Russell Mott is a 73 year old potter living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He came to pottery late, only some eight years ago, and has had the extraordinary good fortune of apprenticing with Claude Smith III, Steve Hemingway, Dave Porter, and Alex Williams.
He usually starts work at 3 to 4 AM and works 10 to 14 hours a day in the studio. Happily, there is no part of the process, from throwing to glazing, which he does not find enjoyable. While he does some pit fire and stoneware pieces, it is naked raku and traditional raku which he finds most fascinating and rewarding, and it is in that area where most of his energy is spent.