I fell in love with clay 26 years ago after taking a pottery class at a local community college. After earning my BFA at UT Tyler, I had the honor of working with Gary and Daphne Hatcher at Pine Mills Pottery. I have continued my exploration with clay in my studio in Forney, Texas where I also teach art at North Forney High School. My work is influenced by my love of natural objects, their beautifully textured surfaces and by the endless possibilities and playfulness of clay. I share my life with Mickey, my two children, and a close group of friends and family.
Mickey was born a dirt loving southern boy. Barefoot chasing bees, he admired plants, flowers and how things are made. Life could only lead him to meet and fall in love with Lesli and clay. At 36 he studied under James Watral and then Barbara Frey receiving a BFA from Texas A&M Commerce . Mickey spent the next 5 years working along-side Watral as lab technician at Eastfield Community College. Recently, he has taken on a new adventure in teaching art at North Forney High School. Mickey continues to look for inspiration through the natural world for pattern, form structure and design in search of surface beauty along with functional forms that please the senses.
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