Hometown: Conway, AR
Email: Email Rita
My love affair with pottery began at age eleven with a visit to Frankhoma pottery in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. I loved the earthy look of the matt glazes and the clean lines of the shapes.
My study of pottery began at the Maud Kearns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon and continued at the studio of John Waddel, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 1974, my husband Kenneth and I established Calico Stoneware Pottery Shop, in Fort Smith, AR, where we produced high fire stoneware for ten years.
As our family grew we move on to other things. Kenneth eventually returned to teaching sociology at UCA. I worked as a library tech and had opportunity to learn bookbinding and complete a BA in history.
After retirement, I returned to clay work, taking classes at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. I now work at home in Conway, AR, firing mid-rangestoneware in an electric kiln.
Shaping clay on the potter’s wheel is my passion.
My goal is to make functional pots whose shape is primary and surface treatment an enhancement emphasizing form; pottery that evokes a desire to touch, hold and use.