Bob Green

     I have been working with clay for thirty years. In 1976 I completed my MFA degree in ceramics from Southern Illinois University and I moved back east to the New York City and my family in Great Neck Long Island. I became a member of a pottery Co-op in lower Manhattan. I initially supported myself as an art mover. I would move sculptures, large paintings and anything artist in Soho would need moved. I did this in the morning, in the afternoons and evenings I would work in my studio with about six other potters. I showed my work in a couple of galleries in Manhattan. I applied to and was accepted to my first crafts show in 1978 which was the American Crafts Council show at Rhinebeck New York. I had no idea what to expect, and I don’t remember doing very well. I do remember meeting Josh Simpson and Nancee Meeker, as we were showing our work in the same small gallery called Damron Hall in Soho.
     In the summer of 1980 I was invited to work in the ceramic studio at Bennington College, Stanley Rosen and Jane Aebersold were the ceramic faculty at the time. My brother Josh was an undergraduate at Bennington and I had studied with someone Jane had gone to graduate school with. I thought this was a great way to spend the summer while working in a wonderful studio with great facilities. At the end of the summer I was approached by Jane and Stanley and asked if I’d like to be the studio tech and visiting artist for the semester. This great opportunity lasted for four years; I never went back to New York City. I loved living in Vermont and in 1984 I applied for and became the resident potter at the Vermont State Craft Center in Middlebury .This position gave me studio and lots of teaching opportunities, as I taught community ceramic classes as well as classes for Middlebury College. I continued to make and sell my potter through galleries and craft shows. During the summer I would return to Bennington College and teach a month long ceramics class for High School students called the July Program. It was during one of these summers I started Raku firing with my students and my own work was influenced by this teaching experience. In 1991 I became the resident potter at the Shelburne Craft School, I was committed to living in Vermont and my tenure at the Vermont State Craft Center ended. I remained at the craft school until 2001 and continued to teach for the Bennington July Program until 2002.
     In 2001 I married the lovely Karen Totman and moved to western Massachusetts where Karen and I live in a wonderful old farm house with an attached pottery studio. Karen is the Program Director of Snow Farm the New England Craft Program which is located in Williamsburg Ma. I am a full time studio potter and I occasionally teach workshops on Raku and Primitive fired pottery. My work is sold through galleries and juried craft shows.