|"I have wisely refrained from a public display of words and confined
myself instead to creating art. Pots, like children, have to make their own path in the
Byron Temple began creating pottery in college. Inspired by the ceramic place settings on a professor's dining table, he began to make pots on an old treadle wheel.
He gained discipline during a stint of throwing functional ware at Leach Pottery in England. Each day he was given a "make list": a schedule of what he was required to make that day. He still uses the "make list" as a way of organizing his own tableware. Other parts, such as firing, are left more to chance. As Temple says, "Even though I am an orderly person, there may be a certain irregularity in the process."