Robert was born in Kansas City, Kansas and received a BS in Economics from Kansas State University. In 1967, he apprenticed with James Vandergriff in Zarah, Kansas, then with Lou Wynne in Colorado Springs. In 1987, Bob received an award from the Jerome Foundation and in 2001 he was the recipient of a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and The Art of Contemporary Pottery.
For over 40 years, my sustaining passion for being a potter has come from a desire to create pots that are beautiful to look at and hold. I want them to give distinct pleasure in use – to allow a subtle conversation over time.
I point my work towards a quiet simplicity. I look to subtlety and nuance as the foundation for my aesthetic. The essence that I am seeking in this work is a stripped, almost brutal, rawness.