My first introduction to clay on any formal level came at the University of Kansas where I took an elective hand building class and was intrigued by how much information a person needed to know to work independently even in such a setting as a hot, boring, third floor ceramics studio. I don't think I would have continued in ceramics except for a chance meeting at a different college six months later when I saw a young man dipping clay slurry out of a large bucket onto a plaster batt to dry. I knew what he was doing from my experience with my first class and went around a short wall to have a chat with him. He smiled and asked me if I wanted to look around and later after we had met the professor I decided to transfer into the ceramics program. That was the beginning and I never wavered in my determination to become a potter. By the way, Alex Marino is still one of my dearest friends 44 years later. After another year, I was a student at the Kansas City Art Institute where I studied with Ken Ferguson and Victor Babu and then I studied at the Rhode Island School of Design where I worked with Norm Schulman and Wayne Higby and Jun Kaneko. I feel so fortunate to have had such wonderful and sensitive and inspiring teachers. Their presence at those institutions was a great draw for talented students and it was my great good luck to be associated with student colleagues with tremendous drive and determination to make good work. We all wanted to succeed, to make our teachers proud of us. One of those talented students at Kansas City was Donna Polseno, who later agreed to marry me and after our graduate school days in Rhode Island moved with me to Floyd, Virginia. We have lived there since 1974 and made our work and made a living making ceramics ever since. We are part of a group of potters (16Hands) who hold two sales a year and those sales are the major outlet for my work. Donna and I currently teach ceramics part time at Hollins University and travel widely throughout the world looking at and thinking about pots. In the summers we teach ceramics at La Meridiana in Certaldo, Italy and spend as much time as possible at our small home near the coast of Liguria in the north of Italy.