For more than fifty years, Dick Pullen has been producing unique and functional works of art in clay. His early efforts in clay were driven by teaching and sharing his passion with students in his classroom in public school. Dick was born and raised in Hutchinson, MN. He discovered pottery when he attended Mankato State College now known as Minnesota State Mankato. During his orientation he was asked what he was majoring in and he said he wanted to be a Physical Education teacher and coach wrestling. He was advised to also seek another area of concentration because Physical Education. Teachers and coaches were a dime a dozen. So, having always loved drawing and painting he decided to also major in Art Education which lead him to the first required basic ceramic class. From there, as with so many, the clay got under his fingernails and changed his life. Dick taught both P.E. and Art for a few years in St. Michael, MN until the school got big enough that he had to choose between the two disciplines. He chose Art but continued his love for athletics by coaching many sports during his thirty-four years of public-school teaching. He also taught in Monticello, MN.
Dick and Sandy retired from teaching in 2001 and built a log home in Longville, MN. It was there that a friend who was involved in starting an art crawl in the Longville and Hackensack area needed a potter for crawl. His friend came over and wired the kiln and that started the pottery art show circuit for the Pullen’s. In 2007, Dick and Sandy moved to Mille Lacs Lake and built a studio at their home. While in the Isle area they have worked with the 21st Century Education grant teaching after school art
classes in the Isle and Onamia School Districts. Sandy uses her art skills doing the slab work and glazing while Dick works on the wheel. Together they continue to grow and experiment with clay. They very much enjoy the many friends they meet along the way.