SEATTLE — Eric Painter is a potter. Actually, he was a biologist before he quit his research job with National Marine Fisheries and bought a pottery school and gallery in downtown Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square.

Now, supervising a staff of six teachers and a growing number of students, Painter devotes all his time to his pottery school, with little time for his own creations. Now and then he finds time to chat with his neighbor Taiko Suzuki about his year as a high school exchange student in Daiwacho, Hiroshima, about the influence on his pottery of the Japanese potter Shoji Hamada, and about their plans for next month’s displays for the Gallery Walk.

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