I am a functional potter with a background in wood-firing and production. My education in this field was the traditional apprenticeship / immersion route, working under and with a rotation of several Master Potters for 5 months and before that intensively as a studio apprentice for professional potters in two different states. I have always been a teacher, ranging from clay to music lessons.
My goal being the merging of form and function, I create dishes for everyday use, therefore bringing beauty into our daily lives and ordinary motions. My love of pottery is rooted in my lifelong love of tea and the cradling of mugs. This became such a grounding routine in my day that I was determined to create the dishes that I wanted to hold.
I am grateful to have also studied some watercolor in Maine on Vinalhaven Island with local celebrated artists. They remain a huge inspiration, especially watercolor journaling. My love for wind, weather and water is the spirit breathing life into my work and the highlight of my young-mother years were the numerous kitchen table art sessions with my children. I delight in reading to my young people books illustrated by inspiring, humorous artists Helen Oxenbury, Mairi Hedderwick and Marla Frazee, to name a few.
A transplant from the Bay Area and Eastern Ohio, I make my home in the Columbia River Valley of SW Washington state. I am mother to four sons and two daughters. Life with children in the home continues to be a life-giving gift and art in and of itself!