After returning from Japan in 1980, I moved to Prescott, Arizona, in order to set up shop, and get to work making pots. I named my studio “Limberlost Pottery”, because it was located at the corner of White Spar Road and Limberlost Lane. The first eleven years at Limberlost were spent developing, producing, and selling functional wares. The immediate and intimate experience of using handmade pottery in daily life had always been important to me. That period culminated with several years of significant production of water crocks (the kind that hold an inverted bottle), which proved to be an immensely successful item. Great skills were honed during that time, both in regards to ceramics processes, and marketing. My education had come much further along.

May of 1993 saw completion of a new studio at my home property in town. This building was designed specifically as a ceramics studio and guest quarters. After the dust settled, my ceramic artwork entered a new era of design and function (see My Ceramic Artwork pages).

 

Current studio. Built in 1993, it has a clay working room with wheels, a drying room, a glaze room, and guest quarters. Careful consideration in regards to function and flow have really paid off over time. Looking back, I don't see much that could be changed to make it better. Home and studio on the same property with a 50 foot commute!

Japanese style "rokuroba", or wheel enclosure. Potter sits on this side of the wheel (cushion not shown), legs down on each side. Tools, water bowl, and ware boards are placed to the sides. Trimmings are allowed to gather inside the enclosure, and removed when it gets too full. Drawers allow easy access to tool storage.

 

Another view of the clay/throwing room. Nice views of the garden outside don't make concentration always easy, but I wouldn't give it up for anything. Notice the "stand-up" wheel. Makes coming and going, and working with larger pieces easier on the body.

 

 

Old photo of an earlier time, when I only had one kiln; a self made catenary arch cross fired model, made with recycled dense firebricks. I had to make do with what I had, and it wasn't much. This shot shows a good cross section of the types of wares produced in those days. Photo circa 1981.

 

Stacking and unstacking the door by hand every time was very time consuming. These days I'm quite spoiled with kilns that have hinged doors!

 

The old Limberlost Pottery studio building. I can imagine trying to build a high temperature kiln in a wooded location like this now, and not getting chased away by the neighbors! Photo taken in 1980.

 

“I believe that half the unhappiness in life comes
from people being afraid to go straight at things.”

  William J. Lock

 

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