That is the question I hear most frequently when I am showing my work. The short answer is no, but the longer answer reveals an underlying reason that the work gives people that impression. I set out for college with every intention of becoming an architect. I was 2/3 of the way through my university’s 5 year architecture program when I realized I didn’t want to spend years designing bathrooms and stairways before I would ever play a role in the way a space made someone feel. Ah, so someone pointed me to the ceramics studio, right? Well no, not quite. I changed my major and after graduation I was tested and hired by the FAA as an air traffic controller. In 2006 I began having some health issues and at the urging of my wife, I signed up for some wheel classes at the local rec department. I was hooked. I sold off all of my camera equipment and purchased a wheel and a kiln. My career came to an early end, six years later, due to those health issues. This retirement gave me the freedom to explore hand building, which is a much more time consuming and time critical process. Hand building also afforded me the opportunity to develop the style, or “voice”, of my work today. So, no, as you see, I’m not an architect. However, there is still a bit of the teenage me who set out to become an architect lurking in here somewhere.
I live in Fayetteville, GA with my wife Debbie. We are in the process of becoming empty nesters. Our daughter is in her sophomore year of college and our son will be graduating high school in May. When I am not working in the studio I can be found volunteering/mentoring at the elementary school our children attended, predominately helping kids with reading and math.