Potter, Painter, and Author

Rob's Pottery Barn

I retired from the U.S. Army on February 1st, 2001 and moved to North Carolina with my wife, Katherine. We live on a 12 acre horse property and have purchased an additional 45 acres adjacent to our home. 

Art has added a new dimension to my life.  I took my first pottery class in November of 2015 and my first painting class in March of 2019. Little did I realize the impact that these two activities would have in my life.  I receive a lot of satisfaction in creating works of art that I know people will enjoy. Some of the pieces are functional, some esthetic. I now teach the pottery classes at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina where I help others that are interested in pursuing making pottery.

The greatest change I have experienced is how I look at things.  I see many items that would apply interesting texture to pottery as well as interesting shapes. The most profound change is the depth to which I look at things now.  I have long appreciated the beauty of God’s creation and been awed by sunsets, flowers, birds and animals, landscape, etc. I now find that I take a longer and deeper look at God’s wonderful creation.  I see an even deeper beauty through the colors, textures, shapes, contrasts, etc.  I think, wow, that would make a beautiful painting. or, look how intense those colors are.  I have developed an even greater love and appreciation for God’s creation.

I met a person who had a near death experience as a teenager. He described the beauty of the landscape that he saw and that he couldn’t even describe the colors, colors he had never seen before.  I imagine the beauty of the earth pales in comparison to what heaven will be like, but I’ll continue to enjoy and appreciate the beauty God provides us here until then.  

If you are interested in learning more about my pottery, paintings and/or books, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.