Greg began working with clay in 1993, while attending Brookdale Community College, where he majored in Ceramics with a minor in Education. Upon receiving his Degree, he was offered a teaching position at the Crafts Center in Lincroft, NJ. Along with teaching classes in Beginner Wheel Throwing, Advanced Wheel Throwing, Raku, and Pitfire; he was also the studio's lab technician, responsible for mixing glazes and firing the kilns for 100 to 150 students the studio taught each week.
In 2000 Greg accepted a position as a production potter with Rowe Pottery Works in Cambridge, WI. At the time, Rowe Pottery was the largest producer of salt glazed reproductions of early American crockery in the world. During his tenure at Rowe, Greg refined his throwing skills dramatically as he was both subjected to exacting standards and responsible for producing up to 1,000 pounds of pots daily. Greg's Rowe Pottery experience also gave him the opportunity to work and become friends with some of the most skilled craftsmen in the country.
With a set of sharpened skills, Greg returned to the Jersey shore in 2002 to set up his own studio, La Placa Pottery Works, in Point Pleasant, NJ. In addition, Greg also built a large wood-burning kiln which allowed him to pursue his passion for wood-fired pottery.
After 10 years in Asbury Park, NJ Greg has recently settled in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. ( 629 Arnold Ave Point Pleasant Beach NJ 08742) His workshop is still located aout a half a mile away in Point Pleasant Boro, NJ.
Citing nature as his greatest inspiration, Greg feels that his geographic location - just steps from the ocean, and only a few miles from deep wooded areas - has had an invaluable influence on his work. Drawing from seasonal landscapes, he tends to focus on brightly-colored functional work in the summer, while autumn brings more earthy forms and colors from his wood-fired kiln. With a collection as varied as the seasons which he draws from, Greg invites you to enjoy his hand-crafted pottery for years to come.