Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, Ben Lomond, California, non-profit Arts Organization

"The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center supports and encourages the arts

through education, exhibition and cultural activities,

reflecting the unique and diverse environment of the mountain communities."



9341 Mill St.      Ben Lomond, CA      (831) 336-3513


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Video - Pulling a Handle on a Large Pitcher




At Left:    Frank at the wheel, teaching "Finishing Touches"

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Frank came to the Art Center in 2003, visiting during our "Ceram-A-Rama" event and told us that he had once been a production potter, lost his business during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and hadn't been back to clay since.  He felt the call.  He was drawn.  And we gave him the space to work, to teach, to inspire. 

At the time, we were reinvigorating our ceramics facility, and Frank was more than instrumental in making this happen.  He quietly helped raise the level of ceramics professionalism at the Center, helping create a wonderful workspace for clay. His last endeavor finalized in the successful construction and firing of our Soda Kiln.

As an instructor, he started teaching a course called "Finishing Touches", bringing to his students his myriad of potter's tips and tricks on how to approach your work keeping in mind how it would look and be used in a finished state.  He called his approach a blend of "East meets West", the "simple English Country Potter" merged with the "Zen Potter".

He also provided inspiration and solid fundamentals to monthly sessions in our handbuilding classes.

Frank presided over our Ceram-A-Rama events, organizing, directing, and emceeing, creating a spirit of sharing, excitement and collaboration in clay.

On the artistic level, Frank's mastery in clay produced museum quality work.  His sense of esthetics prevailed in all his work...a sense of quiet, Zen meditation, while enjoying the beauty of each piece.  His sense of humor came out through his whimsical creations of his "jug" people...forms created from small wheel-thrown pitchers, alive with arms and feet, involved in various activities.

Frank quietly touched all our hearts - he will be sorely missed.  His spirit lives on at the Art Center.


 Arts Council of Santa Cruz County   Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

         California Arts Council   Bruce Bangert   North Glass   Phoenix Ceramics  

       Earth Matters Foundation    Valley Women's Club    New Leaf Market Felton


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