My passion for art was sparked at a young age after seeing the abstract landscapes that my Uncle
Joe had painted. Being encouraged by my high school art teacher, Mr. Taylor, to pursue an
education in fine arts, I never really thought highly of my own abilities as an artist and passed up
the opportunity of college for the military.
The years that followed were filled with bitter and sweet memories. I met my beautiful wife
Elyssa and had two amazing children with her after my first deployment. After I was medically
retired on permanent disability, I took advantage of the G.I. Bill and attended the New
Hampshire Institute of Art. My original intent was to study Fine Arts, focusing on developing
my skills with paint. Early on in this academic journey of mine, I stumbled upon clay and studied
under master potters like John Baymore, Maureen Mills and Karen Orsillo. I learned a variety of
techniques from them to include hand building, wheel throwing, glaze making and kiln building.
The most important things that I was able to learn from them was the humanity of ceramics. It is
not just making a pot, it is the journey that the vessel goes through of being molded and cared for
in its master’s hands, using its imperfections throughout the process to plan out the potter’s true
intentions, ultimately being tested through the firing. I found a medium in clay that could express
my own voyage through life.
I will always preserve the purpose of being a student and encourage those around me to hold on
to those values. I am currently studying psychology through Southern New Hampshire
University and plan on continuing my education throughout my life in the hopes of passing on
my knowledge to whoever is willing to listen and learn through the medium of clay