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Spinning with a love of learning

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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Bill Bickerton seems to be working backwards. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in business and information technology from the University of Colorado in order to get a “real job.”

A Colorado native, he traveled and lived in many different places during a software and business consulting career. During that time, he received a master’s in communication from the University of Denver.

“This degree was half-applicable to my job as a consultant, with the other half being useless in the real world. Of course, I enjoyed the useless courses most of all,” he said.

Then he went full-tilt with the “useless” degrees, finishing a master’s in humanities at the University of Colorado.

Somewhere in-between books, he got hooked on pottery and bought the Columbine Art gallery in Frisco, making that final break from “the real world” of business consulting.

His passion for learning has led him to teach history, humanities and art appreciation and take pottery classes at Colorado Mountain College.

“I’d like to keep art a central part of my life,” he said, ” both making it and enjoying other people’s art. With pottery, there is very little that hasn’t been done, but there is an infinite variety of things I’d like to do with it.”

Art feeds parts of him he didn’t even know needed nourishment, he said.

“Making pottery on the wheel is almost meditative. My pottery teacher said that in order to make good pots, the heart, head and hands all have to be in sync. I’ve found that sitting at the pottery wheel often helps make this happen, and if it doesn’t, I can’t make good pots,” he said.

Working at the art gallery exposes him to a lot of different art, he added.

“I’m always getting ideas from other people, from hikes in the woods, from visiting other galleries and museums,” he said. “My most recent motivation has come from teaching art appreciation and humanities at Colorado Mountain College. Trying to explain and show my students the value and excitement of art has challenged me to approach art as a beginner again.”


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