The Shed Pottery
Bill and his wife Gail live south of Mandan in a chalet like home with open views of their horses and a backyard full of pools and streams. A separate building houses Bill’s studio, kilns and other pottery making equipment, products and inventory. Examples of his pottery and a good friend’s artwork are liberally displayed throughout their comfortable and inviting home.
Gail, who recently retired from teaching, taught English at South Central High School in Bismarck and prior to that time she taught at Mandan High School. Bill, also retired from teaching, most recently taught art at Century High School in Bismarck and prior to that, taught industrial arts in Wisconsin.
While teaching in Wisconsin, he and his students “fired” some pots but his pottery making did not really begin until he was back living in Mandan when a friend gave him an old sump pump and he turned the pump upside down and added an electric motor and made his first pottery wheel. Shortly thereafter, he sent for a potter’s wheel kit from California at a grand cost of $220.00.
Listening to Bill talk about his love of pottery, the listener is keenly aware of his enthusiasm and intensity. He says it will take another hundred years for him to try all the new things he wants to try. On behalf of an appreciative public, we hope his goals are realized. While public acceptance of his work is appreciated, he is first concerned with the piece meeting his expectations because if it doesn’t, it might end up being thrown “over the hill”.