For over forty years Robert Behr has actively pursued the art of Ceramics. From his first pottery course in high school to completing college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO with a Degree in Art, Robert has evolved from a full-time production potter throwing functional pottery to creating one-of-a-kind decorative fine art vessels that sell in galleries and art festivals throughout the country and Canada. He and his wife, Leah Rollins, work together to produce each original vessel that tribute the wildlife while living in the Crazy Mountains of Montana. Each "Spirit Vessel" or totem is thrown in one to six sections using multiple wheels, taking several days. When the clay is leather hard the sections are layered together on a single wheel and allowed to dry for one to three months. The first firing is called a bisque - a firing that lasts eight hours to harden the clay so it can be handled and glazed. The glazes are made using thirty percent wood ash from their wood burning stove and numerous glaze materials that give the vessels their unique luminosity. The second firing reaches 2350 degrees Fahrenheit (cone 12) taking up to 16 hours to complete. Cooling takes several more days and the vessel is then ready for the embellishing of sculptures, beads, bones, antlers and found artifacts. From a ball of clay to the final rendering, the process of each art piece can take up to six months to complete. There are only a few artists today working in this medium of producing large-scale high-fired stoneware. While living in Montana, with special admiration for the abundant wildlife, and enjoying the process of using these materials, Robert and Leah continue to discover themselves through the making of art.