Frank Willett, master potter & ceramic artist. In Memoriam

Air Dates: October 31-November 2, 2020

“Just look at your life and if it isn’t comfortable and if you are not having fun, re-examine it. Examine it and make adjustments.” -- Frank Willett

Oct. 29, 2020 – This week, REPORT FROM SANTA FE presents a special “In Memoriam” presentation of an interview with esteemed master potter and iconic New Mexican ceramic artist Frank Willett, recipient of the prestigious Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (2013), who passed away October 15, 2020.

A master of his craft, Willett won many honors, and his work has been shown and collected, both in New Mexico and nationally. The Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts is New Mexico’s highest artistic honor and is added to the many other recognitions Willett received over a lifetime of ceramic artistry and mastery. This inspiring in-depth interview features Willett's philosophy of life and his thoughts on creativity and the artist's role in society.

Potter extraordinaire, Frank Willett made a living as an artist for more than 60 years. “A true master of his craft, Willett continually produced pottery made with an unerring sense of beautiful form, good design, and superb craftsmanship,” said award nominator James Marshall, Professor of Art and Program Head/Ceramics at Santa Fe Community College. “He devoted each and every day to the production of some of the finest, most highly crafted functional pottery in today’s environment of handcrafted pottery produced in this country.”


“Making pottery is like playing in the clay, and when you get up and go to your studio to work, you don’t go to work, you go to play.” Frank Willett