Because my Father was a Foreign Service Officer (Diplomatic Corp) I was born in Japan and traveled extensively as a child. I obtained an MFA in Ceramics from Claremont Graduate School in 1979 and promptly returned to my mother’s home town, Lubbock, TX and have been here ever since doing my artwork and marketing it through my company called the ARTary
The ARTary has been in business since 1992 and has always had a production pottery as part of its ventures. Pottery supply and equipment sales and recreational teaching were the other business areas. It operated out of a brick and mortar location until 2006 when my mother became increasingly ill. I bought an appropriate house and moved my parents to Lubbock in September of 2006, put my mother on hospice two months later and closed the doors on my brick and mortar pottery in December of that same year. Mother died that following spring.
Dad and I still live together in the house I bought but he has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer disease. After my Mother’s death I accepted a position as start up manager for the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio attached to the non-profit arts organization Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA). In September of 2009 I resigned from the manager’s position in order to take care of my Father’s increasing needs.
Traveling to craft shows has always been difficult for me. But at present it is well nigh impossible. With this realization in 2009, I started a web site on 1000 Markets called Porcelain Jazz. 1000 Markets went through a corporate merger and became Bonanza in October of 2010. So November 2010 I decided my own web site with a domain name was called for. Now porcelainjazz.com may be found in four places on the web, on two virtual malls (Bonanza and Etsy.com), on a free standing web site (porcelainjazz.com, and on a facebook fan page (facebook.com/porcelain.jazz). I'm also publishing an e-newsletter monthly which one can subscribe to on porcelainjazz.com's contact page under Home.
Currently my personal clay studio is set up in one half of our house’s two car garage. My little red truck lives in the other half. The studio boasts two high fire Skutt electric kilns (one of which works), a Thomas Stuart Kick wheel (with an electric motor I haven’t put on yet) and two canvas covered hand-building tables. I’ve also taken over a spare bedroom in the house as a jewelry studio. http://www.facebook.com/porcelain.jazz has a photo album with pictures of both studio areas in it. It also has how to albums in it detailing how I do various pieces.
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