I designed and built ceramic, wood and leather tea sets, helmets, and codpieces  for Clay 1980 at Tyler School of Art – one of several prestigious exhibitions I was invited into as a young clay artist.

Before I delivered the work, Thomas Moore photographed me and a few friends with the tea sets in a series of sculptural tableaux.

In an act of creative expression and gay liberation, my life-partner Dan Martin and I attended the opening wearing the codpieces. 

I was never again invited into other shows or publications                                    by Philadelphia’s conservative curators of contemporary crafts.

Thomas, Dan and I are presenting this show to celebrate our history as cultural activists, at a time when our rights as a queer community are being challenged – again – through prejudice, censorship, and injustice.

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