WILLIAM F. PETSCHEL
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, I enjoyed the cultural diversity and excitement of the big city for 20 years. It was in my second year of college at Florida International University that I was captivated by my first ceramics class. For my third year I moved to Orlando Florida and the University of Central Florida. It was there that I spent two years as the student assistant for the Ceramics department as well as two years as President of the UCF Potters Guild. I was fortunate enough at that time to have the opportunity to try many different styles of construction and firing techniques, including Cone 10 Reduction Firing, Raku Firing, Salt Firing, and Wood Firing. It was at UCF that I got my bachelors degree.
In the 25 years that I have been making pottery, I have had the opportunity to learn from many excellent potters and ceramic artists in classrooms, workshops, demonstrations and personal interaction. In that time I have been in shows and art festivals and won awards throughout Florida for my pottery. My work is currently in the permanent collections of Valencia Community College, University of Central Florida, City of Orlando, and the Maitland Art Center.
I am a current member of The American Ceramic Society.
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