Linda and Jerry Irwin came to Mendocino County in 1976 and made it home. Both are graduates of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and enjoy the country lifestyle. They spent the first twenty years in the work place. Linda as a teacher and Jerry as a Fish and Game Warden. They have two marrried sons and two grandchildren they enjoy immensely.
Fifteen years ago they began taking classes at Mendocino College in the Ceramics Department and have been creating in clay ever since. While at the college, they were guided in their development by Gary Medina, Larry Henderson and Doug Browe. They also grew in their craft while attending the dozens of workshops given at the college by nationally known ceramic artists. Both enjoy making functional ceramic pieces. Linda brings her love for water color painting to her pottery. She throws porcelain clay and then decorates with various floral patterns. Her favorite forms are bowls of various shapes and sizes. She decorates with Duncan Concepts and then sprays a clear glaze over the pieces. Jerry enjoys making mugs, plates and bowls with a wildlife emphasis. He uses relief patterns on his pieces, mostly of moose. He also hand builds and soda fires work in porcelain. They recently completed a small working studio at their residence where they now make, glaze and fire their work. Their work is high fired to cone ten making it very durable, oven and dishwasher safe.
Jerry and Linda Irwin
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