Simon Levin is a potter, kiln builder and writer from Gresham Wisconsin, who dislikes writing about himself in the third person but does it anyway. Simon has been wood firing for 25 years. After finishing graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1998 he and his wife Susan moved to rural Wisconsin to establish Mill Creek pottery. Simon has built kilns for many universities in the US, Taiwan and China, as well as the Archie Bray Foundation. He is a technical writer for Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Arts Daily and a frequent presenter at The National Council for the Education of Ceramics Arts. Simon's work is in several books and collections, as well as a couple museums. In 2013 Simon was a senior Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, and he is a pretty nice guy.
The quiet life of the country potter is a myth. The romanticism of a simple life, spinning forms and firing with wood, has faded to be replaced by a richer reality. I live in a log home in rural Wisconsin. We have ten acres of land, three wood kilns and a joyous life filled with beauty, but that life is anything but quiet and serene. This may be a result of my personality as much as contemporary society, internet connectivity and the cost of living.