I was raised in a small farm town in the Midwest, unaware of a growing American Craft Movement. I had the great fortune as a senior in high school, to attend a class given by an arts educator that would alter the course of my life. First, I spend five years at The Society of Arts and Crafts in Detroit, and eventually found my way to Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina. It was at Penland that I met Bill Brown, a man of tremendous vision and enthusiasm for the artists in the American Craft Movement. Twenty years later, his message–that of the necessity to be honest with one’s work and to pass on our knowledge of that material–lives with me, and with the thousands of other craftsmen who were touched by his spirit and the unique Penland experience.