A visit to the Stanford Design Program

In November I had the opportunity to visit Stanford University and be a guest speaker to two groups of students.  The first was to the Designing Your Life class of 70 open to all Jrs and Srs.  The second was 12-15 senior hopeful designers in Product Design (the...

A teacup for the roof

Why a teacup for the roof of my house?  Why not?  I thought it would be an interesting way to advertise that I’m a potter.  So many people whiz by my house going 60mph or more.  They wouldn’t notice a sign the size that we are limited to where I live.  But...

March 6 Los Gatos advanced slab building workshop

Teapots, pitchers and more teapots. All participants start with exactly the same templates. And somehow some way each teapot and pitcher comes out spectacularly different. The potter’s personality can not help but become infused in the piece. I LOVE the feeling...

Linscott middle school ceramic exploratory

At Linscott School where the illustrious Miles (my 12 year old) attends there are not what we generally think of as “Electives.”  Instead the middle school has several “exploratory” courses to choose from.  The selection of courses changes...

From 1991 to 2010

Long time no post.  Recovering from the most amazing Open Studios ever in 18 years.  Many connections, opportunities, and dollars were raised.  Thank you all who came by!  Here’s some funnies to note the changes that have occurred over the years for me as an...

June 1 Sixth grade mask making

Once again I undertook mask making this time with my son Miles’ sixth grade class. Teacher Seth and I showed examples of masks from different regions and cultures from around the world. A writing prompt was given: “How and why do people create masks?...

May 5 Where did the school year go???

School’s over in 5 weeks.  Ack!  I’ve made about a dozen pots since Christmas.  Where did the time go?  Too many bon bons with my feet up as I watched the soaps I guess.   Couldn’t get the pool boy to make the pots for me.  Oh… I guess I was a...