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The Potter's Wheel

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Bill Robbins says it is not so much about strength as finesse. When working with clay, Bill is in his element. He is drawn to the potter's wheel.

He lives in Donahue and works out of a studio within walking distance of his home. It's a lifestyle he embraced years ago. Bill has been a full time, professional potter since 1995.

Years ago, he was a member of the Pottery Guild in Davenport. He took classes in the 1970's and says his pottery is all about shape. He has a machine which takes air bubbles out of the clay. Bill mixes the glaze. That's the color he will use for a particular piece. He also has two kilns where he fires the pottery.

He says almost all of his mugs, bowls, or other pottery have an earthy tone. They look like a part of nature. Bill sprinkles some ash from his wood burning stove and that gives his pottery some texture.

Robbins says his pottery is very functional. It is designed to be used by people. Whether it be a coffee mug, a soup bowl, or something else.

At one time, he worked for the National Park Service. He lives in a rural area where he enjoys nature and the quiet life. Robbins says he feels connected to the great outdoors, and many other potters do, as well.