The summer after retiring Bruce started building his art studio across the street from his home; it was completed in the spring of 2003. Since then, he has been busy making pots. Bruce's work had many influences. Among them: meeting and exchanging ideas with local artists in the American Southwest, Japan and Europe. However, some of the strongest influences have come from 33 years of wonderful inquiring student questions and fantastic solutions which proved educational to all involved. He has continued with the teaching of adults and home school students to keep fresh and connected with other people's desire to create.