Al Westcott 

Al taught Montessori elementary school for 27 years and has been a post-op surgical nurse at Missouri Baptist for the past 7 years.  He also devotes time as a Missouri Master Naturalist, Audubon Society "Bring Conservation Home" Assessor, and a Missouri Stream Team Association member.  He has been married to his wife, Cori, for 13 years and has a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Dayton, OH.

"I first got interested in pottery back in the early 70s while in the Navy in Maine.  A potter named Peter Green offered lessons, and I took a few; I also bought a kick wheel.  I fooled around with it off-and-on over the next 20 years, but without a kiln, it's difficult to do much (at least it was for me).  It's been a more consistent hobby since I purchased my kiln in the mid-90s.  Pottery is relaxing for me; I prefer utilitarian objects and especially enjoy opening a kiln after the glaze firing - you never know exactly what you'll see."