Don was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He began his ceramic studies at Marcos de Niza high school and continued his pursuit of clay at Arizona State University. After spending time as a professional musician and a brief stint in corporate management, he returned to his pottery roots and spent several years teaching and working with Tom and Elaine Coleman at their studio in Henderson Nevada.
Don has won numerous awards for his work and continues to sell his pottery at shows and gallery’s throughout the southwest. He is currently the Department Head of the Ceramics Program at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
His work over the past 5 years has evolved into a concentrated study of the relationship between the palette of glazes used and the various forms he constructs. This evolution has brought about a more focused interest in the alterations and textures introduced during the early stages of the piece, and the obvious and/or subtle interaction with the multitude of layered glazes applied.
I first began working in clay over 30 years ago. Since that time I have been involved in several enterprises outside the ceramics arena that have influenced my thoughts on clay and ultimately led me to a career in the ceramic arts. These life experiences have also defined how I approach and carry out my work.
Pottery has been around for thousands of years and although there have been huge advances made in the equipment available to potters, the bottom-line is that it is still just earth, water and fire. In working with these most basic of elements, I endeavor to create a piece of beauty and quality that will last a lifetime.
I am always striving to span the gap between functional and decorative work, further blurring the age-old argument of whether clay is craft or art.
Don has been married for 22 years to his amazing wife, Lisa. He has a daughter, Madison who is attending the University of Arizona and his son Jackson is in high school, at Arizona School for the Arts.