I received my MFA in 1985 from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and my BFA in 1983 from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. I am a studio potter and a retired Professor of Art from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. I have been awarded an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Crafts Grant in 2000 and 2008 and a Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts in 1995. With the help of my wife, Lynnette Hesser, I have hosted the Alabama Clay Conference four times, most recently: February 5-7, 2016. As a member of the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), I have been a Topical Group Discussion Leader several times including "Switching to Cone 6", a “Glaze Doctor”, a panel leader and lead panelist at the 2013 Houston, TXNCECA for “Cone 6 Without Compromise” and presenter of "An Easy Way to Adjust Glazes" at the Portland NCECA 2017. I also enjoy conducting workshops. Past workshops include the Odyssey Center of the Arts, Penland School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Mendocino Art Center, The Kiln Studio and Workhouse Art Center. For my upcoming workshops, go to my "Events" page. I love building things and consider myself a fanatical object maker. My ceramic work plays upon traditional pottery forms that transcend function while embracing it. Divided between utilitarian pottery and glorified, functional vessels, both intentions share similar sensibilities and handling of the clay. Information and ideas from one intention feeds the other. My utilitarian pottery is elegantly or whimsically designed to perform with ease and delight to make the everyday occasion a special, pleasurable experience. The glorified vessels are based upon functional vessels but abandon utilitarian concerns for a more sculptural approach to form, surface embellishment, and presentation. My work is primarily wheel-thrown, altered, embellished, and assembled from several sections. My utilitarian work is made from a white stoneware clay. The glorified vessels are made using various cone 6-10 white stoneware clay bodies. All my work is fired to cone 6 in either an electric oxidation atmosphere, a gas reduction atmosphere, or in an oxidation soda firing. I enjoy layering many glazes to achieve various effects and apply them using several methods depending on the glaze and glaze effect. I have developed all of my own glazes. Glazes that come in contact with foods are food safe. The functional work is microwave and dishwasher safe.