In the beginning there was clay. Specifically my playing in clay like dirt in the backyard, pinch pots in school, and then when I was fifteen years old I lied about my age to get a job at the Northfield Pottery Shop where I poured slip into greenware molds and made sure that we had enough pieces for people to buy and work on. That job lasted about six months or until the massive Christmas tree mold snapped it’s bands and slip inundated the entire studio where I worked. Major slip up …

This set back did nothing to damper my enthusiasm, as throughout high school I worked in clay, known as the "artist" by my geek and athletic friends, and then literally the day after I graduated, I moved to Southern California and started taking ceramic classes from Larry Friedman at Fullerton College. That led to classes with Stokesbury and Rothman at California State in Fullerton and I was brainwashed into a life of clay. After college I moved to South Laguna and set up a studio in the garage of a little beach bungalow just up from the beach. The year was 1974.

My first business break was getting into the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach and later Vorpal Gallery which was also in Laguna at the time. I actually supported myself for the next seven years making carved classical celadon ware. The fun lasted until the economy tanked in 1981 and I had to go get a real job as no one felt like buying ceramics. 

That led to my working in the photo industry for thirty five years. Many hats ... from managing the pro departments in two of the best photo stores in SoCal, then when that got tiring there was being a manufacturer rep for Hensel Germany, which led to distributing Hensel and California Sunbounce in the USA, and at the same time consulting and helping many new products to get their foot in the photo industry door. Which led to taking a little Seattle based camera strap company from nothing to world wide distribution. It was a fun ride. 

Now I’ve done what I can in the photo industry, so I am returning to my roots, and again playing in clay. 

Originally from Seattle ... and residing there once again ... after side trips to South Laguna, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Kansas City. 

Favorite Quotes : 

success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm
— Winston Churchill
a long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. it misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.
— Lisa Kleypas
paint what you like and die happy.
— Henry Miller
taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
— Diane Arbus
consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
— Walker Evans
the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
— Dorothea Lange
your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees
— Paul Strand
if you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there.
— Cheshire Cat
photography just gets us out of the house.
— William Eggelston
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All photos copyright marc fredric gottula.

If you repost please give credit, as it's the kind thing to do.

If you want to reach out, please email at marc at gottula dot com. 

Thanks for viewing.