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My life in ceramics began in 1946 when my father returned from WWII, a young man starting a family and looking for a job. The job was with the O. Hommel Co., a ceramic supply and manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, Pa. I was born in 1951, so I like to think that I was in ceramics before I was born. My father started his own ceramic supply company in 1960 and I spent my childhood working in the family business. In 1970 I left college and began a pottery apprenticeship with Legatha Walston and Charles Counts.

I was a young man and there were still some wild oats left to sow. I left pottery and spent a few years on a horse race track. Sold a horse, took the money and opened a pottery studio in Florida. Realizing that I needed a formal education, I went back to college and graduated from New York University in 1980 with a double degree in Industrial Arts and Classics. I'm also a graduate of the Latin/Greek institute in New York City.

After working a few years I opened my own ceramic supply company in Nashville, TN. in 1986. Besides founding the company, my most major accomplishment was leading the team that invented Opulence Glaze (trademark) which we developed and distributed everywhere in the country. In 1999 I had the opportunity to sell the supply business and the glaze line to a major European company that wanted to enter into the potter's supply business and I had my chance to return to being a potter.

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