Dick Lehman '76
Studied pastoral ministry at Associated
Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 1978 to 1981
At Goshen, Lehmans life did not revolve around the potters
wheel he took only four art-related courses. The religion
major took a first job with Mennonite Board of Missions.
He wanted to make a difference in the world, and his seminary studies
led him toward pottery. I think one of our callings as people
of faith is to make life better than it is, wherever we find ourselves,
he said. If you know how to learn, you can do pretty much
whatever you want.
Determined to live simply, his wife, Jolene Bontrager Lehman 76,
taught school and Lehman put in 90-hour weeks in his studio producing
and experimenting. He invented a kiln that saves time in the laborious
task of wood-firing pots, has studied with Japanese masters and
has graced Ceramics Monthlys
cover several times. He
employs other clay artists at his successful studio at Goshens
Old Bag Factory.
Lehman believes his calling has made a difference it is a
noble thing to bring beauty into the world and to share in the lives
of many people.
To be a part of the togetherness rituals that people share
eating and sustenance is no small thing.