Jeff is an exhibiting studio artist, has a home pottery studio and began teaching pottery part-time in Tucson. When he learned of a full-time job opening for lead pottery instructor in Mesa at the Mesa Arts Center, he applied. Rudy Turk, former director of the Arizona State University Art Museum, was part of the hiring panel. Jeff was offered the job, and was the director of the Mesa Arts Center Ceramics program until he retired at the end of March 2014. He is currently teaching one class a semester. His work is shown by Obsidian Gallery in Tucson and Plinth Gallery in Denver, Colorado. It is included in numerous public art collections, including the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, the Ceramics Research Center of the Arizona State University Art Museum, the City of Phoenix Contemporary Arizona Ceramics Collection, the City of Mesa Contemporary Art Collection, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, and the Northern Clay Center of Minnesota.
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