I moved back to America after living in rural Japan for four years and began a 15 month long apprenticeship with Jeff Shapiro in Accord, NY. Working with Jeff was an excellent experience that was truly unforgettable. While my studies focused on wood fired ceramics Jeff always emphasized utilizing any and all creative processes necessary to keep the art work evolving. Over the months of my apprenticeship we fired a small wood burning kiln, Jeff’s anagama, an electric kiln, an experimental kiln, and an upcycled gas and salt kiln made from the salvaged body of a broken electric kiln. Each process and surface was a new experience that helped to form my artistic practice. While not for everyone, I cannot give the apprenticeship education model enough of my support. If any young potter out there would like to know about my experiences in more detail, or my search for the perfect apprenticeship please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I am eager and happy to help in any way possible.

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