Sculpture is my portal. As I shape, I see.

The clay becomes me. --Lawrence Reid Bechtel


From an early age, Lawrence Reid Bechtel learned receptivity, a primary capacity for the artist, who receives and then transforms; absorbs and then re-makes. He grew up in Wheaton, home of Wheaton College, a quiet, cloistered community thirty miles due west of Chicago’s Loop where his father taught literature at Wheaton, and his mother was an elementary school librarian. Both were deeply religious.

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