University of Illinois-Chicago, and later remedial English and pottery at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts. I started my business in New Hampshire in 1997, where I was selected as a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in 2004. In 2005 I was honored in a statewide exhibition at Phillips Exeter Academy as one of New Hampshire's Emerging Ceramics Artists. My wife and I, our 2 cats and 3 dogs moved to the Ithaca, NY area in 2006, near where I grew up, and I am happily making pots and sculpture in a purple house on Fall Creek in the hamlet of Etna. I like to laugh, and my first goal is to have fun making pots.