As a potter and art teacher, I always try to make connections between what I am doing in the studio and what I am doing in the classroom. One thing I have learned from my students is to have fun with the work. I enjoy creating traditional pots: plates, platters, boxes, and cylinders and then manipulating the surface to make it more enticing. I treat the clay like canvas or paper, pouring and spilling colors all over the place. The play of glaze on a form adds life and depth to the piece – and gives the piece its character. I like simple shapes, geometry, wavy lines, and children’s drawings. I think these primitive designs speak to all ages. With this work, I have tried to keep in mind what I tell my own students: “If you have fun with the work, you make it yours.”
In the meantime, I like to spend time with my loving husband, Michael, a gifted mine historian, musician and web designer.