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kansas potters

updated mon 28 feb 00


Wynne Wilbur on sun 27 feb 00

Having recently been a Kansas potter (I left only to attend grad school
in florida), I am well aware of the large number of great potters in my
home state. I'd begin with the recent issue of Studio Potter that
mentioned about ten or fifteen fine potters including Glenda Taylor at
Washburn U in Topeka, Inge Balch at Baker U in Baldwin, Anna Holcomb and
Yoshi Ikeda at K-State in Manhattan, recently retired Angelo Garzio also
in Manhattan, Linda Ganstrom at Ft Hays State in Hays and her husband
Sheldon who is a sucessful studio potter, Ray Kahmeyer in Lindsborg (not
far from Wichita), and Elaine Henry at Emporia State. She recently was
the president of the Kansas Artist-Craftsman Association (and is running
for NCECA President this year) - a good organization to get in touch
with to get to know the many clay artists in the state. Lawrence has an
active Potters Guild (I was president before I left) with many fine
potters, and the Kansas City Clay Guild is a good organization to keep
in touch with. I lived in the Eastern part of the state so I don't know
the Wichita potters as well, but I have a good friend who works with
clay center there and says good things about it (sorry I can't think of
the name). Another great place to make connections is with Bracker's
ceramics in Lawrence. Ann Bracker knows most of the potters in the
state and region and could give you many names. Kansas is a great place
for clay!

Cheers, Wynne Wilbur