Otmar Boser

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  • Scarsdale, NY

I am retired now and that allows me to follow my passion: materials in particular pottery. Growing up I was fascinated by math and physics and I am still tutoring these subjects at Westchester Community College. From those beginnings I went on to get a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. The dissertation dealt with crystal growth, phase transformation and magnetism. After graduation I married my lovely wife, Ruth, and we moved to the US. I joint the research lab of GT&E to explore tungsten wires for lighting and I developed a theory to explain metal alloy hardening. My next job was at theRoyal Philips Research Lab doing work on coolers for infrared detectors in space and a miniature Stirling engine to be implanted to drive a heart pump. Times change and I worked on alternative energy problems: for instance a solar driven compressor based on hydrogen absorbing materials invented by Philips and Brookhaven Labs. We investigated salts for heat storage in family homes. Last I worked on technical ceramics that we develop and manufactured. During this time I meti Phillis Hammond, a sculpture of large ceramic figures. In her studio, I designed and built my first table top with tiles that showed a five fold symmetry mirroring materials with a five fold symmetry just discovered. I retired from Philips to teach Electronic and Electrical Technology at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut which was very satisfying After all these adventures, I met Susan Nathenson, a well known ceramist , at the Pelham Art Center. Under her guidance I learned to enjoy clay and making pottery. I like to make useful things and chose to design dinner ware. I developed my on style "Red Dot". My pieces are very colorful and promote the enjoyment of food.