THE ARTISTS: Yvon Dockter |

THE ARTISTS: Yvon Dockter

What is your career and your current job title? I’m the office manager for the three Flour Garden Bakeries.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. My art is sculptural and functional ceramics.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Since about 1988.

Why do you do it? Clay is so enjoyable to work with. The possibilities are endless.

What do you hope to accomplish? I just want to keep creating and let whatever will be will be.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? The sculptural pieces can have messages, while the functional pieces hopefully are just delightful to use.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? Of course, I’d love to do art full-time, however the reality is, that at this point, part-time is all I can do. (The health plan is much better.) My art can be seen on the Nevada County Artist Studio Tour in October.

What kind of special training did you take? I started with Dick Hotchkiss at Sierra College. He’s actually still my teacher. I’ve also taken some workshops with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, Warren McKenzie. I also learned from the late Gillian Hodge.

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? The local community firings with fellow ceramists. We usually fire the climbing kiln twice a year. It’s out at the Sierra Friends Center – formerly the John Woolman High School. It can be hard and dirty work but none of us would change a thing about the event. We have a blast. In fact, a New Year’s Eve firing is happening this year.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Glazing in cold weather! Burr!

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work?

Well, since I work full-time during the day, my guess would be I usually spend 15 to 20 hours per week in the studio.

Do you consider it hard work, and could anyone do it? Of course it’s hard and of course anyone can do it.

Any other comments you’d like to include? Yes, I have a haiku for you:

Luster in the sun

Vase of ethereal earth

Bits of clay singing

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