Dick Cooter

The pots I make are sturdy, bold, and reflect the processes of making them. Simple decoration enhances the rich surface created by long wood fires. The traces of the artist's hand is both an antidote and protest to increasing uniformity. Impressions made in the soft clay reveal my tie to the work and to the landscape where it is made.

I fire a 125 cubic foot wood burning kiln, which I consider a partner in the work. Although I choose labor intensive methods, I consider myself a production potter. I make functional pots and consider the user the final contributor in my work.

I attended the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I majored in art and studied ceramics with Warren Mackenzie and John Reeve.

Debbie Cooter

I was introduced to rug weaving 27 years ago as a folk art. The tradition of using recycled clothing to weave decorative and household items appealed to both my creative and thrifty nature.

I wove hundreds of yards of rugs, developing my personal style and color schemes. I continue to experiment with different patterns, my own dyed cloth and new cotton fabrics to create contemporary designs from a traditional craft.