Phil Yenney - also known as "Dr. Phun" - loves to "torture mud." Phil was raised in Walla Walla, Washington on a wheat, peas and cattle ranch. After moving to the Wenatchee Valley, Phil taught art at Eastmont High School for 31 years. He spent his career doing "everything that was fun" including teaching pottery, jewelry and painting.
As a retired person now, he "plays" a whole lot at anything outdoors. He loves his grandkids - and yep - you've got it - they do a bunch of outdoor stuff. As Phil puts it - if it's outdoors and it is fun, he does it! "I like working as a potter for Empty Bowls because of the contact with other potters, while helping feed the hungry in our community. Terry Porlier is kind enough to let me work in his studio. It is exciting doing this project for Empty Bowls. Terry and I both enjoyed the creative process of working together.
When asked if he does pottery as a profession, Phil's answer was "No, I just do it for the fun of it!" Now we know why his nickname is "Dr. Phun."