Mr. Bates was born in Cincinnati Ohio in 1935.
1958 – B.A. in commercial art
1959 – 1961 United States Air Force
1964 – Master’s in ceramics at Tulsa University.
1965 -1967 Director of exhibitions and education at Spiva ArtsCenter in Joplin Missouri
1967 – Art Instructor Missouri Southern.
1993 – Symposium in Russia and introduced the Raku process to the Russian artists
Current – Raku Master at SC Mountains Art Center I enjoy working in ceramics as a challenge in physics as well as the quest for the superlative object. In this series I am fascinated with the immediacy of the Raku and in particular a copper glaze called “pickle’s luster”.