When I was ten, my little league baseball coach was the right Reverend Robert Allen Tourigney, minister at the Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes, California where I served as an acolyte. In one of the few memorable pronouncements that I have carried through my life, the right reverend said, “I would rather be lucky than good.” Another came in my third year of architecture school at the University of Southern California. Professor Ralph Knowles said, “Never be afraid to state the obvious.” Mentors both. I am not sure if or how these aphorisms meld, but I have certainly had my share of good luck and I often stumble over the obvious. This story began in 1971, when Deborah Smith and I started the Golden Bridge Pottery in a 10 foot x 20 foot palm leaf shed in Pondicherry on the southeast coast of India.

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