I have been working with clay since the early 1990’s, although I still feel like a novice. I went to grad school to study Art Therapy, but my first ceramics class was so therapeutic for me that I had to take a few more. After graduating with a degree in Art Education, I spent eleven years teaching ceramics at North Eugene High School.
I took early retirement in 2008, and since then have been devoting myself to making and selling my work, as well as teaching classes in the community. I am interested in many aspects of what mud can become – my first few years I primarily made masks, and did a lot of raku firing. Then I started working on large coil pots, and experimenting with sawdust firing in a galvanized garbage can.
I found the wheel challenging, but when I got the job at North I knew I would have to teach it, and Lotte Streisinger was kind enough to work with me until I learned it. Since then, I continue to be mesmerized by what a turning wheel can do with clay. Thanks to fellow potters at Club Mud, a ceramics co-op at the Maude Kerns Art Center, I have learned to fire Cone 10 gas reduction kilns.
I enjoy working with my own shards and those of other potters to do mosaic, and a form I call Tile Collage, which is appropriate to hang on the wall. I also enjoy making planters, totems and ceramic watering systems for the garden.