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It is my belief that artists do not spring from nowhere. They are the result of their teachers, mentors and peers. Over the years I have been very fortunate to have had great influences and role models. Beginning in high school with Bob Gee. When I went to the UW in the early 1970s, my professors were Bob Sperry, Patti Warashina and Howard Kottler. They all had a huge impact on my future, but it was Bob Sperry who left an indelible imprint on my work that continues today.

It is for this reason that I include their work on this page to demonstrate the impact they each made.

Bob Gee, around 1971.

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This piece was made by Bob Gee in the early 1970s.

Bob Sperry, around 1970.
Bob Sperry, 1976. With crackle and crawl glazes.

These seven pieces were made by Bob Sperry from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Bob Sperry, around 1968.
Bob Sperry, around 1968.
Bob Sperry, 1973. Front of wine decanter. This was the first piece of Bob's I acquired at school.
Bob Sperry, 1973. Back of wine decanter.
Bob Sperry, 1978. White slip over black glaze.

These ten pieces were made by Patti Warashina from the late1960s to the mid 2000s.

Patti Warashina, 1969, Superstar.
Patti Warashina, 1971, Metamorphosis of a Car Kiln.
Patti Warashina, 1982, Sliding through.
Patti Warashina, 2003, Hook Line & Sinker.
Patti Warashina, 1970, Cooling Kiln #2. This piece was always one of my favorites. Got it in 2000.
Patti Warashina, Rome Series Portrait.
Patti Warashina, Banana Boy, 2003. This was a gift from Patti and my family.
Patti Warashina, Dog, 2012. I got this at a UW fundraiser.
Patti Warashina, Pot Head, 2006.
Patti Warashina, Eye of the storm.

These pieces were made by Howard Kottler. He was helping change the attitude about using clay as an Art medium instead of Craft. The bowl was made in the 1950s and the plates were created in the early 1970s.

Howard Kottler, Bowl, 1953.
Howard Kottler, 1973, The Lost Supper.
Howard Kottler, 1973, Look Alikes.
Howard Kottler, 1973, Bar Mitzvah Boy.
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