and Fred Wilbur are partners in both Windblown Studio and marriage.
"When I was five,
my mother gave me some modeling clay and I was hooked. Clay has always
appealed to my tactile sense and stimulated my creativity. The idea
that I can squeeze and squish a hunk of the earth into any old form
at all and then fire it to turn it to stone still amazes me."
Rita Nichols has been an
artist and potter for over 30 years and has studied at universities
and art institutes in California, Indiana, New Hampshire, Colorado and
Pennsylvania. She holds a B. S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
As a freelance artist she
has worked in various mediums: oils, pastels, photography, lithography,
woodcut, stone sculpture and clay. As a scientific illustrator and graphic
artist, she felt that working with clay was an antidote to the strict
and meticulous methodology of commercial art. Finally, clay has become
more than her personal medium. It is her main focus and gives her the
satisfaction and freedom of expression that had always been, for her,
the essential appeal of clay.
"I love making a dish
that I can bake in or eat out of. I hope that by sharing my pots with
other people I can encourage them to recognize the connection we all
have with the earth."
Rita Nichols - artist and
I was five, my mother probably spanked me for playing in mud,
so instead I went to work developing Software."
Fred worked in the technology
industry for over 30 years. He really wanted to be a teacher, but never
finished his BS degree until the age that most teachers retire. Always
searching for ways to scratch his creative itch and finding himself
on the outside of high-tech, he decided to learn to throw. He now uses
clay to satisfy his passion to teach, to help others, and to be creative.
His goal is to keep
his novice status so he can relate to beginning potters, but become
good enough to use clay as a medium for his creative urges. If,
along the way, he gives away some pottery to family and friends,
makes the perfect coffee mug, and has fun, that's ok too.
If pushed to be perfectly
honest, he would also like to sell some pots to put food or wine
on the table and help pay for the studio.
Oh, one thing he did
learn. There is no such thing as a 'perfect' coffee mug,