I am a ceramic artist born in Syracuse, New York in 1979. I have lived in the Greater Syracuse area, commonly known as Central New York, all of my life. I began working in clay while an art student at Onondaga Community College and completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with Honors at Syracuse University in 2004.
My work has been shown at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C, the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY, and, at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland – as well as many other galleries and shows. The work has been recognized with awards every year since 2003.
I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced pottery to adults in a community-based ceramics studio at Clayscapes Pottery, Inc. since 2006. I also have taught children and teens at the elementary, middle and high school levels in workshops, as a visiting artist, and, in year-long after school programs. I have really enjoyed traveling throughout the northeast engaging potters in half-day, full-day and multi-day workshops tailored to their unique goals.
As a founding member of the Independent Potters Association, I work collaboratively with fellow artists to organize and implement several charitable events each year as well as group exhibitions. I help organize group shows, an art trail and a high school ceramics competition annually as well.
Social media have provided me many platforms to communicate with more than 11,000 potters nationally and internationally. Since 2007, I have produced 92 educational videos on pottery that have been viewed almost 2 million times and attracted more that 13,000 subscribers.
My wife Brenda Pierce and I live in Bridgeport, NY with our cat Viggo.
If you are interested in knowing more about me, you might want to check out the Q & A page under the “About” section for background about my childhood and journey with clay.