I ended up in Jewelry 101 because Ceramics 101 was full. My first prof was Sandie Zilker. She was great. She gave me a wonderful foundation and the seeds of knowledge that would be my life’s blood for the next 20 odd years. I spent the late 80’s studying art at The University of Houston.
I studied under Val Link and was honored with the Flaxman Scholarship “for meritorious achievement” in my area of study. Val was a fantastic teacher. He taught immaculate technique and craftsmanship. Innovation and aesthetics were expected, but he never imposed his own notions – never interfered with individual vision that wasn’t necessarily his own. A true scholar and gentleman. I emerged unscathed with a BFA.