I first touched clay in 1967.
For the last 20 years I have been exploring the handthrown ring form, making and altering uniquely shaped, cross-section hollow rings on the potter's wheel, then completing the Upright Ring Teapot form by adding a base, neck, lid, finial, spout and pulled handle.
In a related series of teapots I have been cutting the leather-hard hollow rings apart and reassembling the separate arc sections into a pleasing composition with handbuilding methods and adding handthrown, handbuilt, and pulled elements to form a Reassembled Ring Teapot.
In 1978, my wife and business partner Susan Nykiel and I started Oak Bluffs Cottage Pottery at our home/studio in Pownal, Vermont. I currently continue to make ceramic art and I also teach clayworking skills to others.