I’ve been a full time potter since moving to Maine in 1973. Although I did not major in ceramics while attending the University of Denver, I decided on the eve of my graduation from college in 1971 that I wanted to be a potter. My father was not overly pleased at that news, but here I am 44 years later still making pottery and enjoying it as much as I did the first time around. All my work is thrown on the potters wheel using a clay body that I have developed over the years. My work is fired in a gas-fired kilns to cone 10 (about 2300 degrees fahrenheit) in a reducing, as opposed to oxidizing, atmosphere. This “reduction firing” produces colors that are nearly impossible to obtain otherwise. The warm clay body color, ruby red glazes and smooth feel are all produced as a result of this firing technique. I have used my skills as a potter to do various fundraising projects over the years. In 2016, the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, I blended my love for cave exploration with special pre-made mugs for a four day fundraising project at Carlsbad Caverns National Park over the July 4th weekend. Demonstrating pottery and talking about my 49 years as a caver/photographer raised nearly $5000 for the Park to use for special, non-government funded projects. It was nice to give back to the Park that has done so much for me.