Ted Coburn, of Villa Ridge, Missouri has always been interested in art. As a child, his crude drawings were praised by his parents who were his best fans.
Ted studied oil painting with Brother Mathew of the Black Madonna Shrine in Eureka, Mo in his early teens but became frustrated because of his limited ability to recreate the techniques of the Dutch Masters.
Although Ted Coburn has always been intrigued by clay, he became frustrated by individuals that believed certain cultures could not have created something because they did not have the technology i.e. Aztecs, Egyptians, Pre-Columbians etc. After writing a paper on the cave paintings in Lascaux, France and understanding some genius of our past found it necessary to paint for whatever reason, Ted found it necessary to investigate the beauty created by the ancients. How they created art that became involved in and initiated trade between tribes, cultures, and communities. From history, Ted has gained great insight in creating beautiful, unique pieces of pottery.