The Vasefinder International has become a very important part of what I do in this world. It is the essence of who I am. I have been called altruistic in the past, and yes, Vasefinder has provided art exhibitions like this, where artists are never charged a fee. I have always believed that art represents freedom at its core. To take it away would mean less for a society. Recent economic conditions have taken away many things from our lives. Let this exhibition represent the efforts of one family in a sleepy Northern Nevada town to be a small beam of light in these arduous times. I want to thank all the participants in this year's exhibition; your commitment to life is clearly evident in every vase exhibited. Your work is simply awe-inspiring.
Every year, Vasefinder is blessed with a great juror. And well, I not only want to tell Robin Hopper what a great job he did as our juror, but he is a man of great patience, as the juror package for this exhibition sat in Canadian Customs for over 2 weeks. Robin, I am very grateful for all of your work. I want to thank our sponsors and the members of Vasefinder. I would like to single out one member Derek Magnette of 483Modern.com for helping us tirelessly in the field with running down historic pots and verifying marks. Your help has been amazing. I want to thank our family friend Janice Erickson for spending a long Sunday at our store and preparing all the envelopes for this year's exhibition. Lastly, I want to thank my partner in life, my wife Sherry, who does it all and is a great mom to our little girl Carley. My girls are my rock. They keep the dude in the desert going.