Phil Milan Featured Artist Mar. 17 at the Arkansas Craft Gallery

March 17 from 10-5 at the Arkansas Craft Gallery in Mountain View, our Featured Artist will be Phil Milan. Phil is a multi-talented artist working in wheel-thrown pottery, using raku firing, a method developed in Japan.  During firing the work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and placed in containers of combustible materials, which subjects it to reduction (or smoking), and blackens the clay, causing crazing or fine lines in the glaze surface. 
“The designs come from my love of ink drawing and creating patterns from geometric and organic shapes and lines. I use the raku firing to emphasize the unglazed portions which turn black during the firing process.”  Phil’s style developed from 25 years of working with clay and teaching pottery classes as art teacher at Harrison High School.
He took a college course of hand-built pottery and a course of raku pottery from L & R Specialties in Nixa, MO.  His degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana is in Advertising Design with art education certification, secondary science certification and post-graduate hours.
Milan was born in south Louisiana, and spent his childhood years in west Texas, his teenage years in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Milan loves living in the Ozarks.  He also enjoys woodworking, sculpture, and drawing. He recently retired after twenty-nine years of teaching, in Arkansas and Louisiana.  In addition to creating art, he enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping, bicycling, fishing and traveling.  He is married to his wife Ginger, a retired history teacher.  They have two grown children.
Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery
“Promoting Handcrafted in Arkansas since 1962”
Phone: 870-269-4120
Gallery Shipping Address: 104 East Main Street, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 800, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
Gallery hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.