October 21 & 22, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Indiana County - Western PA
last update 10/4/2017
Guest Potter: Fred Wilbur
596 Wulfert Rd,
Rochester Mills, PA 15771
Potter: Fred Wilbur
watched my wife, Rita, make pots for about ten years before I decided
to try it myself. I asked a friend to teach me, thinking a friend teaching
me would be better on our relationship
than if Rita taught me. So I took his class, the marriage stayed healthy
and afterwards, I started learning from Rita and people in her studio.
I achieved enough skills to know that being a potter takes time, energy,
dedication, talent, attention to detail, and a love to create with clay.
I will never be the artist and potter Rita is, for I have far too many
other passions that take my attention and energy.
I do love to sit at a wheel, throw a hunk of clay on it and create.
It is positively one of the most relaxing, rewarding experiences one
can learn to do. Ever now and then, I make something that is
worthy of sharing with someone else.
I also love
to help Rita teach in the studio. Because my background lies in being
analytical and I don't throw enough for it to become a rote activity,
I find I'm able to relate to beginners and suggest things they can do
to overcome struggles they have.. I often joke that I work hard to maintain
my novice status. I love making pots, but never want to be known as
an expert. That is reserved for those work much harder at it than I
Fred worked in the 'high-tech' industry developing software and mananging projects. When he dropped out of college in 1962, he promised himself he would someday finish his degree. Forty years later in 2002 he got his degree in MIS (Management and Information Science).
That same year, being frustrated with laying people off, he put his own name on the layoff list. The third time he did that, it was accepted and, afer 45 years, he found himself out of the industry.
He, and Rita, moved to western PA, built a house with a pottery studio in it, and basically became a free agent, working on his agenda instead of someone's else. He still dabbles in technology, reads, hikes, and plays the piano and stick with his dog.
He has become the fire master for Raku and gas firings and generally helps Rita maintain the studio and throws part time. His pottery
has the influence of those he has learned from, suggestions from his
wife, and the results of the creativity that builds inside him. Every
now and then, something pushes him to sit down at the wheel, throw a
hunk of clay on it and create.